It’s been just about a year since we first saw the Toshiba TG01 Tsunagi running Windows Phone 7. Then, right at the start of this past summer, video surfaced actually showing the operating system running on Tsunagi hardware. Now, the tireless efforts of developers have led to the release of a working, unofficial copy of WP7 for the aging smartphone.
The Tsunagi arrived running Windows Mobile 6.1. With a 1GHz Snapdragon and only 256MB of RAM, it’s just barely up to muster as WP7 device, but worked well enough to see its adoption as a Windows Phone development platform. It’s been clear that WP7 works on the handset; it’s just been a question of seeing the code released.
As should be no surprise, leave it to the tireless folks who hang out at the XDA-Developers forums to come out with a solution. The release from developer Nokser is based on an older 7510 build of WP7, and supports both Toshiba TG01 and T01A hardware. The good news is that it’s running, but it’s not without its faults. Apparently battery charging is painfully slow, the camera doesn’t work, there are some storage issues, and cellular signal strength takes a nose-dive. Despite these setbacks, work continues on ironing out the bugs and turning this Tsunagi into one hopefully stable enough for daily use.