Toshiba TG01 Gets First Android and Ubuntu Builds
Toshiba’s Windows Mobile-powered TG01, one of the first devices to sport Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor, has been gifted with its first working builds of Android. As is usually the case with these early ports, most of the handset’s functionality is untapped, because drivers have yet to be written/modified for the phone’s particular hardware. Still, users are reporting that several kernels are now bootable thanks to the work of coder Markinus, who managed to get basics like the touchscreen, USB port, and SD slot working; however, with no wireless connectivity yet, the project is still squarely in the proof-of-concept stage.
In a separate development, member nyl has gotten the Linux distro Ubuntu to boot on the TG01 as well (pictured above), although currently neither the touchscreen nor display drivers reportedly work, once again making this unfit for practical usage yet.
The 4.1-inch TG01 — which was one of the first smartphones to break the four-inch display barrier — is only the latest phone to run Google’s mobile operating system: many Windows Mobile devices have benefited from the XDAndroid project, and even older iPhone models have been coaxed to run the rival platform. Many of these builds are so polished at this point, such as the ones for HTC’s HD2, that users are regularly booting into Android as their primary OS.