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The HTC HD2 Project – porting Android to a Windows handset…yowsers….!


Wow, this is amazing. Some enterprising hackers are well on the way to porting the Android operating system to the HTC HD2 Windows powered handset. In case you didn’t know, the HTC HD2 is a glorious handset featuring a 4.3 inch screen, 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 5 megapixel camera all shoved into a sleek design that is a real top of the range beauty. The only ointment fly is the Windows operating system.

Once these guys succeed (and it sounds like it’s only a matter of time), you’ll get the hardware lovelies combined with the open fabulous of Android in the one package. Awesome. The idea of consumers now being able to improve the quality of their mobile hardware using a freely available open source platform like this is just incredible.

 Android has been already ported to several other HTC devices, specifically the Vogue, Kaiser, Polaris, Touch Diamond, Pro, HD, Diamond2, and Pro2, but the best Windows Mobile device to date, the HD2, has had no luck so far. The reason was that the bootloader used to boot into Android, called HaRET (Handheld Reverse Engineering Tool), always caused the Snapdragon (that’s the CPU used in the HD2) to crash. Fortunately, XDA forum member Cotulla was able to patch it, meaning that the Linux-kernel can now boot via HaRET.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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