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Posts Tagged: HTC HD2

BRAVIA Engine Ported For The HD2

October 26, 2011   By:

bravia

The HTC HD2 truly is a remarkable device. Over the last two years, we have seen it take on various challenges that have prolonged its life expectancy far longer than anyone would have guessed. Well, there seems to be room for improvement because the BRAVIA Engine for the Sony Experia family has been successfully ported over to the Leo. If you are not certain about what the Bravia Engine actually is or does, you can find a quick video demonstration here. However, the basic premise is that this will greatly enhance your viewing experience on the device thanks to various effects that greatly increase the quality of the images that you ate looking at on the screen. This feat was accomplished by the hard work of XDA member tin2404, who has provided clear instructions on how to get this installed on the HD2.

Please follow the instructions and share your feedback with the dev and the rest of the community regarding your newly improved device.

 

 

So, I spent some time with that issue studing Xperia ROMS and recompile and rewrite some “things” and result of various testes is here.
Bravia Engine now does work on HD2.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks htcfreak for the tip!

TWRP Running On The HD2!

October 7, 2011   By:

twrp on hd2

You may remember that a few months ago, TeamWin released their own recovery image for Android devices. Much like ClockworkMod, Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) can be used across a wide variety of devices. Thanks to the efforts of XDA Recognized Developer arif-ali, this highly multi-functional recovery image can also be used in the legendary HD2. This recovery image is still a work in progress but it allows the end user to seamlessly do all the customization that he/she is used to and much more. TWRP specializes in handling partitions in a much more thorough manner than other recovery images as it allows you to select individual partitions to back up, re-size, and much more. It also allows you to customize the background color of the whole interface, so it does not get boring.

The dev in this case did enough work on the original development to get it going for the HD2 and has so far obtained a rather good resulting port. There are only a couple of minor bugs, which are reported in post #3 of the thread. If you do have an HD2 and would like to help the dev with this, please leave your feedback.

TeamWin Recovery Project, or twrp for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. 

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks htcfreak for the tip!

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hd2 quadrant

Well, the beloved (and becoming) venerable HTC Leo (aka HD2) still has lots of fight left in it thanks to members developing on it left and right. Every single update to Android devices has gone, one way or another, through the HD2 as well. We have seen advancements of this WM native device excel in the field of Android like no other device (even native Android devices) have seen. In one of his latest roms, XDA member dorimanx has been able to take this on going development to the next step by being able to have data installed on an EXT partition. This has two main advantages: larger sized data partition and more speed as EXT is inherently faster for I/O purposes. As a result of this, the dev decided to run a few Quadrant tests to see how it compared to the previous versions of his rom and the scores with up to somewhere around the 3000 point mark!

It looks like the dev has temporarily pulled the latest nighty rom due to issues, but rest assured that fixes are on the way. Please try it out and leave feedback so that this can be further improved.

Now if you have Any EXT 2/3/4 and you have 250MB free on EXT! All DATA files will be moved from DATA to EXT and ROM will use it as usual!

What we get is much bigger DATA partition! no longer we have to suffer from 250mb only for non tmobile phones!

If you HAVE T-MOBILE phone with 768MB DATA! and it’s full! then please check that you have also 800MB free on EXT!

You can find more information in the original rom thread and in the change post if you are interested in the changes to data.

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Thanks Michie for the tip!

screenshotnu

HTC HD2 is still being the device with most operating systems running on it. Even with all the dual core processor devices popping up, the Leo is still a strong contender. This time, XDA member boxmax shows a freshly created ROM based on a Runnymede Build booting on HD2 -SD Version- with modding MixTheme by XDA member MccMjoon76.

Even more, the themes that come along on the original thread are well suited for giving this great UI its final touches.

This build is based on HTC Bliss WWE 1.10.401.0 and has some bugs around but with your feedback, future versions will be improved.

Originally posted by boxmax
Information:

1- build : HTC Bliss WWE 1.10.401.0 ( android 2.3.4 SENSE 3.5) .

2- kernel: JW 2.1

3- Working ( Making call,WiFi,Data3g,GPS,USB, Album ,Music player,Leds,SD Card,Gallery New, Camera, youtube , play 720p, camcorder, Add miui Camera ).

4- Not Working ( BT , ,HTC Wall, Skin preview, FM Radio )

5- Deodex ( App & Framework ) + Zipalign ( All .apk ) .

6- Available languages : WWE . Fix Full Arabic very thanks to madmack

7- incloded 1GB DATA.

8- Rooted & Superuser

9- In call volume is Loud

 

Continue on to the original thread to find more information.

glitchCamera

The one thing about most Android ports we have seen around here is the fact that there are always things that require a bit more work than others to work properly. The one that remains a constant nuisance for devs is the camera, as it either does not work right off the bat or it is glitchy. Well, the ports for both Sense 3 and 3.5 are not exceptions to this, but it seems that XDA member haldric has created fixes for both of the aforementioned ports. The fixes seem to address video playback issues caused when recording as well as when shooting still pictures. The dev has posted various zip flashable versions, which are intended to address different set ups.

