Jelly Bean ROM ported to the original Motorola Droid

Jelly Bean ROM ported to the original Motorola Droid
Proving once again that it’s the device that just keeps on going, the Droid that started it all received a Jelly Bean ROM from enterprising developers at the XDA Forums. The Motorola Droid – Verizon’s answer to the iPhone way back when, is again showing that having an unlocked bootloader can be a very good thing, as power users and developers can extend the life of such devices far beyond the support that OEMs and carriers provide.

The last major update to the Droid was the update to Android 2.3 (Froyo) that rolled out summer 2010. It was already almost a year old at the time, and had already seen the move from Android 2.1 to 2.2. It was ushered onto Verizon’s end of life list shortly after the Froyo update, and had it not been the focus of eager developer enthusiasm that’s as far as thing would have gotten. Instead, custom ROMs for Gingerbread (2.3) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) were released. And while some of the bigger name ROM makers such as CyanogenMod have move beyond the original Droid, there is still clearly some life left, as the new Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) release demonstrates.

We have no idea how many people are still using their “OG Droid”, but what this really demonstrates is why some power users are so passionate about making sure they can root their devices and unlock their bootloaders – doing so allows them to get updates for their devices (and custom versions of Android) for years after the companies that make them can be bothered to put out updates. While such extra-curricular hacking isn’t for everyone (and can void your warranty), it seems like there ought to be a way for enthusiasts to get such use out of their devices.

Here is a video of a Jelly Bean enabled Droid; interested Droid owners can check out the source link to get the same action for their devices.


source: XDA via Droid-Life

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9 Comments

1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Definitely gonna try this.

2. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

XDA... Breathing new life into old Droids :)

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It is amazing to see how old Android devices can get latest update thanks to developers, this is the magic of Android.

4. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Gotta love the developer community. That's how I'm running Google now on my ICS DROID 4.

5. tgtftw

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Froyo was android 2.2. Gingerbread was 2.3

6. ilia1986 unregistered

That's actually semi-useful! :) A bit of overclocking and optimization and this thing gets fluid as water :D

7. EarnYourLeather

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Would do it if water damage didn't eat my OG Droid alive.

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

shame for samsung to not to update their midrange devices....

9. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I still got my OG droid in its original packaging. It served me very well but I've moved on to my GNex.

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