Android Ice Cream Sandwich brought to the HTC HD2

Android Ice Cream Sandwich brought to the HTC HD2It seemed so powerful back in the day. Only two years have passed since HTC's HD2 came along with its meaty 1GHz processor and high-end specs.

It also featured Windows Mobile 6.5, however - the OS Microsoft felt was better off being scrapped completely than fixed. But having already succeeded in porting the HD2 over to Android Gingerbread in the past, some kind-hearted devs have now found a way bring Android Ice Cream Sandwich to the ageing handset too.

As with all of these things, it's not a fully working version of Android 4.0, and a good many features don't work as they should, though that's largely down to hardware limitations, given that the HD2 was never built to run the kind of features ICS supports.

Other modded builds we've seen on newer handsets have run into the same kind of functionality shortcomings too, but all the same it is exciting to see that what is now considered an 'old' handset can punch so much above its weight.

There's a video of it running here but be warned - the music that accompanies it is terrible!

Personally, we'd say that although it's nice, why would you want to run ICS on an HD2 properly anyway? Unless you're particularly attached to the device, there are far better handsets available these days. And if you got it on contract, surely your two years is about up now anyway?

Via XDA-Developers

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 28, 2011 at 18:12

Well, seems quite a few people would disagree.
The HTC HD2 is still selling at full price, and a used one can still fetch 50% of the money it cost 2 years ago.

Even un-modded it has its strengths - an email client that is better than anything available - though it has a dodgy, not finger-friendly menu-structure.
The winmo registry allows almost unlimited tweaking, too. The preinstalled Opera browser can be personalised in ways not possible on any other mobile device. Etc etc... It's also worth noting that there are fully working Android ports, Linux, WP7 etc etc

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 28, 2011 at 19:27

Jan, is your hunt for a phone still ongoing? If so, why not an HD2, it's a lovely device?

iampav  Nov. 28, 2011 at 23:27

Ooh, my missus wants to flog her HD2...

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 28, 2011 at 23:46

Unless she's big into having a massively powerful dual core phone, tell her not to bother. The HD2 is the best phone HTC have ever made (equal to the original Desire IMO though).

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 00:50

Funny, by the way - I said months ago the HD2 would probably get ICS before Android phones get it. Seems the Nexus aside I was right :D

iampav  Nov. 29, 2011 at 07:00

Cheers Matt, can't persuade her to root it, yet she's after an Android phone. Angry birds et al have a lot to answer for! I've seen so much done with the HD2, it's a pity it was sidestepped for official WinMo 7 support.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 08:04

In my view the HD2 is basically a Desire HD with a slightly worse camera...but it was released about a year before the DHD. Just don't let her sell it to Mazuma/Envirofone etc...they'll strip that fantastic piece of technology history for parts :( :(.

mrew42  Nov. 29, 2011 at 12:33

In my view the HD2 is basically a Desire HD with a slightly worse camera...but it was released about a year before the DHD. Just don't let her sell it to Mazuma/Envirofone etc...they'll strip that fantastic piece of technology history for parts :( :(.

They still go for £150 on ebay.
I got £140 for mine as it was a bit beat up cosmetically....

Stelph  Nov. 29, 2011 at 12:49

Cheers Matt, can't persuade her to root it, yet she's after an Android phone. Angry birds et al have a lot to answer for! I've seen so much done with the HD2, it's a pity it was sidestepped for official WinMo 7 support.

Cant you take it away and say youre getting a new one, then paint it another colour and load Android on it?

iampav  Nov. 29, 2011 at 21:26

Lol Stelph, maybe a gaudy purple a la the HTC Rhyme etc?

Interesting though, what is the most stable version of Android currently available for the HD2? I assume those clever Xda peeps have gingerbread nailed down?

Stelph  Nov. 30, 2011 at 11:20

Theres so many Chefs/ROMS's I doubt id be able to say the best, but heres a list of them and its so easy to switch between ones you could switch to find one you like (i.e. with or without Sense, ones built for powerr saving, ones built for speed etc)

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1336700

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