This beast just wouldn’t die! The HTC HD2 was probably the Taiwanese manufacturer’s most popular smartphone ever and because of its solid specs it was able to run anything thrown at it, from Windows Mobile to Android and Windows Phone. Now it will get Windows Phone 7 Mango.
The Dark Forces Team, same peeps that originally made Windows Phone 7 happen on the HD2, have a working Mango ROM for the Leo. It’s not public yet but according to the forum posting a link should go up as early as tomorrow. Of course it will have its glitches due to the old (not Windows [...]
With three days left until the release date of T-Mobile’s HD2, we want to show you the differences between the T-Mobile version and the international version of the HD2.
Size: T-Mobile HD2: 122x67x11mm / 4.803×2.637×0.433in HTC HD2: 120.5x67x11mm / 4.744×2.637×0.433in
The T-Mobile HD2 is 1.5mm / 0.059in taller than the International HD2, a difference which in my book is negligible and I’m sure you’ll find it too, in case you happen to own an international HD2, so no need to be affraid, it won’t stand out compared to it. Both [...]
YukiXDA over at XDA brings us a very thurough guide to disassembling a WP7 ROM for a device, introducing new components from other ROMs (Cooking), and rebuilding the resulting mash-up into a flashable ROM for your device. For a while now, we’ve had some Custom ROMs available for the HD2, and functioning Live services, but the knowledge to create these ROMs was limited to a small set of developers.
With this post the process is now laid out in detail, allowing other developers to create custom ROMs for the HD2, and bringing us the first NoDo ROM for the device, which is [...]
Windows Phone 7 running on the HTC HD2 is probably well known to you by now as there’s a NAND solution bringing the mobile platform to one of the most popular HTC smartphones.
HTC branded Windows Phones get access to the HTC Hub and the Hub itself has been hacked enabling it to run on any (jailbroken or unlocked) smartphone running Windows Phone 7. Check out the video below to see the HTC Hub running on a Windows Phone 7 powered HTC HD2.
In mid-January we saw Windows Phone 7 running on the most popular HTC HD2 courtesy of developers from DFT and the device handled the new Redmond platform pretty well — need to mention that it could be within the specs outlined by Microsoft for Windows Phone 7, give or take the buttons.
Turns out that the same peeps at Dark Forces Team are working on a Windows Phone 7 NoDo port for the HTC HD2. There’s also a video to prove it where you can clearly see that the new feature, Copy/Paste, is present and running on the smartphone. Check out the video below and let us know [...]
It’s kind of surprising to see the HTC HD2 increasing in popularity according to Krusell’s Top 10 selling phones for August 2010. The HD2 moved up to the number 3 spot, just above the Apple iPhone 4, and just behind the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S. It seems the Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC HD2 smartphone is still selling even though it’s been around for so long. Although, the iPhone 3G is still in the top 5 smartphones despite being around for a long time as well. It’s also interesting to note that the number 1 top seller in Krusell’s list is the Nokia 3720 Classic; [...]
Running Google Android on the HTC HD2 (or any Windows Mobile phone) is old news. Through the linux bootloader haret.exe, anyone can easily dump some files onto their SD card and get Android working, often to a state plenty good enough to work as one’s primary operating system. This method is less than ideal because when you reboot your phone, you’re taken back into Windows Mobile.
Enter the NAND memory method, which stores Android on the device’s RAM, making it much faster in terms of performance. And best of all, with this method, you boot directly into [...]
The tinkerers over at XDA-Developers have uncovered an HTC update for its Chinese Huashan smartphone, bringing it up to Android 2.3 with the latest version of Sense.
The Huashan is an HD2-alike running Android, so there’s potential to see this ROM ported over to similar hardware in the West, including our HD2 and the Evo 4G.
While it may take some work to account for hardware differences, like the Evo’s CDMA and WiMAX, you can expect to see early versions of a port, likely within the next few days. The more interesting consideration is if this means that [...]
Last September, HTC’s integrated Twitter client Peep stopped working because Twitter’s switch to a new authentication method called OAuth. Three days later the app started working again, being allegedly fixed by Twitter itself (we believed it was making an exception in Peep’s regard).
Last week reports of a security leak surfaced concerning Twitter passwords being leaked and a fix, at least at that time, was offered by HTC on-demand in the form of a secure Peep application.
The Taiwanese manufacturer released an update for the HTC Touch Pro2, HTC HD2, [...]
HTC makes great hardware, they have ever since the Pocket PC days. They make Windows Phone devices. They make Android devices. Although they do customize some of their devices with their own home-grown UI, they pretty much just make devices.
Some of their devices look very similar to one another, for instance, the HD2 and the EVO 4G. Sure, they run different operating systems, have different innards, and run on different carriers, but you can’t help but notice some similarities.
The HD2 was a little ahead of it’s time. Microsoft’s latest operating [...]
After successfully porting Microsoft’s latest mobile platform to HTC HD2 allowing it to run from NAND, we now live to see the first Windows Phone 7 cooked ROMs emerge and they’re for the Leo.
First one is called HD2 1.00.00.WP7 and is OS version 7.0.7004.0 with OEM version 2250.09.07401.605, advertised as having the Live Services Activated (!) and also being ChevronWP7 unlocked. The second one is Moon light HD2 Rom and contains the same version numbers, 576 MB RAM-enabled as well as ChevronWP7 unlocked with some added performance tweaks and hacks to emulate a legit [...]
DFT (Dark Forces Team), the ones behind the NAND Android solution for the HTC HD2 — among other remarkable stuff — are preparing some more interesting things for all you Leo owners out there.
