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Jelly Bean Ported to World’s First Android Smartphone, the HTC G1 [Video]

Older Android handsets often miss out on Google’s latest software updates, simply because their aging internals can’t deliver a completely smooth experience. But that doesn’t mean they can’t run them altogether. In fact, a team of developers has managed to port Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the HTC G1, the world’s first Android smartphone.

Built by hacking group SoCal Devs, this semi-operational port of CyanogenMod 10 is more of a “look at what we can do” than anything else. It works, but you certainly wouldn’t want it powering your G1 if that G1 is your daily driver. For a start, it’s incredibly slow — even the built-in Clock app takes a few seconds to open, while navigating menus and scrolling pages takes a lot of patience.

As the video notes, “It’s certainly not fast, it’s certainly not stable, but it’s happening.”

If you’ve got an old G1 kicking around that needs a new lease of life, you can download a pre-alpha of this port from the XDA Developers forum and flash it to your handset. The SoCal Devs team is promising future updates, so things may get a little snappier. But they also explain it “probably won’t ever be a daily driver.”

Will you be installing CyanogenMod 10 on your G1?

[via The Verge]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...