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

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The source code for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been out for over a week now, and developers have been doing all kinds of groovy stuff with it. For example, we already saw the platform running flawlessly on the Asus Transfromer Prime, and the Samsung GALAXY S II got treated to a tasty Ice Cream Sandwich port as well. But while both of these devices pack some pretty powerful hardware, the old-school Android pioneer, the T-Mobile G1, doesn't.

Nevertheless, somebody managed to install Ice Cream Sandwich on the T-Mobile G1, and the video below proves that it is possible. It doesn't seem to be very usable, however, as the performance is quite choppy, but let's not forget that the G1 is powered by a humble 528MHz single-core processor. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and screen rotation are out of the question as well.

Still, getting getting Ice Cream Sandwich to boot at all on a smartphone that made its debut three years ago is quite a feat. Besides, it brings hope that other old-school Androids may get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich eventually, albeit unofficially through the use of a custom ROM. Feel free to check out the video below and do not hesitate to share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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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: 177; 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, 09:44

5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1371; 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: 3165; 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: 331; 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: 3128; 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: 331; 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: 3128; 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: 3128; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

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

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