Friday, June 25, 2010
HTC HD2 upgrade to Android OS getting closer
HTC HD2 on Windows Mobile 6.5
to >> Android ver 2.1
Android port for HTC HD2 overcomes big hurdle, finally getting close - This was Engadge headline news on 25 Jun. This is GREAT news to HD2 owners. In this blog on Apr 10 , I have compared my hands-on experience of the Google Nexus One and the HTC HD2 . Two days ago, the Google Nexus One had received a MAJOR upgrade to its O/S - Android ver 2.2 codename Froyo . The upgrade is impressive , which I elaborated too here in this blog.
The stakes is now raised even higher in the HTC HD2 challenging the Nexus One. I'd say at this point, the score is Nexus - 1, HD2 - 0.
Since late March, the guys at forum XDA had been working feverishly hard at porting the Android O/S over to the HTC HD2. HTC had released in USA its Android version equivalent in the HTC Evo ( a CDMA 4G version ) . Most XDA's developers had confidence basing on the HTC Evo, Android on the HTC HD2 can be done. I'd say just in 3 months, what they had achieved is impressive.
The great thing about the HD2 is that it remains one of the most gorgeous pieces of smartphone hardware ever released -- but as long as it's saddled with the dead OS walking known as Windows Mobile 6.5, its stature in the power user community is perpetually stuck in first gear, no matter how pretty HTC has managed to make it. To that end, some of those very same power users have been working tirelessly to salvage the beast and shoehorn Android on there, but they've been tripped up by some errors involving the phone's Snapdragon core and the so-called HaRET tool used to boot Linux from Windows CE-based devices that have made a proper port seem all but impossible. Those hurdles have been overcome in the past couple days, though, which means a marginally consumer-friendly Android build might finally be within reach -- and considering that there's no proper EVO 4G equivalent from HTC in Europe yet, this project could have an awful lot of value.