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.
June 25, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 updated the current WiFi calling application to be compatible with ICS. According to tytung:
The latest WiFi Calling packages which support both MAGLDR and cLK with working mobile data.
This comes just over a month after the process to get the app working on ICS began and a few days after the last of the bugs were reported fixed, so users can expect a flawless WiFi calling experience.
For download links and more, head to the original thread
[Thanks to XDA Senior Member cajunflavoredbob for the tip!]
May 17, 2012 By: egzthunder1
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, and expanding the device’s horizons and possibilities beyond reasonable limits. Today, we come across a very interesting and brand new development, brought to you by XDA Recognized Developer sbryan12144. The very first Sense 4 ROM has appeared for the aluminum backed beast.
Sense 4.0 is a a brand new set of problems when it comes to porting, as many of the already-available tools are not exactly functional. Having said that, we have seen this ported to other devices including the Sensation, the EVO 3D, and a few more. Just like the aforementioned, this early ROM release has very few features working and is more of a functional proof-of-concept at this point than a daily driver. Basic things like data and WiFi are still not properly working or at all, but they will eventually get fixed as development continues.
Please be sure to follow the installation instructions and provide feedback and bug reports to the devs so that the build can be improved.
- SD Mount
- USB Storage
- Data (Starts but doesn’t connect)
You can find more information in the original thread.
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[Thanks sbryan12144 for the tip!]
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 Sandwich in one form or another, and the old girl really wasn’t that far behind many of the newer devices to receive unofficial updates. There was however, one significant issue for those looking for the full ICS experience on the HD2—hardware acceleration.
For those of you who may not be up to speed on hardware acceleration, it involves using a piece of specialized device hardware (in this case, the Adreno 200 GPU) to perform functions faster than would be possible if executed on the CPU. In the case of a hardware accelerated user interface, this greatly reduces lag in certain actions such as scrolling and switching home screens. In other words, it generally results in a snappier feeling UI. It’s not a cure-all, but it helps dramatically. Adding it in also means that applications that require hardware acceleration such as the Google Chrome Beta browser can now function properly.
There has been a lot of discussion regarding the feature, and thanks to XDA Senior Members Xylograph and securecrt, and XDA Recognized Developer Rick_1995, it is now possible to run Ice Cream Sandwich with full hardware acceleration on the HD2. This was made possible by utilizing elements of the KGSL driver from an HTC Desire kernel—the specifics can be found here—and is a huge step forward in ICS development for the HD2.
It’s still too early to expect a flawless experience quite yet, and not all ICS ROMs/Kernels have made use of these developments, so be patient. In the meantime you can check out Xylograph’s CM9 or AOKP ROMs and securecrt’s kernel thread for more information and downloads.
March 15, 2012 By: David Watt
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 based on Tango RTM build 8773.98, which will soon be shipping to OEM manufacturers. Both ROMs are almost fully functional. However, according to the devs, a number of limitations exist. The official Market is currently blocked on both devices, due to Tango not being publicly available at this time, though an alternative app is included. The ROMs are also not updatable at present, but this will be remedied in due course.
The HD2 custom ROM is brought to us by XDA Recognized Developer HD2Owner and can be found in the HD2 ROM thread. XDA Forum Moderator ceesheim has released the Samsung Omnia 7 custom ROM, which can be found in the Omnia 7 ROM thread.
January 6, 2012 By: Former Writer
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.
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 the old school volume rocker + power button method. We can all agree, those poor hardware buttons could use a little break, right?
Those wielding the Sony Xperia ARC have a few more options, as you can check it out via DooMLoRD’s kernel for Gingerbread, and Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s also available in Stock Gingerbread form as well.
It is important to note that all the touch enabled recoveries are based on the legendary and always awesome ClockworkMod Recovery. So you already know it’ll work.
So for those with the aforementioned devices, if you’d like to check out the touch-enabled recoveries on some awesome kernels from a couple of XDA’s finest, then hit up the source links and check em out! For everyone else, the UtterChaos train is firmly rolling, so don’t be surprised to see them working on other devices very soon!
January 5, 2012 By: Former Writer
And it doesn’t stop there, as XDA Senior Member munjeni has recently released a touch-capable version of ClockworkMod Recovery for those running Android on the HTC HD2. It’s a pretty cool modification to an otherwise stable and effective recovery, as it’s big claim to fame is that it gives those tired, worn out volume rockers and power button a well deserved breather. It instead gives the user a few touch buttons on the bottom of the screen that the user can use to navigate the always familiar ClockworkMod interface.
The features are pretty simple and so far it’s been updated daily since it’s initial release just a few days ago. It’s most recent update, which was today, includes:
- fixed glitches during boot
– added stock cwm theme with cyan text color
– added button effects
It’s evidence that munjeni is willing to support this until it works perfectly, so for those holding out til it’s completely done should probably keep tabs on the original thread. There you can find additional screen shots, a full change log for every update and download links along with installation instructions. As with any recovery installation, there’s always the danger of something going wrong and permanently damaging your phone, so be sure to exercise caution! For those running Android on their HD2, it’s definitely something worth checking out.