Please share your experiences with these fixes as they seem to be the real deal. Also, please let the dev know if you come across any issues.

i’ve made a new fix for glitches i tested it since 8 days and all seems to be all right.So if someone want to test.used cwm to flash.work fine for me.

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Downlaod-HTC-Sense-3.5-for-Desire-HD2

Sense 3.0 was a great improvement on graphics from previous versions. Recently, we saw Sense 3.5 arriving with only some minimal changes.
As the port keeps on making its way through our forums, XDA members boxmax and dungphp have managed to port this to the HTC HD2.

You can get this ROM for SD or NAND but keep in mind that you may find some bugs, so your feedback is very important for future releases.

Originally posted by boxmax
Information:

1- build : HTC Bliss WWE 1.10.401.0 ( android 2.3.4 SENSE 3.5) .
2- kernel: JW 2.1
3- Working ( Making call,WiFi,Data3g,GPS,USB, Album ,Music player,Leds,SD Card,Gallery New… ). Not Working ( BT , Camera , )
4- Deodex ( App & Framework ) + Zipalign ( All .apk ) .
5- Available languages : WWE . Fix Full Arabic very thanks to madmack
6- incloded 1GB DATA.
7- Rooted & Superuser
8- In call volume is Loud
9- The UI smooth and fast

Big Thanks To :
Coolexe , Capychimp , dungphp , madmack ,Tyhung , jan-willem3 , MccM , Cotulla ,cedesmith , XDA & Donors…

Originally posted by dungphp
This rom is based on Bliss (Desire S with Sense 3.5)

Pictures: in next version

Working:
Phone, SMS, Sound,…

Bugs:
– Data
– Wifi
– USB Disk
– Camera, Camcorder

Download: This is a TEST version

Continue on to SD ROM version thread

Continue on to NAND ROM version thread

hd2 mango

I had an article published yesterday night for a couple of hours, which due to the magic of Word Press, ended up being completely blank. This article was a plea of help from devs to get someone to aid with a compatibility issue that was hindering Mango on the HD2. Apparently, there were modules in the HD2 governing the SD card that Mango did not recognize/like. Because of this, the card was not being seen by the Mango wielding device. As a result of having lost my article, I figured I would write it again this morning. However, as I was about to get started, I got a tip in my inbox from XDA member Warriorvibhu where he pointed me at the same thread I wrote about yesterday. Much to my surprise, it seems that the devs working on this (XDA member YukiXDA and XDA Recognized Developer xboxmod) finally tackled the SD card obstacle and were able to release XBmod-Yuki ROM, which is much more than simply a ROM. This fantastic piece of work includes a feature that will allow devs to update the ROM via installable packages, which would be of tremendous help to both devs and users. Just think of this as the WP7 equivalent of zip packages for Android.

Lastly, by getting your hands on this, you will get all the awesomeness of Mango on the HD2 with everything working, including the SD card. Make sure that you read the first couple of posts in the thread in order to avoid issues, and as always, please leave some feedback.

This thread is about two different things:

  • A rom for HD2 which is able to update like any other devices:
  • A concept which can be applied on all wp7 device ans shared by its community:

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks Warriorvibhu for the tip!

Quietly-nothing.  It's just brilliant.

The HTC HD2 is the most developed device in the history of XDA-Developers.  Over 1 million posts on more than 45 thousand threads across 17 sub-forums covering five operating systems, the HD2 remains in the top 25 most active devices on XDA almost two years after its release. Its success spoke to all manufacturers about what a smartphone should be like.

I sat down with a friend’s HD2 to hear its story.  I asked about where it came from, the struggles it faced growing up in a Tawainese factory, and how it overcame those struggles to become such a smart phone.  The HD2 blankly stared at me a moment, then said my friend received a new text message from his mother.  No help there.  So, I decided to get the HTC HD2’s story from its developers.

XDA member Cotulla first heard rumors about the HTC “Leo”  around mid-2009.  “Back then, nothing was known except its 4.3-inch screen with a [Qualcomm Snapdragon] 8250.”  Its unprecedented specifications caught XDA member DarkStone1337‘s eye, too.  “My previous phones were other Windows Mobile-based phones such as the HTC Touch Diamond and the HTC Touch HD, which was infuriatingly slow, and several Nokia handsets. This was a fast phone with good looks that could compete with the iPhone [3GS]. The big screen screamed COOL to me.”

