Windows Phone 7 ported to the HTC HD2 again, shows more promise [Updated]

By on November 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM.

Windows Phone 7 ported to the HTC HD2 again, shows more promise [Updated]

If we had to choose one phone to represent Windows Mobile 6.5, it would have to be the HTC HD2. On release, the handset stood a country mile ahead of any other smartphone available on the platform. Unfortunately, soon after its release, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 and confirmed there would be no OS upgrade path for Windows 6.5 hardware. This hasn’t stopped eager developers from trying to port the latest OS onto their more than capable hardware, though. Previous attempts have been half-baked, often missing some major functionality. The folks over at XDA China have released pictures and a 2 minute video showing off the latest port. The video shows the phone powering on and booting to the home screen with no hiccups. The UI looks snappy, and we really can’t see much wrong with the port, however the video stops short of showing any functional apps or even making a phone call. HD2 owners will want to keep an eye out for any further developements, in order to get their ticket to the Windows Phone 7 party.

Update: Another video has materialized, showing the HD2 and HD7 running side-by-side and also making functional phone calls–looking good!

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Xda-developers forum eyes webOS port for HTC Hero

By on October 29, 2010 at 5:20 PM.

Xda-developers forum eyes webOS port for HTC Hero

We can’t even count the number of times we’ve heard someone say, “webOS is great but I wish it was available on some decent hardware.” The PEBL-esque Palm Pre certainly sports a sleek design, but the build leaves much to be desired. When HP acquired the struggling smartphone maker earlier this year, a new hope for solid hardware was born. While Palm’s first post-HP offering won’t be the hardware revamp we’re all waiting for, HP is bound to step up its hardware game next year. WebOS fans might not have to wait that long, however, as several xda-developers forum members have dedicated themselves to a feat that would be nothing short of pure awesomeness — they intend to port webOS to the HTC Hero. The Hero is hardly HTC’s latest and greatest, of course, but in terms of build it’s leaps and bounds beyond the plasticky Palm Pre. We’ll be following the creative xda crew’s progress closely in the coming weeks and months, and we’ve already dusted off our old HTC Hero in anticipation of success. More →

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Android gets ported to the iPhone 3G

By on May 7, 2010 at 9:57 AM.

Android gets ported to the iPhone 3G

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Android fanboys with a fetish for Apple hardware should pay close attention to this one, as Google’s smartphone OS has been successfully ported over to the iPhone 3G. Much like the OpeniBoot Android port for the first-gen iPhone, most of the OS’ features and functions are working properly, although at this time audio has yet to be ported into the Linux kernel. No worries though, as all of this and more, including backlight controls and power management, are nearing completion. Desperate to try it out? Sadly it will take a few days before all of the binaries are posted, however in the meantime we have the video after the jump to help pass the time. More →

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HTC Sense UI ported to the Motorola DROID as Android nerds weep with joy

By on March 22, 2010 at 7:19 AM.

HTC Sense UI ported to the Motorola DROID as Android nerds weep with joy

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Getting a bit sick of your Motorola DROID with its vanilla stylings? Well fear not (unless you’re afraid of a bit of warranty-voiding tinkering) because HTC’s Sense UI has been ported over to the DROID thanks to the work of AllDroid user Greek35T et al. Things are still very rough seeing as this build is about as alpha as a release can get, but so far most users have good things to say with this in mind. Of course not everyone will be willing to put up with some of the current quirks which include minor data glitches and the inability to make calls over 3G (data works, but voice requires 2G) or use Bluetooth and GPS, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live vicariously through others on the internet, now does it? Hit up the read link for more details, instructions and files.

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Android 2.0 ported to the G1/Dream

By on October 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM.

Android 2.0 ported to the G1/Dream

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A mere two days after its release, Android 2.0 SDK has already been ripped from the womb and ported over to a T-Mobile G1. Currently in the most crude state possible, the cooked ROM runs as quickly as Babe Ruth did at his heaviest (and drunkest).The mere fact it’s able to run without melting the G1 and its 192MB of RAM, though, should give hope that the fine folks over at XDA-Developers will be able iron out enough wrinkles to make it usable as a daily driver. The only question is will G1/Dream and myTouch 3G/Magic users be treated to some delicious Eclairs like Hero users, or will they be stuck stuffing their faces with Donuts? We’re thinking the latter. Hit the jump for a video.

