HTC T-Mobile G1 gets Android Jelly Bean

HTC T-Mobile G1 gets Android Jelly BeanYou know when you see someone really old and they're dressed like someone half their age?  This is kinda how we feel about this next story.

The HTC T-Mobile G1 has been given a taste of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Yes, the original Android handset - the one that shipped without an on screen keyboard, no video player codec and didn't even have a decent jack for the headphones - has been given the latest Android OS by those cheeky developers over at XDA.

It's kinda funny really when you think about it - these devs have put together what's described as a 'semi operational' version of the software. Which basically means it is slooooow and a little bit buggy. And it's not ideal for you to use every day because it can't even get cellular data working.

But the fact of the matter is, Jelly Bean has been ported over to the Gandalf of Androids and for that, we're truly grateful.

Makes me feel quite nostalgic for the G1 actually which I - like lots of you - got when it came out. Exclusive to T-Mobile here in the UK and marketed as the world's first Google phone, it was a smashing piece of kit. The bells and whistles of an iPhone but something different to Apple.

It had have its flaws though - not least a battery that I remember would lose up to 10% an hour even in idle mode with the screen off. But it was still great for its time.

In fact, I may even head off to eBay right now...

Via The Verge

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 10, 2012 at 10:24

In fact, I may even head off to eBay right now...
Don't bother, you'll be so disappointed. Ex-good phones seem crappy when you use them a few years later. I used an original iPhone a few weeks ago, put it this was, Jobs was prong when in 2007 he said it was 5 years ahead of all other phones...if it had have been released in 2012, I don't think even the most die-hard Apple fanboy would have liked using one.

krogothnx  Aug. 10, 2012 at 12:25

i still see people with G1s all the time! it's quite nice to see it still gets attention.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 10, 2012 at 12:30

i still see people with G1s all the time! it's quite nice to see it still gets attention.
Really? I've not seen one "in the wild" for ages. I've still not seen an S3 "in the wild" yet, obviously I live in a particularly backwards area haha :p.

krogothnx  Aug. 10, 2012 at 12:35

i still see people with G1s all the time! it's quite nice to see it still gets attention.
Really? I've not seen one "in the wild" for ages. I've still not seen an S3 "in the wild" yet, obviously I live in a particularly backwards area haha :p.


aye i saw someone with one on the train not two days ago. only seen a single S3 in the entire time it's been out, but still see a /lot/ of people with white S2s.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 10, 2012 at 15:00

i still see people with G1s all the time! it's quite nice to see it still gets attention.
Really? I've not seen one "in the wild" for ages. I've still not seen an S3 "in the wild" yet, obviously I live in a particularly backwards area haha :p.


aye i saw someone with one on the train not two days ago. only seen a single S3 in the entire time it's been out, but still see a /lot/ of people with white S2s.

+1 about the white S2s, they're bloody everywhere.

mrew42  Aug. 10, 2012 at 15:42

i still see people with G1s all the time! it's quite nice to see it still gets attention.
Really? I've not seen one "in the wild" for ages. I've still not seen an S3 "in the wild" yet, obviously I live in a particularly backwards area haha :p.


aye i saw someone with one on the train not two days ago. only seen a single S3 in the entire time it's been out, but still see a /lot/ of people with white S2s.

+1 about the white S2s, they're bloody everywhere.


Seen a couple blues now. Mainly whites though, even a couple with broken screens LOL. (S3s I mean)

Pondlife  Aug. 10, 2012 at 18:11

Ouch, that's got to be costly.

mrew42  Aug. 11, 2012 at 08:49

I sympathise as 2 weeks into owning my first touchscreen phone (HTC Desire) it suffered a similar fate. I replaced the digitizer myself (£25 from ebay)
Galaxy SIII? It's not available on its own so you need to replace the LCD and indeed the whole front housing - About £180 !!!

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 11, 2012 at 10:32

I sympathise as 2 weeks into owning my first touchscreen phone (HTC Desire) it suffered a similar fate. I replaced the digitizer myself (£25 from ebay)
Galaxy SIII? It's not available on its own so you need to replace the LCD and indeed the whole front housing - About £180 !!!

Yeah, the AMOLED display and the glass are all one part, you have to replace the lot if you crack the glass (same as the S2, but even more expensive due to the size). The S3 display seems anecdotally pretty weak. I've read a lot of reports about it getting scratched or cracked, which is strange seeing as it's meant to be Gorilla Glass.

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