November 14, 2009 | by Evan Selleck
I’ve got a couple pieces of good news for you. Up until now, the only place you could get a taste of Android 2.0 (affectionately called Eclair) was the recently released Motorola DROID. But if you weren’t one of the estimated 100,000+ customers who picked up the new device, or you’re hanging on to one of those older models, then the latest update to the Android system has been out of reach. But that’s just not the case anymore. As of last night, some time around sun down, Google unceremoniously released the source code to their latest version of the Operating System.
That gets the first part out of the way. The second part is probably better news for a lot of people out there: Cyanogen, the master hacker leading the way for rooted Android phones all over the place, has managed to get the shiny new update up and running on his T-Mobile G1. The screenshot shown here is the first-ever screenshot of Eclair running on the G1. Cyanogen posted it via Twitter (isn’t that how everything gets outed now-a-days?), along with some regular updates about the updated OS running on his device.
I haven’t rooted my HTC Hero, but I’ve definitely thought about it. Having to wait for HTC on anything is almost unbearable, especially considering how tight-lipped they are about their forthcoming software releases. What I do like about Cyanogen’s posts on Twitter, is that from the start he projects that the system is running relatively terrible because it is a basic build, but within two hours of that post, he’s got everything running “really well, fast and smooth”. One big exception is that audio and video isn’t working. Of course, it won’t be long before all of that gets ironed out, and the kinks are far removed.
Hurry up and wait. It’s a slogan I learned well over the years, and in the case of software updates, it’s an unwritten rule. I’m excited that Cyanogen was able to do such a great job, and so quickly at that, and I can’t wait to see what he has forthcoming. No real word yet as to when the customized variation will be available, but it probably won’t be long. And of course, you’ll have to be willing to root (or hack) your phone, if you haven’t already.