Android Hacked To Dual-Boot On Palm Pre

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We’re a sucker for seeing phones run operating systems they were never intended to, whether that’s an HTC HD7 that appears to be running Android, or an HD2 running… well, pretty much anything. The latest device to get the frankenphone treatment is an unlikely candidate, but sure enough, it looks like the Palm Pre has been configured for dual-boot with Android.

After copying over the necessary Android files to your Pre (consisting of a no-frills stock build of Android), and running the install script, your Palm Pre will be ready to start playing around with Android. Obviously, this is very experimental at the moment, so don’t count on the most stable performance you’ve ever seen, but we’re just excited to see it working at all.

Hardware differences between the Pre and Android devices means there’s some creative button-mapping at play, but it’s altogether very impressive. Maybe not so useful, but still impressive. Now we just wonder when we’ll see webOS running on phones it shouldn’t be. Perhaps the HD2 would make a prime candidate!

Source: PreCentral forums, YouTube

Via: PreCentral

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!