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By Cotulla, Retired Senior Recognized Developer on 13th February 2011, 07:31 PM
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Android / Linux port for PHOTON


HTC Photon looks very similar to HTC Liberty. It's not only external look, as well they are very similar.
My goals was to determine how fast it can be binged up on HTC PHOTON.

Actually they much more changes, that it looks at first view.
PHOTON doesn't have digital compass, while LIBERTY have it.
As well LIBERTY have optical trackball, PHOTON doesn't.

Notes about future development:

All GPIOs looks same in PHOTON & LIBERTY.
Only 192Mb RAM used for now. Additional RAM can be activated.
Battery driver doesn't work, heave difference between PHOTON & LIBERTY.
GSensor doesn't work, looks like it's problem of userspace android library.
Calls are working, data (GPRS) - not. It maybe big problem to implement DATA connection.
WLAN also not working somehow.
Buttons are working, but they need proper align. (buttons are part of touchscreen).

"Unknown" means not tested. I had not enough time to test it well.
I didn't test anything really. Only just looks for "yes" / "no", no deep testing because not enough time.

Files to download:

for developers:
KERNEL + HARET sources.
Note this HARET only compatible with HTC PHOTON.

for users:
ANDROID which runs from SD card, without removing Windows Mobile.
Copy files to root of SD card and run "HARET_PHOTON7227.exe"

NOTE about files. I will delete this files tomorrow or after tomorrow.
Please reupload them to different file share hostings. Otherwise it will cause too big traffic to my site. Sorry for that.


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I won't continue developing of Android/Linux for PHOTON. Why?

*Main goals of this project are passed. All stuffs was ported in about 5 days.

*I have not much free time to develop android for another device. (I am supporting several devices, they take a lot of time)

*It's rather useless? You can sold PHOTON and buy LIBERTY. With native android inside. With compass inside. With trackball inside. With same size and design like PHOTON.

*And main reason: My father's phone is broken. I will give him PHOTON So I won't have PHOTON device anymore. And can't develop for it.

*I hope you appreciate all this

Anyway goodluck in developing, a lot of work already done (the hardest part however...)

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13th February 2011, 07:40 PM |#2  
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Awesome job you did there Cotulla. I don't own a Photon myself but have been trying to help the guys in another thread with some hints to try and get HaRET working. It's unfortunate you can't continue development. But with your work maybe some other developers that have the Photon can make it fully functional.

I've mirrored the files here:
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This is SO NICE!! I hope someone can pick up Android development now and we can get Android on our devices. And what you're saying about HTC Liberty, we can't buy it over here So I had to buy HD Mini
Thank you so much!

PS: I still hope you'll get another Photon in the future
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Thank you so much! This a VERY BIG STEP for us!

We will continue with your work
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Thank You Very Much Cotulla!!!
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Cotulla? ... THANK YOU!
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Thanks a lot cotulla you are such a big help
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Thanks so Much!!

Спасибо БОЛЬШОЕ!!
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many many thanks, i hope other Devs pick this.

good luck with other projects
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