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Hearty HTC HD2 hacked to run Firefox OS

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Hearty HTC HD2 hacked to run Firefox OS
The HTC HD2 has been around since 2009 and when launched, it ran on Windows Mobile and carried a 4.3 inch screen that was exceptionally large for the time. Less than four years later, we have moved on to screens larger than 5 inches. Despite the outdated specs inside the handset, developers have been able to hack the phone to run on Android 4.1 , Windows Phone 8, Ubuntu and even Windows RT. Now, developers have been able to shoe horn Firefox OS onto the device.

It isn't a perfect fit with the SIM not being detected, and with problems popping up with the camera, low volume, resolution and with mass storage. The developer says that he is working on a bug free version of the OS. If you still own the HTC HD2 and want to see how the Firefox OS looks on the device, click on the sourcelink below.

The FireFox OS running on the HTC HD2

The FireFox OS running on the HTC HD2

source: XDA via SlashGear

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posted on 12 May 2013, 15:45 13

1. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)

Wow unbelievable! I don't have this phone but this is pretty amazing! Thank you devs!

posted on 12 May 2013, 22:15 2

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

this thing doesn't want to die , probably the best phone of all time

posted on 12 May 2013, 15:53 11

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

I wish I had bought an HD2 back in the day :( Probably one of the best investments I could ever make..

posted on 12 May 2013, 15:53 12

3. dws93 (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Wow , now that is a true smartphone , it's a monster !

posted on 13 May 2013, 01:26

16. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)

if only it was upgradeable !!!! bump up its RAM & Processor !!! now that would b cool...

posted on 12 May 2013, 15:54 7

4. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

WHAT!!?? Man, this phone will never die out, year after year a new OS is shoehorned into it, but why the HD2? Why have these devs chosen it specifically for all this modding?

Is there a piece of hardware in the HD2 that makes it easier to mod or is it just a coincidence that they chose HD2 and stuck with it?

posted on 12 May 2013, 16:41

5. ECPirate37 (Posts: 220; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

Good question. I have wondered the same thing. Does anyone know, and have a soucelink?

posted on 12 May 2013, 16:46

6. bucky (Posts: 3133; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I believe the source code for the hd2 was wide open for modders. Also came in the old school windows mobile.

posted on 12 May 2013, 17:02 3

8. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

The HTC HD2 came to the US in March of 2010 with Windows Mobile 6.5 and was denied an official upgrade to Windows Phone 7 when the OS launched some six months later. However, the venerable device has gone on to receive an almost unprecedented amount of hacker support, as the device has been cracked to run Windows Phone 7 and 8 as well as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich β€” not to mention other, more peculiar options like Windows XP.

The HTC HD2 smartphone is one that remains newsworthy due to its favoritism in the developer community due to its surprisingly open ability to be hacked. For over three and a half years, this device has been a go-to smartphone for the most intrepid developers looking to prove their might in hacking, pushing everything from Windows Phone 7 to Android to this machine where it’d otherwise only be running a relatively ancient operating system.

Basically, people who bought this device were screwed over by Microsoft who denied any upgrade to the pre-loaded Windows Phone 6.5 on the HD2. That's when some smart programmers got together and decided to take the fate of that device in their own hands and the community swiftly supported that movement. The HD2 hackers began as heroes against corporate greed and consumer abuse. They have since evolved into a passionate group of people always pushing the limits of what can be done on the HTC HD2.

posted on 12 May 2013, 20:16 2

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Next time copy whole article...

posted on 12 May 2013, 19:05 2

11. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

It's because, back in the day, HTC was really good at making the source code open to developers.

posted on 13 May 2013, 10:29

18. Superpiff (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)

I think its cause there are no restrictions on its bootloader I could be wrong though

posted on 12 May 2013, 16:52 10

7. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

this phone should go down in tech history as the best tweakable phone ever

posted on 12 May 2013, 17:29 5

9. joesseth (Posts: 61; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

It is simple, once the drivers of the phone are released, you can do anything.

posted on 12 May 2013, 17:48

10. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

I like this phone for it's never say die attitude, and I'm lamenting on selling this phone due to some issues..... :(

posted on 12 May 2013, 19:38 2

12. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

if HTC will bring something like HD2 again, thiw will be a big winner!

posted on 12 May 2013, 20:33 2

14. Shrihari (Posts: 102; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)

HD2 the phone that never dies....

posted on 13 May 2013, 10:04 1

17. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)

That phone is like an action hero! It will take almost anything you throw at it and come out the winner. I had one and i loaded android, winpho7.5, ubuntu even! Then I gave it to my brother after loading it with ICS. Great phone still! :)

posted on 13 May 2013, 11:11 1

19. cyko969 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

Still have mine to this day .. originally got mine from T-Mobile, but had gotten a Telstra version from E-bay so i can use on AT&T. Never have regretted getting the phone. HD2 is probably the most versatile phone i have used to date. I still use it every now and then as my back up. I have both a JB 4.2.1 Rom and WP7.8 Rom running on it.

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