The legend of the HTC HD2 continues; aged device runs KitKat ROM

The legend of the HTC HD2 continues; aged device runs KitKat ROM
The HTC HD2 was a heck of a phone. Still is, actually, and while the device originally hit the market late in 2009, it was powered by Windows Mobile 6.5. The phone's 4.3 inch screen was considered humungous back then, a giant in a land of 3.2 inch and 3.5 inch smartphones. Since the device has been 'retired' by HTC, it has run on Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7.5 and various builds of Android including Froyo and Jelly Bean. Earlier this year, Firefox OS was seen powering the HTC HD2.

This amazing run continues as a Custom ROM has been developed for the HTC HD2, allowing KitKat to run on the device. Not everything is running so smoothly on the phone, and problems exist with the Wi-Fi connectivity, microSD slot and data connectivity. But those issues could get resolved. Keep in mind that the U.S. version of the HTC HD2 was not built to run Android and has a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor and just 576MB of RAM inside. The installation, as imperfect as it for now, shows off Google's attempt to quash the fragmentation in the platform by making Android 4.4 compatible with Android handsets offering as little as 512MB of RAM.

The HTC HD2 is turning out to be the cockroach of smartphones as it never dies. Eventually, there might be a future OS build that completely stumps the device, but for those who lusted after the phone just a few short years ago, it goes to show that your desire was in the right place.


source: XDA via PocketNow, AndroidAuthority

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HD2 US
  • Display 4.3 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 0.6GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1230 mAh
  • OS Windows Mobile Professional 6.5

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26 Comments

26. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Where's the video of it running Windows 8?

25. luxzy801

Posts: 140; Member since: Jun 16, 2010

HTC and WinMo, once a winning team. I still use this as my primary phone. as soon as I got it, went into the registry and removed all the Sense garbage, never froze on me and runs winmo perfectly with the 1ghz snapdragon. It is getting outdated though, but a legend indeed!!!!

23. Teja171 unregistered

Winners keep on fighting :)

21. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

hmm when my friend got this phone it cane with the transformers movies looked great for a windiws phone til he had to oay for spyware and antivirus which he didnt and got a virus but thats windiws for yah still a great looking phone when developers try they can keep phones alive by creating more roms. Well you can always root it and install any rom available to you on CM

19. cyko969

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

I still have this phone as my back up phone. It has proven to be an awesome and reliable device over the years. Never regret purchasing!

18. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Immortal.

17. chauhanvats3

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 02, 2013

woo hoo. i still own this phone.err...legend. hope they release a working rom soon @_@

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My first large screen phone, tmobiles Las Vegas coverage was horrible back then though, so I ported back to AT&T.

13. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

My Friend has this phone running 2.3 but IF I had Hand one then I would test all of the custom ROMs ;)

12. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

This is soooo not fair HTC insider has just confirmed that the htc one x is getting sense 5.5 but no 4.3 or 4.4 because of the ridiculous 18 month thingie Google allows.

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

What source did you get that confirmation on sense 5.5? I wish they went ahead with 4.4 since 4.2.2 is so buggy on my one x, I don't want to be stuck with that version till I get another new phone

10. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Outstanding. This shows us how much OEMS could do for their phones if they tried. Jeez, There are one year old flagships that won't see 4.4.

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly.. But, they are in the business of flipping silicon..

9. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I should have bought this phone :( I would have used it till this day, and maybe till next year

8. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Man, HTC used to be the BIG player in the smartphone/pocket PC era. I remember I had the Verizon version of the HTC Mogul, the XV6800 if I remember correctly. That thing was amazing when it wanted to work. Lol. I went through 5 of those things.

20. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I am with you. I was a huge HTC fan. Had the XV6800, which was the first smartphone I customized after finding XDA. Then I moved to TMo with the G2 and HD2. Loved my HD 2 have a dual boot of Android and WIndows 6.5 What killed me with HTC is the battery life and then getting the Vivid on AT&T. Since then any HTC handset I have tried are buggy and a PITA.

7. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

All Hail The Legend! Hope HTC manage to do the same with the One...

6. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

One of the best phone I ever own. Still there somewhere.

5. aldridhl

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

legen...........dary.

4. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

This is probably the most customisable phone ever made.

24. james94

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

reminds me of the nokia n900 :)

3. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

amazing, so amazing.

2. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

If they can make the call button pull up the dialer, that would be pretty neat.

1. rpm048

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Very nice.. a 4yr old phone can still run the kitkat.

22. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

4 Years already? Man. I am getting old.

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