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._________