March 12, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Looks like HTC’s premiere superphone circa 2009, the HD2, is still alive and kicking. XDA member imilka has cooked up not one, but two impressive ROM dueling for the top spot on your HTC Leo. Hit the break for more details and all the relevant links!
March 7, 2011 By: mic_888
If you’re a fan of the Android look on the HD2, but you’re not really sure you want to take the leap and put Android on your device, why not try out XDA member MrBeOTP2 Android look on your beloved phone first?
The XDA member has taken the refined look from Android’s latest sweet, Gingerbread, and applied it to the Windows Mobile taskbar, keyboard and dialer forming part of the Windroid series of themes.
The cab files are compatible with WVGA devices running Windows Mobile 6.5.x (WM 6.5 is not currently supported).
For more screenshots including the keyboard and dialer, and to download the cab files, take a look at the theme thread.
March 2, 2011 By: orb3000
How about a Windows Mobile article for a change? XDA member poyensa posted a great tutorial explaining how to create or edit any Cookie Home Tab 2.0 widget. Basically, the original poster compiled the how to´s including quotes from developers but on a simpler way to understand the whole process of editing/creating widgets. The guide also includes an extensive, and very well documented, way to solve most common problems. You will find a section where you can create your own widget as well.
The developer invested a considerable amount of time on this compilation and surely your feedback will be well received. Olé!
Originally posted by poyensa
Are you interested in making or editing a CHT widget? To make a widget for Co0kie Home Tab 2.0.0 is not such a difficult job as you may think, I tell you by experience. I have no previous formation in programs or informatic code but i could make a few widgets(*) and I would like to share this experience with you. This is not so altruistic work, I am expecting a huge amount of widgets made by all of you to install and enjoy in my brand-repaired HD2
Co0kie Master has allready published a guide for making a CHT widget (it is into the widgets kitchen); also Genius_Rat_2665 has made a tutorial for making a cht clock widget, so -the third time lucky- lets bring here all that knowledge and try to make a simple widget step-by-step. Also this could be a good place to share and learn each other some code for widgets. Things like how to make an blinking element, how to change number in text, how to read from the registry, etc.
(*) What is for sure is that no one widget I could ever do without the help of others. Lets start quoting the existing Co0kie’s guide
Continue to the original thread.
With the continual development of Cyanogen Mod, occasionally you may run into outdated mods and morphs. Luckily, XDA member rori~ has continued development on his Statusbar PulldownMod morph and has provided us with an update for use with CM7 . Whether your phone is HDPI or MDPI, you can benefit from this clean and practical notification bar.
According to the developer, this morph can be used with all nightlies after CM7 RL1 and has been confirmed working with the following phones:
- Nexus S
The new design includes:
Originally Posted by rori~
You can use this after every nightly but: if CM7 will get an update (probably it will get battery% in statusbar), I will have to update this, so stay tuned - *my Twitter*
For more information, please visit the original thread.
XDA member Cipher presents a major update of OpenMobileMaps for your Windows Mobile device. This application is similar to GoogleMaps but it’s relying on OpenStreetMap.org and it has GPS support as well as GSM triangulation (if no GPS device is present). The latest version features a new button to force re-download of already viewed tiles, word wrapping for GraphicText, show arrow with direction when moving instead of pin, added HD2 multitouch feature (pinch-to-zoom), bookmark functionality, a re-designed the context menu, and added reverse geocoding, amongst many more.
If you like this app please leave some feedback to the developer.
Originally posted by Cipher
[App] OpenMobileMaps v1.5 !!! 2011/02/05 NEW RELEASE !!!
— NEWSFLASH —
Yes, finally I finished work on version 1.5! Go and get it!
Watch OpenMobileMaps 1.5 running on HTC HD2
and on my good old HTC Wizard !
— NEWSFLASH —
A development blog for OpenMobileMaps is located here: HERE!
I wrote an application similar to GoogleMaps but it’s relying on OpenStreetMap.org.
It’s finger friendly and showing the map on fullscreen.
GPS support and GSM triangulation (if no GPS device is present) is built in.
The downloaded map tiles are stored on your phone/storage and only new ones are downloaded.
It’s tested and working with all possible resolutions, with internal GPS and external GPS. And it should work on all Windows Mobile devices with .NET CF 3.5 installed.
Tell me what you think of it and please find some bugs!
Continue to the application thread.
XDA developer Cotulla, who is well known for being one of the members that always brings us amazing stuff, presents the update 1.13 of MAGLDR, which is the famous boot loader for HTC Leo / HD2 to direct the operating system boot to your desired OS. On the newest version, we can find added support for Android Recovery, added support for raw boot partition format, fixed USBMassStorage data lost on big transfers, and fixed Power-Off-Cable-Plug-Stop. Both versions of Leo are supported: LEO512 and LEO1024.
