One of the more exciting things about the upcoming HTC 'Hero' G2 smartphone is that it will come with a new, updated version of the lauded Android operating system. Well, today we've got some great news for you Android-loving G1 owners out there; the Hero has been cracked, and HTC's new version of Android is available for download on the G1.
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Finding it might be a little difficult, however. Haykuro, the 17-year-old developer that leaked Cupcake ahead of its release date, has somehow found a ROM from the upcoming G2. He fiddled around with it and managed to get it to work on his G1. Haykuro's calling this new OS update “donut”, and he's posted a video of what it's capable of up here.
If you don't have an unlocked dev phone G1, you're going to have to wait a few weeks to get Donut running on your machine. The ROM is hard to find and it doesn't work for rooted G1 owners. Fortunately, the fact that Donut is already out among the developer community means it shouldn't be too long before a version is out that the rest of us can use.
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And what can we expect from this update to Android's UI? For one thing, Android now handles playing and storing music files a lot better. The playlist interface has improved dramatically, and there's now a shortcut to the media player right under the google search bar on the Android desktop. The Internet browser, the calendar, and a whole host of other bits of the Android UI have received significant updates.