gPhone watch: Android spied running on a HTC TyTN II

Noah Kravitz
 from Oakland, CA
Published: April 13, 2008

With HTC planning a big media event for May 6th and Summer just around the corner after that, you'd have to think we'll being seeing the first Android phone before too long, right?  For those who can't wait here's a video clip to tide you over: Boy Genius Report found (via WM Experts) this semi-watchable video of Android running on an HTC TyTN II smartphone.

What makes this extra-interesting is that the android install isn't replacing the Windows Mobile OS native to the TyTN II.  Instead, it's running on top of Windows Mobile like any other application.  That's not just cool from a geeky perspective, but also potentially huge from an industry standpoint:  If Android can, indeed, run "like an app" on top of Windows Mobile, then anyone with a robust enough WM device should be able to pick up a copy and load it up without having to buy a new phone.  We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but it's potentially pretty exciting and, honestly, not all that surprising given Google's track record of taking over the world vis-a-vis free, open-source software.

I wonder if I have a Windows Mobile device lying around that I could hack Android on to ...

 

 

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