It’s a testament to the will and hard work of all the developers in the custom Android development community, who just refuse to let old devices die by continuously trying to bring them up to date with the latest version of Android even though the manufacturers give up on the device. The Optimus P500, with its humble hardware and a 600 MHz processor, has got an unofficial port of CM10 which brings Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean to the now aging device, making it one of the few low-power devices to get Jelly Bean.
Now, the hardware in the Optimus One isn’t really that powerful to run Jelly Bean with all the ‘oomph’ as the developer says, but getting to taste the latest version of Android is something no one wants to miss. Jelly Bean has quite a lot of important features, such as a smoother interface, advanced voice recognition, offline voice typing, Google Now (which decides which information you might need in the future and presents it to you automatically), a smarter keyboard, and a lot more, most of which you can get a taste of with CM10.
At this point, there are some major issues and bugs in the ROM which prevent it from being used as a daily driver. Here’s the list of issues as quoted from the development page:
- USB Mass Storage
- GAPPS (Google Search FC)
- Stock Video Playback
- Phone App FC at startup
- Battery Drain
- Lot more to be DISCOVERED!!!
Those willing to try it out despite the issues and grab a taste of Jelly Bean on their Optimus One P500 can head to the official development page on XDA to get more details and to download the ROM. The installation of the ROM has some very important steps so make sure to go through them carefully as the ROM can’t be installed like other custom ROMs. Do let us know how it works for you if you try it out, in the comments below.