20
May
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Due to the amount of information crammed into day 1 of the Google I/O conference, I am blitzing through everything that happened, keeping it short and to the point.

Many of the older device owners and early adopters will be glad to hear this one - I've talked to a bunch of Google folks in charge of developing Android at the Google I/O, and they told me that technically it would be possible to put Froyo on any device on the market now, including the G1.

Since I was trying to specifically concentrate on the G1s due to those devices having the lowest specs among all Android phones, a lot of my questions were asked with this Android dinosaur in mind.

During my discussions, I was told that even though the G1 had smaller internal storage capacity, it would be possible to package up an update without the extra Google apps, and then install them later on a different partition (or so I understood). In fact, Cyanogen already kind of does this whole Google app separation in his CyanogenMods but that is due to a C&D he had received. Either way, technically it's already been shown possible. Also, when I brought up Cyanogen, the Google devs had no doubt he'd be able to pull off a Froyo update for the G1, regardless of whether the carrier would want to bring it to you or not.

Such an update would not be OTA and would wipe the phone, which is not entirely unheard of, considering the last Sprint HTC Hero update does exactly that.

Furthermore, I was told that there are unofficial test builds running Froyo on G1s within Google, and they're speedy as hell compared to the previous versions, making up for the slower CPU and lower specs in general. Could it be that your old G1 will be able to shine brighter than it had ever before?

Of course, as far as official releases go, it will be entirely up to the carriers and the manufacturers to package up and offer the Froyo updates to their customers.

15 minutes until the keynote - we should know more very-very soon!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • mukmuk

    Woah! This is good news for sure! I've been holding off on using 2.1 (cyanogen) on my G1 because of the weird battery issues that were being reported. Would Froyo be different in that the phone would not have to be rooted to install it?

    • andre

      like stated above, its technically possible. the update would probably need to be shaved down by removing gapps which, at the moment, only devs like cyanogen does. its unlikely that any carrier would adopt this method considering the g1 is outdated. i suggest you dont hold your breath

      • mukmuk

        Sure, I guess I'm hoping Google would provide the necessary update files since it is just vanilla Android like the Nexus1. It would probably be good advertising for them anyway since lots of people still are hanging on to their G1s and they would be all super duper happy about it. Also I'm using mine on AT&T anyway so I'm certain they wouldn't help me out at all.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        That is absolutely correct. Technically possible doesn't mean carriers would adopt it. I will be posting more clarifications today with the information I gathered later in the day yesterday.

  • nOrULz

    Any word on Samsung Galaxy i7500 ?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      No, nothing specific was said about Galaxy.

      • stewbawka

        I would love an upgrade for my i7500!

        • http://www.gfeijo.eti.br Gustavo Feij√≥

          Samsung has allready said it will not upgrade Galaxy I7500. At least for us in Brazil

  • franco

    any word on g1?

  • Alex

    I highly doubt that the G1 will get Froyo, They said before that all phones would get Eclair and of course the early adopters get left out in the cold. It will most likely happen again with Froyo unless you root it and install cyanogen.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That is probably exactly what is going to happen. I will be posting today to clarify a few things based on the information gathered.

    • Eric
  • jarvis thurman

    How to install 2.2 on my g1

  • Kent

    Do we have any word if the Samsung Moment will get Froyo? Just got 2.1 and love it, but always want more! lol The EVO is most definetely my next upgrade with Sprint though.

  • donzkie

    how can i install it on my G1.. can you give me a step by step on how to do that.. or if you know some link that can give me a step by step on how to install that can you give me ... =)

  • dan alb

    I would also like tofind out how to upgrade my g1. Even willing to pay. Maybe there is a busn opportunity here.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      There are no froyo ROMs yet for the G1. It just came out but I am sure we will see some soon.

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