If you’re lucky enough to have an HTC HD2 and adventurous enough to run Android on it, you’re no doubt aware of Haret, a sort-of multiple boot app for Windows Mobile.
This app lets you boot into other operating systems, and today you can get Froyo ROM with the HTC Sense UI that out-benchmarks the Nexus One. Impressive, very impressive!
This ROM features the following:
– Bluetooth: A2DP, streaming audio, answering and ending calls, etc. BT Keyboards don’t work yet.– Camera w/flash & Camcorder– 3G & EDGE.– [...]
Many times I’ve wondered: what is it that drives someone to use one platform or the other? The question was general, whether I asked about Windows 7 powered PCs versus apple iMacs or Windows Mobile powered devices versus those running Android or iOS. Some people put their money on aspect, others prefer to have usability; some like speed, others care for their pockets; some love the support while others need compatibility and so on. Regardless of what the reasons are, the crowds are well delimited but what does it take to switch sides and what makes a “no matter what [...]
Brandon, Geoffrey and Joe recently wrote some good articles about why they’re using a specific phone as their daily drivers today. Now it’s my turn. Here’s a quick look at my daily drivers over the years. This list does not include phones that I’ve only used for a couple months.
1. 1999: Uniden UniPro PC100 (Built in modem, CF slot, folding cradle, DTMF dialing)2. 2000: Compaq iPaq H3600 (w/ OmniSky 1G wireless internet)3. 2002: Compaq iPaq H3600 (w/ GSM/GPRS Expansion pack for integrated phone/internet)4. 2002: Compaq iPaq H3900 w/ GSM/GPRS [...]
In this video we show you an Energy ROM from XDA that has the latest version of the MaxSense UI (which we showed you back in May) cooked right in. The MaxSense interface is a refreshed way to experience HTC’s Sense 2.5 interface. You have three screens that can be customized with a variety of widgets, most of which tap into HTC Sense. Also, the taskbar has been revamped to allow for easy to access to a wide variety of system settings. Aditionally, you can quickly jump to a custom list of programs by sliding the little house on the bottom of the screen to the right or left. Hit [...]
Looks like HTC gets involved and offers continuous support for the HTC HD2 through their Support website, today releasing a second update this month after the re-release of the New SMS Function Update.
Today’s update is called Update for HTC HD2 Annually Recurring Calendar Appointments and it is only applicable to International HTC HD2 devices (sorry T-Mobile HTC HD2). According to the description, “this update for HTC HD2 allows you to set recurring calendar appointments year on year”. Well, to be completely honest, I don’t quite use the Calendar on my [...]
Froyo isn’t available for most Android phones yet, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get it on your HTC HD2! We’ve already shown you a couple of versions of Android running on the HD2 (like the Nexus One and Desire ROMs), but this takes the cake as perhaps the best implementation yet. With Froyo you get a boost in speed, plus nearly everything works including the phone, WiFi, camera, and more. There are still a few bugs, plus battery life isn’t great, so you probably wouldn’t want to run this full time.
Here’s the How [...]
We’ve seen the HTC EVO 4G being Modded to Charge Via Palm Pre Touchstone Charger from a hacker that modded his Sprint HTC EVO 4G to wirelessly charge via the induction charging mechanism of the Palm Pre’s Touchstone charger.
Inspired by this, XDA Developers’ Carnivore9 has made his mod to charge the T-Mobile HD2 using the Palm Pixi charger via induction charging. I hope all the tech guys out there will understand and love this! For the rest of us, it’s a nice “WOW-Mod”!
(Source: XDA Developers)
We’ve previously covered the development of the HD2 3D Driver Patch which helps in scenarios where some of the applications that use graphics, such as games, might run a bit slow or stutter on devices like the HTC HD2 and the patch tries to solve this issue.
The app is now called Turbo3D, it’s final and hit Marketplace with the following description:
Many new phones come with homescreens, apps and games based on OpenGL, a framework for 3D applications. Not all of these work as fluent or smooth as they could, and this is where Turbo3D comes in. Turbo3D [...]
Previously we showed you the HD2 running on a Nexus One flavor of Android. As development continues over at XDA, we now have a new flavor of Android to show you, this time running HTC Sense right from the Desire. Just about everything is working: the camera, WiFi, GPS, multitouch, plus all of the Sense widgets and settings. What’s still missing is working speakers (there’s a fix for this, see below), so while the phone can dial out, you can’t hear the caller on the other end, even on speakerphone.
If you have an HD2, we recommend that you try to run [...]
Earlier this month we showed you a glimpse at the progress being made to get Android working on the HTC HD2. It was far from ready, to say the least. Well, since then, a huge leap has been made at xda-developers. In this video, you can see that the latest build works almost entirely: cellular data and WiFi is working, the navigation is smooth, and it even makes calls (though the speaker doesn’t yet work). If you’ve got an HD2, this is super easy to try and you can always go back to Windows Mobile by soft-resetting. Just load the files onto your storage card, run Haret.exe, [...]
