HTC Dream a.k.a. T-Mobile G1 gets some Jelly Bean love thanks to CyanogenMod 10

HTC Dream a.k.a. T-Mobile G1 gets some Jelly Bean love thanks to CyanogenMod 10
Wow, has it been almost 4 years already since the HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1, came out? For those of you who need a reminder, this is the smartphone that started it all. It was the first Android handset on the market, which despite its unappealing looks, won the hearts of many geeks who probably still have their unit lying around in their basement house.

Officially, the HTC Dream never got a software update beyond Android 1.6 Donut, but the team of code-crunching experts at XDA Developers have kept the smartphone alive by delivering custom ROMs based on newer Android releases. And guess what, a pre-alpha CyanogenMod 10 ROM for the HTC Dream is out already, meaning that the iconic device can now also get a taste of Jelly Bean despite its outdated hardware.

Sure, its 528MHz ARM11 processor is not able to run Android 4.1 smoothly, not to mention that this custom ROM is anything but free of glitches, but after some more polishing, the software might become at least usable one day. For now, however, it is just out there for grins and giggles and for Android enthusiasts to fool around with. Is anyone thinking of checking it out anyway? Let us know in the comments!



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G1
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm MSM7201A, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Battery 1150 mAh(5.83h 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Like you said Nick its just for fun and giggles......still cool to see tho right?........ NOW UPDATE NEWER DEVICES TO JELLYBEAN! lol

2. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

yeah!!!! I hope they can update all devices to atleast ics... see even 528mhz can run jellybean!! with a few tweaks there and here , it could be smooth :D

5. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Porting newer versions of Android is possible but obsolete hardware might not provide a smooth user experience. Not to mention ICS & JB that require hardware acceleration. Those would be extremely unusable on such dated hardware.

9. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

they don't want to update all devices because they want to force customers to buy new devices with the update. thedon't want to upgrade Galaxy S customers because they want them to buy a Galaxy S2/3/nexus

3. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Still not too happy at the cm team for dropping support on the nexus one

12. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Get over it, the Nexus One had a crippling lack of storage. Gingerbread is exactly where the Nexus will stay.

13. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

but even the way slower g1 can run jb

14. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Sure, at the cost of making it so that removing your SD card would likely cause the whole phone to crash and go into reboot loops until you put it back in, pulled the battery, and starting the phone back up. Not enough internal storage is crippling, and devices from the Nexus One era all have this lack of storage. Since no one is updating a Snapdragon S1 phone to ICS, it's all going to be very hacked together and not a particularly good daily driver anyways.

4. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

The beauty of android, if you're determined, even one of the oldest devices can run the latest software .... can't say that about a certain sue happy company can we?

6. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

And they said the Galaxy S and Optimus 2X can't run ICS? LOL'D

7. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Optimus 2X doesn't have the right drivers from nvidia right now. optimus 2x uses the older tegra 2 drivers that werent designed for ICS. And althought there are so many unofficial jb/ics ports on xda of 2x/g2x all of use hax/gb drivers and thats why their ports aren't that complete Galaxy S, I see no reason why not. Evo design can have it well galaxy s should have it too. well theres always unofficial on xda right now

10. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Eh, my Sony Tablet S using Tegra 2 runs ICS perfectly.

15. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

even the nexus s which is a carbon copy of the hardware of the gs has jellybean.

8. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

jelly bean is really smooth and fast on my device. project butter works and my device has same processor with G1 so with optimuzation and over clock, it should run jelly bean pretty awesomely except video play back which this device will never have because of lack of drivers plus, the suystem partition is too small for google now

11. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Is there anything Cyanogen Team can't do?

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