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First ever Android phone gets upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Hacker shows OEMs how it's done, sort of
Fri Aug 10 2012, 12:37
Android Jelly Bean

THE FIRST EVER Android smartphone, the HTC-built T-Mobile G1, has received an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Not legitimately, of course, as the upgrade comes courtesy of a hacker on the XDA Developers forum. The hacker has posted the video below of Google's latest operating system running on T-Mobile's G1 handset, which was launched four years ago in 2008.

As you'd expect, not all of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features work on the ageing handset, which has a 528MHz processor, 192MB of RAM, a 3.2in 320x480 screen and a 3MP rear-facing camera.

However, the hacker has managed to port features such as Google Now to the phone, but he also notes that other features have become defunct, such as the handset's accelerometer and its ability to get a 3G data connection.

While the release is by no means stable, this gives Android smartphone manufacturers no excuse for not bringing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to their latest handsets. We're looking at you, Sony. µ

 

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