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.
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!
January 19, 2011 By: orb3000
The HTC HD2 (Leo) has become the most multi-operating system capable device ever made. It can run it´s native Windows Mobile but also Android in SD and NAND versions, Ubuntu, Meego, Windows 98/95, and recently Windows Phone 7 as well.
XDA member demaxmeister has created an interesting poll to find out what members preferences are regarding their daily preferred operating system running on Leo.
The options are quite different between each other and some still have some bugs, but all are running smooth on what is considered the preferred device by developers, which has become a “must have” if you are deep into mobile moding.
Please cast your vote and let´s see what is the most used OS by XDA members.
Also leaving a comment on our Portal will be greatly appreciated.
Latest results tells that the most widelly used till now is NAND Android followed by Windows Phone 7 and in third place Stock Windows Mobile…
Originally posted by demaxmeister
What OS are you using as your daily driver?
I was just curious about which OS is used the most, and which OS is used the least. Please submit your vote, so we can get an as accurate as possible picture. By Daily driver I mean which OS you’re using right now to text, call and just use for your daily life.
A short list of the options and their definitions:
Stock Windows Mobile 6.5.x – You’re using the stock rom that came with the device, or an official update.
Custom Windows Mobile 6.5.x – You’ve flashed a custom rom like Energy rom. Chances are you’re changing the rom on a regular basis.
Android SD/RAM – You’re running Android old school from your SD card, or you’re using a RAM build.
Android NAND – You’re using the latest and greatest NAND (Internal memory) build(s) out there!
Windows Phone 7 – You’re loyal to Microsoft and decided to flash Redmond’s latest and greatest.
Ubuntu – You decided a mobile OS just wasn’t good enough, and you gave your HD2 a full desktop/netbook experience! Unlikely you’re using this on a daily basis though
MeeGo – You’re using MeeGo. I’m not sure if it’s possible, as it hasn’t been released yet, but it’s worth a shot.
Continue to vote in the poll thread.
For those new members on xda-developers, perhaps you don´t know about the work of XDA member Laurentius26. He has over 5 years of cooking experience for several devices. He started cooking for the Universal and worked together with XDA member Beasty. Their joint efforts were very important to pull Universal into Windows Mobile 6 and later 6.1. After that, some newer Chefs continued the work of Laurentius26, who had moved on to cook for the HD2.
Orb3000: Hi Laurentius26, thanks a lot for giving us this interview. First, I would like to ask you about the early times on XDA, when cooking was something that only few people were working at, when mobile world was much less crowded. How was your experience on those early years in XDA?
Laurentius26: Hi Orb, thanks to you for the interview, I feel honored.
It was great that time, my first device I cooked for and so many stuff to read about how ROM/kitchen Gods like Mamaich, Buzzdev, Bepe, Buzz Lightyear and many other great people that created the tools we still use today.
Indeed, XDA was less crowded but it also had a benefit as I feel we worked closer together that time, the atmosphere was great on the forum.
HTC was still pretty unknown and it felt like we were kind of patriots exploring the new Pocket PC world ha-ha
I was busy with Windows Mobile 6 Pro Business for Universal trying to fix video call. That was the time when I met Beasty and together we were tweaking and flashing in trial and error to get the most out of the device.
Public was so enthusiastic and we had great fun releasing the ROM´s.
Orb3000: I remember we met on the Universal section a long time ago. Was this your first cooking device? Or there was another? Tell us a bit of your first steps into cooking please.
Laurentius26: Yeah Orb, it was the first device I started cooking for and I met XDA-Developers. I started reading about the cooking tools and kitchens by Mamaich and Bepe and many other great people, all interesting stuff and it’s nice if you can customize a device to your needs. You can take software/drivers from other phone/OS and make things happen that normally don’t exist on an out of the box stock device.
Orb3000: This is an specific one for all Universal members that have made this question several times; what happened with video calling work on newer ROM´s for Universal?, why is it that it never worked 100%?
Laurentius26: Universal original came with WM 5 OS and for the ported WM6, drivers for video call didn’t exist, at least not for Uni so we had to experiment with other device drivers to find a workaround. Unfortunately, there didn’t exist so many VGA devices that time, they were all QVGA so that was a problem.
Beasty taught me how to play with visual kitchen and KITL, with KITL you can connect your device to your pc and when it boots you see every dll loading on your pc. We checked dll and exe dependencies and tried to hack into phone canvas and video call packages but, we couldn’t make it work.
Orb3000: We remember your great ROM´s with Beasty. You were a great team delivering solid and stable ROM´s. How did you start working with him?
