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Jelly Bean Ported to OG DROID, This Thing Won’t Die

Developers continue to pump out love for the “OG” Droid. Recently, a developer over at XDA decided to go all out and push a complete build of Jelly Bean to Motorola’s most popular Android device. According to a reader that has flashed the build, it seems to be a very functional ROM and only the camera tends to be slow or non-working. If you happen to have your unlocked and rooted Droid sitting around, then why not show it some love with the newest version of Android? 

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Via: XDA

Cheers Aravind!

  • Batman

    Ah, the OG Droid. My first smartphone. Those were the days. Greg Morgan put it perfectly: Live on, my friend. Live on.

  • If I had mines at work I would flash this right now. When I get home me & my of droid gonna have another talk. I think its tired of ICS LoL. I use that phone as my MP3 player so this is great… Galaxy S3

  • d4user

    D4 with JB?

  • droid4user

    I started with the OG from blackberry and was a game changer for me as well. I have the DRoid4 now and the 4g is killer when is use it for a hot spot for other phones and everybody in my office has jelly bean on their SIII’s. anybody know of a place to get JB for a D4?

  • The fact that this happened brings a smile to my face. I’m proud to say I used to use that phone. 🙂

  • Nathan Thomas

    Great to see the Droid marching on. But come on, why do these people keep using auto focus when taking video. Ruins that whole video.

  • I’m getting a boot loop so I’ll just have to look further into it. Its just fun to keep doing things with the phone that got me into android.

  • 216monster

    I still have my OG Droid, it probably deserves a sealed glass case by now! Hands down, it was one of the best things to ever happen in the mobile market.

  • Russ Thacher

    I love this. I charging my OG Droid now!

  • David Hayden

    My Droid can now say it has seen five iterations of the Android operating system.

  • Clifford Gadd

    Why were there ads in the camera app?

  • Michael Lewis

    I’m going to have to fish out my OG droid and give this ROM a whirl. Wow. Awesome to see that this phone is still getting love 🙂

  • Pretty cool but without Google Now it isn’t something I would bring out the OG for. Am I the only one who did’t completely f up there OG, seems like everyone talks as if the destroyed the thing from daily use.

    • OreoMan

      I still have mine and it works great.

  • F#$k yes!

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    The OG droid and the nexus 1 are by far the greatest android devices ever made…they don’t make em like this anymore

  • TheZilch

    Long live the King! Huzzah!

  • Hitekdroid

    I just upgraded from my og to name sgs3, and it was a sad day. If they remade it with the same design, 4g, 4.3inch screen, and as thin as possible, I would get another one.

    • spunker88

      Kind of like the Motorola Photon Q with unlockable bootloader. Sadly its only on Sprint.

  • I love you, man. I’ll never forget you. You changed my life. {{-_-}}

  • OG Droid is the Chuck Norris of all known phones !! End of story.

  • Dr4g0nf1y

    And my Bionic still can’t get ICS… FML.

  • fgclolz

    Google, please let Moto make the next Nexus phone: The new Droid Nexus!

  • Jay See

    I just wish the directions on HOW TO DO IT werent written for Astronauts…they assume too mcuh and arent “dumb enough” for the layman….

  • I would love an OG Droid built with new hardware. It was just so sturdy and felt good in the hand. I loved the industrial design. The slightly slopped sides and gold accents always reminded me of the Micheal Keton “Batman” movie for some reason. You can almost see him using it. I am not the first person to make that observation, just posting it here. In a perfect world Motorola would come out with a “Droid Classic” developers phone. New hardware in a OG Droid body. Long live the Droid!

  • trbasil

    “only the camera tends to be slow or non-working”

    Heck, that’s the camera and Moto’s “excellent” hardware there. My OG camera is slow no matter if I’m stock or with any ROM that I have ever run.

  • Stewie

    Nice, but since it leaves too little space on it afterwards and performance issues, and considering mine no longer does calls, it isn’t worth it. It’s nice for concept as previously stated, but that’s it.

