The HTC HD2 refuses to die with Android Nougat port

The HTC HD2 refuses to die with Android Nougat port
In the world of Android, software fragmentation is undeniably one of the biggest issues that's been facing the mobile OS ever since it was first launched. While the Android platform on its own is quite fantastic, Google still has yet to solve the issue of having so many of their devices run on older, outdated versions of the operating system.

Despite some devices failing to get promised software updates after just months of launching, one handset that's proven to receive timely updates time and time again is the HTC HD2. If the HD2 doesn't sound entirely familiar to you, that's because it was originally a Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone that launched all the way back in November of 2009. However, old age aside, the love and support around this famous handset has seen it get unofficial ports to Android on a pretty consistent basis.The phone's been updated to Lollipop, Marshmallow,  and even Windows Phone 8, and Windows RT. Seven years later, that love and passion for the HTC HD2 is still alive and well with the phone's most recent update to Android 7.0 Nougat.


The update comes by way of XDA Developer Senior Member "macs18x.", but similar to other updates that the HD2 has gotten, there's nothing about this port to Android Nougat that makes the phone a usable daily driver at all. You see, since the HD2 has just a measly 448 MB of RAM to work with, only audio and Wi-Fi connectivity are currently working on the phone. This shouldn't come as much surprise since we're dealing with a phone that first launched all the way back in 2009, but it's still pretty incredibly to see a smartphone this old continue to get support from the community around it. Although the HTC HD2 isn't the most functional with the latest update, it's just more proof that this is a smartphone that refuses to die.

source: XDA Developers via Neowin | gallery via XDA Developers

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HD2
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1230 mAh(5.33h 3G talk time)

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27 Comments

1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Ah I remember the days of seeing the leaks of the rumored HTC Leo (codename) and it's fabled 4.3" screen. Those were the days when HTC actually seemed like it had a shot against Apple and Samsung. Sad panda....

6. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

In 2011, it was at that high level with Apple and Samsung. Since then, things have changed.

14. Gulliver

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

I remember the days when i had my HD2 it was great when I bought it, so much better than anything on the market at that time. And then it got even better when it got android on it. It was ruling until Samsung S3 came and replaced it :) good days

2. Fona13A unregistered

Okay now I wish I had an HD2...

3. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Htc produces great phones but they don't bring anything new lately, i think they were the first to produce dual cameras, but instead of upgrading, they get rid of them. they need to bring something new, something will bring them back to the competition.

5. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

They were desperate. They tried metal unibody, stereo front facing speakers, world's first 1080p screen, dual cameras and if I am not wrong, one of the first manufacturers to use OIS on their main camera (HTC One M7). Still, everyone wanted the polycarbonate Samsung, as well as the Apple branding. They lost too much money developing things that now people claim are innovations/inventions on other phones (eg. Stereo speakers on the iPhone. I have people telling me that the iPhone is the first phone to have stereo speakers just this week).

8. rkoforever90

Posts: 463; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

you are right Htc did launch pretty good device, i still remember when people stared in awe at my htc one x when everyone was busy buying ugly galaxy s3.

9. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Those people can really eat a dick..

13. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

their marketing team sucks.this is where they failed.

18. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Yeah you're right but at that time their weakest point was the camera, i know the htc 10's camera was great but they could've add some other nice features.but i think that the only reason that no one is buying an htc phone anymore is because of the m9, bad camera specially in low light, overheating issues, battery issues, the same design as the one m8, no figerprint scaner, nothing was special in that device, it was a complete failure.

26. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

I think the features are already enough. 4K, Hi-res audio while recording, there is only so much a phone's camera can do. Agree with you for the One M9.

20. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Sometimes I really think about buying silver M7 just to look at it, it's a piece of art

21. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Indeed t's a piece of art

27. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

I still keep my spoilt M7 just to look at it :D

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Heroes never die.

11. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

...For a price.

16. Ceal89

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

HTC in 2016: "Get them off me!"

7. tyger11

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I wonder if Android Wear would be a better thing to run on it at this point. I really loved my HTC EVO 4G at the time (though the battery life was atrocious). The built-in kickstand was still one of the best ideas ever. *sigh*

10. handsomparis

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

I loved the Htc hd2 Htc need to go back to phones like this

12. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

Working at T-Mobile, I would talk to customers about the HTC 10. The standard reply would be HT.. Who? I would just think to myself.."My god HTC , wtf happened.

15. Mobilephile

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Still have my hd2, first 4.3" display smartphone.... And everyone especially the press used words like "humungus" & "gigantic" to describe it. pssssst

17. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

James bond of Smartphone

19. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

The htc2 sense skin actually improved the ui and smoothness for Windows Mobile and made it quite more pleasant to use during its time. It was the first to tread to bigger screen territory. Htc did good then!

22. handsomparis

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

When Samsung was doing windows mobile it was a bit buggy but that Htc hd2 was the truth

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You must've never tried the Omnia i8000. Never released in the US (available in Canada through Bell) but it was a helluva phone and the best camera of that time. It was very similar to the i8910 which ran Symbian. TouchWiz was born with this phone and it was an abortion even then. Disabling TW and running stock WinMo 6.5 was your best bet.

23. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

It was a hell of a phone, despite all the love, you could feel that the phone only had 512mb ram and single core processor. It had everything you could wish, looked good and felt good. Shame HTC never released an worthy successor.

25. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The HTC HD2 was the phone to have at the time. Did everything. Ran Windows Phone 7. Ran different custom launchers. I loved it until I finally fried it doing to many XDA related mods.lol Long live the HD2.

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