The developer also gave us great news! Future versions will come with Windows Mobile 6.5 NAND boot with any rom and Windows Mobile 6.5 NAND boot with special designed roms for MAGLDR boot, so stay tunned!
Proceed with caution and please leave feedback.
Originally posted by Cotulla
[DFT]MAGLDR 1.13 released! [AD RECOV support added]
After long (about 4 months) under awful developing, DFT proudly presents MAGLDR bootloader – The first bootloader with built-in Tetris!
LEO512 and LEO1024 are supported both.
MAGLDR doesn’t replace OSPL/HSPL. It runs in the chain after. So it’s safe to install and remove it.
V1.11 fixed “GO GO GO stuck issue”.
V1.12 added WPH support.
V1.13 added AD Recovery support, fixed few bugs.
You need radio which support 576 RAM.
Run ROMUpdateUtility.exe and install it.
“Boot AD SD” – boots android from SD card.
zImage and initrd.gz loaded from directory selected via “AD SD Dir” menu.
rel_path=%ADSDDIR% added to kernel command line.
Continue to the boot-loader original thread.
Are you a Windows Phone 7 owner, frustrated with the inaccuracy with the battery indicator? If so, then XDA forum member arkatis‘s thread on fixing this is a must read.
The fix involves a registry tweak to Local machine/system/state/batteryux/MainIntervalIndex from the default value to ’20′, and then again to ’80′. You’ll need to restart your mobile device and also charge it.
Here are the actual instructions:
1) Charge your phone until the green light shows up
2) Unplug it from A/C and open registry editor
3) Go to the reg path
4) Edit the value from 6 to 20…press ok..Now you will see the battery indicator level has been changed! Again go and edit the value and from 20 go to 80..press ok! Restart and enjoy!
Members who have applied the tweak, have reported that it sticks. However, why not see for yourself?
For full details including other XDA members’ feedback, head on over to the modification thread.
January 24, 2011 By: ElCondor
After the introduction of the XDA Phone Review, we asked you which phone we should review first. Not really surprisingly, the amount requests for an HTC HD2 review were huge. So, the choice was made to review the HD2, covering all three major OS’s that are available for this phone. We’ll compare the HD2 to other phones running the same OS, talk a bit more about the future of this huge development, and if it’s worth buying the phone now.
Five operating systems
As you probably know, the HD2 is probably the most popular phone ever when it comes to custom OS development. The developer base is almost endless, resulting in many new improvements to the user experience of the phone. It is now capable of running five mobile operating systems: Windows Mobile (which is the native OS), Android, Windows Phone 7, MeeGo and Ubuntu. There is no other phone that’s able to do this. There are a few reasons for that. First of all, the HD2 is a beast in terms of hardware. The hardware is good enough to support Windows Phone 7 and all other operating systems. Also, the extreme popularity made it a first priority target for developers. Thirdly, the native software is not locked down, allowing developers to replace it with other software.
Yet it took a while before these OS’s came out. The SD version of Android finally started to get serious attention when the first compatible HaRet came out. And then, in december, MAGLDR was released, offering NAND Android and Windows Phone 7. Microsoft’s new mobile OS was receiving massive attention, and people where anxiously waiting for it to run on their HD2. The release of WP7 for the HD2 can be seen as one of the most advanced hacks ever achieved to a smartphone.
Android and Windows Phone 7 experience
So, if you like Android, but also want to give WP7 a try, buying the HD2 could be a great idea. Both OS’s are running almost as fluid as on any other phone. I’m saying “almost”, because it always lacks true stable builds. You see, the Desire HD for example is born to be an Android phone, and the HD7 was born to be a WP7 device. The HD2 will always have to rely on software that’s created by third party developers, instead of the original software developers. Some functions that are dependent to services that are offered by Google or Microsoft, and, because it’s no official Android or Windows Phone 7 phone, these services can’t be used.
One example is that you won’t receive updates from the OS maker. For Android, this isn’t a problem at all since you will be using custom ROMs that are in many ways better than stock software. But we think that WP7 will be another deal. The upcoming update seems to be pretty significant, and as far as we know, getting the update to work on the HD2 will probably be pretty difficult. The new build will probably have new protection added to it (we already now ChevronWP7 won’t work on it), and even if it’s not, it will take a lot of work to port it.
Another thing is the way Microsoft tries to relock the hacked Windows Phone 7 build on your HD2, making it impossible to make use of the Windows LIVE services. These services are very important to have the full experience, so if Microsoft constantly locks everything up, you will probably not enjoy WP7. There are some ways to avoid this but you’ll never stop having to add several fixes and patches. So for now, we think the Windows Phone 7 builds aren’t ready yet for everyday use.
