Just a few days ago, we talked about how the Google Nexus One received an unofficial port of Android 4.4 KitKat. While not everything worked quite perfectly, the ROM was quite usable overall. In fact, other than a few issues with graphics and camera functionality, many people found the build usable as a daily driver. We then knew that it was only a matter of time before the KitKat love made its way over to its hardware cousin, the legendary HTC HD2.
That day is now here, as XDA Senior Member chautruongthinh managed to port Google’s latest and greatest to the venerable HD2. As you would expect, not everything works properly. In fact, this is not quite anywhere near daily driver status, as the build suffers from a lack of mobile data, broken WiFi and SD Card, and some graphical glitches. However, the basics do work, allowing for a fun experiment, even if you do have to go back to your daily driver ROM when you’re done playing.
Make your way over to the ROM thread to get started. Just make sure that you have a working Nandroid backup before proceeding, since you’re almost certainly going to want to revert once you’re done experimenting. Will this phone ever die? Probably not any time soon!
November 2, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
If you ever spent any appreciable amount of time with the venerable HTC HD2, you will undoubtedly be familiar with the name Cotulla. After all, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla and the rest of the Dark Forces Team developed the vastly powerful MAGLDR bootloader for the device.
As a brief recap, MAGLDR for the HD2 unleashed the full potential of the device, allowing users to easily install an almost limitless number of alternative operating systems, an install an Android recovery, and even play Tetris directly from the bootloader.
Now, Cotulla and the DFT team have begun the journey of bringing similar hackability over to the HTC One. Nothing is available just yet, but given Cotulla’s impressive track record, it’s basically only a matter of time. There are no concrete development goals just yet, but possibilities include installing old school Windows Mobile 6.x, running Windows RT and/or Windows Phone 8, and much more. And once MAGLDR is finished for the One, he is planning on working on UEFI.
Make your way over to the development thread to learn more and keep up on the progress. If you own an HTC One, things may get pretty exciting in the future…
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Moderator Ghost for the tip!]
September 22, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
To say that the HTC HD2 has survived the test of time would be a severe understatement. The device, which was first released four years ago should by all means already be in a museum. After all, judging by modern device longevity standards, our phones are obsolete often before we buy them thanks to upgraded models and healthy competition.
Despite its advanced age, however, the HD2 is still thriving. There are new builds of operating systems never even intended for the device being ported at lightning pace. The latest addition? None other than HTC’s latest and greatest iteration of their Sense overlay.
The porting work comes courtesy of XDA Senior Members aazzam16661, gilbert32, dungphp, and a host of others cited in the first post. It is important to keep in mind that this is not yet daily driver status. Naturally, since the port is still having its kinks worked out, not everything works. Currently, the touchscreen, cellular connectivity, and data work. However, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB mass storage, sound, camera, video playback, and GPS don’t yet work. In other words, we would only recommend trying this if you know what you are doing and have a good backup to restore.
If you’ve still got your hands on an HTC HD2 and would like to play around with Sense 5, or if you’re just a former owner looking to pay his or her respects to the venerable device, head over to the ROM thread. We look forward to many years of continued HD2 development here on XDA.
[Many thanks to XDA Senior Member aazzam16661 for the heads up!]
If I asked you to guess which device had just received yet another OS to add to its collection (and what a collection it is), what would you say? Okay, forget that the title gave it away, you’d have known which device I was talking about.
The HTC HD2, not that it needs any introduction whatsoever, is an unstoppable monster of a device that has been a favorite with users and developers alike for over three and a half years now. As if that weren’t incredible enough, those users and developers are spread across 3 major platforms, not to mention the numerous other operating systems which can be used on the device. XDA Senior Member feherneoh however has decided that it’s time to add another one to the list.
Ferherneoh has successfully ported Mozilla’s open source operating FireFox OS, or Boot2Gecko as it’s sometimes labelled, to the HD2. And despite being a very alpha work in progress, it shows a lot of promise. Despite being able to easily handle more advanced platforms such as the latest versions of Windows Phone and Android, FireFox OS could be a very nice fit for a device like the HD2 if it becomes stable enough for daily use.
