Android 2.1 on HTC Touch Diamond 2

We haven't been covering too much the ongoing attempts to get Google's Android OS to run on Windows Mobile hardware--it's a moving target with varying results depending on your device--but mtllc555 has gone ahead and shown what a fully-functional Android looks like on a Diamond 2.

Results? Impressive.  

The OS is relatively fast for basic functions (a little sluggish on graphics) and overall seems to be working for every function (call, web, market, etc.).

Unfortunately, to get Android to run on your phone will depend on your hardware and radios (GSM vs CDMA) as each phone requires its own 'team'--some are more ahead than others. For instance on the CDMA Touch Pro 2, sound doesn't work and battery life is not that spectacular.

A good place to get started if you're interested (and have some time) is XDAndroid, which has info on the raphael/fuze, diamond, blackstone, topaz and rhodium. The process is not too difficult, can do no permanent damage and is a great way to kill a few hours.

Full video of Android 2.1 ('Eclair') on the Diamond 2 after the break.

[via Windows Mobile Based Phones]

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Agreed! I'm always amazed at what these guys can do. I have been trying the AOSP 2.1 System.ext2 build of XDAndroid on my GSM Touch Pro 2 (Rhodium), and it's speedy enough. It runs even more quickly when you overclock it to 700Mhz (at your own risk, of course). I'm following the current development of a beta build of Android 2.2 (aka Froyo), but will let it mature a bit before trying it out myself.
  • I tried the 2.2 & plan on going back to 2.1. At least the first Rhodium build of 2.2 seemed to regain the battery drain that earlier versions of 2.1 had on my phone. I really don't see anything in 2.2 (at least this version of it) that makes it better than eclair. Except for the lack of bluetooth & audio, I was pretty happy with the more recent builds of 2.1.
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