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