Laurentius26: I met him on XDA. where else? ha-ha
We exchanged MSN and both love cooking, until today we still have a very good friendship, it’s a pity he’s just too busy with his job but I still talk to him.
Orb3000: This question perhaps will sound a bit tacky. What made you stop cooking for the Universal?
Laurentius26: Well, it was a pretty huge and thick device and some nice new phones came on the market so I moved because I wanted to try a new phone with stock WM6. I moved to HTC Tytn II, a kind of compromise as Tytn II is only QVGA but smaller and sometimes you can’t have it all as manufactures don’t make it.
To find out the ROM Laurentius26 is cooking for the HTC HD2 (Leo), read here.
I hope you enjoyed this interview and expect the second part soon, please leave your comments!.
January 14, 2011 By: orb3000
If you have an HTC HD2 you may know about the greatest news of the week. We now have the chance to have Windows Phone 7 running smoothly on our Leo, but what about live services? Thanks to XDA member ceesheim, we have now a complete guide to make it work. The guide includes a toolkit with full instructions thanks to XDA member CRACING, also you can find an explanatory video on the original thread.
After following the instructions, you will be able to use live services. The original poster mentions that you need to do the unlock/reg hack to make it think its a HD7 or else it will never download anything from market place.
If wifi isn’t working on the HD2, remove the sd card and try another.
Be warned this is a delicate process and will void your warranty, so proceed with caution.
Originally posted by ceesheim
[Confirmed working]HowTo actvate your wp7/HD2 Live services.
thanks to CRACING for making a toolkit.
all app’s and a quick howto are in the toolkit.
Continue reading on the original thread.
January 14, 2011 By: orb3000
As you may know, the new operating system was ported to HTC Leo a couple of days ago, the work was done by an elite team of developers that is responsible for some of the biggest and most important achievements in mobile world; some of them also respected members in XDA.
Yesterday, and thanks to the help of XDA member Laurentius26, I finally installed Windows Phone 7. I will talk here about my personal non professional experience with WP7 installed on my HTC Leo so far…
Installation: After doing a few easy steps, with a couple of re-starts… I got it installed. After completing the installation, a nice new welcome animation will amaze you as it did to me.
Very first impressions: The screen is neat and all is new and shinny. The Leo responds perfectly well on speed and performance but a few hick ups were present all day during random actions. Nothing really important, but they shouldn’t be there. It also carries a beautiful user interface.
And now what?: I´m sure you will share with me that one of the first things you do is to restore your contacts/mails/call logs/SMS, etc. Well, I tried so but did not have any luck completing this “simple” action. First, I tried to configure my outlook exchange account but the result was an annoying message displaying “sorry, we can not complete this action at this time”. Then, I tried to link my Facebook profile, add a gmail and a yahoo accounts, but all ended up with the same results. Regular user will say “what?”
Connections: WIFI was pretty easy and fast to turn on-off and worked quite smoothly. However, 3G/Edge/GPRS never established a connection. Bluetooth was not tested.
Browser/internet experience: WIFI navigation is fast and browser was not of the best I´ve seen, but you can do what you need. Bing integration has a great graphic ambiance and is well interconnected.
Zune/sync/marketplace: Very nice graphic environment and well integrated, but connectivity was an issue. During testing, I was located on a “not supported yet” region or something like that. I could not synchronize as explained above, and as a result I wasn’t able to download apps from the market (which has a great new UI) – Not too many apps/games.
Settings: I had configured my time, region, and date. But every time I rebooted, all settings were lost, so the process had to be re done.
General: Sound loudness is very high and with a good set of new sounds that you can easily configure. The screen brightness is quite adequate as well with a few basic configurable options only. The camera functionality is average compared to the other OS’, it does what it is designed to do. The battery was drained quicker than in Windows Mobile and very similarly to Android.
Final thoughts: Like it or not, Windows Phone 7 is here to stay and it represents an interesting option along with Android, Windows Mobile, and other OS´s.
The HTC HD2 has become the favorite to have the blessing of running many operating systems such as: Windows Mobile, Android, Windows Phone 7, Ubuntu, Windows 98… If you have one and would like to take any of them for a spin, give it a try! You can find all the pertaining information on HD2 section.
Be sure to know what are you doing and the risks involved.
Thanks for reading.
Although it was created some time ago, XDA member zzattack has created an interesting modification for the HTC HD2, which is worth bringing to the surface.
The Shake’n’Wake application does exactly what it says on the tin. Rather than relying on pressing the power button to wake your HD2 from standby, the app instead lets you do so with a quick shake, making full use of the phone’s accelerometer.
