Getting Android running smoothly on the HTC HD2 has been a reasonably long project, but the xda-developers teams working on the port are getting close to perfect releases. There are now two almost complete builds available for download, one offering Android 2.2 Froyo for the HD2, and the other taken from an HTC Desire and promising Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense UI and accompanying widgets.
Love the HTC HD2 hardware but hate Windows Mobile? A full port of Android for the smartphone isn't quite ready yet, but the gang over at xda-developers are certainly one step closer to it. They've managed to get Linux to boot on the smartphone, and to load - and play - a 720p HD video from the command line. Currently they're not having much luck with a GUI, but the hack paves the way for a full install of Android on the 4.3-inch Snapdragon-based device.
T-Mobile has announced an interesting trade in program for those tired of fussing with jailbroken iPhones on its network or iPhone users looking to rid themselves of AT&T. Through a trade in program with T-Mobile dealers, you can get up to $350 credit towards the purchase of an HD2.
Microsoft's confirmation that the HTC HD2 wouldn't be eligible for an official Windows Phone 7 upgrade certainly put a dampener on expectations of what's still the best Windows Mobile device around. Of course, it also lit a fire under the developer community to come up with an unofficial WP7 ROM for the HD2, and sure enough - with devices running the full OS not expected until toward the end of 2010 - you'll soon be able to load an almost fully functional build of the new platform onto your HD2.
The hack is the handiwork of a team of Russian tinkerers over at htcpedia, who have managed to get the WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth all working and pretty much everything else. Still causing issues, however, are the graphics drivers, and the device is showing some unwanted lag. We're guessing work is being done on optimizing the code for the HD2, and that lag should get brought down.
It's March 24th and that means - finally - the HTC HD2 arrives on T-Mobile USA's network. It's been a long time coming, and in a way it couldn't have arrived at a worse point: HTC's other 4.3-inch monster, the HTC EVO 4G, has made its splashy, WiMAX-toting debut on Sprint at CTIA Wireless this week, and the 3G-only HD2 could look a little plain in comparison.
Curious to know how T-Mobile USA will be pushing the HTC HD2 - a phone already available in Europe for several months now, and guaranteed not to get an official Windows Phone 7 update - when it goes on sale come March 24th? Over at Pocketables they've a stash of in-store T-Mobile promotional material sent over from an anonymous tipster, and it looks like the carrier will be leaning heavily on the HD2's media playback abilities.
T-Mobile USA have finally confirmed pricing and availability for the HTC HD2, the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone that European users have been taunting their US counterparts with for several months now. The T-Mobile HD2 will arrive on March 24th priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement.
T-Mobile has just invited SlashGear to join them for a special event scheduled for March 16th (next week in NYC) to "experience the HTC HD2," which will be making its debut as a "larger than life entertainment powerhouse." Bold words? Check out our take in a comprehensive review of the HTC HD2. Oh, and we’re hearing that the launch date of the smartphone will be more or less around the 24th, so stay patient for just a little longer, it's coming.
While we've pretty much known that T-Mobile plan to launch the HTC HD2 in the US sometime this month, what we haven't been aware of is what sort of pricing we should expect. Thanks to a nifty leak from Tmonews, however, we now know figures for not only the HD2 but the CLIQ XT and the Nokia Nuron (aka the ExpressMusic 5230). Best news? The HD2 isn't as expensive as we feared it might be.
Talk of a Windows Phone 7 update for the HTC HD2 has circulated pretty much since the phone was launched, but despite ostensibly positive hints from HTC themselves, it looks like Microsoft's newly-rigid hardware guidelines have scuppered the Snapdragon smartphone's chances. Speaking to APC Magazine, Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region pointed out that the HD2 won't qualify for an upgrade as "it doesn't have the three buttons".