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5 Devices That Didn’t Come With Android Which You Can Install It On

Mihir Patkar 31-01-2014

You can find Android running on unusual gadgets 6 Unusual Devices You Will Find Android Installed On Android. It's been around for more than five years, and there's nothing more natural than seeing it on a smartphone or a tablet. But would you expect to see it in your fridge? Read More , and because of its open-source nature, hackers love to port it different devices. What this means is that you can often give old gadgets a new life by simply installing the latest flavour of Google’s operating system.


But it’s not a blanket rule and you still need to know which devices have been widely tested and reported to be working well with Android, as well as the easiest and most reliable methods for installation. After all, you don’t want to brick your device. Here are five devices that you may easily install Android on.

HP TouchPad


When HP decided to slash the price of its WebOS-running TouchPad tablet, everyone jumped on it and pretty soon, the Internet had a way to install Android on it. Over time, the process has been refined to become stable enough to have no issues with the device, and the folks at CyanogenMod are constantly updating it with new versions. There are still bugs with the KitKat build, so we’d advise going with the Jelly Bean for now.

Acer Iconia W700 (And Any Windows 8 Tablet)


You can get a better app ecosystem on your Windows 8 tablet by dual-booting Android on it, and this is perhaps the easiest of all the Android installation processes in this article. Be warned that you’ll need to be running an Intel chipset like the Acer Iconia W700 that Christian used in his guide or the Microsoft Surface Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway Read More —- it won’t work on an ARM chip like the Microsoft Surface RT. Also, be sure to Google for installing Android your particular model before you start.


Any Netbook


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The Android-x86 project to run the operating system on older Intel-powered devices can give your netbook new life, especially if it’s one with a touchscreen like the HP Pavilion 10. Justin’s guide makes this complicated process a lot easier, plus you get support for all the apps on the Google Play Store. There’s no downside here!

HTC HD2 (And Other Windows Mobile Phones)



Android does not work smoothly on any Windows Phone 7 device like the Nokia Lumia series, but older Windows Mobile phones can be turned into Android handsets. And the HTC HD2 is a great example of this. The smartphone is over 4 years old now but its unofficial development is still going strong with developers even releasing a version of Android 4.4 KitKat for it, albeit with Wi-Fi and 3G bugs. However, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are stable (JB still has Wi-Fi and radio issues on some models, so check yours before you install it). Also, this isn’t just restricted to the HTC HD2 and can be replicated on several HTC Windows Mobile phones.

Raspberry Pi


There are seven cool operating systems 23 Operating Systems That Run on Your Raspberry Pi Whatever your Raspberry Pi project, there's an operating system for it. Here are the best Raspberry Pi operating systems! Read More you can run on the Raspberry Pi, and Google Android is one of them. Unfortunately, the Pi’s hardware limitations mean that you have to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread on it. So you won’t get the latest Android experience, but hey, it’s Android on a $40 mini-computer!

Chromebooks & More

There are a few other devices that developers are directing their energy towards running Android on, like Chromebooks HP Chromebook 11 Review and Giveaway The HP Chromebook 11 is the latest offering, a partnership between HP and Google with an 11-inch screen and 6-hour battery. Read More . If it was me, I’d love to be able to run Android on one of Nokia’s Lumia phones. Which gadget would you want to run Android on?


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Related topics: Netbook, Raspberry Pi, Windows Mobile, Windows Tablet.

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  1. udeh anthony
    February 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

    its best to install Android on peoples brains........Brilliant Idea

  2. Ramon
    February 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Don't you guys think it's better to install linux on old netbooks?

  3. hari
    February 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    any change of running android on my nokia lumia 625 win 8 if so pls do give me the guide id love to try it

  4. Kurt Christie
    February 1, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Blackberry 10 phones will now run Android apps with the newest upgrade

  5. mmmna
    February 1, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Tried the correct version of Android-X86 on my EEEPC 900A, was not a pleasant experience. No wireless, and since the EEEPC is a conventional (non-touch) screen, you have to use a pointing interface. Ok, we expect the pointing interface on a notebook or a desktop, but Android is not overly friendly to the one point contact coming from the pointer. Try using a pointer interface to do an Android pinch zoom or a screen slide or while swyping in a text box. Yes, the keyboard on the EEEPC typed into the text boxes, but hey, coulda been faster swyping. Hunt and peck, ya know.

  6. Guy M
    February 1, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I believe that Chromebooks will eventually be a blend of Chrome OS and Android, heavier on the Android side. That'd be the key to getting the maximum use out of a Chromebook, I think.

    Very cool article. Makes me think even more about getting a Raspberry Pi.

  7. Shade
    January 31, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    You forgot Ipads, and Iphones. I would like to see Android running on smart blueray/DVD players or TVs.

    • Nicolas L
      February 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

      The only Apple devices which could run Android a bit stable are the iPhone 2G, 3G and the iPod Touch 1G. Other devices aren't really stable or just aren't supported. The iDroid project was already abandoned years ago.