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Sprint offering $100 service credit to new Pre customers porting from another carrier [UPDATED]

By on September 8, 2009 at 3:59 PM.

Sprint offering $100 service credit to new Pre customers porting from another carrier [UPDATED]

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Have you been watching all the Palm Pre coverage in recent months with jealousy, just waiting for the right time to strike? Well boys and girls, that time may be now. From now until October 10th, Sprint has effectively knocked $100 off the price of a shiny new Palm Pre for customers coming over from another carrier. Here’s how it works: Purchase a Palm Pre on a 2-year contract before October 10th and port a number in from your old carrier. That’s it. Within your first three months of service, Sprint will issue a $100 service credit to your account. Call it a welcome present, call it an attempt to boost sales or call it whatever else you want — the bottom line is that you can now effectively score a new Pre for $99 after MIR and a service credit. Any takers?

UPDATE: Consider us amazed. As quickly as Sprint’s offer appeared, it’s now off the table. Sprint’s official comment: “After further internal review today, the offer of a port-in service credit of $100 to new customers who buy the Palm Pre has been pulled, because it was put into the system in error.” Umm, ok. Sprint says it will honor the promo for anyone who managed to snag a Pre during the brief period of time before the promo was pulled.

Thanks, E!

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HTC's Sense UI ported to Windows Mobile; don't get too excited

By on August 4, 2009 at 10:48 AM.

HTC's Sense UI ported to Windows Mobile; don't get too excited

Assuming that some day we’ll see a usable build on a more updated handset — this is awesome. Xda-developer forum member zenulator has managed to manhandle the HTC Hero’s Sense UI and stuff it into an HTC Vogue-compatible package. The Vogue, also known as the HTC Touch, is not what we would call a modern, capable handset. As such, Sense basically destroys the handset and brings a new meaning to the word ‘boggy’. Albeit 100% unusable, it’s an awesome start and a proof of concept that will hopefully light a fire under the WinMo hacking community. Think of the possibilities… HTC’s Sense UI on a Snapdragon-powered Toshiba TG01? Oh hell yeah. But back to the matter at hand, you’ll find a video of the aforementioned port below along with a link to the Google Code page. Two recommendations: 1) Don’t bother installing Sense UI just yet and 2) start the video around 3:30 to avoid a whole lot of waiting. And yes, guy who recorded the video, we totally saw that iPhone unlock screen you’re rocking. Ouch. Hit the jump for the video.

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Google too slow for you? Get Cupcake on your G1, today!

By on April 15, 2009 at 12:27 PM.

Google too slow for you? Get Cupcake on your G1, today!

While the keys to the Android 1.5 “Cupcake” SDK may have just been handed over to developers, the clever folks in the XDA-Developers community have been playing with the software on their G1’s for the past few days already thanks to an individual known as haykuro. Very, very long story short; haykuro successfully ported the software from the upcoming HTC Magic/G2 over to the G1. A bit of work is required to get the software up and running on a G1, but it’s not something that would be above the abilities of the average user thanks in part to great tutorials and the help of the XDA community. Plus, it helps that all of the APNs for T-Mobile USA and AT&T, etc come pre-loaded within the software. So forget about waiting for Google and HTC to take their sweet time sending Cupcake your way — hit haykuro’s blog and let us know how it goes.

Thanks, Eric!

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Verizon is paying Sprint and AT&T subscribers money to port over!

By on September 9, 2008 at 12:24 PM.

Verizon is paying Sprint and AT&T subscribers money to port over!

Check out these docs we just got our hands on! They are for authorized Verizon Wireless dealers at the moment, and not applicable to corporate stores, but we heard they might be soon. Verizon is offering a “switcher credit” to Sprint and AT&T subscribers who port their number over. Awesome idea, and one I’ve said to many people before. You’ve got to use those ninja tactics now to steal those subs! The weird part is that Verizon will give you a $50 credit for a Sprint line, but will only waive the $35 activation fee if you’re coming from AT&T. This promotion runs until October 31st, and we’ve got both documents for you in larger sizes after the jump.

Thanks, Harris!

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