Toshiba TG01

When Microsoft launcher Windows Phone 7 last year, the company basically created a nice big, thick line between newer Windows phones and older models. Windows Phone 7 cannot run any apps developed for Windows Phone 6.5 or earlier — and Microsoft didn’t offer WP7 as a software updated for any phones designed to run earlier Windows Phone or Windows Mobile software.

That move didn’t sit well with some folks, who figured there weren’t huge hardware differences between some of the last Windows Phone 6.5 devices and some of the first Windows Phone 7 devices.

It didn’t take very long for hackers do port Windows Phone 7 to run on the HTC HD2, one of the most powerful phones to ship Windows Mobile 6.5. But it’s taken a bit longer to get Windows Phone 7 up and running on another phone. But now it’s finally happened.

Xda-developers forum member Nokser has released an early Windows Phone 7 build for the Toshiba Tsunagi TG01/TA01 smartphone.

The phone was released during the summer of 2009, and it features a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, and a 4.1 inch, 480 x 800 pixel display.

The Windows Phone 7 port is still pretty rough around the edges. The camera doesn’t work, the phone signal and 3G data signal are pretty bad, and the battery charges slowly. In other words, if you actually want to use your phone, you should probably avoid updating. But if you’ve got an older Toshiba TG01 lying around that you’re not using and you want to see what it would have looked like if Microsoft or Toshiba had offered an update, now there’s a way.

via xda-developers

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...