Tagged: Windows Mobile
Over at XDA-developers arch-modder Sim4996 has been working on getting the Google OS running on the ageing WinMo devices, and with just a few remaining issues it's all working well. Bluetooth is proving unstable, and the camera doesn't currently work, but otherwise Android 2.1 plays nicely; WiFi, GPS, standby and - most importantly - the phone all work. Of course, it also erases Windows Mobile in the process, so don't attempt the install if you were hoping to flip between the open-source OS and Microsoft's. [via Hack a Day]
leaked Dopod roadmap has filled in some launch details for the HTC Dragon, as well as spilled the beans on a number of other smartphones headed to the Chinese market this year. The Dragon - a 3.6-inch WVGA HSDPA Android phone - is expected to arrive there in Q2 2010, and be shortly followed by the A6388, a cheaper 3.4-inch HVGA Android device. There's also news of a 4.3-inch WVGA device, the Huashan, which seemingly started life as an Android smartphone but which is apparently being changed to Windows Mobile. That will drop mid-way through Q3 2010, and be followed in Q4 2010 by the 2.8-inch QVGA Songshan - and Android phone with a keyboard - and the Tianshan, a 3.2-inch QVGA Android phone shortly after.
XPERIA X10, is yet to show up for sale, so what's an SE-loving guy supposed to do but hack Android onto their XPERIA X1. The handset usually is found running Windows Mobile, but over at xda-developers they've been working on getting it to dual-boot with Android. The end result is this, a heavily customized version of Android on the X1 that - unlike some hacks we've seen - doesn't run at an entirely snail's pace. You'll need to be pretty brave to try it yourself, but full instructions, together with the necessary ROMs, are here. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M5cIgMzJ1g[/youtube] [via LeakDroid]
announced plans to release several Android smartphones in 2010, though unlike Motorola they're not quite ready to dump Windows Mobile. According to Lin Zongliang,VP and general manager of the company's business unit, we should expect 4-5 devices in 2010 split roughly equally between Android and the Microsoft platform. The phones will probably arrive under the Garmin-ASUS cobrand, and the first Android handset will drop in Q2 2010. Each device will be targeted at the mainstream range (rather than particularly high- or low-end buyers), though ASUS are still deciding whether to use Android 2.1 or a different build of the OS.
Back at the end of October, we talked about Android becoming a mobile superpower...well, not exactly, but close. Anyway, Samsung is the latest manufacturer we hear from, that wants to slowly drop the Redmond OS in favor of the much hotter Android platform. Google’s open source OS; Android, is becoming a must have for many, and that's something that cellphone makers see as an opportunity to get more revenue. HMC Investment Securities analyst Greg Noh, said that Samsung will use Windows Mobile on just 50% of their handsets in 2010, that's down from 80% this year. Not only that but, Greg estimates that only 20% of Samsung handsets will use the WinMo platform by 2012. Well, so far, Samsung has not confirm or deny these claims. But we can be sure of one thing, the exodus away from Windows Mobile is a fact. Not just from Samsung and Palm, many believe others will follow, unless the Redmond giant begins to do better, much much better on the WinMo platform.
porting Android to Samsung's Omnia and, as the screenshots here show, they've had some degree of success. The Omnia is usually a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone, with a 3.2-inch WQVGA resistive touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera, 2100MHz 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi. So far, the porting team have managed to transfer Android to the smartphone, boot it and load the kernel, and get basic touchscreen support. There are still problems, though; most of the hardware lacks Android support, so no phone or camera access, and some of the hardware buttons don't yet work. The touchscreen occasionally freezes, and sometimes the whole screen turns black, shows streaky text or other glitches, which have to be fixed with a restart. Still, it sounds like you can try it on your own Omnia without necessarily losing your Windows Mobile install; Android is loaded from a microSD card. [via Patrick Soon]
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