Test Build of Android 2.2 Froyo Running on T-Mobile G1 & myTouch 3G

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When Google says the T-Mobile G1 will never get Android 2.2 Froyo because there's not enough space for the OS to fit in the flash space, the dev community thankfully doesn't listen. The folks at the xda developers have gotten a "very Alpha" build of 2.2 ported to both the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G and it's sort of usable. Calls, 3G, LEDs, and the notification bar are in working order and it's noticeably speedier. Things that are currently broken: Wi-Fi, camera, gps, and external audio. And don't even think about installing Flash unless you like crashy browsers. If you're an experimenter of these sorts, you can download the alpha build of Android 2.2 froyo here.

But don't think it's all frozen yogurt and rainbows from here, the limitations of the G1 hardware are real and even the most polished and stable build of this port won't have every feature of Froyo. The truth is, the G1 simply doesn't have enough storage space to fit the Froyo OS image without stripping features. Google is choosing to not port it at all, the devs will try to port as much as they can. [xda developers]

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The Android modding community is very impressive and they do some amazing things, but I think their work is largely overrated. Not overrated in that it has no merit, but it's overrated in that custom roms are not the solution to all Android user's problems.

I've owned rooted versions of the G1 and the HTC Magic, and even though I've tried quite a few highly recommended roms I can honestly say that I've never found one that runs as fast or as stable as the factory stock images that came with the phone or were pushed down over the air. They always seem great at first, then a few weeks or months later you'll start to discover obscure bugs that make your life annoying.

It's not the modders' faults, they're incredibly talented people who devote a lot of time to the community for free, but it's a reality of the fact that they just don't have paid QA departments at their disposal to test their roms before they release them.

As a relatively experienced custom Android rom user, my recommendation is that you're better off with the Google supplied 1.6 image on your G1. You're free to disagree with me, but that's just the way I feel after devoting a lot of time to installing and running these things.