How to: Get Android on your Windows mobile
Tired of Windows Mobile? Regretting not getting an Android-powered phone? If you think your mobile is amazing, but Windows Mobile’s quirky crashes and tiresome loading spoils it all (Yes, HD2 owners, we’re talking to you), then let Stuff be your guide to downloading, flashing and running your new Android-running hybrid.
But first a warning, going through your mobile’s nuts and bolts can brick your mobile and void the warranty. Still, if you stick to the steps below – you shouldn’t have a problem.
A lot of people are unaware that you can put Android on your buggy Windows Mobile 6.5 phone. That’s somewhat true, you can’t stick Android on any old smartphone, but an increasing number of handsets have been rooted successfully to install certain Android flavours. Most people think it’s really mind-boggling to even attempt an install, or that they risk bricking (exactly what it sounds like – your phone will become as useful as a building block) their phone, but that’s not quite right.
Installing Android is easier than it looks, and as long as you read our instructions and take the necessary precautions, it’s as easy as copy and paste (for some models). The peeps at xda-developers have done an outstanding job at breaking down and explaining every step in flashing your phone. Most of the instructions written down in this guide are from various threads in the forum – we’re just pointing you in the right direction.
The first thing you need to know is that every phone has its own way of doing this – there’s no one-way-fits-all here. If you come across a term you don’t understand, check out this guide.
The first thing we have to do is to go over to the xda-developers forum here and search for your mobile. It has millions of members and posts and will become your go-to-guide when it comes to flashing. If your phone is able to run Android on it, your phone’s sub-forum will have an ‘Android Development’ section.
Most of the Android Development sections have a ‘Stickies’ thread. This is where you find most of the info you’ll be needing. Read that thread for a step by step guide on how to run Android on your phone.
Guides for the HTC G2 can be found here. Other guides can be found in their respective forums at xda.
For HD2 users, here’s the super-easy way of putting Android on your phone. Download this file and extract the file. Make sure you have at least 70 per cent battery. Remove the SIM card from the phone and you’re ready to go.
You might find that your phone will need to sync multiple times. What that means is you have to start up Windows Mobile Device Center (if you sync up your HD2 to your PC you should already have it, if not – you can download it from here and connect your phone through it.
Sync your phone and browse to the HSPL folder and start up HSPL3_PKG.exe. Keep pressing next until the update starts. Do NOT touch the phone until update is over.
Sync your phone and browse to the CUSTOM ROM folder and start up ruu.exe. Keep pressing next until the update starts. Do NOT touch the phone until update is over.
Sync your phone and browse to the RADIO and start up CustomRUU.exe. Keep pressing next until the update starts. Do NOT touch the phone until update is over.
Extract Android.zip and copy it’s content to the MicroSD card folder of your phone via cable or with a MicroSD adapter.
Open File Explorer on your phone, browse to the Storage Card and open the Android folder. Select CLRCAD.EXE then run HaRet.exe. Remember to run CLRCAD.exe first as this gives Android Sound. Don’t worry if it does nothing – it’s not supposed to. The first time you load Android, it might take as long as 10 minutes to boot up – so don’t worry if the phone stops responding.
We’ve also included Darkstone HD2Froyo ROM in the zip file; it’s a version that doesn’t have HTC’s Sense interface. It’s a good idea to play around with different ROMs available at the HD2 Android Development forum. Since it’s still in development stage, certain apps might not work (though most applications should be fine). A complete log of what does not work can usually be found in the ROM thread’s first post.
The whole process should take about 15 to 20 minutes and you’ll be rewarded with an Android OS that’s far better than the current Windows Mobile. Remember, Android on HD2 is still a work in progress and improving all the time, so check the forums regularly for updates.