Good news for HTC HD2 owners: a program has just entered private beta testing that will soon allow the Windows Mobile 6.5-powered handset to boot directly into Android and, possibly afterwards, Windows Phone 7 as well. In the works for over three months, Dark Forces Team’s MAGLDR 1.09 actually allows Android builds to be flashed directly to NAND ROM (see video embedded below), the same place where the stock WinMo build normally resides. So unlike current Android-on-WM solutions, which require a WinCE-based bootloader called HaRET to run, MAGLDR loads the system image without ever [...]
HTC’s HD2 is hacker’s dream. From its Windows Mobile 6.5 roots, hobbyists have expanded the phone’s abilities to running Android and even a passable version of Windows Phone 7. Now those coders are looking to the past for new projects, and have managed to get Windows 95 and 98 running on the smartphone.
Admittedly, getting assorted mobile operating systems to run on the same phone hardware is a very much different task than trying to run an operating system built for another type of CPU altogether. The Windows 95 hack uses a QEMU distribution to emulate a PC [...]
HTC HD2 users on XDA know the name DarkStone1337 very well, due to his mixed bag of tricks with getting Android to play nicely with Windows Phone. He recently had to discontinue development and depart from the scene, but now he’s back with arguably his best work to date. He’s actually managed to run the Android OS from RAM in his latest SuperRAM FroYo build.
So you may be asking, why is this any better than other builds floating around? In DarkStone1337’s own words, “the entire Android O/S filesystem is stored in RAM before it is booted. What does this [...]
HTC has just released an official update for both the HTC HD2 and the HTC Touch2 Windows Phone 6.5 devices and it is related to Daylight Saving Time.
Without going into many details, the manufacturer describes the update for both devices in few words. It is supposed to “readjusts your clock to account for the hour gained during Daylight Savings”. In order to apply, download the proper EXE file for you handset, copy it to your device and apply. Since this is a software patch, you will need to reapply after a Hard Reset or a ROM upgrade.
Source: HTC (1),(2)
Developers on XDA have apparently managed to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread booting on an HTC HD2, just a day after the OS was launched and the SDK released. Several members had independently been working on a port since user spbeeking uploaded a copy of the Gingerbread system.img file extracted from the SDK, but it was DarkStone1337 who provided the final piece of the puzzle in the form of a modified inti.rc file. However, since DarkStone is unable to release any actual builds due to time constraints, he is leaving further development up to the rest of the community — meaning that [...]
Overclocking seems to be one of the most common power hacks applied to Android devices and the T-Mobile G2 already clocked at 1.34GHz and then to 1.9GHz.
The HTC HD2 is already running Google’s Android operating system and there are several builds to choose from but it looks like the Leo’s 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor has been overclocked to 1.5GHz, resulting in a Quadrant score of 2057. You might of course remember the Windows Phone days where there was an app for overclocking the HD2’s CPU and we said it back then and we’ll say it again: [...]
Remember back when the HD2, known internally to HTC as the “Leo”, was seeing daily leaks? The Windows Mobile world was in a whirlwind over what would be the first capacitive-touch Windows Mobile device. In turns out that the early HD2 ROM had a feature that never made it to the final product: pinch to zoom in Manila (also known as TouchFLO 3D or HTC Sense). This feature would allow the user to zoom into a specific part of TouchFLO 3D without the soft keys disappearing. Additionally, a square would appear that would show you where in the frame you were zoomed to. While this [...]
The first video of Windows Phone 7 running on HTC HD2 was an effort from the DFT Team and those we brought later — both the initial capture and the five minute one — came from another source but the goal is the same.
Now, almost two months later, DFT Team announced they are able to run Windows Phone 7 on their HTC HD2 devices with things like “GSM, GPRS, Camera, GSensor, USB, SD, BT, WLAN, etc” working. What they didn’t manage to crack — and “no bypass ways are known” — is Microsoft’s Genuine Software check we posted [...]
You might remember our post about AMOLED vs. traditional LCDs from the picture viewing perspective and then the comparison between Super AMOLED, AMOLED and LCD in direct sunlight.
Different devices employ different screen types and different technologies. In the video below you can see some high magnification pictures of various screens employed by different manufacturers, namely LCD on the HTC HD2, S-AMOLED on the Samsung Galaxy S, AMOLED on the HTC Desire (later they switched to SLCD and we showed you how to spot the difference), SLCD on the HTC Desire HD and AMOLED on the [...]
First there was the initial project of getting Windows Phone 7 to boot on an HTC HD2. Then we saw a video of an alleged full port running on the legacy Windows Mobile device and today we’re presented a five minute video with more Windows Phone 7 running on the HTC HD2.
The video demonstration boots the new operating system on the HTC HD2 side by side with the HTC Surround (which by the way is booting faster) and Windows Phone 7 on the Leo seems to be supporting phone operations too as the author calls the Surround using the HD2. There’s also demonstration of [...]
We’ve heard about this being rumored for such a long time and definitely we’ve crossed our fingers for this to happen together with lots of HTC HD2 owners. Last month we’ve shown you a bold project where Windows Phone 7 allegedly booted successfully on an HTC HD2 and today comes with a new tease!
What we seem to have here is a full port of Windows Phone 7 on the HTC HD2 which seems to be functioning well judging by the video you’ll find below. The handset looks to be booting from a powered off mode, going through the bootloader (note the red text info on [...]
