Since the time that the Ice Cream Sandwich source code was released, numerous older devices have been getting their own Android 4.0 ROMs. For instance, the HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1, got some Ice Cream Sandwich touch, thanks to a crafty and courageous developer.
One member of XDA Developers has set out to prove that Google and HTC are wrong about the impossibility of running Andoid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on devices with incompatible hardware. The developer was able to make ICS run on the 3-year-old HTC G1 (Dream). The touch screen is working, including all the apps and special features of Android 4.0. However, WiFi, Bluetooth, and screen rotation are still not working.
The HTC Dream or the T-Mobile G1 was released in the U.S. in October, 2008, and was the first phone in the market to use the Android mobile device platform.
It is noticeable in the video that the T-Mobile G1 seems to be struggling to run Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s also struggling to complete simple functions such as transition from screen to screen and opening smaller apps.
In the past, the T-Mobile G1 had been also seen running on Honeycomb and most thought that it’s the farthest that it can go, but now that it’s running the latest Ice Cream Sandwich, it might still go further.
Do you have an older Android smartphone and would you like it to run on Android 4.0?