Nov 22 AT 3:42 PM Dustin Earley 16 Comments

HTC’s HD2 just won’t die; AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich ROM available now


Very few devices have seen the kind of life the HTC HD2 has. The ultimate hackers dream phone was originally released in November of 2009, with Windows Mobile 6.5. Since then, it has been modded to run Windows Phone 7, Android 2.x and Meego among others. And it’s not going to stop yet.

Just released a couple of days back, an AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the HTC HD2 has been put up for download. It’s not entirely perfect yet, but it’s impressively close considering how long it took to be released. USB mass storage, the camera and hardware acceleration are among the few things not working yet, but everything else seems to be in good shape.

I’m not sure how many people still use an HD2 these days, but the fact that hackers and developers have kept this device relevant for over two years now is just plain astonishing. To get a look at Android 4.0 on the HTC HD2 in action, check out the video below. To all the die-hard HD2 owners still out there, congratulations on beating every US carrier and manufacturer to the punch. You deserve it.

Via: The Verge

Source: XDA

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • DroidSamurai

    Well, I am not too surprised. After all, it has more RAM than my OG Droid.

  • SCJaredJ

    Amazing. Shows how great the dev community is. I really wish that the companies would move towards a pay-to-upgrade scheme with updates where they’d outsource ROMs from community devs and allow people to pay for them. That way I’d be able to pick up a “official” supported rom for around $20 for a phone that the manufacture doesn’t care about anymore.

    • Michael

      So you’re telling me that because you’re scared of voiding your warranty by rooting so you want to commercialize the mod-community and pay for a service that is today, for the most part, free?

      • SCJaredJ

        Voiding my warranty is the least of my concerns, and I’m no stranger to the rooting/rom world. I’d just like some sort of additional verification behind roms that rate them and show they’re legit. I have 1 phone that has to work, and a job and family that don’t allow me to continuously sift through comments and updates on what’s working and not working for particular roms…much less try to keep up with all of the rom jargon to be able to compare what I’m looking at. Sure, maybe what I originally proposed isn’t the right move, but perhaps the community could spawn some sort of certification process to validate daily driver roms.

        • Michael

          I wholeheartedly agree that there should be some sort of ranking system, but then again the onus lies with us as a user/mod community. I definitley can’t see a commercial solution to this as being good for Android as a whole. And rather than lambast Android as a whole you’re grievens should be aimed at the specific site where you get your roms, be it xda or cyanogen etc… i.e. they should introduce such a feature on their sites.

  • sylar

    My friend has this phone running android so this is not much of a surprise at all.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    i’m surprised, but filled with hope
    my touchpad should soon see ics too!

  • Mr. Perfect

    I have an HD2 running 2.3.5 so this is great news.

    Does anyone know why this is the only phone that allows you to go from Windows to Android? Is there something in the phone that HTC forgot to lock down?

    • H_incarnate

      Apparently HTC implied that the HD2 would be updated with WP7, but when MicroSoft came out with the hardware requirements, the button layout didn’t match and the update was nuked . However, it looks like HTC had already done some internal testing. As far as I know the WP7 roms out there are based on that (buggy) test build. Why it runs android? I forget – super-close hardware specs with something else (evo? Desire hd?)

      • daedric

        Aparently the HD2 is very similar to the Desire and the Nexus One.


    I hope ICS for other HTC devices will arrive soon.

  • Paul

    Picked up a HD2 a while back real cheap cause the owner hated WinMo 6.5. I immediately investigated dual booting Win7 and Android and then shrugged off Win7 as it would require Android on the MicroSD and I didn’t want to slow Android down since I figured 90-95% of the time I’d be in Android, so I installed CM7 on it and it ran great. Wife used the phone for about a year or so and I eventually listed it on craigslist, along with my T-Mobile G2 (technically a superior phone) and I got multiple inquires/requests for the HD2 and sold it within a day or two and it took me almost a week to sell my G2. Popular phone. Android runs good on it, glad to see they got ICS working on it. It’s specs aren’t too bad and its huge screen really is nice and it’s thin enough. Considering it’s age, it’s a nice phone all around.

  • Josh H

    Instructions for installing ICS on the HD2:

  • Cat Craven

    The HD2 is so hard to get hold of in the UK nowadays. It’s a shame because it’s possibly the best of the Windows 6.5 phones. It’s the one I always found the most practical anyway. I know you can buy refurb units from MobiCity and one or two other places around here, but getting your hands on new HD2s in bulk at a reasonable price is so difficult.

    I was just wondering if people could tell me what sort of quality you can expect from a refurbished model? I’m not expecting them to be sparkling but would appreciate something functional and decent in appearance…

  • Dave S.

    I have been using the HD2 since its initial release. Once I tired of Winmo, I hacked it and installed Gingerbread 2.3.5. I just flashed 2.3.7 to it today. Once ICS has the HWA issues resolved, Ill probably flash that. For a 3yo phone, it still performs.

    As far as why the HD2 has such a large community, is because the HD2 was the perfect fusion of timing, raw processing power, RAM, and screen capability and size. The HD2 still holds the record for supporting the most OS’s, including WM6.x, WP7, Android (Gingerbread, ICS), MeeGo, Umbuntu, and even Win95/98.

    As my splash screen points out: HD2 – Resistance is futile.