Don’t Toss That G1 Just Yet — It Works With Google Navigation

Google-Maps-Navigation-02Personally, I feel bad for the original G1 Android handset. Only a year into its existence and it’s getting passed up by younger, thinner models with fewer chins. And then there’s that fabulous looking Google Navigation found on those new-fangled Android 2.0 devices. It’s enough to make a bronze G1 turn green with envy. But wait — is that Google Navigation on a G1 that Engadget Mobile found? It is! Thanks to the clever crowd at XDA Developers — where else? — Google’s newest directional software is running on the G1. I’m curious if Google will put the kibosh on this though — they did it before with a programmer that was repackaging Google closed-source apps.

I keep Om’s old G1 around the house for software testing and such — he wouldn’t swap it for the Droid, go figure. Most of the time, it sits idly on my desk, but maybe it’s time to start getting into that hackability zone with this one-year old. Android by itself is getting better and better, but it seems to me that all of the fun stuff happens when folks start tinkering with the platform. Since I’m still terrified by a solder iron, this seems like a better way to channel my efforts. Any suggestions on where to start and what to do with a G1?

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