Comparison to competition
So, how about Android? Is the HD2 a true phone to consider if you’re looking for an Android phone? The developer base is huge, and we expect this incredible support to continue for a long time, since this phone is so popular. The native Android alternatives to the 4.3″ phone are the EVO 4G and the Desire HD. Hardware-wise, the EVO is better with its 4G, HDMI, front-facing and 8MP camera capabilities, and the Desire HD offers the unibody construction along with better performance under the hood. The EVO is also massively supported by the development community, with many ROMs being available.
If you want to use Windows Mobile, there is no question if you should use the HD2 or another phone. If you want the 4,3″ screen size and still have a thin device, this is the ultimate phone for you. Besides, you will always have the option to switch to Android or Windows Phone 7, which is something you can’t have with any other phone.
If you’re looking for a multi-OS phone and really want to hack everything on your phone, the HD2 may certainly be a phone to consider. Its hardware is still pretty decent, although the EVO 4G does offer a lot more features hardware-wise. If you want a large-screen phone solely for Android, it might just be an idea to wait a little longer until the first generations of 1,2Ghz phones come out. The Motorola Shadow for example, that has been released in China, would be a very good competitor to any big Android phone.
If you want a Windows Phone 7 device, don’t buy the HD2. The lack of support from Microsoft really makes it impossible to get all the features that are available. The HTC HD7, Samsung Omnia 7 or Dell Venue Pro should be phones to consider.
For the real poweruser, the HD2 is the ultimate device with its endless hacking possibilities, but if you want more stability, we suggest you look away and consider phones that are running native OS’s.
If you own an HD2, you probably already know just how versatile a device it is. What you might not know is that XDA member gus_chi has given us the perfect thing to showcase this devices unique capabilities. He has created 14 different boot screens, five of which feature logos of all five bootable operating systems: Windows Mobile 6.5, Android, MeeGo, Ubuntu, Windows Phone 7 Series.
Originally posted by gus_chi
Greetings HD2 Brethren! I recently created these boot screens in Photoshop to showcase our amazing phone’s unique triple-booting penta-booting capabilities! I made several versions to potentially fit everyone’stastes and strived to make the boot screens clean, simple, and appealing. My ultimate goal is the assimilation of all HD2s (Muahahahahahahaha) therefore I have compiled fourteen versions; so pick your poison
YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.
First time installing a custom boot screen? Don’t worry! All 14 images come wrapped in a little bow and are ready to flash using the CustomRuu.exe. The developer has even included a set of instructions for an easy install on HD2′s running either NAND Android/WP7 or Win Mo 6.5.x.
Not convinced? Check out the original thread to see all 14 images and then decide for yourself.
XDA member itsme_4ucz has created an Android application that uses gestures to control your proximity sensor. If your face has ever ended a phone call mid-conversation, then you probably understand the need for such an application. Phones with capacitive screens, such as the HD2, generally encounter this issue as they are sensitive to touch and to heat.
Originally posted by itsme_4ucz
Want to feel what gestures can do? here’s an application which will let you turn of your screen just with a swipe!! yes that’s right!! All you have to do is swipe your hand over the proximity sensor (Located near the earpiece on top of the phone).
Proximity Screen Off uses device admin privileges to allow you control over when and how the proximity sensor reacts, with many options to fit your needs. If you want to disable the application in landscape mode or during a call, you have the option to do so. After defining a timeout for the proximity sensor to trigger, swipe your hand over it and watch as the screen shuts off without a click. For even more control and to prevent accidental locking, you can even set a timeout for when NOT to trigger the sensor. This is handy for when you are pulling down the notification bar, as it is right by the sensor.
So if you are tired of losing friends due to a lack of proximity sensor control, head over to the marketplace and download the APK or visit the original thread for more information.
January 22, 2011 By: orb3000
With no more introduction, we continue with the second and last part of the interview with XDA Chef Laurentius26.
Orb3000: After Universal times you moved and started to cook for other devices, but at the end you took your place as a well-known respected Chef for Leo. What made you decide to cook for Leo in particular?
Laurentius26: Well, you skipped a step here as I cooked for Blackstone too ha-ha
Both Blackstone and HD2 are pretty slim devices and I love the large display.
A pity nowadays, manufactures don’t make such devices with a hardware keyboard but who knows what tomorrow brings.
Orb3000: Actually you work in parallel with XDA and your own site where a great squad of Developers and beta testers are working as a solid team on creating new ROM´s for Leo with great results, please tell us about your motivation for opening your personal site and how this has improved the impact of your ROM´s on more mobile lovers?
Laurentius26: Building the website is another hobby from me.
I thought it was cool to create a home where I can test in private with the beta team and where I can collect all the work in a ROM archive so it doesn’t get lost.
