Motorola Droid CM9

The Motorola Droid was one of the first really popular Android smartphones. But at this point the 2009 era device is considered pretty ancient. Motorola has no plans to update the Droid to Google Android 4.0, and even the hackers at CyanogenMod have announced the plan to drop support for the aging smartphone when CyanogenMod 9 (based on Android 4.0) is released to the public.

But there’s always someone who won’t take no for an answer — and this time it’s xda-developers forum member kabaldan. He’s ported an early build of CyanogenMod 9 to run on the original Motorola Droid.

Some features don’t work. For instance there’s no support for hardware accelerated video and the camera doesn’t function. Because the Droid doesn’t have as much internal storage space as most modern Android phones, kabaldan’s software also carves up the storage in interesting ways and makes use of an sd card if it’s properly partitioned and formatted.

The boot animation is also disabled because it uses enough RAM to cause problems on the Droid.

If that’s not enough to scare you off, you can find download links for CyanogenMod 9 RC0 and a working version of gApps at the xda-developers forum.

via xda-developers

Brad Linder

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