The first iteration of the HD2 was loaded with 512 MB of ROM storage and it was released in Europe around November 2009. A few months later, a version with 1024 MB of ROM arrived for T-Mobile US (TMOUS) in March 2010.  Suppliers couldn’t keep up with the demand.  Sprint saw the movement of supplies and jumped on the opportunity, leaking specs of the HTC EVO 4G before T-Mobile made the HD2 available in the US.  That’s when I (azrienoch) started looking around for ways to put Android on the HD2.  The first step toward that meant developing a new SPL.

“The idea of developing HSPL for the LEO first came to us around 11 October 2009.  We thought it would be so easy,” said Cotulla.  It was actually very hard, “because HTC added additional protection to the LEO.”

XDA Recognized Developer dcordes described that “additional protection” to me.  “The actual difficulty about making Linux run on the HD2 was a tiny ‘switch’ in the device that will change how the CPU acts. This must be set during bootup. Else no go for ARM Linux.  The difficult and long process of analyzing this ‘crash problem’ by narrowing down all sources of error is logged in mailing list (ML) archives.”

The first hurdle was getting the screen to tell the developers anything at all, as dcordes explained, “The only way to interact with the device when there is no debug bridge like ADB or USBnet is reading from the display.”

Cotulla commented, “We almost lost bepe’s device once.  We restored it two days later.  Also, I created a special SPL emulator which allows testing our HSPL installer on a PC for a deep look inside.”

“After the initial SSPL & HSPL releases, we released several new HSPL versions, including HSPL for LEO1024. The main issue there was that LEO1.XX ROMs won’t support flashing to the internal memory.  Flashing ROMs or HSPL makes it soft brick.  So a special HSPL version was created to protect users from mistakes.”

Meanwhile, Darkstone1337 bought the device, wanting to develop apps for Windows Mobile, and soon after discovered Microsoft’s plans for Windows Phone 7.  “It would of had been a wasted effort. So I stuck with the phone and began flashing all sorts of custom ROMs and installed all kinds of programs to occupy my time all the while keeping in mind that developers were working on booting Linux on the HD2.”

”Then we saw mPlayer run on the HD2.  I remember dcordes uploading a proof-of-concept build with a video of a rocket launching in 720p.”

So, developers began work on a Linux kernel flash using HSPL.  They gathered together on dcordes’ #htc-linux IRC channel.  “Weeks passed with lots of effort by many and the problem persisted. We really tried to not overlook anything.  We even compared the different QSD8250 chips out there for different revisions by looking at the prints on the chips.”

Frustrated and out of ideas, dcordes led the team to Linux-Arm-MSM and found help.  “The lead developer Daniel Walker kindly helped us to narrow down the problem.”

“With all the analysis information at hand, the situation well described on the mailing lists, and all developer information easily available,” says dcordes, “it was about time that somebody would look at all this with a fresh thought. Cotulla was that guy and he came up with the brilliant bit to solve this.”

Cotulla says, “After looking at the SPL of HTC Desire and few other devices, I was able to find a fix for the kernel.  And android development begins.  Actually, [Android‘s early development on the HD2] was done by several people, like me, Markinus, LeTama, and others.”  Such as cr2 and XDA Recognized Developer NetRipper.  “Of course, a lot of people contributed by testing, etc.  I did the touchscreen driver and sound driver in a few weeks.”

“One memorable bug,” Darkstone1337 says, “was the Android OS running at hyper-speed, causing the phone to hang.”  This is when he hopped on-board.  “I guess my aim at the time was to try and stabilize the build so that it could run longer without crashing.  I managed to do this by tweaking some configuration in Android and uploaded a build that didn’t crash nearly as much as the first proof-of-concept. From there I kept playing with Android to see what I could do.”

And we will see, in the upcoming second part of this article, how operating systems build a stable home first on the SD card and then in the HD2’s NAND memory.  Thanks to Cotulla, dcordes, and Darkstone1337 for telling us your stories, and of course all of the developers and testers that made the HD2’s story what it is.

Use Your HD2 USB Port As A Host

August 18, 2011   By:

LEO_USB

The titan of all time, the HD2 still has a lot of mileage left under its 4.3 inch hood. Even in its native Windows Mobile 6.5, people seem to still be going rather hard at it in terms of development. In this new development, XDA member Cotulla from the DFT team brings us another jaw dropping development on this wonderful device. It seems that after a long time, mainly due to him putting this project off to make room for things like Windows Phone 7 and several other projects that he has worked on over the last year and a half. Enabling USB host functionality will allow your device to recognize USB devices that you would normally use on your computer such as mice, external keyboards, and most importantly, memory (thumb drives, external hard drives, etc). If you were itching to have more storage on your HD2 but do not feel like shelling out US$50 for a 32 GB microSD card, now is your chance to get more storage for a lot less money.