January 3, 2012 By: liwen
One of the last few issues that remain with Windows Phone 7 on the HTC HD2 has been fixed: well-known developer AnDim squashed some bugs in the touchscreen driver, enabling for better multitouch. Previously, you had to touch the screen with both fingers at the exact same time when trying to pinch-to-zoom a picture or webpage. This isn’t necessary anymore, and should improve usability a lot.
Wait. If you think about it, this is amazing. Who said that multitouch was impossible to fix? I did. But I what I said – that this particular issue was “related to low-level drivers, which are practically impossible to implement without any documentation” – was what almost everyone thought. But we’ve all been proven wrong.
Sure, there are still other bugs left: the touchscreen might be unresponsive for a few seconds after turning on the screen; photos taken with flash have a green tint; battery life is very hit-and-miss, depending on the radio. And this new driver, while improving multitouch a lot, isn’t perfect either; according to reports, there are still occasional snap-backs when zooming.
However, back in early 2010, when Microsoft announced its mobile plans, who would’ve thought we would be running Windows Phone 7 on the HD2, the most popular device in our forums for two straight years now? And that so many bugs would be fixed, and that there would be so much development?
Grab the driver in the forum thread, if you know how to cook your own ROMs. If you don’t, you have two options: flash either this Mango ROM or the new 2.1 version of the upgradeable ROM by Yuki and xboxmod. Or, if you’re running version 2.0 of the Back to the Future ROM, wait for a CAB file to easily update to the new driver.
We’ll keep you updated on when that CAB comes out, and on any other progress. AnDim has said that this driver is still beta, and that some differences with other native WP7 drivers will be fixed soon, so keep your eyes on the portal.
Are you a European Android user? If so, you may have noticed that your GPS locking performance is often sub-par. Last month, we wrote about a fantastic application by XDA forum member The_Double that fixes this problem for you by editing your /system/etc/gps.conf file.
However, some users are a bit old fashioned and would rather do the modifications themselves. To that end, XDA forum member Claus72 has written a simple, 1-step guide to help you do exactly this. Obviously you need to have full root access to your device to perform the fix.
While originally written for the HTC HD2, this should work on all European Android devices.
I have had one problem with gps fix, it took about 90 sec to fix satellites.
I have found a thread in the Desire section that have solved this problem.
Now my gps takes about 15-30 sec to fis [sic.] the satellite.
This fix is only for European users and need to have root privilege.
You have to edit the file gps.conf located at /system/etc. I have used root explorer to edit the file.
If you’re interested in getting down and dirty with your gps.conf file, click on to the original thread. Just be sure to make a backup of your original gps.conf to play it safe.
It seems the unstoppable HTC HD2 aka Leo keep giving us surprises, and now it takes a giant leap ahead of other devices with hardware acceleration fix. XDA member Ankuch on Android SD and XDA member michie on NAND ROM variant presents this version based on Nexus One’s AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich, and promises that the ROM is even faster than Gingerbread.
By now almost everything is working except for USB Mass Storage and camera but sure following updates will include fixes for that. It is important for developers to know about your feedback, this way all bugs you find can be corrected so please participate.
Originally posted by michie
I compiled a mix between ankuch’s SD build and Tytung’s NAND build, all credits go to them!
I only created this thread because Tytungs thread became messy and my post with the rom will get lost after many replies.
I will update this rom till HW Acc is in his final stage and tytung will release an update inclusing the HW Acc an his new kernel as he he is working on a new kernel with loads of improvements.
Also the nexys build seems to have fixed usb mass storage, you can prob expect this in tytungs new update too.
for Mag and CLK
– Rom is VERY fast, even faster than most gingerbread roms here.
It’s hard to believe just how much the smartphone space has changed since that phone, the HTC HD2, was released in November 2009, two years ago. It was one of the last Windows Mobile devices, but it eventually got ports for both Android and Windows Phone 7. With this active developer support and a thriving community, it went on to become the most popular device in xda-developers history, and was voted as the best HTC device of both 2009 and 2010 in our forums.
Now, it’s November 2011, exactly two years later. Time to recapitulate the story of this extraordinary smartphone.
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Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device’s development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs listed with “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Check out our list! READ ON »
It looks like the giant refuses to go down because of time. The quasi-immortal HTC Leo aka HD2 seems to still be holding its own regardless of the time that is being added onto its aluminum back cover. Every single OS since the introduction of the device to our forums a couple of years ago, has been able to boot and be usable thanks to the incredible efforts and countless hours being poured onto it by our devs. This time, XDA Recognized Developer tytung has taken the time to look into the brand new source for Ice Cream Sandwich and decided to try and get it to fit into the HD2. To make a long story short, the device is up and running with a fresh copy of Android 4.0 on it. The device has most core functionality up and running from the start, including 3G, Wifi, touchscreen, BT, GPS, calling and audio (let’s face it, it is a phone after all), and most sensors. However, as it is customary with initial ports, there are non functional parts such as the hardware acceleration, USB mass storage, and of course… the camera.
Fixing these will just be a matter of time, so if you are not desperate to snap pictures with your HD2, we strongly recommend that you take this for a spin and that you report any and all bugs back to the dev. Happy flashing!
NexusHD2-IceCreamSandwich is a port from Nexus One’s AOSP ICS ROM (thanks texasice for compiling it).
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Thanks poyensa for the tip!