The HTC HD2 refuses to die with Android Nougat port
posted by Joe M. / Sep 17, 2016, 7:06 AM
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.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
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.
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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....
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 7:13 AM 5
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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
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 11:24 AM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 7:30 AM 0
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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).
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 8:16 AM 16
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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.
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 1:00 PM 0
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Heroes never die.
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 7:55 AM 10
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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*
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 8:30 AM 0
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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!
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 1:28 PM 2
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When Samsung was doing windows mobile it was a bit buggy but that Htc hd2 was the truth
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 2:46 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 4:57 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 3:27 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 17, 2016, 8:40 PM 1
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