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Faiz Malkani · Jan 5, 2015

And It Goes On: HTC HD2 Receives Lollipop Port

Recently we spoke about devices outliving their generation by leaps and bounds, and highlighted the Nexus S' prowess in doing so. Despite a number of devices following similar paths, the undoubted champion that simply refuses to give up, is the HTC Leo, or the HTC HD2 as it is more commonly known. The HD2 has not only received Android ROMs light years ahead of it's time, but it has also managed to run multiple operating systems, such as Firefox, Windows...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 4, 2014

Nokia X ROM Running on the HTC HD2… Sort of

Hey, what's that image over to your right? Oh that's just an HTC HD2 running a port of the Nokia X ROM... Wait, what? OK. Part of why you undoubtedly had to do a double take when reading that last statement is that most of the development efforts on the Nokia X thus far have involved removing Nokia's strange UI from the device and turning the Nokia X into a more traditional Android smartphone. But just like what they say about questionable content on...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 1, 2013

KitKat More or Less Working on Legendary HD2

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...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 2, 2013

DFT Team Begin Work on MAGLDR and UEFI for the HTC One

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...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 22, 2013

Sense 5 Appears on HD2, Device Still Alive and Kicking

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...

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Conan Troutman · May 9, 2013

FireFox OS Makes an Appearance on the HTC HD2

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....

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Former Writer · Jan 3, 2013

Triple Boot WP7, SD, and NativeSD on the HTC HD2

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...

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jerdog · Dec 28, 2012

HTC HD2 Refuses to Die, Now Runs Windows RT

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...

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Former Writer · Dec 14, 2012

Android 4.2 Makes its Way to the HTC HD2

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...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 30, 2012

And it Keeps Going and Going… HD2 Receives WP8 Port!

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...

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Former Writer · Nov 5, 2012

Project Evolution: Giving the HTC HD2 a Makeover

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...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 21, 2012

The Legendary HD2 Receives WP7.8 Port!

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...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 20, 2012

HTC HD2 Android ROMs Reinvented: Introducing NativeSD

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...

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Conan Troutman · Jul 21, 2012

Unofficial CM10 Alpha for the Mighty HD2

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...

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Former Writer · Jul 16, 2012

Alpha Jelly Bean ROM for the Venerable HTC HD2

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...

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Former Writer · Jun 25, 2012

WiFi Calling for the HD2 Running Ice Cream Sandwich

This is usually where we would insert a strategic metaphor to describe the pure awesomeness that is the HTC HD2. Much like Apple's hatred of Android, Forever Alone memes, and Celine Dion's heart, HD2 development will probably go on and on. Forever. As such, the HD2 is showing no signs of letting up. In addition to acquiring hardware acceleration in ICS, there's still more ICS-based fun to be had on the HD2 such as T-Mobile WiFi calling. XDA Recognized Developer tytung has...

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egzthunder1 · May 17, 2012

And it Keeps Going and Going… Sense 4 ROM Released for HD2

Whenever you think of the Energizer bunny, a few concepts come to mind---cute and funny (for some anyways), durable, and definitely long lasting. I think that if Energizer ever felt the need to replace the bunny with another iconic "toy," it would definitely have to be HTC's greatest phone to date, the HD2. Ever since the original Android ports started hitting the device back in 2010, the HD2 has been a hotbed for development; breaking ground time and time again,...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 29, 2012

Hardware Acceleration Support for HD2 ICS Roms

Some devices just won't quit. They are an instant hit with both users and developers from the moment they are released, and continue to see updates to the latest OSes long after official support has run dry. Some are even lucky enough to run OSes that they were never even intended to. The HTC HD2 is a perfect example of such a device. Given it's huge following, it was inevitable that the HD2 would receive an update to Ice Cream...

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David Watt · Mar 15, 2012

World’s First Tango Based Custom ROMs Come to the HD2 and Omnia 7

It almost comes as no surprise that once again, the HTC HD2 has received yet another major development update, this time along with the Samsung Omnia 7. Development team XDA-Devs Europe brings us a world exclusive---the first custom ROMs based on the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 update, codenamed 'Tango', officially knows as 'Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh'. Tango is said to bring a number of improvements to Windows Phone 7.5, including lower RAM requirements and MMS improvements. The two custom ROMs are...

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Former Writer · Jan 6, 2012

Team UtterChaos Brings You Touch-Enabled Recovery on Even More Devices

We've already brought you reports of a work in progress for the HTC HD2 getting touch-enabled recovery. As it turns out, there's several other phones who've had it for a couple weeks already. Thanks to the devoted work of Team UtterChaos, featuring XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD along with XDA Senior Member Napster. There's a few phones they're actively supporting their touch-enabled recovery on. For those who are unfamiliar, touch-enabled recovery is a recovery that utilizes touch screen controls to navigate instead of...

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