What's the best thing about your Windows Mobile phone? Can you think of anything? Hmm...well, how about if you turned it into an Android handset instead?
It's the newest thing out there; all the "cool" kids are doing it. Well, that is, the few geniuses who have managed to actually hack into Microsoft's impenetrable mobile operating system and retool it to make it work as Google Android.
This isn't just some high-tech prank where people can say, "Hey look what I did!" This is actually becoming a viable resource for people who like the ergonomics of a Windows Mobile device but prefer the elegance of the Android OS.
Software engineer Connor Roberts has posted an extensive tutorial on how to turn the HTC Touch, a sophisticated smartphone hardwired to run Windows Mobile, into an Android device. He said in a Wired story that he was frustrated with the sluggishness of Windows Mobile 6.
"Android is a lot faster and I get GPS navigation on my phone now for free," said Roberts.
As Wired points out, this tutorial has been viewed almost 20,000 times and hundreds of people report swapping their Touch to Android as well. And it still works perfectly - whichever mobile carrier is operating the device will still function as normal, if it's done correctly.
And the walkthrough that Roberts posted will reportedly work with any HTC phone that runs Windows Mobile.
If you have such a phone and feel really ambitious, check out the tutorial.
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