T-Mobile G1 reaches its end of life; The first Android phone is no more

Image of the front and side of a T-Mobile G1 in White from HTC
Image of the front and side of a T-Mobile G1 in White from HTC

The world’s first Android died today of old age, the T-Mobile G1, (aka HTC Dream) has sadly been put out to pasture by T-Mobile. Although it was only a few years old, the HTC-made T-Mobile G1 just didn’t have what it took to keep up with the likes of the Samsung Captivate and the Nexus One. Some say the G1 committed suicide when it was announced that it would not be receiving an official update to Android 2.2 Froyo. Likely, T-Mobile pulled the G1 off the shelves so it could continue with its “no phone left behind” act.

I remember when the Dream was the coolest device throughout the entire mobile geek kingdom. I pre-ordered my black G1 the minute the site went live, and loved it to no end. When all the hacks and mods started coming in for the thing, my love for the Android OS grew even more. That said, if we flash forward to today, I couldn’t recommend it as a good buy to friends or family. The hardware is too far behind virtually any smartphone competition, which is why the handset was pulled in the first place.

T-Mobile now has the MyTouch Slide, with an improved keyboard and uprated internals. With new devices like the Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile’s Galaxy S variant) hitting Magenta, who’d pick the aging device over anything else? It’s kind of funny to look at the HTC Dream with the same glowing opinion of it, what with all the advanced “superphones” coming out nowadays. Android has come such a long way since the G1, it’s hard to believe that it started with such a handset.

You’ll always have a special place in our hearts, Dream, but I’d say your end of life date is past due. I’m surprised that T-Mobile actually kept selling you for so long when each new handset launched on Magenta just made you look older and older. We had some good times G1, but it’s time to be laid down to rest.

How many of you are still rocking G1′s?  Hit us up in the comments, and tell us what phones you’re thinking of upgrading to! Consider you comment an homage to the G1.

[Via: AndroidAndMe]

  • Bridget

    I have to say although the Samsung galaxy S is a beautiful looking phone it’s lack of flash and plasticy feel make it lose out to the Nexus One in my humble opinion. The N1 feels so much more solid and the flash makes a big difference in certain pictures.

    • misa

      misa:

      how can i buy T-Mobile Andorid G1 phone HTC Dream, im in the phillipines? please help me?
      How much is it today? i know it issued last two years…2008.. not 2010 how much is it? this is my number – +639092413664

  • n0r4d

    I’m still rockin my G1, I am running Cyanogenmod 5.0.8. That’s. Android 2.1, and its wicked fast. I am waiting on cyanogens final release of cm6 android 2.2 froyo. I tried the release canidate and its sweet. But still had some bugs to be worked out. Needless to say I am sad that the G1 is dead, although I guess this means when my trusty G1 does eat it then I have a good reason to ditch tmobile and get the evo. Att can kiss my ass they will never get a cent from me.

  • Boots

    Well what else would I be typing this from? I was kinda surprised when I got my G1 and found out about a week later that it was actually quite old, (early january 2010) but I gave the phone a shot, and I fell in love. Especially now that I have Cyanogen Mod 5.0.7 on it. Works like a charm. Although, I am currently waiting to be deployed in the Navy, so once I finish with boot camp I need a phone that will work with any sim card, so the Nexus 1 is going to be my phone. But the G1 will always remain in my heart as my very first smartphone.

  • lalaboy

    the samsung galaxy S has flash..only the US variants don't….

    N1 hardware is already behind even though it is pretty new..lack of flash may not be a problem for ppl who dont take lots of pics, especially in low light condition…

    i am still running my g1, rooted and running android 2.2..no doubt the phone is sluggish and the hardware seems ancient compared to the superphones today, but i guess i will use it for a few months to come…

  • Stu Wells

    yeah, we still have an active G1 in my house. When I upgraded to the N1, my daughter inherited it. I'm still looking for another G1 for my eldest son.

  • mike

    I gotta rock my damn G1 until t-mobile gives me an upgrade…but its hacked to shit and runs better then many smartphones today…well, at least a few

  • @andytgeezer

    I only just upgraded from a G1 to a Motorola Milestone. I think it got a lot of things right when it came out and since using it, I've always looked for a similar type of phone to upgrade, hence the Moto Milestone.

  • Joe D

    One of my friends continues to use their G1 to this day, having bought it probably hours after the device first launched. It’s the phone that convinced me to take a harder look at Android – and resulted in my jumping on board soon after.
    I’m kind of sad actually to see the G1 go, but progress marches onward – it certainly will be remembered as one of those “first-of” products that got the ball rolling for Android and Google, and introduced a new platform to the world of mobile communications.

  • Garrett 77

    And so the g1 outlasted the n1….. Doh

  • Larry

    I'm still using the G1 purchased in Dec08. Battery life never really allowed it to be used to it's full portential. Also the onboard memory was limiting. I'm still waiting on the right replacement – maybe the Blaze will be it.

  • Ridge Tolbert

    I still have and love my G1. I carry a spare battery with me for those long days without a chance to charge. I have great apps and still am unrooted. I even purchased my first app (Audio Manager) last month after more than a year of using the phone. But I do suffer from smartphone envy and may consider purchasing another phone next year when my T-Mobile commitment ends.

