Tucked in the middle of yesterday’s news of Android 2.2 code being dropped into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was a glimmer of hope for G1 owners. According to Android developer Jean-Baptiste Queru, Google has restructured the source tree to help device manufacturers to use Froyo. Stripping away closed source stuff and optimizing the open source files, it’s now possible to build and boot a “fully open-source (Froyo) system image out of the box, for the emulator, as well as for Dream, Sapphire, and Passion. In other words, you can make Froyo work on a G1, myTouch 3G and Nexus One. Officially and without hacking.
As good as this news sounds at first, one has to be realistic. Google does not have the final say in which phones see various versions of Android. It will be up to HTC and/or T-Mobile to decide if it’s worth their time and effort to upgrade the nearly two year old handset. Still, this is enough for hackers like Cyanogen to get busy on Froyo for the Dream/G1. If you really love your G1 and want to hold on to it for as long as possible, you might consider rooting your phone.