Do you ever stop to think how dramatically smartphone packaging has changed over the last few years? If you were a smartphone early adopter, you undoubtedly remember the oversized boxes that were used for packaging. While these huge boxes gave OEMs plenty of room to be more creative with the imagery used on the outside of the box, they weren’t particularly eco-friendly. Today, in an effort to reduce packaging material (good for cost savings and the environment), smartphone packaging has become very much minimal. On the extreme end, we have the Droid X and Droid 2, which have [...]
Remember the leaked T-Mobile HD2 ROM (version 3.14.531.1) we spotted last week and how we anticipated that it will be officially available soon on to replace the current version 2.13.531.1?
Well, the ROM update should be due today and according to the description, it should bring a lot of fixes and improvements. If it is anything like the European HD2 ROM update which was also recently released, it will be a very fast ROM. See below the list of issues fixed by the ROM update:
– Browsing Facebook photos is slow– White screen while browsing the [...]
Earlier this month, SPB Software finally launched Mobile Shell 5.0 by releasing a video presentation for device manufacturers and carriers. It’s still unclear if we’ll ever see the customizable UI released as a standalone software purchase for consumers, but it’s certainly come a long way since the demo we saw 8 months ago at Mobile World Congress.
Aside from the presentation, demos of the latest, more polished version of Mobile Shell 5.0 have been scarce. Thankfully, videos of MS 5.0 running on the Samsung Galaxy S, Nokia N8, and HTC HD2 have recently [...]
HTC released an official ROM update for the HTC HD2 earlier this week which in our opinion is by far the fastest they’ve produced and it looks like that certain “enhanced handling for CPU processing” we were a bit worried about in terms of battery life turned out to not affect battery life in our usage at all. The update was intended for European HTC HD2 handsets and not compatible with T-Mobile HD2.
A what looks to be an official ROM update for the T-Mobile HD2 was just leaked with the filename [...]
HTC has been busy today with their Windows Phone 7 device line-up launch but seems to not forget about good old Windows Mobile 6.5 users owning HTC HD2 handsets as they have just released an official ROM upgrade for the HTC Leo.
As we’ve got used to by now, we’re offered the same template when it comes to description: “An updated ROM is now available for HTC HD2 users to download. As always, HTC is committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience”. There are some changes mentioned though as this version includes all previously [...]
Look what we have here! A video by developer Cotulla showing an HTC HD2 booting into Windows Phone 7, and it looks quite believable. After showing the video, Cotulla teases by saying:
Remember this is just DFT team tests, please never ask about release date and etc. Please don’t annoy with questions…Future will show all.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard indications on whether or not legacy Windows Mobile device could run Windows Phone 7. The official response from Microsoft, and the rest of the OEM world, was a straight [...]
The HTCSense.com portal was announced along with the Desire HD and Desire Z in September. The portal was to act as a way to manage your HTC Android device from the web. Even though the Desire HD and Z aren’t yet available, we managed to get a look at the HTCSense.com website by running the Desire HD ROM on the HTC HD2. In this video, we provide a full tour of the portal.
The website is divided into five sections: Dashboard, Footprints, People, Messages, and HTC Hub. Dashboard lets you remotely wipe, lock and ring your phone, plus it lets you find your phone on a [...]
Following the successful port of the Android-powered HTC Desire HD ROM over to the Windows Phone 6.5-powered HTC HD2, another XDA member has managed to perform the same feat with the HTC Desire Z ROM — better known as the Vision or the T-Mobile G2. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the ROM has good performance and benchmarks well, with the only downside being lack of camera support, which admittedly is probably a dealbreaker for quite a few users.
Both the Desire Z and the Desire HD are announced but unreleased Android 2.2 Froyo handsets sporting the latest version of HTC [...]
If you are an HTC HD2 owner – or another recent HTC device owner – you most probably know about the automatic loudspeaker switch feature triggered when you place the device face down on the table while in a call.
You also know that devices equipped with Proximity Sensors turn off the device’s screen when it’s close to your ear and back on when it is further away. Well, implementing the same concept, AutoLoudspeaker will automatically switch on the HTC HD2’s loudspeaker and put the current call on speaker when you will hold the device away from you [...]
Many consider Windows Phone 7 to be the successor of Windows Mobile 6.5. While that may be true from a product cycle standpoint, the operating systems are totally different in every way (heck, you can’t sync Windows Phone 7 directly with Outlook!). In this video we show you just how different the platforms are, not only visually, but fundamentally.
In a lot of ways, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 are complete opposites (by design): Windows Mobile is extremely customizable, but sometimes unstable (requiring the user to soft reset a few too many times per week), while [...]
I’m sure you remember our series of Windows Phone 7 videos where we presented many of the features that will be present on the upcoming operating system rumored to be launched in approximately a month from now. In one particular video we pointed out a nice feature of Windows Phone 7 devices related to the hardware camera button and the ability to quickly snap pictures while having the device on standby with a push of the Camera button.
Inspired by this great feature, there’s a free application for the HTC HD2 which will give you an almost similar feature. The [...]
There have been only a few smartphones to come with a kickstand that can prop up the device on a table top for watching movies or reading your email from a proper viewing angle. Among them are the HTC EVO 4G and the Verizon Imagio. While you can get creative and use a business card or a dollar bill to make a phone stand, what other more permanent options are there?
Turns out that for most major smartphones, you can find cases that include a kickstand. We found one for the iPhone, Droid X, and HD2. To find one for your device, hit up Amazon or eBay and search for “ [...]