July 1, 2009
Sense UI

Sense UI

Just to show you that it can be done, below is a video of the augmented Android user-interface, HTC’s Rosie/Sense, running on a plain old G1. Thanks to HDblog.it, we can see the full glory of HTC’s Sense on the G1. Although your ‘With Google’ device may not be able to automatically gain an upgrade to this new HTC user interface, it doesn’t mean that without a little hacking, it won’t.

The issue here, is that by ‘a little’, we really mean quite ‘a lot’. Not only will you be lacking a stable OS, it is unlikely you’ll find Bluetooth and WiFi working either yet. It soon becomes clear that the Hero was not designed to run on the G1, given its requirements for more memory. With that said, memory issues can be fixed, and given the open-source nature of Android and the community support behind it, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this turning out well in the medium to long run. After all, many of the keen early adopters will have a G1, and our best guess is it is these guys that know the most about Android development out of anyone. If the G1 users can’t do it, no one can. Video after the jump .

James Tromans
Contributing editor of AndroidAuthority.com, based in the U.K.
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