Looking at the list of what does and doesn’t work initially sets off quite a few alarm bells. Things like the SIM card not being detected and the camera not working are usually enough to keep people from downloading. However, reading through the thread itself suggests these issues may be closer to resolution than the OP suggests, as users are reporting the ability to make calls and some level of (admittedly intermittent) camera functionality. Bugs or not, this is still another jewel in the crown of what is, in my opinion, the single greatest smartphone of all time.
Be sure to check out the original thread for more information on throwing yet another OS at your HD2.
[Thanks to poyensa for the tip.]
When we talk about the HTC HD2 nowadays, it is in shock and awe that it managed to survive yet another round of software updates from Windows Phone and Android. It has even been shown running Windows RT. It continues to exceed all expectations, as developers have figured out a way to make it triple boot.
XDA Senior Member mengfei has posted a tutorial that will help get the HTC HD2 to triple boot. It is not a very stable method and mengfei says that not everyone will be able to accomplish this. The method works by creating three partitions using a SD card and the internal memory. Then users install ROMs to those partitions. It’s a loose description, as the tutorial is actually much longer.
To get started users will have to make the partitions. Here is what users will need:
1 FAT32 Partition
1 EXT4 Partition
1 WP7 Partition
MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition (MTPW) using this to do those above.
In the tutorial, users will be installing WP7 first, then the other operating systems afterward. The whole process will take some time. However, once finished, the HD2 will be able to boot into any one of three different ROMs. Users have reported that the method works, albeit with some tweaks here and there to the process.
To learn how to triple boot on the HD2, go to the original thread.
Let’s say you have a device from 2009, and at times it seems like it’s just a little bit out of date. The latest devices coming out are all competing to become “The Next Big Thing,” and this device just doesn’t seem to stack up to the competition. And with the latest mobile Operating Systems out there, any device running Windows Mobile 6.5 just seems, well, outdated. But then you realize what device this actually is: It’s the Mighty Mouse of devices, the HTC HD2. The same device that has run not only Windows Mobile 6.5, but Windows Phone 7, Android (all versions up to Jelly Bean), Ubuntu and MeeGo of all things.
XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla has a long track record of doing extraordinary things with Windows devices, and the HD2 is no exception. After teasing the developer world with what he called a “proof of concept” of getting Windows Phone 8 installed and running on the HD2, he released the first images of the device running Windows RT. While he hasn’t released any more details as to the full status of the project, the image gallery below should give anyone who owns the HD2 butterflies of excitement. After viewing the images, you can stop by the discussion thread to follow along with updates as Cotulla provides them.
And for those wondering why it is the HTC HD2 continues to live and breathe over 3 years after it’s release, it is because the device is completely wide open thanks to HTC’s old philosophy. They have since gone away from that, which would account for part of their meteoric slide in sales and relevance. When developers can do anything and everything they desire to a device, we get gems like this one. When they can’t, they stop recommending the manufacturer and people stop buying.
The HTC HD2 can be compared favorably to Bob Hope. It’s probably going to be around and reasonably successful for quite some time. Not too long ago, we brought you news that the HD2 continued being relevant when it received a WP8 port. Now, in an act that can only be described as necromancy, the HD2 lives again with an Android 4.2 ROM.
XDA Recognized Developer sportsstar89 released the ROM for people to try out. As can be expected with newer Android ports in general, the ROM is quite rough. Here is a list of things currently wrong:
* Painfully Slow (Like painfully slow)
Users haven’t complained of anything wrong, other than what’s been listed. Despite the short list of things actually wrong, the painfully slow issue prevents this from being a daily driver. However, sportsstar89 isn’t done with development yet. The thread has been closed so that the ROM can be updated to CM10.1. So there won’t be additional updates for this particular ROM, but that means a CM10.1 build is well on its way. The original ROM download link is still up if you’d like to give it a try.
For more details, check out the original thread.
