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

T-Mobile G1
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.

Related phones

  • 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)



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Proves that old android phones are still powerful.

3. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 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?

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

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.

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

7. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

10. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 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...


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

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