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#92464 30-Oct-2011 09:26
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A question. If a smart phone is essentially a computer, why can't you delete one operating system and install another? For example, buy the Nokia N9, remove MeeGoo and replace with stock android?

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  #539210 30-Oct-2011 09:40
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it is possible (just like how you can put android onto iphone)

however, it is a bit more complicated than that


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  #539216 30-Oct-2011 09:59
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A smartphone is like a PC with no BIOS (or at least no standard BIOS), no standard hardware, and no downloadable drivers. To get  Android up on a new device you have to figure out how the bootloaders find and boot code, so you can get your own code on there without bricking it, then you have to get drivers for a large and complex set of chips, a lot of which are covered by non-disclosure agreements so documentation isn't available. It can be done but without manufacturer cooperation it takes a lot of reverse engineering.

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  #539217 30-Oct-2011 10:03
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You cant easily run Mac OS X on a PC, mobile phones arent dissimilar

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  #539272 30-Oct-2011 13:34
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Why would you want to? I would like to see meego ported to android devices as it is a beautiful and functional OS that can run android apps.

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  #539688 31-Oct-2011 19:38
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paulmilbank: Why would you want to? I would like to see meego ported to android devices as it is a beautiful and functional OS that can run android apps.

My understanding is that you have to run a virtual simulator to do so, which could impact quite significantly on the phone's performance? If not, it sounds a possibility as the meego does have very strong reviews. A lot of coin to shell out on an obsolete OS though.

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  #539706 31-Oct-2011 20:31
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It's the drivers with the kernel that a smartphone runs and the hardware to software interface for different chipsets. Much the same as a pc motherboard.

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