updated 06:07 pm EDT, Thu August 9, 2012
Android 4.1 hits the first Android phone released
Unofficial developers appear to have found a way to run Android 4.1 on the T-Mobile G1. Hardware hacker jcarrz1 of the XDA-Developers forum ported the mobile OS to the world's first Android phone, showing Android's flexibility and the resilience of the G1 to any operating system installed on it. The same hack with the G1 was performed with Ice Cream Sandwich in November, also by jcarrz1.
This time, a version of CyanogenMod 10 was used on the handset, to a considerable degree of success. Although it lacks the hardware acceleration of newer devices, is relatively slow, and in some areas not functional, it was said to be relatively usable. Various menu functions worked through the touchscreen, including a partially working version of Google Now, various built-in apps and Wi-Fi connectivity. Rotation and a carrier connection do not currently work in the pre-alpha version that has been released to the forums.
Handset manufacturers are still working on porting Jelly Bean to their own devices. The Galaxy Nexus 7 tablet has the latest OS pre-installed; the Samsung Galaxy Nexus received an update less than a month after the OS was formally announced by Google, while the Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to receive it by the end of the third quarter. [via Android Community]