See Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean running on the T-Mobile G2 thanks to CyanogenMod 10.1

See Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean running on the T-Mobile G2 thanks to CyanogenMod 10.1
Remember the T-Mobile G2? Probably not too clearly because it has been discontinued for well over a year. Yet still, it was a great phone upon launch – well made, with a relatively quick processor, decent hardware keyboard, and support for fast cellular data transfers.

Unfortunately, the T-Mobile G2 was never updated to anything beyond Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That, however, does not mean it can't run anything newer, albeit in the form of a custom ROM provided by the CyanogenMod team. What you will see in the video below is Android 4.2.1 – the platform's very latest version released to date, installed on a T-Mobile G2. And as a matter of fact, the smartphone performs much better than you might expect, even though the hardware inside it is a far cry from what powers today's high-end smartphones.

Now check out the video below and if you have a T-Mobile G2 lying around, perhaps you might give this custom ROM a try. Just make sure you head over to the XDA Developers forum for further information before proceeding.

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  • Display 3.7 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1300 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.3



16. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

is it stable? devs, please work on rezound too!!!

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

like you said g2a5boe its bittersweet for me as well because this old phone is running jellybean, which is cool to see, but i dont even have that on my 2012 droid incredible 4g lol

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

I hear ya, Knight. Bittersweet for me for a different reason. My G2 has been stuck on Gingerbread since I got the upgrade & that's where it will forever reside. I had to get a new phone to feel that JB love. But, I am happy to see that someone got it up & running.

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

My first smartphone. Bittersweet watching this.

8. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Also can anyone around here tell me Why didnt Lumia 800 Get windows 8?just askin

18. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

M$ severe hardware restrictions.... lumia 800 can get the software part of windows PHONE 8 but not the hardware what sense is there to add sd card support when the phone doenst have an sd card? anyhoo... this is better than apples watered down ios 6 for older phones that are either stripped of features(software) or slows down the device some android phones are still stuck on froyo!!! gingerbread is still the dominant android version... most android devices wont ever taste jelly bean let alone key lime pie M$ sucks with its hardware restrictions but they were trying to avoid fragmentation... and bugs... android 4.2.1 is VERRRY buggy if you have a lumia you are actually better off than any other manufacture

7. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

if this has ARMv6, imma be really mad coz cyanogenmod team dropped support for my phone because of ARMv6

10. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Its not Armv6.its infact underclocked snapdragon S2 with Adreno 205

14. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

ok then i am not THAT mad.

3. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

proves that there is nothing special about android phones... just buy a cheap but capable/well specced chines knockoff and port over all the goodies then for less than $200 you get a more solid android phone than what most flagships offer

4. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

obvious troll is obvious.Only an idiot compares Galaxy Note 2 or HTC Butterfly with Chinese knock offs

5. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

never even mentioned any particular brand but you obviously felt threatened... why? I dont know anyway... my point still stands... buy a rockchip, root it, install a capable jellybean launcher and boom bang presto... you have yourself a more capable android device than what most flagships offer...

6. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Well iam not a fan of particular brand.but thats in fact an advantage of Open source.not everyone can afford Flagships.

11. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

First point, china phones do not have the same dev support as a well known flagship or regular phone. Second, "buy a rockchip, root it, install a capable jellybean launcher" you just showed you ignorance by saying install a jellybean launcher, i believe you meant a jellybean ROM and quite frankly i highly doubt there will be one for the china phones as their dev support is quite weak, unless you believe ROMs fall from the trees.

13. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

ooooh.... I was wondering why nobody saw that... but anyhoo... i think you only get 10 mins to edit your post or something but i said.... "this will draw out the real tech savvy people and not just the fans who use other peoples work whatever... my point still stands and some chines phones have some of the best dev support... have you used miui? its awesome

2. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Will G2 become, HTC HD2 of Android world......???

1. Shubham412302

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

thats the problem with most android phones that they never recieve updates frequently only few high end are updated to the latest versions... I bought samsung gs+ which was launched on gb and never recieved ics but recieved unofficial cm9/10

12. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

you have to love android for its mods and that is why Google itself encourages developers to mod a device! any decent phone should last you two years and after the first year warranty feel free to mod awayt my friend :) the gs+ was never anything above a mid-ange device and yes they receive updates slowly but thats entirely up to the manufacturer and not Google or android's fault! I sammy wishes to give the update to its low-end android phones then nobody's gonna stop them

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