  • Ted Brock

    Actually am thinking of going back to the G1 and sending the Samsung Vibrant back to T-Mobile. While it is stunningly beautiful and awesomely powerful, it lacks the actual phone quality. In my living room, I get 4 out of 5 bars on the G1 and 0 or maybe 1 on the Vibrant. The G1 never missed or dropped a call. Without the phone, its not really a smart phone, just a smart?

  • SG_Shadow

    I'm still rocking the HTC Dream. I still under contract with T-Mobile so that is my primary reason. I have to problem rooting my phone, so I'm running Android 2.2 thanks to Cyanogen.

  • sarah

    I still have it, was one of those suckers who bought before the G1 launch in Nov. 2008. I never did fall in love, although the camera is unbelievable – took a 2 week tropical vacation last year, and left the old digital camera at home, because the G1 takes fantastic pictures. I may keep the G1 to use as a digital camera.

    I never got over being p*d off about the lack of Flash. My now seven-year-old MDA had Flash and full PDF support built-in. I recall impressing friends by showing off how I could log onto CNN in real-time and watch live TV without so much as a screen flicker. This is impossible with the G1, and the fatal flaw was the fact that we never got the Flash we were promised – and then, when the newest generation of G1s came out, they had flash natively built-in as a basic feature. This last act of betrayal really p**d me off. 'Hold on, your Flash is coming soon!' I heard this for 2.5 years, from T-Mobile phone techs to the in-store sales geek who always liked to see what new hack I'd just discovered for the G1.

  • sarah

    Edited to add. I didn't discover the hacks – rather, I discovered the new hacks the brilliant minds came up with. The biggest wow factor with the G1 was the possibility – I used to scan the Marketplace at least once a day, just to see what new program had been posted there, and I'm still signed up for email alerts from all the off-brand websites where the new ROMs and hacks are posted. I never stopped being amazed at what creativity was unleashed by allowing the Android to be at least partially open-source. One of my last d/ls was a semi-fail, but again, the potential is limitless – somebody is trying to turn the G1 into a real-time talking videographer for the blind. The app doesn't work very well, but the fact that someone could even think up a great idea like this gives me hope for us all.

  • JS

    I have a G1 and I still think it is a good mobile.
    Next one will may be motorola milestone 2.

  • Spiff E.

    Viva la Dream!

    The research was completed, the plans were organized, and the decisions were decided. On Thursday, February 10th, two-thousand-eleven (yes… I spelled it out for dramatic effect) between the wee hours of 12am and 3am a young(‘ish) computer support technician performed his first Android OS transplant. The bronze, aging HTC Dream went under the USB to be rooted, flashed, and upgraded from ye ole Android 1.6 to Cyanogen’s 2.2 Froyo. And this, my friend, is a glorious re-birth! That brown, bulky, brick of a telcom device has been given a new lease on life!

    –flash back–
    I remember the day I un-boxed her back in September of ’08. Such cute n’tiny little applications. …The first time she sync’d with Gmail – how adorable. *tear* Her potential was unimaginable!

    (…well, that’s not true… it was imaginable… and realized. As more and more apps hit the Android Market… Moving on!)
    –flash forward–

    Now in the tech-twilight of her years, when the majority of her peers have been dropped, donated, destroyed, replaced or recycled she gets a facelift and some shiny new apps.
    Exhibit A: Matrix Live Wallpaper.
    Boom.

    Some say it takes 30 years for vintage clothing to come “back in style.” By that logic (and knowing that technology doubles every six months) I’m sure that in a few more weeks the G1 will become the cool’izzle, retro-tech that all the hipsters can’t wait to get their hands on!
    (…on second thought, with the iPad 2 and the Viliv x10 on the horizon that scenario seems fairly unlikely…)

    Anyway… My Qualcomm MSM7201A is a war-horse! Well, more like a war-burro… And I will ride her down the communication super-highway so long as her wifi can hold an IP address! She may be limping along, but at least she’s still moving forward. ..for now.

    You say the G1 is dead. I say it’s time to start believing in Zombies!

  • 09161986

    Whoa I’m Jelymar Bautista of Manila Philippines as far I’m concern I think I’m the Only person who own a t-mobile g1 here in the Philippines sad to know that g1 is no longer live us now but I’m still using it….where part of the earth could I found the accessories of my phone like battery….can I ask? Is there any free replacement for my phone??

    Thank’s

  • 09161986

    Whoa I’m Jelymar Bautista of Manila Philippines as far I’m concern I think I’m the Only person who own a t-mobile g1 here in the Philippines sad to know that g1 is no longer live us now but I’m still using it….where part of the earth could I found the accessories of my phone like battery….can I ask? Is there any free replacement for my phone??

    Thank’s

  • no1slookin

    i actually like my G1 because im running 2.2 which is awesome so i have an up to date market she runs great and the person who said you never drop a call you are right i never have..the weird thing is im running my att service on it and att phones drop calls so bad its a shame i have to argue day 2 day about hang ups lol bt thanx to htc dream g1 I have never lost a call yet,gr8 reception and service..the only problem i have is getting live wallpaper to work any suggestions on firmware?

  • no1slookin

    i actually like my G1 because im running 2.2 which is awesome so i have an up to date market she runs great and the person who said you never drop a call you are right i never have..the weird thing is im running my att service on it and att phones drop calls so bad its a shame i have to argue day 2 day about hang ups lol bt thanx to htc dream g1 I have never lost a call yet,gr8 reception and service..the only problem i have is getting live wallpaper to work any suggestions on firmware?

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