Besides that, we can bring people tips/tricks and news to improve their device experience.
‘Together is Power’ ha-ha: P, I want to build a cool community around the ROM´s with my friends.
A huge amount of time goes in cooking and creating the website, a small favor we ask in return from the ROM users/fans is to register in order to download and support the work.
We can only do this with their feedback, it keeps us going.
Orb3000: Do you have plans for cooking for more devices? If so, which ones?
Laurentius26: Not really, the website is based on the current device I cook for and is also my plan for future.
I only have one device and cooking without a device isn’t that good to my opinion as we can’t test.
Orb3000: With all the new devices and the Windows Phone 7, did you consider cooking for that new OS?
Laurentius26: I wish I could already but hacking in to WP7 I don’t have the skills, great people like DFT Cotulla and Da_G are working on that and hopefully they manage soon.
Orb3000: What is your opinion about Android, will you consider cooking for that platform?
Laurentius26: I don’t know, it has some potential and great features which WM doesn’t have at the moment but it’s not my OS. Nothing wrong with it and its good people can choose but I guess I’m just a WM die hard.
Orb3000: A lot of people would like to know what you do for living. I meant apart from cooking
Laurentius26: I live in Amsterdam and I work for an airline in the ICT.
Orb3000: You are one of the old timers in XDA. What do you think about its development and growing in the last years?
Laurentius26: Its nice development is going so fast and tools are getting more automatic but it annoys me sometimes that everyone can cook nowadays. Well, it’s good off course but people don’t take the time to read anymore and ask questions first. The great fun of cooking is when you learn and do it yourself, at least for me it is.
Orb3000: What recommendation would you give to the members who are willing to learn the art of cooking?
Laurentius26: Read, read and read and use the search button on XDA ha-ha, almost all stuff is done before.
Just kidding but actually they could start in Chef Central, kitchens/tools and solved cases you all find it there. You can open a topic and ask a question (if it hasn’t been answered already) if you are really stuck.
Some great people are always willing to help, I check it every day.
Orb3000: Well Laurentius26, thanks a lot for giving us this time to talk and know you better, just one more question: What are the latest news regarding your work for the Leo?
Laurentius26: We are working on a huge project and currently we are in such a status that there’s nothing much to improve on the ROM´s anymore as they are bug free, fast and stable with awesome battery performance LoL
My buddy Spike is doing the skinning, he’s literally editing every dll and Manila and this gives you a totally skinned rom. Skinned to the bone. Very awesome skinning if I may say so, he’s a real artist.
I’m cooking the ROM´s in more languages, 6 we have at the moment and together with Spike we are trying to bring 3 flavors to every language.
* A Stock look
* Spike’s previous flavor
* Spike’s GTX Albino Perfection
I like to thank everyone who’s involved in this, without them this wouldn’t be possible.
Thank to all the great people on XDA for creating all the tools and applications making this possible.
Thanks for the interview Orb, it has been my pleasure.
For those of you who want to know better the work of Chef laurentius26 you can check his XDA ROM thread here, and also you can visit his site laurentius26.net
If you’re an HD2 owner running Android on your device, maybe you’re getting fed up with the sound quality? The speaker on the HD2 isn’t of the highest quality which is how AudioHack came to be.
XDA forum member divdt has posted the volume hack to help squeeze as much as possible from the HD2 speaker.
AudioHack version 3.6 includes widgets although the app must be run before setting up the widget, and may also require a restart. No Nexus support has been stated.
To post some feedback or discussion and to download the apk file, head on over to the application thread.
January 21, 2011 By: ElCondor
With MAGLDR, a program created by the Dark Forces Team (DFT), being released and Windows Phone 7 running fine on the HD2, we’re now able to dualboot Android and Windows Phone 7. Following this tutorial by XDA member darrengladysz will ultimately result in being able to select either WP7 or Android from the boot menu. Unlike the Windows Mobile/Android dualboot procedure, which was common before the release of MAGLDR, this dualboot system doesn’t require any boot up in one OS before you can go to the other. You can just choose directly from startup.
Originally posted by darrengladysz
The purpose of this tutorial is to detail a method on how to get wp7 and sd android sharing the same sd card. At present, if you want to have Wp7 in nand and android on the sd, you will have 2 choices. A. swap sd cards or B. Partition your sd cards as detailed hereafter. IMO partition the sd card as detailed hereafter is the safest route for a dual boot from the same sd card (instead of swapping sd cards) as wp7 will ruin an android sd card inadvertently left in the phone.
It is not possible to have both WP7 and Android in NAND, because of the partitioning WP7 does to the memory. So, you will inevitably have to use the SD variant of the Android builds – which will probably not be a big problem for most of you. So get yourself two SD-cards, SD partition software and a good cup of coffee, and continue on to the thread!