According to a recent tweet, the team is working on a solution that would allow the smartphone’s native operating system, Windows Phone 6.5, to run from an SD Card. The tables could turn: if previously, you could run Android off of an SD Card while your handset was running legacy Windows Phone 6.5, you could now run Android from the device NAND and Windows Phone 6.5 off of [...]
As we await Microsoft’s first Windows Phone 7 update, blocking the old ChevronWP7 means of unlocking the phone, there are already alternative jailbreaks coming out of the woodwork. No matter how Microsoft ends up enabling some degree of homebrew, there will be hackers who will settle for nothing less than complete control over their hardware. While it’s too soon to speculate how all that will play out, for the moment WP7 users can still elect to unlock their phones and load non-Microsoft approved software. Now with a little bit of effort, you can enable USB tethering for [...]
CyanogenMod, my favorite Android custom ROM, is approaching the Gingerbread Release Candidate phase. This basically means that the entire CyanogenMod Team (“TeamDouche”) has been able to port the AOSP source into their framework. It’s not quite ready for a “final” release — they still have some bugs to work through.
What’s remarkable about the CyanogenMod source is its framework approach. Developers can “plug-in” the files and configurations necessary for the hardware they’re working on, and bring CyanogenMod to a wide [...]
The HTC HD2 has massive appeal these days for being able to boot various platforms with ease. Of course, when all the dust has settled, we imagine many users are rolling with either Windows Phone 7 or Android on their versatile HD2s. If you’re finding it difficult to decide which OS to boot, why not opt for a dual-boot solution? Darrengladysz, from XDA-developers, has provided a lengthy tutorial on how to do just that.
For starters, you will need an SD card adapter/reader and partition software. Also, two microSD cards are necessary – 8 and 16GB, for example. The [...]
Have you unlocked your HTC WP7 device using ChevronWP7 and found it re-locked after syncing with Zune? XDA user thesecondsfade at has an interesting thread going about keeping your HTC WP7 device from locking itself after using the ChevronWP7 app to unlock. This program uses some of the same methods that the ChevronWP7 custom ringtone manager uses to add ringtones to your device.
Rather than add ringtones however, it accomplishes this goal by using TouchXplorer to copy a provisioning XML, or “ProvXML” file to the device. The ProvXML is named CustClear.xml, and is [...]
You might have heard by now that HTC HD2 owners can load Windows Phone 7 onto their device in just a few pretty easy steps. But just how good is the performance of an operating system not intended for the HD2? As it turns out, pretty darn good, as you can see in this video. Compared to the Samsung Focus, the HD2 holds its own loading web pages and accessing programs, often faster than the Focus. Granted, unless you’re willing to engage in some trickery, Live services don’t work on the HD2, disallowing you access to third party apps and other Microsoft services.
A workaround has apparently been found to activate cloud-based Live services on HTC HD2 handsets newly-endowed with Windows Phone 7, but like any attempt to communicate with Microsoft’s servers from an unauthorized device, it is highly likely to be illegal in most countries. In this case, the “hack” seems to be little more than a call to Microsoft’s help desk with a plea for an activation code that WP7 prompts you for when you try to access something in the cloud. According to numerous reports, by simply telling (read: lying to) the employees that help is needed [...]
This has been a long time coming. Thanks to the unshakable versatility of the HTC HD2 (what other phone runs Windows Mobile, Android, MeeGo, Windows 95, and Ubuntu?) we finally have a working port of Windows Phone 7. As you can see from this video, the port works quite well: everything works (including the phone and web) except for anything that requires a Windows Live ID (though a fix for this might not be too far away).
Here’s how to get this working on your HD2:
1. Make sure you have flashed the latest radio to your HD2 2. Download these files 3. Flash [...]
After a long time of holding your breath, it’s finally here: Windows Phone 7 ported to HTC HD2. The Dark Forces Team announced that the port is ready and a release should be coming any time now so if you are tired of Android on your HD2, you might want to give Windows Phone 7 a shot.
While you’ll get some basic functionality (like phone, text, email, camera, etc.), Windows Live functions including the Market don’t work and this is most probably due to Microsoft’s security policy which has been reportedly cracked (so we might see full functionality [...]
A Windows Phone 7 security measure designed to perform real-time server authentication has indeed been bypassed, according to a person familiar with the situation, allowing cloud services like Xbox Live, Zune, and Marketplace to function on ported copies of the operating system, such as on an HTC HD2. However, since the method requires extracting what’s known as a unique private key (PVK) from the device provisioning partition (DPP) of an actual WP7 handset, it is far from ready for widespread deployment.
Specifically, Microsoft has apparently employed a variation of [...]
Highly-regarded Windows Mobile developer and XDA senior moderator Da_G has reportedly been able to bypass the Genuine Advantage security protection on Windows Phone 7, enabling him to get live services like Xbox, Marketplace, and Zune working on an HTC HD2. The news was casually passed along by senior member AndrewSh, a user with over 1,000 posts. With the Dark Forces Team — the group behind MAGLDR and HD2 NAND Android booting — having successfully gotten WP7 running on HD2, the only real challenge up to this point has been enabling full functionality with regards to the [...]
As if HTC HD2 owners didn’t have enough alternative operating systems to play with on their very hack-friendly phone, now it’s possible to run MeeGo 1.1 on the hardware as well.
Granted, it’s probably not going to generate the same level of interest as yesterday’s direct-booting HD2 Android solution, but this hack is interesting for its own reasons; Android phones are a dime a dozen, but how many smartphone users have gotten the opportunity to play around with MeeGo? If you like experimenting with your phone for the sake of experimentation, this [...]