As good as this may sound, it still has its limitations though. Cotulla states that for the time being, it only has HID and MassStorage profiles and that it is also a proof of concept. In any case, this is a great piece of news for those of you in possession of an HD2 and who are still sticking to good old Windows Mobile. Please leave some feedback for the dev if you have a chance to test this.

this project was started long time ago, but then, during luck of free time for this project, it was suspended.
Now, because it seems very hard to improve it more, we make decision to release developed stuffs. Also more interesting projects now appear

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a-gps-944

The best part about ports in our wonderful devices comes about when stuff becomes functional. At this point, you can normally start considering the port to be a “daily” as you can use most things that you are used to from either more stable (but older) roms, or even from stock. It is very hard to argue with this, but the HD2 is the device that, by far, has undergone the most face lifts when it comes to trying to find a new OS that suits it. Most of these ports are currently either fully functional or in the correct path for getting there. Android’s latest “released” incarnation also known as Gingerbread is an almost fully functional port on this device with only a few things missing, one of them being AGPS. At least that was the case until XDA Recognized Developer tytung started tinkering with this. After several months of hard work and cooperation with other developers, the developer finally got AGPS to work. As trying to get the HD2 gps libs to work was not yielding good results, the dev decided to try and use gps libs from other devices, finishing with the ones from the HTC Magic. The libs were hex edited for them to work on the HD2 and thanks to a tip from XDA member qwerty_7564, the libs which were crashing upon trying to get a fix, seem to be fully working.

If you still have this wonderful device and would like to get your AGPS going, make sure that you read all the instructions just in case. Please leave some feedback for the developer.

This implementation is based on GPS Library in HTC-HD2 Android Libraries. (Thanks to dan1j3l.)
You can find my modified source code and AGPS development info in the second post.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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hd2xda

Pretty much everyone who drops by this behemoth of a site can find something they like… But what do you do if you really, really like XDA? Perhaps this is a question best answered by forum member facdemol, who has shown his XDAddiction in a rather creative way.

I had some spare time and thought of making something i wanted to do for some time ago. It’s my first time doing this (although i’m familiar with the process since i use it for PCB making) but i thought i should give it a try. And in great recognition of what the XDA community enabled us – the users – to do with our phones, i wanted to brand my phone’s battery cover with the XDA logo next to the andoid logo, the thing (os) that xda developers made possible to us. Ah and in the xda spirit, i thought it would be kind of cool to handcraft the design of that battery cover.
Here’s the story of today’s afternoon for me 
…and possibly a guide for you, daring folks around there who just happen to have a spare scratched and ugly looking battery cover like i did 

Keeping true to the ethos of XDA, the highly skilled modder has even given step-by-step instructions (and plenty of pictures) on how to attempt this on your own battery cover. Continue on to the modification thread to learn how to do it yourself!

[Thanks for the tip, CTM!]

mango

Ports on our devies are simply brilliant projects. They are, for the most part, dreams come true. For instance, having Windows Phone 7 running on a much older device was deemed by many as an impossible feat. However, after lots of collaboration between devs, the project got successfully completed by our friends over at DFT. As it is customary with Microsoft, the new updates of the OS roll out filled with bugs, bug-fixes, and new and improved security updates. Now, translating that into plain English, security updates stand for patching loopholes and exploits that allowed hackers to do more fun stuff with the device and the OS. The case is here for Mango as well, which our friends at DFT ported once more. However, as it was the case for the original port, Market does not work with the new version, or at least it didn’t until earlier today when XDA member elfinlazz released his first rom, which happens to be loaded with a Market enabler tool that he coded himself. Being connected to Live services will allow you to have the full experience that you can expect from Windows Phone 7.

Please go ahead and try it out and let the dev know if there are any problems with it.

enjoy Mango with market place

You can find more information in the rom thread.

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Thanks Livven for the tip!

exct2ss2

Most of you Windows Mobile ex users (and current ones) have likely flashed your device a few times over (else, you’d likely not be in this site). One of the most annoying things about flashing roms is the fact that you must reconfigure your settings, re-install everything is nothing short of a pain. There are various methods out there to automatically reconfigure your phone post flashing such as Sashimi, XDA_UC, and a few others. However, XDA Recognized Developer M3PH decided to make his own, exclusively to integrate and work well with NRG roms. EXCT2 is the second incarnation of this tool and among some of its major improvements, it will allow a user to enter all of their desired settings without having to go through xml, registry editors, or any of the good stuff that most WM users are accustomed to. Moreover, this UC offers a nice UI to make it as simple as just selecting a few things here and there.

The tool is still under development but if you still use WM and sport NRG roms exclusively, you will certainly want to take this for a spin. Please leave some feedback.

EXCT2 expands on EXCT by adding a basic User Interface and allowing for a large amount of automation for settings gathering from the system registry. No registry editors required, no Third party XML file writers needed. EXCT2 will detect exchange server settings, audio manager storage paths, Windows Live and palringo settings and so much more all at the touch of a button.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks M3PH for the tip!

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