Nov 24 AT 8:51 PM Nick Gray 24 Comments

Video: T-Mobile G1 gets its very own Android 4.0 AOSP port


If you’re into loading custom ROMs on your rooted Android device, I’m pretty sure you’ve been keeping a close eye on the development community, hoping to get an Android 4.0 build for your phone up and running as soon as possible. We’ve already seen a few Android phones get early AOSP ports over the past week, but none of us expected to see Ice Cream Sandwich running on the T-Mobile G1.

Just last month, the HTC T-Mobile G1 celebrated its third birthday, but the development community for the original Android phone is still working hard to keep the phone relevant in a world dominated by dual-core devices. But the Android 4.0 build isn’t quite ready for prime time quite yet. Developers are still trying to enable WiFi, Bluetooth and screen rotation, but we don’t expect these issues to linger for too long.

I’d venture a guess that most G1 devices were retired about a year ago, but there are plenty of you who couldn’t bear selling the device once you upgraded to something new. Are any of you going to spend some time this weekend playing with Android 4.0 on the G1? I know I will.

Source: XDA-Developers

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Kwills 88

    When I saw this, I almost cried, my first love still kicking it strong, there’s only one OG. Long live momma G1.

    • GiqueGEAR_Todd

      Agreed. Not only is my G1 out to pasture, so is my original Droid! Gotta love the classics !

  • Techrocket9

    This amuses me greatly.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    It still gets support after 3 years

  • Nathan

    wow this is a great surprise, almost didn’t believe this.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Unrelated to this post….All tmobile fans should rejoice….

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  • iHateiPhone

    Not even my G2X can have ICS ported over to it because of stupid LG and Nvidia not open sourcing the Tegra…….such BS now to see (although very happy) an OLLDDDDDD grandpa of a phone handle the power of ICS, even if it is buggy! lol

  • KatSelezneva

    A very enjoyable video. IT WORKS – despite the fact that even relatively new smartphones don’t support Android 4.0. My respect to HTC! A dessert for developers: Some Ice Cream Sandwich, please!

  • Dirty_Azkals

    So……….why was HTC passed up twice to make the Nexus phones?

    • Jes

      Coulda sworn HTC made the Nexus One.

      • david

        Nexus s and galaxy nexus. Therefore, passed twice.

        • Jes

          Oh I misunderstood your comment.

    • David

      I guess the amoled screen had something to do.


    Custom ROM rules! I hope they manage to create custom ROM to other phones.

  • RockinEvo

    Unrelated those amazing fellas (n ladies if any) at xda have a port also for the Evo and defy. Things are looking up

  • Marcus Nolasco

    Pardon my ignorance but do they have an AOSP ROM for the Nexus One yet? At least I know for sure the Nexus One will be able to handle it if the G1 can :-)

  • Dre

    That is a win

  • cheeseasaurus

    I have a G2X, due to nvidia’s lack of open source on the tegra platform… I’ve been playing with a G1 this weekend. fail?

  • pixelswim

    I’m saving my G1 for my kids to show their grandchildren. …”and people kept porting the newest Android version to it even though it was dreadfully slow… just because they could!”…

  • donger

    seeing this makes me miss my beloved G1

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  • anteneh

    how to install 4.0 on T-Mobile g1