24
Nov
G1-ICS

Still rocking the HTC G1, the world's first Android phone? Didn't think so, but if you have one laying around somewhere, you may want to grab that thing and knock the dust off of it. Why, you ask? Because there's a "working" (I use that term loosely here) port of ICS ready to flash.

As you may imagine, it is incredibly slow and nearly unusable, but c'mon - you have to admit that it's pretty cool. Here's a video of it in action (again, I use that term loosely).

There are a few things that still aren't working in this build, like screen rotation, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Everything is else is go, so, at the very least, you can check out what ICS is all about. Very slowly.

While this is definitely not a practical port, one thing is certain: it's things like this that show how incredible the Android development community is. Fourth gen Android on a first gen phone? That's just stupid-sick. Hit the source to check it out for yourself.

[XDA Forums via Gizmodo]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://shamalh.wordpress.com Shiamal Harkison

    This is awesome, i think its not that smooth because theres no hw accel .. and i see he has no frills installed, wonder what its over clocked at ? I hope ICS can run decently on that type of HW, it would really improve the android experience at the low end, and lets be honest thats where many start of and get impressions of the OS.

    • Simon Belmont

      No hardware acceleration in this alpha build is probably right. I would think they could support hardware acceleration eventually though which would substantially speed up the UI.

      The T-Mobile HTC G1 does have a GPU. It's an Adreno 130 and they could take advantage of it.

  • http://tantrajnaan.com Robert Dunn

    Before the Atrix? Come on!

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

      It's got the simplest and oldest hardware, I'm not surprised.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    This is another proof if why Android Rules!!!!!

  • Yourissues

    So clearly no reason why the OG Droid shouldn't get it.. Good day for the Android world!!

  • LadyDi

    I still have one here. Maybe I need to perform my first ever install of this kind, huh?

  • Adam

    wow are you serious the g2 have adreno 205? wow 130

  • Freak4Dell

    Is it weird that I really want to know what song that was?

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      The specific mix or the title of the song? The answer to the later query is "Do Your Ears Hang Low".

  • J. “the only G1 owner” P.

    Sooooo... should I take it that I need to get a new phone since I am still "rocking the G1"? C'mon Nexus, Lets show up already!