Updating G1 Phone To RC29 Without Waiting?1.11.08 # 13:28 # G1 Updates # 32 Comments
Disclaimer - This G1 updating process, as reported from the Android community, has the potential to “brick” your phone if you don’t do it right. It is imperative that you follow the directions exactly, or you run the risk of screwing your phone up for good. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Additional Note Of Interest – As reported in the comments below, it seems that the method below DOES work fine, as long as you use a different MicroSD card then the one that came with the G1 phone. Thanks to our readers for picking up on this – great information!
According to “Will”, who is a T-Mobile forum moderator, there is some new information on this “manual” updating process that you need to be aware of (here is the original post):
I’ve checked with our Product Development staff and they have informed that this is definitely not what we want people doing.Â The Updates are intended to be distributed to everyone via an Over-The-Air Update.Â While I understand that many of you have downloaded this update andÂ seem to have it working, T-Mobile cannot support you in doing so.Â If you download and attempt to install this or any other update (regardless whether its from Google or not) to your device, and it is rendered unusable, you are out of luck.Â Even if we do exchange it, youÂ will beÂ without a device for several days (or possibly even weeks).
The updates are being sent out to everyone.Â We didn’t plan the OTA updates to be installed on a phone whichÂ had already been updated manually.Â Hopefully the OTA installer is smart enough to realize the update is present, but who knows.Â If your phone is ‘bricked’ due to the offical OTA being installed on a manually updated phone, once again, youÂ are out of luck.
So, you’re tired of waiting for the RC28 RC29 update for your T-Mobile G1 phone? Do you have a MicroSD card laying around?
Apparently, a lot of people were tired of waiting. The update was scheduled to take place over the air over the period of a few weeks, as reported by official T-Mobile sources. But like any good tech savvy gadget head, someone got cranky and decided to figure out how to do it on their own, and here’s the deal.
- Download the update from Google website: https://android.clients.google.com/updates/signed-kila-ota-115247-prereq.TC4-RC19+RC28.zip (even though it says RC28, apparently it is in fact RC29)
- Rename the file you just downloaded to update.zip
- Copy the file update.zip to the root of your micro sd card.
- Now turn off your phone and turn it back on while holding the home key.
- When you see a triangle with a exclamation sign and a phone, slide open your keyboard and press ALT-L to display the menu and then ALT-S to start the update process.
- Wait for the update to finish. If prompted, press Home + Back to restart your phone.
- Wait a little bit more and done!
After reading the comments of folks that tried it, they all pretty much said the same thing “Thanks, it worked great!”. But there were also plenty of people who were more content on waiting for the update to be delivered safely OTA. Updating via your MicroSD card, as stated in the disclaimer at the beginning of this post, should be approached with extreme caution, and plenty of bravery!
If you did attempt this G1 update – please let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear what happened!
(Image source: http://androidcommunity.com/update-your-t-mobile-g1-from-a-microsd-card-20081031)