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T-Mobile G1 "running" Ice Cream Sandwich caught on video

0. phoneArena 24 Nov 2011, 04:57 posted on

A skilled developer managed to install Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto the very first Android device, the old-school T-Mobile G1. That is quite a feat considering the relatively weak hardware...

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posted on 24 Nov 2011, 05:45

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

Proves that old android phones are still powerful.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 06:11 7

3. Nick_T (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 May 2011)

It is actually more like a proof of concept. Yes it can run it. Not very practical, but cool nonetheless. People have made Windows XP boot on a PC sporting an underclocked 7MHz Pentium processor with 24MB of RAM. Yes, it runs, but it doesn't make that PC powerful, does it?

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 08:01

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

Sorry. Lol.

Maybe I should have said, powerful enough to incorporate present technology even if it's struggling. :p

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 10:11 1

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Nick, I think that it's too early to say. I've seen the G1 run Gingerbread quite comfortably - when it's overclocked and everything.

I'm sure that with proper optimization and\or overclocking - it will be capable of running ICS quite smoothly actually.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 06:08 1

2. Heatfan316 (Posts: 445; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

Wow! And ICS just came out and they have it running on g1 already, they'll have it running smoothly soon, this why android is best.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 09:44

5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

That music was fairly interesting. I believe that if the G1 can run ICS, then phones like the G2 and EVO Shift should have no problem running it. Just have to wait and see what HTC, Motorola, Samsung, etc. do about their "older" phones.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 12:55

12. downphoenix (Posts: 2372; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

my guess would be no, especially if its a phone stuck on 2.2. The phone manufactures have little interest in doing updates, and the same with the carriers. Most of the time they do push throuhg updates its to fix issues with the phone, OS updates are an afterthought typically.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 11:22 1

7. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

This just proves how terribly unoptimized Android is. Even in the latest version. Look at how smooth Symbian Belle is on N8, which has only a bit faster processor then G1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4lcx2PVwRY

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 14:47 1

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

You have to understand that Android is looking to the future, not the past. ICS is a power hog and it brings a lot of eye candy and features that old phones with slow processors and low ram cannot possibly run smooth on.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 15:28

10. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Well, the more processing power hungry OS is, the faster it drains battery. And in my opinion, battery performance is much more important than some funky transitions...

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 18:32 1

11. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

True but they are making batteries larger and larger and also providing better battery saving functions.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 14:45

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

As awesome as the idea is I would go crazy over the lag.

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