A Survey of Upgrade Options for the HTC Dream; or, Installing Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the T-Mobile G1

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Some of you might remember this lowly device. Once upon a time, it was the talk of the town. When the mobile carriers stopped issuing updates, CyanogenMod became one of the predominant variant distributions. But now, with official support dropped from the Android Open Source Project, even Cyanogen and his team are having trouble keeping up. I am, of course, talking about the HTC Dream; this review will cover a number of ways to keep this device up to date, and may apply to the HTC Sapphire/Magic as well.

CyanogenMod 7

The easiest thing to do is wait for a CyanogenMod ROM. Progress is delayed because Steve Kondik does not use an HTC Dream anymore and because of the lack of AOSP support. However, Mehdi Abaakouk has inherited Steve’s responsibilities and there will be a CyanogenMod 7 release sometime in the future.

For the impatient among us, other ROMs are floating around that might satisfy the desire to upgrade. Many of these solutions depend on the 2708/2825 radio and 1.33.0013d SPL for more efficient RAM utilization.

ezGingerbread

Maintained by ezterry, this near-AOSP source repository supplies Gingerbread for the Dream/Sapphire. It is primarily a source distribution with a number of unsupported binary builds.

EZ FRankenCYAN

Maintainer: bonesy
Heritage: Google, Cyanogen, Firerat, ezterry
Dependencies: radio and SPL update, CustomMTD for 94MB system partition

Ginger yoshi

Maintainer: yohshua
Heritage: bonesy
Dependencies: radio and SPL update
Features: apps2sdext, Google Experience apps, Zeam Launcher, MIUI Miren Browser, T-Mobile Theme Chooser

COS-DS

Maintainer: roalex
Heritage: Google, Cyanogen, Firerat, ezterry
Dependencies: radio and SPL update
Features: apps2sdext, Google Experience apps, ADWLauncher, T-Mobile Theme Chooser, Titanium Backup, Gallery 2D and 3D, ROM Manager, Google Maps 5 (vector maps, SD cache), S2E (simple2ext by OlegKrikun)

I am currently using Ginger yoshi, which performs quite well. Please share your experiences with running Android 2.3 on your HTC Dream/Sapphire. Also comment if anything is missing or inaccurate. Is it time for a hardware upgrade yet?

One Comment

  1. Vikas says:

    Nice article and summarised very well..
    good for beginners..

    Thnx for your effort..
    Keep up the work