    • Kyle

      It is worth it. It works great

  • Amazing!

  • mustbepbs

    This gives you a pretty good idea about the Galaxy Nexus’ immortality.

  • jim

    well I finaly gave up waiting for the jelly bean update on my verizon nexus and as of 5 minutes ago am now unlocked and rooted, now,,, which is the best jelly bean to install ????

    • Havoc70

      BAMF Paradigm V2.2 is awesome

      • jim

        why? tell me more please

  • WOW…Amazing, I miss my OG…

  • satsmine2k4

    this thing shouldn’t die… it’s like the grand dad of android…

  • Jeff Coleman

    This made my day. Thanks!

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  • dawn m. armfield

    I am SO trying this!

  • Vitor

    This is the reason why having a stock android phone that has an unlocked bootloader is important. As long as there is a development community for the device you will always be able to run the latest Android Os platform. That is what makes the Galaxy Nexus a valuable smartphone. The OG Droid was 1st introduced in Nov 08/09 and it has the latest OS. This proves that the Galaxy Nexus will be able to run the latest OS in 2015/16.

  • David Fairweather

    Although my OG was deactivated when I got my GNex it can still make and receive Wi-Fi calls thanks to Groove IP and Google Voice.

  • Travis Shepherd

    still got mine even after purchasing my g-nex, my girls use is for games & such, guess I’ll have to try it.

  • Cole L

    I never knew the og droid had fm radio. I noticed fm radio app. real fm radio is working. pretty cool. live on!

  • This is awesome. please build for Droid 3.

  • Kyle Monez

    I still use mine as a daily driver.

  • eddieonofre

    so sad I just had to disassemble my old beloved OG in order to replace the keyboard and screen on a friend OG, It was sad to see it all torn apart for the last time I know that now it will live on a firends OG so at least that outs a smile on my face

  • Greg Newtong

    Camera works. Just tested it.

  • Nicholassss

    The OG droid is my absolute favorite phone i’ve owned. I saw one on craigslist for 50 last night, i might just have to get it so I can try this out!

  • Kyle Chen

    Actually, camera, video camera, and panorama are functional now.

  • nightscout13


  • Unfortunately, mine doesn’t power on anymore. 🙁 I only keep it around as a memento.

  • chaosrv

    I love how the developer community constantly shows up the carriers & manufacturers. VZW/Motorola dashed our hopes of ICS or JB on the Droid 3 but here it is on the original!

    Take that

  • very very awesome

  • Alexander Garcia

    Wow. Just. Wow. Still the Godfather of Android. Long live the DROID.

  • Devilsephiroth

    Too bad the battery is already dead

  • Andrew Merewitz

    I love that phone, almost 3 years old and still being supported! It was my first smartphone and changed the game for me, and android as an OS. Rock on OG!

  • Ryan Weller

    Well, I know what I’m doing when I get off work. I still use mine to check my email and as an alarm clock/calendar on my nightstand. Right now it’s just running stock rooted FRK76. Jelly Bean, here I come!

  • How does this exist, yet there’s still no functioning ICS on the Droid 3..?

    • capecodcarl

      It’s probably safe to assume when buying a non-Nexus device that you will never get a major OS upgrade. If you’re OK with that and can live with the current software build then go ahead and buy it. If you’re going in with the expectation of an OS upgrade though you’re going to have a bad time.

    • Nicholassss

      I have an ICS build on my droid 3. google search hash of codes.

      theres an aokp build and a cm9 build for it.

      the cm9 is great but youtube doesnt work and the aokp isnt quite as smooth but evrrything (including youtube) is fully functioning.
      both smooth enough to be your daily driver for sure.

      definitely worth checking out man!

  • Urugami

    I have got to try this on mine

  • bakdroid

    Definitely not something you could live with as a daily driver but as a proof of concept, pretty bad ass!! OEMs need to see this. If the OG can run it, no phones released within the last 18 months should be on the exclusion list.