While being an interesting tool, Shake’n’Wake has some practical uses too. The app was originally conceived as a fellow member was looking for a way to wake the device in some way other than by pressing the power button, which had been somehow broken. In addition, some users have expressed fear of breaking the buttons by obsessively hammering them to check for new texts – thankfully, by using this app, only your wrist is in danger of being broken.
Proceed to the application thread for more information and the .cab.
August 2, 2010 By: orb3000
With the arrival of Android builds for the HTC Leo, we have seen that battery consumption is a problem not solved yet. XDA member Shatterv2 wrote a complete “how to” guide with tips to save battery.
Using SetCPU, which is an application for over/under clocking devices, and following the steps provided by the developer, your battery should last longer when running Android.
One good thing is that members are also posting their personal configurations as alternatives to test and decide which one works better for the Leo.
Originally posted by Shatterv2
[HOW-TO] Save battery while running any android build on your HD2.
As android builds are getting more and more closer to being daily builds, one of the standing issues that remains is battery life.
This thread is where posts concerning How to Save battery should go. NOT Questions, but suggestions. If your suggestion is one to look into, it will be added to the OP.
*MODs* Please sticky this thread if you feel it will be helpful to the average user.
You can find more information in the tweaking guide.
One of the exciting things about trying out Android on your HD2 is experimenting with all the weird and wonderful Android apps out there.
If you’re an HD2 owner who likes to install lots of apps and tinker around with Android, then you might be finding that 256MB of device memory just isn’t enough. (Remember Froyo is the only Android OS that let’s you install apps to SD without requiring a hack).
This is exactly how XDA forum member Kev007 felt and he went and did something about it. The XDA member has provided a fix to increase the size of the data.img file so that there will be more free space available once mounted.
Kev007 has posted various data.img files for 1GB and 512MB, corresponding to your HD2 Android build or if you prefer, instructions on how to resize your own data.img file. Instructions include those for Windows, Linux and Mac users.
For more information, check out the modification thread.
July 29, 2010 By: mic_888
Are you an HD2 owner who invested 30 bucks or more in a licensed copy of CoPilot 8? Are you now enjoying the benefits of running Android on your HD2? Heard the news that GPS has been fixed by those clever devs for HD2 Android and thinking “darn! I wish my WinMo copy would work on Android….”?
Well, XDA forum member jonboyuk has discovered that it is possible to transfer your legally purchased copy for WinMo to Android!
You’ll need a legally purchased copy of CoPilot 8 for WinMo including license key and the latest version of CoPilot 8 for Android (now compatible with FroYo). The XDA member states that you will need to deactivate your WinMo license and put it into your Android copy.
For more information and the detailed steps, take a look at the forum thread.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and run Android as your choice of day to day OS on your HTC HD2, then perhaps you would like to automatically start Android at Windows Mobile boot?
This was exactly the thought of XDA forum member GavTheStoner, and the dev has written a small app, DroidBoot to do just that.
The .cab file installs the app to Program Files/DroidBoot. It also creates a reg entry to autostart the app which launches ClrCad.exe and HaRET.exe at boot if found. If HaRET.exe does not exist on Storage Card/ or in Storage Card/Android the app will exit and Windows Mobile will start as normal.
If you wish to boot Windows Mobile, all you need to do is eject the SD before boot.
To download the cab file, and provide feedback, check out the application thread.
Following on from the hard work of various devs resulting in the success of being able to boot Android on the HTC HD2, XDA forum member and moderator mskip has written a simple program to make loading Android onto your Windows Mobile device a little easier.
The Android Loader app puts a link in your start menu that will run CLRAD.exe and HARET.exe (stored on your SD card) to load Android. The unique feature of this loader is that it allows you to load Android if you have already booted up into Windows Mobile (rather than having to load Android before WM boot).
mskip has included an icon for the app so that you can add a shortcut to the program in your daily interface. In order to load up Android, you will need to have your desired build of Android copied on your SD card.
Currently only available for WWE ROMs, mskip has offered to make an alternative cab file for any other language ROMs as long as you are able to provide the dev with the name of your SD card.
To download the tool, and for links to Android builds, visit the application thread.
Device mods for most XDA members involves flashing a custom ROM to improve performance and customize the look of the device UI. However, XDA member whitesites has taken the custom look to another level.
Whitesites has capitalized on the fact that the HTC HD2’s battery cover is made of aluminum and coated in black paint. Noting the slightly etched texture, Whitesites has modified the external appearance of his HTC HD2, by ‘polishing’ the battery cover to give a mirrored chromed look finish to his Windows Mobile device.
To help us do it ourselves, Whitesites has written a great tutorial with photos specifying the tools you will require, which you can follow step by step. Everything from explaining how to sand off the paint, to using a metal polish in order to give your HD2 the chromed look.
For more information, check out the forum thread.