As soon as Google announced officially the launch of the latest flavor of its mobile operating system, namely Android 2.2, aka Froyo, many have started to wonder what will happen with older phones, and whether they will be able to enjoy the new desert or not. When it comes to the first ever Android device to land on the market, the T-Mobile G1, things are not looking too bright, as Android 2.2 won't arrive on it, at least not officially.
According to Google, the G1 does not have enough memory to support the new operating system version, at least this seems to be the official explanation on why Android 2.2
won't be delivered to the device. For what it's worth, this does not come too much as a surprise, considering the fact that the same explanation was offered in the past when Android 2.1 landed on the market.
However, a recent article
on gadgetvenue suggests that, technically speaking, the G1 might be able to run Android 2.2
. According to the news site, some Google developers were those to state that it is technically possible to put Froyo on G1, as long as some applications are removed from the device, and a new partition is created, since the existing one is too small to support the OS and apps.
Newer Android-based mobile phones do not come with the same limitation, yet the G1, being a rather old handset, does. However, in case an official update won't be released for the device, unofficial ones might emerge. An Android 2.1 Cyanogen ROM was promised a while ago, and it seems that it might arrive in a few days time, followed by an Android 2.2
solution. One would have to root the G1 to be able to install such a ROM, yet this is a simple process, and enthusiasts will certainly give it a try, just to see how things work.