    • But this is stock JB. The phones being denied the update can run it, just not with the OEM skins. And you know how OEMs love their skins.

      • Mike

        Actually, after watching the video, it doesn’t look like stock JB. It looks like a port of CM10.

        • Cale L

          It is

          • Henry

            Supercharging it makes it faster.

    • Cale L

      with a couple of releases, I think it can be used as a daily driver 😛

      it’s little slow now, but like the ics rom, it will only get better.

      • My OG Droid can barely run Gingerbeard — it just doesn’t have
        enough RAM to run anything after Froyo. As bakdroid said, it’s a great proof of concept, but don’t
        count on it being your daily driver.

        • A Sam

          My OG Droid runs gingerbread great. It also runs ICS and this jb rom well. It’s a little slow, but it’s fine. But gingerbread, especially liquid, is faster than any froyo or eclair rom

        • RW-1

          Not really true, it couldn’t run stock GB, if you threw a slimmed down ROM on it with a faster OC, it runs GB just fine, and Mine did so on CM nightlies for well over a year … but I think we’re all agreed the OG pushing JB is right on the line.

          • Henry

            GB and froyo aren’t all that different. ICS and JB are more intensive though. It’s still great having JB on this device. Hope we get the next android version too via a port. That’ll be epic

  • KleenDroid

    Once again the OG has been proven to be the best and last great phone manufactured by Motorola. I do hope they one day wake up…

  • I would probably still be using mine if the glass didn’t shatter. RIP, my OG droid.

  • I never had this phone but even it’s single core on 3G is making my dual core 4G LTE Droid Razr jealous!

    • Brandon

      I have jelly bean on my razr

      • Which ROM are you using? I’m still hoping for an official OTA Jelly Bean because I posted on Motorola’s Facebook and they said info was coming soon about a Jelly Bean update! Hopefully this acquisition will breathe new life into Motorola’s upgrade department!

        • shecalledmejay

          lol in Verizon and Moto mind’s coming soon = 6 months atleast

      • Not a functional one.

  • Dude needs to put a new 9V in that smoke detector.

    • Totally thought you were talking about the phone…until I watched it with sound

  • I gave my OG Droid to my daughter to use as a media player/alarm clock. I’ll have to install this for her this weekend.

    • Adam Miller

      I have thought about doing this. What version are you using for that that is stable?

      • I was running Peter Alfonso’s Bugless Beast GB build from 10-26-2011 when I got my RAZR, so that’s what she ended up with. If this proves not to work for what she needs it for, that’s what it will be downgraded to, as well.

    • EricRees

      I also use mine as my alarm clock with it’s dock. Works fantastically.

      • RW-1

        Oh … going to have to do that, a nice retasking I think ….

    • Tsabhira

      I do this with my old OG too. In fact, the main app I use on it (other than the clock) is Lightning Bug — to turn the whole thing into a soothing sound machine for placing right above my baby’s crib. Across the room is my husband’s old Droid 2 rocking the same setup. Old phones never die. 😀

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I will try this today, I have one.

  • Knlegend1

    Glad I still have mine to go home and play with now lol.

  • tbaybe

    that right there is awesome! Wish i still had mine…

    • Jarred Sutherland

      We both were down-voted for saying positive things about it .. people here are hilarious.

      • Long live the OG!!

      • ryanallaire

        The down voters are probably droid eris owners…:)

    • zala

      to those who down voted…FUCK YOU! OG droid still in the mix.

  • John

    Pretty not bad. If you still have this phone, I’m sorry. It’s time to move on 😉

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Why? If it still works, why just move on? That mentality really makes no sense.

      • Most power hungry apps require more powerful hardware and this device is after all a single core, 3G device with a mediocre amount of RAM. Dual / Quad core, 2 GB of RAM, and 4G LTE devices await!

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Again, if it still works. Your assumption assumes that it doesn’t work … but it does and people are still dev’ing for it.

          Not everyone wants or needs the latest device.

