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There's no doubt about it - we've come a long, long way since the HTC Dream (whose relatives include the G1, myTouch 3G, and DoCoMo HT-03A) was released. Since that fateful October day, we've seen all kinds of crazy Android-powered gear, from snow goggles to handsets sporting more raw horsepower than a netbook. We've also been treated to heaps of community-created mods, including custom ROMs like CyanogenMod and MIUI as well as mind-blowing hacks of other sorts, such as 1.5GHz overclocks and apps that essentially manage your phone for you.

Unfortunately, all good things must one day come to an end, and for the world's first Android phone (the HTC Dream), today is that day - CyanogenMod, the most popular AOSP ROM in the business, has officially dropped support for the device (as well as the Magic/MT3G). To be clear, existing versions of CM ROMs (i.e. 6.x and below) will still be available and downloadable from the official CyanogenMod website, but in the words of TeamDouche themselves, "this devices is no longer supported after CyanogenMod 6.x."

It's important to note that owners of the G1, myTouch 3G, and other Dream/Magic variants will still be able to get their custom firmware fix from places like XDA-Developers - in fact, as Redditor thrik points out, unofficial CM7 ports certainly aren't out of the question.

Still, this is the first time Cyanogen has officially discontinued support for a phone, and the state of despair many Magic and Dream owners are currently in is understandable. Of course, we are talking about devices that have been around for more than two years, and I'd be remiss if I didn't congratulate the CM team for their continuous support up to now - but nonetheless, I can see where the complaints are coming from.

So, Magicians and Dreamers (sorry, I couldn't resist), what's your take on this? Are you finally ready to move on and buy a newer phone, or are you going to hold on to your soon-to-be collector's item a little longer? Be sure to make your thoughts known - the comments section is just a scroll away.

Source: CyanogenMod via Reddit

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://AndroidGuys.com Mardenator

    I hate to point this out, but the Magic wasn't the first Android device. The HTC Dream/G1 was first, followed by the Magic/MT3G. Good read, though.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      The Dream/G1 is a variant of the Magic. In fact, the two devices can run the same ROMs and have almost identical hardware, with the exception of the Dream/G1's keyboard.
      Nonetheless, I see where you're coming from, and I've updated the post accordingly.

      • SiliconAddict

        G1 came out first. Magic came out a few months later, much to my annoyance because I was looking for something with a little more horsepower under the hood and the Magic was nothing more then a G1 without a keyboard. So if anything the Magic is a variant of the G1.

  • Josh Kuhn

    The writing was already on the wall for the G1. Recent CM releases just run terribly on it and there's no reason to hold the entire mod back by continuing to cater to the limited little phone, it just wasn't designed to handle it.

    • Vlad

      Agreed, CM6 ran like a snail on the G1.

    • SiliconAddict

      It wasn't designed to handle much of anything. That's what you get for launching a prototype as a flagship device.
      http://www.androidguys.com/2008/09/01/from-dream-to-prototype/

      They rushed the G1 to market because they wanted to get it out there NOW for developers. And someone who was there on launch day I can say just how prototypey the G1 felt. It WAS rushed.
      It really wasn't until the droid made it into the market was when the first REAL Android device launched. And no the Magic didn't count because all they did was drop the keyboard, everything else was mostly the same.

  • chris

    Well Cyanogen and company should certainly be congratulated for keeping these devices current and viable, long past service provider and manufacturers projected shelf lives.

  • Nick

    Agree with Chris. When was the last update from T-mo? Cyanogen did us all a great service. I have since moved on to an EVO, but the G1 is still fun to play with (read flash even more shit, since if I brick it, no biggie)

  • http://androidpolice.com Nate

    I upgraded to the HD2 because the MT3G was really slow, but if I hadn't this would push me. There are pretty cheap options that have CM support, like the Slide.

  • Lou

    I moved on ever since the Nexus one was released!

  • Steve

    Not a big deal. Other devs are porting bits and pieces of CM7 to these devices and adding some of their own optimizations. For example, GBRider_Cronos_v1.8.0 is currently available for the Magic and it is as good as any CM rom.

