Android OS has been always the best mobile browser today. With this, almost all the mobile users desire to access Android OS on their mobile phone although they are aware that their mobile phone does not support Android OS at the first place.
Well, in this tutorial, you will now be allowed to access Android OS on a Windows Mobile Phone. For most experts, Windows Mobile Phone has the capability of running Android OS and they succeeded with it.
How To Run Android On Your Windows Mobile Phone
1. You will need a microSD card and not the SDHC one. Also, you will need a supported Windows Mobile Phone. Also, you need to use a microSD which is compatible with the needs of the Windows Mobile Phones. Try checking it by looking for the “HC” label.
2. The microSD should be formatted in FAT32. If your microSD is in NTFS format, you can reformat it by attaching the microSD to the system, look for it on “My Computer”, right click on its icon, and then click “Format”. On the File System drop down menu, choose FAT32 and hit “Start”. You will now have a microSD card in FAT32 format.
3. After formatting your microSD, you will now need to look for the right port of your mobile phone for your Android. Internet can help you to find those supported mobile phones. Typically, HTC is the most supported Windows Mobile Phone but on different ports (Scroll down to the bottom to know more about the different Android ports).
The version of the Android OS that you are going to use will start on 1.0. But for this case, you may need to start on the versions of 1.6 up to 2.1 depending on the port of your Windows Mobile Phone.
4. Once found the right port, you will now need to extract it. After extracted, you will find a folder naming “andboot”. Click that “andboot” folder and look for the “startup” or “startup config” folder. After clicking that folder, you will now find several “startup.txt” file.
Each file is unique for your phone model. Now, copy the right “startup.txt” file to the “andboot” folder. Choosing the right file is crucial as this contains all the settings compatible to your phone such as the screen size and RAM to be used.
5. After copying and pasting the correct “startup.txt” file to the “andboot” folder, you will now copy and paste the whole thing to your formatted microSD card. Now, insert the microSD to your mobile phone. Look for the file using the file browser. Take note that as you do this step, plug in the power cord of your phone. For some cases, running the program with just battery inserted on the mobile phone may cause repeated “hang”.
6. Now, load the “andboot” folder and run the “haret.exe”. After successfully running it if you have pasted the right “startup.txt” file, this will be easy and you will immediately see the Android logo. That is actually the welcome screen and will allow you to operate the settings, just like setting up an email account.
7. Keep in mind that you should allow your mobile phone to absorb all the files needed and load fully. Do not be hurry in using it. It may take you at least 10 minutes depending on your mobile phone to make it fully synchronized. If you will fail to do it, then several errors may appear.
After successfully running and syncing Android to your Windows Mobile Phone, it will run smoothly and fast and will even allow you to install applications exclusively for Android OS users.
There are a few different Android ports available for Windows mobile phones and each one of them supports a group of devices. Lets check them out.
1) HTC Touch: Almost all the development of Android on Windows mobile phones starts with the development of Android ports on HTC Touch smartphone, since it has 100% hardware features suitable to run Android. You can run Android on HTC Touch using the tutorial given above, but it is most recommended to run Android by flashing the NAND memory. Anyway, here are the list of devices that supports Android ports for the HTC Touch.
- HTC Nike (Neon)
- HTC Polaris (Touch Cruise)
- HTC Kaiser (TyTN II)
- HTC Titan (Mogul, xv6800)
2) XDAndroid: This Android port supports all the latest touch screen Windows mobile phone and if you have bought one recently, I am sure you will be able to run this port on your device. The XDAndroid runs from your mobile’s microSD Card. The following are the devices where you can run this Android port.
- Touch Pro (Fuze, RAPH, RAPH800, RAPH500)
- Touch Diamond (DIAMOND, DIAM500)
- Touch HD (BLACKSTONE)
- GSM Touch Pro2 (TILT2,RHODIUM, RHOD400, RHOD500)
- GSM Touch Diamond2 (TOPAZ)
3) Andromnia: The Andromnia is an Android port for the Samsung devices. Right now, the Andromnia port is in its aplha-beta stages, but if you want to test it out you can do it on these following devices.
- Samsung i900 (GSM, supported worldwide)
- Samsung i910 (CDMA, used by Verizon in the US)
- Samsung i780 (Mirage)
- Samsung i907 (AT&T Epix)
4) Wing Linux: If any of the above mentioned android ports doesn’t support your device, then you use this port and it will surely get the job done. Wing Linux supports the following devices.
- HTC Artemis
- HTC Elf, HTC Elfin
- HTC Excalibur, T-Mobile Dash
- HTC Gene, HTC P3400
- HTC Herald, T-Mobile Wing
- HTC Opal, HTC Touch Viva
- HTC Pharos
- HTC Prophet
- HTC Startrek
- HTC Wizard
- Asus P320, Galaxi Mini
Not only these, there are plenty of Android ports developed by developers daily for Windows mobile phones. Which is your favourite one?