If you’re a regular TalkAndroid reader, you are probably aware that Google isn’t rolling Honeycomb out to very many devices yet, and hasn’t yet released the source code. As expected, though, that will only slow the dev community down for so long. The development group over at xda-developers has been working frantically since the first Honeycomb devices were made available to pull the kernel and port it over to other devices, and today they let us know that they have some pretty solid ports on two unexpected devices: The HTC Hero (CDMA) and the Advent Vega.
The Hero was a decent phone when it launched, but was quickly outpaced by competing devices, and lost support from the manufacturer and the carrier pretty quickly, at least in the states. Xda has stayed hard at work on this device though, and has managed to bring it Froyo, Gringerbread, and now Honeycomb. The standard disclaimer applies to this: It’s merely a proof of concept at this point, as the image used to build the ROM isn’t exactly complete, and while this build is RUNNING, it’s buggy, incomplete, and unstable. If the hero is your primary device (really??), you probably don’t wanna run this, at least on a daily basis, but feel free to check it out if you like to tinker.
The Advent Vega is a modestly-priced 10.1 tablet rocking the dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and has been generally regarded as a quality device since its launch late last year. Its low price point and dual-core goodness have made it a favorite for developers to play with, and xda now has what is described as a “very smooth” Honeycomb port. Once again, it’s not entirely complete, but it’s fairly stable and runs well, and this could be a big step toward bringing Honeycomb to more and more devices — especially once the source code gets officially released.
Once again, hats off to the team at xda for all your hard work, and we’re very excited to see what else you have in store for us in the future.