We’ve posted about the First HTC HD2 3D Driver Patch from XDA Developers and now we have a new Beta being released for testing purposes to advanced users.
The “patch focusses mainly on a modified OpenGL ES CM, but a CL wrapper is also included (adaptation of NuShrike’s CL wrapper) and so is the TG-01 D3D driver. The latter is faster than the D3D driver that comes with the Leo, but it’s still not very fast”. In plain English, some of the applications that use graphics, such as games, might run a bit slow or stutter on devices like the HTC HD2 and the [...]
USB to PC icon in Settings > Connections on most modern HTC devices starts a small application where you can choose how your Device behaves when connected to a PC via the USB cable. The options evolved over time, starting with only two at the beginning (ActiveSync – with the Enable faster data synchronization option – which allowed you to sync your Device and Disk Drive for faster file transfer where you could see and use your Device’s SD Card or Internal Storage as a Removable Disk). Then third option was added later on called Internet Sharing with which you could [...]
First Ubuntu, and now Android! While Android on the HD2 is far from ready for showtime, the folks at XDA are making great progress in getting us to a point where Android is actually usable, as was the case with the Touch Pro2, and many other Windows Mobile devices. To get this going, it only takes a minute and a storage card. Download the files found in post #2 in this thread to your storage card, and run Haret.exe. Better yet, here’s the direct download link for the Sense version that we used. Give it two minutes, and you’ll be running Android!
UK HTC HD2 owners with an O2 operator branded device can apply an official Update as of June 29, 2010.
According to the description, “this update for HTC HD2 allows for adding UMTS900 Band for HD2 O2 branded”. Please note that this update is suitable for ROM versions less than or equal to 1.72.XXX.X.
To apply this update, copy the file “LEO08830.exe” to your Device and launch it, following the on-screen instructions.
(Source: HTC Support)
There have been a lot of successful “ports” of Android on Windows Mobile devices, like the Touch Pro2. These projects involve getting a linux bootloader to run (haret.exe) so that Android, or any other Linux-based OS, can boot. Over at XDA, they’ve been working feverishly to get Android working on the HTC HD2, and have made a lot of progress. Case and point, the developers behind the HTC Linux Twitter account have just posted an image of an HD2 running Ubuntu, which, like Android, is a Linux-based operating system. They even managed to connect a mouse and keyboard, [...]
Yep, this is yet another contest to win an HTC HD2. This time just sign up at WindowsPhone.com for their news, offers, and updates, and you’ll be entered to win a new HTC HD2 Windows Phone.
As of June 17, HTC HD2 users from the UK on O2 can apply a ROM Update which just surfaced on HTC’s UK support website.
According to the description, the version number is 188.8.131.52 and it is for O2 only but as we’ve got used to things by now, there’s no list of changes but the ambiguous marketing description letting us know “an updated ROM is now available for HTC HD2 (O2) users to download. As always, HTC is committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience”.
Note: Updating your ROM deletes all information on your [...]
The Compass application on the HTC HD2 look quite nice but for those of you who want something different, you can now apply some skins to the compass itself.
There are currently two new skins available, one of them resembling a classical compass which you can simply apply by downloading the CAB to your Device and installing, followed by a Soft Reset. If you want to revert to the original one, just uninstall and Soft Reset.
(Source: XDA Developers)
Over at Malaysia Asia, we see David Jr. has been doing some travelling using his HTC HD2 as a camera. We’ve been very impressed with the camera phone quality and speed of the HD2, so if you don’t feel like carrying a real camera around, the HD2 seems to be a great photo companion. Click on to see the pictures.
(Above photo was cropped and color adjusted)
T-Mobile USA has a quick sale on the HD2 today bringing it down to only $99 with a 2 year qualifying contract. That’s great and all, but what if this rumor about all T-Mobile phones being free on June 19th is true? That might be an even better deal… if they don’t sell out too quickly that is.
Ouch! So you cracked the screen of your HD2? Instead of getting angry and trashing it, you can replace the screen with the help of the below video. If you search eBay for “htc hd2 replacement screen” you will get a variety of choices ranging from $40-$70. Know that dissecting your HD2 to replace the display will void the warranty on your phone, so only try this if you’ve done it before.
In our testing of the EVO 4G (review), we found the battery life to be not so great. A surefire way to get better battery life from any device, the EVO 4G included, is to get a larger battery (like the one we recently reviewing for the HD2). Seido is showing off their 3500mAh battery on their website, which adds a considerable amount of size to the (already-large) device. The battery is listed as “coming soon” with no price showing.
(via: Good and EVO)
There are quite a lot such programs out there but YAGPS seems to be the newest release amongst them, a free application which enables you to keep track of your GPS.
Tested to work with the HTC HD2, Yet Another GPS keeps track and displays live GPS statistics such as time, speed, distance, and elevation which after being logged, can be exported to XML format and you can later import that in Google Maps.
Here are the current features (quote):– Gauge Speed Indicator– Sat. Number Indicator– Signal strength– Digital Speed Indicator– Trip [...]