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Amazing HTC HD2 does it again! Dated device ported with Android 5.0.1

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The HTC HD2 ported with Android 5.0.1

The HTC HD2 ported with Android 5.0.1

The phone that never dies, the HTC HD2, is back again, this time fitted with Android 5.0.1. The former HTC flagship originally ran Windows Mobile Professional 6.5 when it was launched overseas in 2009. A few months later, a version for the states was offered exclusively for T-Mobile. What blew everyone's mind at first was the 4.3-inch display, with one reviewer swearing that this would be the largest screen ever made for a smartphone!

Over the years, we have seen the HTC HD2 run the forked version of Android employed by the Nokia X, FirefoxOS, Windows RT (!), Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7.5, and dual boot Android and Windows Phone 7. Speaking of Android, the HTC HD2 has been fitted with KitKat, JellyBean and Froyo.

The Android 5.0.1 ROM is said to be in early alpha build, and only the display and audio are working at this point. But XDA member macs18max says that he will continue to work on the port.

There you have it. The majority of Android devices have yet to be updated with Android 5.0, but a Windows Mobile powered phone from 2009 is running Lollipop (albeit with limited capabilities).

source: XDA

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posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:01 21

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The phone that never dies.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 13:29 3

15. sgodsell (Posts: 3224; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It should be put out to pasture now. It doesn't even have 512mb of ram (448mb of ram), 512mb of rom, a single core 1 GHz scorpion CPU with adreno 200 GPU, WiFi g, Bluetooth 2.1, only gsm. Take it out back and put a bullet in it.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 13:43 12

17. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1590; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


You first. POS hater.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 14:05 6

20. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 609; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


How about giving an acknowledgement that it's an amazing feat for a phone that never was intended to run anything other than Windows Mobile 6.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 14:47 5

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So true bro, so true. I remember checking it out in CES 2010, then buying it in April I think. Tmobile had terrible coverage where I lived at the time, so I it returned and went back to AT&T, but it was huge smooth, and beautiful. It's android counterpart, the "Evo 4G" was a true beast though.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 15:01 2

25. sgodsell (Posts: 3224; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I guess I was a little harsh. You could buy the HTC HD2 back in November 2009. It had great specs at the time. However a number of other smartphones can run other OS's as well. Not to mention they have dual and quad core CPUs with lots of ram and much more storage. This thing is really old and slow nowadays.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 15:23 3

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's cool.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 17:57 1

34. bigdawg23 (Posts: 444; Member since: 25 May 2011)


You are clueless. Had this phone and it rocked. I ran dual boot Android and WM. I only sold it because of leaving horrible TMobile service.

posted on 12 Jan 2015, 04:18

37. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


It has 576MB RAM fully enabled. Under WinMo, for some reason it was locked to 448MB.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:04 1

2. rsiders (Posts: 852; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


What a legend of a phone.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:09 1

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


What a relic.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:17 8

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 3840; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


You're one to talk bud. If your phone of choice hadn't grown a pair and grown in size, you'd be holding a relic in your hands right now. Then again...all it did was get bigger right? The functionality is still compared to Android 2010 with what your phone can do. Kick dark outta bed and ask him...he knows.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 15:26 2

28. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


If you want to come out the closet, that's fine. Just leave others out of your sick fantasies.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 14:43

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I agree Mxy, it's a reliic, great in its day, but yep...a relic. HTC is coming back strong though, M7, M8, and M9. Whatcha think?

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 15:25 1

27. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I liked the M7. I didn't check out the M8 because of the camera. If they improve the camera we would be in business. Beastly speakers though.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 15:34 4

29. willard12 (Posts: 1528; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


So, if the M9 cuts the ultra pixel and gets a better camera then you'd buy an android device?

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 20:02

35. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Wouldn't be the first time. Not even close.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 15:44 1

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Great speakers indeed. Camera is horrible though.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 20:03 1

36. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Yeah the camera needs work. Forget the ultrapixel bs. Those speakers are phenomenal though.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:09 15

4. aayupanday (Posts: 574; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


That thing is six years old and yet they're able to run the latest iteration of Android on it.
All hail HTC and XDA.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 13:33 5

16. sgodsell (Posts: 3224; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


No, all hail open source.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 13:43

18. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1590; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


No, Cotulla.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:11

5. theguy2345 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


I am going to get my only one and put android on it. I have been wanting to try a newer version of android, and this way I won't have to spend a dime. And I can reconfigure it as much as I please

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:12 2

6. der_damo (Posts: 168; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)


that moment when developers get older phones with the newer software earlier than modern enterprises on newer phones with older software.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:12 5

7. lyndon420 (Posts: 3840; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


How can you not like Android when it is just so plain awesome???!!!

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:27 1

9. shamrock (Posts: 72; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


sometimes the oldies work the best..

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:36 2

10. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Once upon a time it was a realy big smartphone :)

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 12:56 1

11. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)


The only smartphone I ever needed...

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 13:20

12. Cyberchum (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


They should give the same treatment to my SGS2 so that I can at least make it a secondary phone.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 13:21 1

13. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 978; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Why does the HTC HD2 get all these ports? Is it simply due to a HD2 Community of enthusiasts who want to see how far they can take it? Or is there some piece of hardware in it that has allowed for all the ports to be done?

If this can be done with a HD2 then I am sure it can be done with most old flagships from its time.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 16:24

32. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1590; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


HTC sold this phone completely open because it was basically a developer platform phone. It remains the only Windows Mobile phone ever released with a capacitive screen.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 13:25

14. Cyberchum (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Still on alpha, well I passed on the RR beta build for my age old SGS2 until it more stable.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 13:45 1

19. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


When almost no other recent budget lowranger has Lollipop. Not many other lowrangers probably have good enough XDA support to get there.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 14:25 1

21. HTCFreak (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


Wow I remember the time when I wanted this one so bad! And that was also the time when 4.3" was considered big, well look at that.. haha

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 14:44 1

23. brybealac (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jan 2015)


How about my 2010 galaxy s2 now running lollipop 5.0.2, smooth and stable? Of course credit to xda.

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 17:48

33. Cyberchum (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Please which ROM is that Lemme flash away.

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 18:39

41. brybealac (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jan 2015)


RR bro by varund

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 15:59 1

31. younger06 (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Apr 2014)


I have one of these, still with the box that it came in. I'm sure if I hold on to it long enough, it will be a collectors item (and worth a few quid)

posted on 12 Jan 2015, 06:23

38. HSN87 (Posts: 109; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


LOL! a legend of Smartphones :P :D

posted on 12 Jan 2015, 08:44

39. tokuzumi (Posts: 927; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


While this is impressive, I know the Nexus One ran like dog poo on KitKat, though, so I have a feeling this is more of a test case, than for use as a daily driver. But I do like the longevity of this device. This phone came out 5.5 years ago. In the electronics world, that makes this phone archaic. Kudos to the devs who worked on this.

posted on 12 Jan 2015, 19:12

40. llk171 (Posts: 29; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)


This device is receiving more update than the latest crapsung.

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