November 30, 2012 By: egzthunder1
Have you ever seen those horror films, where the monsters simply refuse to die regardless of what is thrown at them? They simply keep getting up and up and up, and refuse to stay down. That is kinda the story going on with the last Windows Mobile device from HTC, the ever lasting and eternal HTC HD2. This device has seen more OS types and versions passing through it than most other devices on XDA combined. The ports have gone from Android to Ubuntu and other Linux distros as well, Meego, and all versions of WP7, including 7.5 and 7.8, which happened just recently. Much as the saying goes, the sky is the limit. So our devs keep pushing the boundaries of this not-so-little device, just to see how far it will go. The latest result for this push is no other than Windows Phone 8 booting on it.
XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla once again proves that there is no such thing as limited power in hardware, when you have the right code. He, along with many other devs, managed to get Windows Phone 8 to run on a device that was not meant to go past WM6.5. As you may expect however, the port is barely functional, meaning nothing works. The dev simply posted pictures of the screens as a proof of concept, and not an actual release. So if you were thinking about running this on your HD2 anytime soon, you can more than likely scrap that idea. Lots of work is still required for anyone to even be able to run this properly. Moreover, since most of the latest RUUs from Microsoft have very high level encryption, the process is much harder now than it was with the leak that they have working on the device.
Please do not lose hope, but on the same token, don’t ask for ETAs. We all know how unwelcome that can be.
For now it’s actually just a proof of concept.
I honestly dunno how far it can goes forward; a lot of problems appear and not sure will be it’s possible to solve them.
And not only to solve them, but get an acceptable user experience
It was implied as “a crazy experiment” at the start up time
For now it’s implemented only few functionality like SD card, screen output, touch screen input.
All other things are not working. I won’t add “YET” it can be very hard to get some things to work.
and DFT didn’t yet decided about future developments in that direction.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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[Thanks poynesa and JimmyMcGee for the tip]
Halloween came and passed a few days ago, but it seems as if Frankenstein is still here in some form. Frankenstein was made by assembling pieces of various people to create a new person. Now, there is at least one HTC HD2 undergoing the same process.
Dubbed Project Evolution, the focus of the project is to revamp the HTC HD2 with new hardware to make it a little less dated. It only makes sense, since it’s never been behind the times in terms of software. XDA Senior Member isaiah12345 has been working on improving the hardware. Here the things isaiah12345 is planning to do, has done, and can’t do to the HTC HD2:
front facing camera
front facing speaker (why in the world would you ever want to turn your phone around to hear it)
camera lens protection
a breath of fresh air for the ever so aging HD2
front facing speaker
proximity and light sensor repositioned
evo 4g lte housing (chose this because the device can stay slim and pocketable while still adding new features)
2300 mah battery
No More Front Camera (due to needing the phone to actually charge)
with the extension of the micro usb and headphone jack, it makes it nearly impossible for the camera to swivel back to rear position
removable battery door
make a primary hd2 docking station complete with external battery speakers and keyboard (idea thanks to xyntaxis)
While the progress so far has been exciting, if successful, this would be quite the achievement for the HTC HD2. It would allow current owners to upgrade their phone without leaving behind the sheer awesomeness of the device. One thing that many members requested were pictures of the progress so far to see if all this was a hoax. Thankfully, isaiah12345 has come through and posted not only pictures, but a few videos as well.
Just a couple of days ago, we witnessed WP7.8 surface on the HTC HD7. The Internet exploded in happiness (especially those about to slam their devices against the wall for not being eligible for upgrades, courtesy of Microsoft). The ROM became wildly popular within a short period of time and was scattered across the web, and obviously, across XDA. One thing that we have learned over the last couple of years is the fact that if the OS can be ported to anything, the HTC HD2 should be able to run it. Needless to say, this still holds true even for the brand new and unreleased Windows Phone 7.8 operating system. XDA Forum Member pdaimatejam brings joy to all the customers who bought this device back in 2010 who expected nothing less from the talented developers in this area of the site.
The ROM is loaded with tons of tweaks, apps (several from the Lumia series), and more. However, the most important feature to point out is the fact that the ROM is fully unlocked, which means that you will get all the functionality that Microsoft does not want you to have on a Windows Phone (i.e. file explorer, access to registry, theming, customization, and much more). The thread does not have any bugs reported so far, but do keep in mind that it does not mean it will be bug free (it is a port after all, on a device that should have ceased to exist about 1.5 years ago).
