Android running on HTC’s TyTN II15/04/2008 10:06:39
The quest to get Android running on any hardware possible continues apace, with the gang over at the xda-developers forum working to fettle the OS for HTC hardware. They’ve managed it, too, albeit in a roundabout way; apparently the TyTN II is basically running Android as an emulation: an .EXE on top of the original Windows Mobile OS. That’s a new approach; previous hacks to get the software working - such as on the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet we saw earlier in the week - took advantage of Android’s compatibility with things like OMAP chipsets, which are relatively common among mobile devices, to force the OS to install.
Their demo video is pretty basic - it simply shows one of the developers loading and running Android on their TyTN II - and there are ongoing issues with how the controls are mapped. Even once that is sorted, some people are having issues getting Android to do anything at all. It seems that running two operating systems simultaneously is too much for the smartphone’s memory and processor capabilities, and a number of people are finding it simply freezes at 12:04.
Still, forum members are working on slimming down the Android SDK for a more usable version, and there are instructions for how to get it working on your own TyTN II.
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