Upgrade Android 1.5, 1.6 to 2.1

android 2.1If you’re an early adopter of Android feeling left in the cold with your phone stuck on a 1.5 or 1.6, there is a  way out: Install CyanogenMod 5.07

Warning: Doing this will void your warranty. The process isn’t totally bug free, few issues can pop-up.

The current cyanogen ROM offers more than just features from Android versions.

Features:

  • Upgrades most Android devices to 2.1
  • Installs all Google Apps
  • Built-in USB Tethering
  • Supports FLAC audio playback
  • Applications are stored in SD Card rather than in memory (and you get more space for apps)
  • Universal Screen Rotation,
  • Better accessibility
  • Contacts enhancements from Wysie
  • MMS enhancements, Massive APN list
  • OpenVPN integration

How to Upgrade Android 1.5, 1.6 to 2.1

Note:  DangerSPL (or DeathSPL or Haykuro’s SPL) is a prerequisite for Dream/G1 users. Magic (MT3G etc) users donot need to do this. There’s a guide to install this bootloader. Flashing this bootloader under the wrong conditions can actually brick your device, so pay attention to the guide.

Instructions: (Text, Video available below)

Pre-requisites:

  1. Cynagen (direct) | Torrent
  2. Google Addon: EPE54B
  3. 32A/EBI1 Port File

For First Timers (new to Cyanogen)

Step 1. Root your Android device and install Clockwork Recovery (ROM Manager on the market) or Amon_RA’s recovery (Dream / Magic)
Step 2. Do a Nandroid backup.
Step 3. Install the DangerSPL if you don’t have it already
Step 4. Wipe
Step 5. Install the ROM
(Optional) Install the Google Addon if you want Google Applications like Gmail and Market

If you are Upgrading Cyanogen

Step 1. Perform a Nandroid Backup
Step 2. Install the ROM. Don’t worry, your Google apps will be backed up and restored automatically.

If that looks confusing, refer to the Video guide below:

[via Cyanogenmod]

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    Hi,

    Would this method work for the Apad that is just now coming our of China? It is running v1.5. I spoke to a guy on ebay who is selling these ($298) and he said that they can only be upgraded at the factory where they are made. or if they have been rooted.

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    • Cicibelika

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