Windows CE Netbooks From China

May 22, 2011 at 07:11:47
Specs: Windows CE, ARM
Just wondering really, is it possible to change from CE to Android on these netbooks?
Android can clearly do more and has simpler access to more apps designed for it. These netbooks use an ARM processor. Now, I know Android-x86 is open for use on PC's, but I assume that's not what I would want as it doesn't use an x-86 processor - what would I want? Is it even possible?
I don't see why it wouldn't be possible, just need pointing in the right direction =)
***Oh, here's a second one that just occurred to me: can you run both OS's on these netbooks? And switch between them as you please? Probably a tall order, but very interesting***
Ta y'all!

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#1
May 22, 2011 at 09:25:31
Yes it is possible. Since you ask the question then I doubt your ability to do it on the first try or even ever. Better people than me work on that and fail.


Changing an embedded system is not as easy as you make it sound. These small devices are not well known as to how to update them and how to write for them.

One good example is mac on a non-mac. It took thousands of people and stolen code to get a very popular port. I doubt 10 are trying to change your exact model.

Don't try to change the world, just buy the android if you want it.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#2
May 23, 2011 at 11:21:15
Thanks,
I am new to this kind of thing, but I have updated a cheap Chinese Android tablet using a version of the OS that I found on one of the forums, and since they use the same kind of processors as these netbooks, I wondered if it would be as simple.
As far as getting the netbooks to run both OS', well, I was just curious, I don't care about doing it at the moment.
Gotta say, your reply wasn't as educational as I had hoped - I'm here to learn, not to be told to just forget about it and buy the netbook with the desired result already installed. I can't find a netbook running on Android, so I wanted to learn how to do it myself.
Thanks for taking the time though!

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#3
May 23, 2011 at 12:46:37
Kind of like asking me how to send someone to the moon and, OH, by the way be very specific.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#4
May 23, 2011 at 12:55:13
You didn't need to respond if you didn't know the answer, I wouldn't have thought any less of you. I do now though.

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#5
May 23, 2011 at 17:09:41
Oh Snap.

I gave you the very best advice already.

"just buy the android if you want it."

I can't possibly answer such a generic question. If you had stated a specific model of netbook, I could have then looked up the specs and any web posts on it.

When I say people have failed that are much better than me I mean it. It is not easy to change an embedded system. You have to have detailed information about it's hardware. You have to have detailed info about how to access it in order to change the OS. You would most likely have to compile an entire OS for a specific low run model, while that is not usually an issue you may have hardware that simply will not work. Then you'd have to find someone that did create a driver for a similar device or chipset. So you'd have to know how to make a driver. I have done all this and I can say it is not easy for anyone. The hardest parts are getting very detailed information about the devices and trying to fine open sourced code that one can convert.

I wish you the best but you are asking either quite a simple question or one that is very complex.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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