Your average Android phone may not get Jelly Bean, but the HTC HD2 will
The mobile world is a strange place, isn't it? You have a more or less decent Android smartphone, and you know your chances of getting an update to Jelly Bean in a timely manner, at least officially, aren't very big. Meanwhile, someone with a an almost 3 year old phone, which wasn't designed to run Android in the first place, is able to install Android 4.1 and enjoy the latest software goodies. Well, what can you do? Those crafty folks over at XDA have once again managed to impress the modding community by creating such a ROM for the HD2. Sadly, the release seems to be far from perfect yet, as some important features like the camera, browser and Google Now don't work too good (or in some cases - at all), but here's to hoping that those will be worked out soon.
Users sporting low- and lower-mid end Android gear shouldn't be so pissed off to know about this. The HD2 may be an old device, but it has a nice and big screen, as well as hardware that is still more powerful compared to many Android models out there. That said, this doesn't mean that low-end devices can't run JB. They can, but the harsh reality is that manufacturers rarely bother to update such models.
You can track the progress of the mod and give it a try by visiting this XDA thread.
1. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
This is the beautiful and bar setting phone from HTC!
6. aaronkatrini (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
Im still surprised they haven't installed iOS yet! That phone can run anything Damn! :)
3. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
I had this baby once, and I can't believe that it can do so much for a relic/legacy phone! If the hacker community can work their magic, then what's going on with the oem's?
7. aaronkatrini (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
IMO there are only a few phones that can resist time and upcoming technology for at least 10 years! These phones are among the flagships of their producers. here goes my list (best to worst!):
10. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 167; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
You forgot Nokia N900 which sits above the N9 ;)
8. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
What now HTC??
You said that desire and desire hd are not powerful enough to be able to run JB. What now, liars?
Good old HD2 is a truly amazing machine..mainly thanks to xda.
11. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Okay. You do realize that HTC has nothing to do with it, right?
This is obviously an unofficial mod. Unofficial mods can be installed to almost ANY android phone out there.
12. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
you do realize that a bunch of fans did something what huge company like htc couldn't?
13. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Yes. This also happens with Samsung. With Sony. With Motorola. With HP. With Amazon. Any device which potentially can run Android - but is either not updated to the latest version, got a different OS in the beginning of it's life, or just for modding's sake got modded with a custom Rom.
What's your point?
14. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
what's your point ilia? I posted a comment which was my thought and you commented it:)
But ok, if you insist.
My point is that despite the fact HTC was lying about desire and desire hd capabilities it is possible to run ics and even jb on those devices.
Given xda is like David compared to Goliat (htc) it's...I don't know, maybe even funny that bunch of fans can do something that was beyond reach of such a huge company.
The point is: companies don't want to support older devices even if they can.
They prefer to sell newer gadgets which is ok from financial point of view.
But, htc shouldn't play in broken promises and changing their statements every hour.
15. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Yes. You're right. Companies don't want to support older devices, even if they can. Thing is - HD2 is not an example of this since it came with WinMo 6.5.
Now - when it comes to Android manufacturers not supporting older hardware even though it's capable of running new Android versions - this can be due to several reasons:
1. The manufacturer wishes to apply it's own skin version of Android - and this skinned version with all the features doesn't run well on old hardware.
2. The manufacturer has a gazillion phones with different specs, so they prefer to focus on those which are more relevant.
Now - as I said - HTC is far from being alone in this. Samsung didn't provide an official port of Android 4.0 for the SGS1. Sony didn't provide a new version for the Xperia X10. Motorola didn't provide a version for the Droid X\X2.
But - it's no big deal! And that is because Android is open source! XDA guys and many others port new version of Android to older hardware all the time! And they do it for free!
That's why an Android device has a lifespan which is only limited by it's hardware - and not by some marketing decision of one company or another. And this is as it should be.
16. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
but the funny thing is that people outside those companies can sometimes squize much more from even older phone than so-called specialists.
I think that's why the guy from cyn mod was hired by samsung.
I would probably do the same if I were a CEO.
But again. If they can't deliver something, they should stay quiet.
Thanks for talking:)
ps. thumbing you down-not me.
9. valapsp (Posts: 490; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
Lesson for HTC: Never break your promise again because that will cause your legacy phones to get updated to the latest versions of OSs. Can you imagine you can have plenty of OSs on this sh*t? Windows 98, Linux, WP7, WM6.5, Android, ...
I think iOS 6 is soon coming to HTC HD2 before the iPhone 4S. (Just kidding ;)
18. DocOaK17 (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
hTc didn't give it jb xda did. So XDA ROCKS!!