Windows Mobile phones are a thing of the past; superseded by Windows Phone 7 and other operating systems, despite the constant efforts of developers and Microsoft’s enterprise-pleasing release of a new version of Microsoft Office Mobile for Windows Mobile 6.5, the platform is slowly coming to the end of its life.
With a lot of very good mobile phones on the market, Windows Mobile will try and keep breathing via third party apps, but with so many more apps available on other platforms, the simple answer is to move to Android or iPhone, or combine business with pleasure and migrate to Windows Phone 7.
Alternatively, you might choose to find a way to run Android on a Windows Mobile device.
Running Android on Windows Mobile
This is something that the devs at xda-developers.com have been working on for months, with different Android ROMs successfully configured for Windows Mobile devices. This shouldn’t come as a surprise; many Androids and Windows Mobile phones come from HTC, a company that has released the WinMo HD2, the Android Desire and the Windows Phone 7 device the HD7, all pretty much identical items in terms of hardware specification.
One particularly tricky job has been running Android on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, the device now lost to history thanks to the X2 and the X10 and X10 Mini. While the later handsets run Android natively, the Xperia X1 doesn’t.
So how can you run Android on a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1?
What You Need to Get Started
Windows Mobile users who want to run Android 2.2 on their Sony Ericsson Xperia should first sign up to www.xda-developers.com to read up on all of the developments in this project and add a note of thanks one once their phone is suitably equipped.
Next, you should head to this link: www.megaupload.com/?d=RFN389WJ and download the 73MB xperia-xdandroid-sp3dev5.7z file. This may take a while depending on whether you have a MegaUpload account or not.
You will also need a microSD card installed in your Windows Mobile phone; if you don’t have one already, you will need at least 512MB of space on the card which can only be inserted by removing the back cover.
I would also recommend applying a factory reset to your Windows Mobile phone before proceeding to empty out any irrelevant applications that may impact on performance.
How to Run Android on a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
Some Windows Mobile devices are able to dual-boot WinMo and Android; this isn’t possible on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, but this doesn’t matter as you can run Android 2.2 from within Windows Mobile (hence the factory reset suggested above.)
With the downloaded file on your PC, unzip the contents using WinRAR or 7zip and hook your Xperia X1 to your PC via USB. Select Disk Drive on the Connect to PC screen and then copy the contents of the xperia-xdandroid-sp3dev5.7z archive to your microSD card.
Disconnect your phone from your PC, and in Windows Mobile open Windows Explorer and browse to the storage card. Click on haret.exe – Android 2.2 will begin to load!
In a few minutes time you should be enjoying the popular Android mobile OS on your Windows Mobile 6.x handset.
Remember that development into running Android on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is ongoing, so look out for newer versions on www.xda-developers.com.