Please make sure that if you take it for a spin, that you also report any and all bugs that you may encounter. Also, make sure that you follow all the installation instructions to ensure that you do not ruin your device by flashing it.
By pdaimatejam HD2 v8.5 ROM
Wp7.8 OS 7.10.8835.35
You can find more information in the original port thread.
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[Thanks poyensa for the tip!]
September 20, 2012 By: egzthunder1
The HTC HD2 is one of those devices that has made history on XDA due to the durable and long lasting body, great hardware, and its incredible versatility. Since it was originally ported back in the 2010-2011 time frame, Android has only been getting better and better, not to mention faster on the device. It went from running from the SD card to running from NAND in a short period of time. However, people wanted more responsiveness and smoothness out of the device. They wanted a closer experience to an actual Android device, without losing the flexibility of Windows Mobile. After thinking about it long and hard, XDA Recognized Contributors securecrt and Xylograph put their heads together and came up with a new way of flashing ROMs onto the device (be it WM or Android). Introducing NativeSD.
The concept behind this new method is actually quite interesting. The whole idea came from the fact that when choosing a flashing method on the HTC HD2, there is a trade off. NAND is faster than regular SD, but SD gives you more storage. The premise behind this is to combine the benefits of both. It turns out that speeds on some of the higher end class SD cards are actually faster than those of NAND (4 MB/s on NAND as opposed to about 10 MB/s on a Class 10 SD card). So, the devs devised a way to flash onto an Ext4 partition (which provides great performance enhancements on I/O). As an added bonus, your data partition becomes MUCH bigger than anything you could possibly achieve by flashing on NAND. All in all, a win-win situation for HD2 owners.
As an added bonus, this allows you to possibly flash multiple ROMs on the same device for multi-booting. Windows Mobile ROMs can be flashed as well, but it is still experimental. What are you waiting for? Take it for a spin and let the devs know if it works well by dropping some feedback and get your ORD going.
This is an idea to make the HD2 faster and fancy, I worked with Xylograph to make it more usable and easy to implement by common users.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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[Thanks timmymarsh for the tip!]
Just a few days ago, we brought you news of an alpha version of Jelly Bean for the seemingly immortal HTC HD2. I could sit here and yammer on for days about how magnificent the device is, and how we may never again see a device that is capable of so many wonderful things, but I won’t. If you aren’t familiar with the HD2 and just how awesome it is, there’s something very wrong with you.
Never one to lag behind other devices, it was only a matter of time before the development community picked up that ball and ran with it. XDA Recognized Developer sportsstar89 has done just that, and given the device it’s first unofficial version of CyanogenMod 10. While this build is still in a very early stage and is bound to have a few bugs and quirks, it’s certainly usable. It also serves as a great base for those looking to build further development work and help porting effots. It’s currently only compatible with the CLK bootloader, so those of you using MAGLDR will need to switch if you want to test this out.
Head on over to the original thread to find out more.
Despite the phone being a couple of years old, the development community on the HTC HD2 is still vibrant as ever. Recently, we brought you news of the HD2 getting WiFi calling on ICS. This added to the feeling that the HD2 will probably keep going and going forever.
Not surprisingly, a Jelly Bean port was released for the HD2. XDA Recognized Contributor smokin901 has released a proof-of-concept port of Jelly Bean not necessarily for people to use, but to prove that the HD2 is still beastly enough to actually run it. However, XDA is a development community, so it is likely that this will end up being stable sometime in the future.
For now, though, the list of features working and not working is about on par with most other Jelly Bean releases recently. The current list of things working include:
Mobile Data 3G/2G
Sound check download page for fix ————————– Credit Bexton
USB Mass Storage ———– Credit Bexton
And not working:
Browser works but display is messed up.
Error when Installing some Apps
Google Now crashes.
There are likely to be some other things that haven’t been updated yet, as users have reported issues with system sounds and hardware acceleration. While the ROM may not be ready for daily driver use yet, it’s definitely there for any users or developers who want to try it out or help make it more stable.
For additional information, go to the original thread.