The HTC Magic (also known as the T-Mobile G1) was the first Android handset to hit the market. Smartphones have come a long way since the G1 launched in 2007. But you know what? While official support for the G1 is dwindling, every single time Google has released a major update to the Android operating system, someone has figured out a way to get it working on a G1.

Google Android 2.1 and 2.2 have both been ported to the phone. And now hackers are in the process of getting Google Android 3.0 up and running on the G1.

Google hasn’t yet released the source code for Honeycomb, so the project is based on the emulator image from the Android 3.0 software developer kit. Odds are we’ll see even more progress once Honeycomb goes open source. But the user interface, app launcher, keyboard, and multitouch features are all working.

The latest version of Honeycomb for the G1 still doesn’t support Bluetooth, WiFI, 3G, or SMS, and the screen resolution isn’t fully supported.

The developers plan to release an alpha version of Honeycomb for the G1 soon. In the meantime, you can check out a demo video after the break, showing that the operating system appears to be pretty responsive, even with the G1’s relatively slow processor.

via Engadget

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