The device that put HTC on the map to stay is still going strong almost 3 years after it was released, and the HTC HD2 has just been given a sweet AOSP port of Google’s new OS, Ice Cream Sandwich.
The HD2 just does not want to give up, it is a handset that has been able to boot five, yes five different mobile operating systems. The ones that the HD2 has successfully been able to boot are Windows Mobile 6.5, Android, Windows Phone 7, MeeGo and Linux Ubuntu. People have also got the HD2 booting Windows 95 and 97 just for the sake of it, but we won’t count those as they weren’t functional for daily use.
This is a device that has surpassed expectations that were set for it, the latest innovation in the world of the HD2 is the fact it now has an ICS port available to run on it. Yes that’s right, the HD2, a handset that was originally running Windows Mobile 6.5. The Darkforce Team developers then developed the MAGLDR bootloader that would allow the device to boot the other operating systems.
The HD2 is now primarily an Android device and the majority of the development is done on this function of the device, so for this device to be running Android 4.0 is an amazing feat. The port is not fully functional and is still a work in progress and there is still a lot of work to do, but below you can see what’s working already;
- Calling (mic works they can hear you)
- Audio (partially)
- Data: 3G/HSDPA (RMNET has connect/disconnect issues. Not test PPP yet.)
- BMA150 3-axis Accelerometer
- AK8973 3-axis Magnetic field sensor
- AK8973 Orientation sensor
- CM3602 Proximity sensor
- CM3602 Light sensor
- USB Mass Storage
- HW acceleration
You can see there is still a bit of work to do but the port is more complete than some, which is amazing. We think it’s brilliant what the development world is able to do with our devices. Who knows how long the HD2 will last, but it is still going strong. You can see a video of the port below.