The hack proves that Android 2.1 can work on first generation Android phones like the T-Mobile G1.
Called Cyanogen, the upgrade is not for the feint of heart and has the very real potential of bricking your phone. However, if successful, HTC Dream, Magic and Sapphire (T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G) users could have most of the features of the Nexus One on older, slower Android phones.
What's NOT included that you'd find on a Nexus One:
* Launcher2 (too clunky for these devices)
* Stock Live Wallpapers (LWP support is there, but may not work with all LWP apps and/or performance may be bad)
* Facebook (install from the Market, contact sync works perfect)
* Google Voice (install from Market, push notify works perfect)
Engadget notes that the upgrade downloads are so popular that the sites that host them are experiencing problems.
Most users should take a pass on this hack but should be happy to know that Android 2.1 can be ported to their phones.
Jon and Michael debate the merits of Google (GOOG) pulling out of China over spying concerns.Ben Baer, Senior Producer - Mar 19, 2010 10:33 AM ET
In the latest installment of Connected, Fortune Senior Editor at Large Adam Lashinsky sits down with Adobe (ADBE) CEO Shantanu Narayen to discuss hacking threats from China and beyond, competing with tech giants Microsoft and Google and explaining the reasons behind the Omniture deal.
_____________________________________________________________Ben Baer, Senior Producer - Feb 11, 2010 1:14 PM ET
Apple (AAPL) just released OS X 10.5 Leopard, but a team of programmers has already figured out how to install the new operating system on off-the-shelf Intel PCs. See DailyApps' tutorial here for step-by-step instructions.
The procedure is still experimental and has not been thoroughly tested. Some system preferences, like Sound and Network, may never work.
It's a tour de force nonetheless, one that reminds us of the remark Samuel Johnson made MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 28, 2007 3:11 PM ET
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