  • the man

    some devices arent even supported by cyanogen. ;/

  • Carlos

    Just that they got me all the way through my contract is amazing. I'm still using a cm6 g1 and am happy until I see the next great thing (hopefully g2x).

  • SiliconAddict

    Ummm dude. Anyone still on a G1 is pathetic. I dropped mine last November because to to honest the performance of the G1 sucks so badly that I was literally about ready to drop kick the thing into a wall. I gave my G1 to a friend who had their phone stolen and it was their first smartphone. They love it, which is great. However I'm a power user and the concept of the G1 having any power died 3 months after the G1 came out and all of a sudden trying to multitask on that thing became brutal. Trying to run Pandora, Documents to Go, and e-mail and swapping back and forth....arrrrgh. Thank god for my EVO. However after going keyboardless for the first time, never again. I need a keyboard back on my next phone.

    • Carlos

      Just because it doesn't fit your needs doesn't make it pathetic. I have no trouble with mine running multiple apps and it still does what I need it to do. And I haven't found a device worthy of an upgrade yet. Don't want that joke of a g2 or any sense bs.

      • SiliconAddict

        I was trying to edit my post to remove that but this site sucks. All I get is a black screen on top of the damn site. No editing.

        Dropping the term pathetic my point remains. The device was under powered and never had a viable replacement on T Mobile until the G2 came out two years later.

  • marshall

    as much as i love my mt3g i understand the need to start fazing out phones, even though my mytouch still runs like a champ most of the time... i wish that they would hold off until t-mobile stop selling them though because i still see people buying them a new mytouch 3g even though when they get it its never going to be any better and there isnt going to be a new upgrade for it...

  • DM

    A stramge decision. The new mid-level phones have the same speed processors as the MT3G and about the same amount of memory. Is CM going avoid support for them? I don't think so.

    I have a MT3G. After reconfiguring the swap (500MB) and the ext4 to 1GB using a Class 6 microSD card, the phone is fast and handles all the apps installed on it.

    Even Google says Gingerbread will not require hardware upgrades. I guess CM knows more about Android than Google. I don't think so!

  • Dancing Nubian Knight

    Thank you CM for extending the life of my beloved G1. Withhout you guys my phone would have been left by the wayside 3 months after release. I stll remember the excitment of my first root and CM Rom. I am still able to use my slow but valiant G1 (CM 5.80) until T-Mobile brings out their dual core phones.

    Thank You Again
    DNK

  • http://www.davematney.com Dave Matney

    Seriously? Whining because Cyanogenmod is no longer supporting handsets that are so underpowered it's amazing they could get Froyo on them?

    In that case, I'm livid that Microsoft can't seem to get Windows 7 on my 386.

  • trevmar

    Thank you Cyanogen and team. I have two G1. I travel a lot and keep one as a spare in case the first is stolen :) Yes, they are underpowered, I am looking for a 5" screen replacement :) But with Cyanogenmod 6.1 they run VOIP SIP flawlessly, and the MyTrails GPS navigation app that works even where there is no Internet connectivity available for the maps (online Google Maps are blocked in China).

    So, as much as I would have liked ongojng support, thanks to Cyanogen for all you have done to get me into Android, giving me a phone OS which nicely complements my Netbook, and of course my (huge) desktop :)

  • http://linuxdatabases.info Christopher Browne

    I migrated to an HTC Legend back in January because, what with "no nightlies since December 17th," the writing was clearly on the wall for the G1.

    While, on the one hand, I'm disappointed at the elimination of support, I understand why the developers felt compelled to do so, and appreciate the efforts that DID mean the G1 was supported with new versions of Android long after the carriers had given up on it.

  • Damon Kaswell

    I love my little G1, but it is feeling a little long in the tooth. And I've been salivating over the glut of 4+ inch screen and larger superphones. When TMO has a phone with a 4.3 inch screen, I will buy it.

  • DannyJayFuller

    I'm awaiting a dual core phone with a keyboard. Future-proof me and I will part with my beloved G1, but no sooner.

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