How to run Android on your Nokia N810 easy

With due diligence and a little time, you’ll find that it’s very easy to swap the outer casing of your Nokia N810. But have you ever thought about swapping its operating system for another one?

Probably not, but in case you’re interested in trying out Google’s Android OS before it finally comes out, here’s your chance. There’s actually a two-step process that will let you run the Android OS on a Nokia N810, which is so easy, in fact, that you just wasted your time with reading those last three sentences. Here’s the secret.

N810 with Android

First, download “android.img.bz2″ from this drop off point. [Link]

Then, when you’ve finished downloading that, install “android-installer.deb” from either of the following links.

[Link 1] [Link 2]

I believe you’d have to do the downloading part on the Nokia N810 itself. And then afterwards, all you have to do is reboot and run the thing by hitting the new Android icon that will appear in the Extras Menu subfolder.

Better head on over to Internet Tablet Talk for more instructions and tips from those who’ve already tried it. You don’t want to brick your device now, do you? Better safe than bricked, as I always say. And remember this only works with N810’s running Diablo, the latest firmware.

Internet Tablet Talk Via Mobile Computer Mag

Author: David Gonzales

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  • rroose

    Thanks for the simple guide! I've posted up a Dutch translation on my website.

  • http://www.vinodlive.com/ Vinod

    Excellent!

  • http://www.THEeCoSTREAM.com Josiah Guile

    Sweet! thanks man

  • http://www.unwiredview.com David Gonzales

    Cool, thanks for the translation.

  • http://www.goebel.net Markus

    I flashed my N810 to Diablo to make a clean start.

    Then I downloaded “android.img.bz2″ and “android-installer.deb” to my clean device. When I try to install “android-installer.deb” it just says “Unable to install android-installer”.

    What am I doing wrong?

  • http://www.openmoko.com openmoko liker

    can you post what you guys did to get android running on the nokia tablet?
    the open source world would love to know the details…

    and if it's possible to get android (possibly using this build) running on OpenMoko's NeoRunner

    http://www.openmoko.com

  • /V

    That's AMAZING!!

    Question: will it work with all the HW on the nokia? I mean, audio, wifi, webcam (it has one right?), touchscreen?

    Or are there some limitations?

    Thanks!

  • /V

    That's AMAZING!!

    Question: will it work with all the HW on the nokia? I mean, audio, wifi, webcam (it has one right?), touchscreen?

    Or are there some limitations?

    Thanks!