          • bakdroid

            Ah, if only this concept could be put to use on everyone on welfare…

          • I’m not saying you need the “latest” device, I’m just saying this device is starting to be old and outdated. It was a great phone but new technology has surpassed it and this phone is what, 3 or 4 years old by now? That means it’s no longer being made so if someone even had one and they somehow broke it they would be SOL not to mention if you still have one it is probably beat up, scratched and possibly cracked… all signs that you need a new device!

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I think you really miss the whole point of the exercise. Someone showed it can be done, perhaps that person wanted to see JB for the device, so they did it. Who are you to tell them to move on?

          • 1) Dual cores and even Quad cores offer more performance, a more responsive experience and they are less power hungry
            2) 4G LTE allows the user to be able to download and stream movies in a flash
            3) 2GB of RAM allows for better multitasking and for better performance under stress
            4) Thinner, lighter designs allow for a more ergonomic feel
            5) Advancements in battery tech allow the battery to last a lot longer, requiring less recharges and ultimately less pollution.

          • mgamerz

            I still have a Windows 95 box I use. Nothing ever gets done on it, I just like watching the loading screen take forever
            Wish my Atrix would get JB…

          • Nicholassss

            “I just like watching the loading screen take forever”I loled

        • jahsoul

          While I agree that more powerful hardware is required, aren’t most apps coded for a single thread? RAM and LTE, yeah, but do we really need all these cores with nothing utilizing them? I maybe wrong though….

          • I thought that with ICS Google implemented better multi threading? I know my Droid Razr now shows the second core as working in System Panel as before on GB it would say “Sleeping”. Not 100% sure but I think that most newer Android OS’s and high performance apps are coded to take advantage of multi-cores.

          • normmcgarry

            Even if apps only use a single thread, the main OS uses the extra core for a lotta things. Even having the garbage collector run on the extra core would cause the UI and app to be way more responsive.

      • Hunter

        Progress! Many new apps will not function (properly) on this outdated hardware. But it would be fun to try, for nostalgic reasons 🙂

      • John

        Just stop man. Stop trying to be that cool person trying to justify this old ass phone. I had it like most others, which was great for its time, but it just needs to be thrown in the drawer already.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          If you think a device makes you cool, I think you belong in Apple land.

          • John

            You’re taking that completely out of context. I’m the biggest Android fanboy there is, but I also know when it’s time to move on to a bigger & better device 😉

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Yup, you sure are a fanboy …

          • John

            Too easy. Have a good rest of the day.


          • That couldn’t be more wrong. If you want the latest and greatest device you belong in Android land. Last I checked Apple hadn’t gotten a processor over 800mhz dual core and they don’t use 4G LTE, and they only have 512mb of RAM. I think you are mistaken, you sir belong in Apple land.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Look at the history of Linux and tell me if you still think that way. Linux has always been a go to for slower machines, etc. If it weren’t for the the folks that just do stuff because they want to prove it can be done, Android probably wouldn’t even exist.

    • Agreed! Dual core coated and 4G LTE frosted lands await!

    • normmcgarry

      Getting Jelly Bean running on 256mb of ram is an impressive task and you should be admiring the dev that did it. You need to be punched in the kidney. Have some respect for the devs.

      • John

        Ya…I gave the impression that the devs should be shunned for such a thing.


        Please. You know I’m right ;). Agree to disagree.

        edit: I said pretty not bad. This means that this is pretty effing cool that the port was done. I am in no way referring to what was done here. I’m strictly talking about the phone itself.

      • Zane

        You talk about the devs like they’ve died. No one needs to be punched.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Actually runs surprisingly well!

  • Immortality.

  • sc0rch3d

    i would’ve kept mine, except i couldn’t use the d-pad very well. basically the only reason i opted to get a D2 for the arrows on the QWERTY

  • OG Jellybean!

  • sahilm

    I loved this phone so much. Can’t wait to do this.

  • JoshGroff

    That’s pretty freaking awesome.

  • Greg Morgan

    Live on my friend…live on… 🙂