HTC HD2 does it again, gets booted up by Nokia X's forked Android OS

HTC HD2 does it again, gets booted up by Nokia X's forked Android OS
The HTC HD2 is the phone that never dies. Back in 2009, the handset's 4.3 inch screen seemed humungous among a crowd of 3.2 inch and 3.5 inch devices. Originally powered by Windows Mobile Professional 6.5, over the years we have seen Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7 and Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows RT and Firefox OS shoehorned into the handset.

Today, thanks to one of the guys at XDA, we can now add the forked Android OS running the Nokia X to the list of operating systems that has powered the HTC HD2 at one time. Before you start reaching for your old HTC HD2 collecting dust in a drawer, the port isn't bring much in the way of working features to the old gal. Outside of the boot graphics and sound, nothing else is working. Of course, we need to consider that the HTC HD2 is powered by a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon S1 with 448MB of RAM. Eventually, we expect to see the gang at XDA working hard to bring over more functions from the forked Android OS.

The HTC HD2 continues to live on, as best as you could hope for a phone that sports technology half a decade old. Like the cockroach, this is one handset that cannot be killed off.

source: XDA via GSMArena

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  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
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  • Battery 1230 mAh(5.33h 3G talk time)



1. zhiae unregistered

lol thats cool htc immortal 2

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i can say: this is most perfectly done architecture of hardware. great job by htc.

18. matty1323

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I absolutely loved this device when I got it near launch day with Tmo waaaay back. Android ran really well on it and when I went to sell it I offered to throw WinMo 6.5 back on it and everyone that was interested said no way leave android on it. Camera on it was really impressive as well, not sure that part of the phone gets the credit it deserves.

19. andrejx

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

could win a guinness world record :D! and your comment was the most perfect comment one could write on this article xD

2. kareivis

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

How`s that even possible?? That phone is legen... wait for it... dary!!! but... will it blend?

29. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

True Story

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That's one ugly UI. It's an insult to one of the great legends of android world

5. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Originally it launched with windows mobile 6.5 os......

4. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Its high time they launch a new HTC HD 3.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

loved the HD7, huge screen, kickstand, great speaker, it got me into windows. It is still going to this day as a wifi gaming pad for my kids.

6. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

The legend of the legendary smartphone.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What an amazing device. WinMo, Android, Nokia fork. What can't it run? It just won't die.

17. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

You forgot Ubuntu, WinPhn7.8 Win 95 and who knows what else. Those are just the few I remember. :p

30. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

My friend has it dual booting WP7 and Android Jelly Bean 4.1

9. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

As a great man once said: WINNING!... and something about armless children which is truly horrible.

26. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010


10. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Wow i never actually realized how ugly that phone is. But kudos to who can hack stuff like this. That has always impressed me.

11. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I have the T-Mobile version of this phone. Not gonna lie I still perfer Windows 6.5 with Sense on it. And I wish HTC could make another legendary phone like this again.

13. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

This phone continues to be amazing! This phone is showing the world that you don't need top of the line specs to run a modern OS. If only all phones had the lifespan of this device

14. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, it seems every year a new OS makes it on to the HD2 despite it getting older,just how far can its hardware go? Why can't all this be done for example on a Galaxy S2 or to a Htc Sensation?

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

because XDA seems to have a hard on for particular devices like the HD2 or the G1. The devices you mentioned are more than capable, but they dont have XDA fandom with them.

24. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

They really do pick some odd ones, lol. I think the next phone that must get all these ports has to be a Nexus, e.g. Nexus 4, it can be had at a low price, has the hardware to run any current OS and should have the dev support.

15. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Android People, would I be able to buy an HTC One or M8 once it's released and put this forked version on it? As a Windows Phone guy I just like the simplicity of this and the One is my favorite Android device. Edit: and yes I know the HD2 is a WM6.5 device.

16. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

More and more I regret not having bought this device... I feel like it could last me till something actually comes and replaces smartphones.

20. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

The HTC HD2 should become a collectible item on auctions..truly a one of a kind :)

21. rsiders

Posts: 1978; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Awe I miss my baby so much. I think it died on me from switching OSs so many times and rebooting it all the time. It was an honor to own the legend that is the HD2. It's because of this phone I got to choose between Android and Windows Phone without owning an actual Android/Windows Phone device. And I chose Windows baby. Windows Phone 8.1 is gonna be awesome.

23. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Best smartphone ever made!

28. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013


25. aldridhl

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

haha it never ends!

27. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I did have a HTC Touch Pro 2... Similar a bit... And that phone was my favorite device of all time! I wished Microsoft had implemented hardware requirements then!! WinMo 6.5 was a great OS for me, and had it continued with support, I would have used it for a longer time! One of the few phones I kept on to ;)

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