Mar 04 AT 3:10 PM Dima Aryeh 10 Comments

The HTC HD2 lives on, now with a Nokia X UI port

HTC HD2 Nokia X port

The HTC HD2 is not a great device. Rather, it’s a symbol. It’s a symbol of how long a device can really stay useful. Of what developers can achieve. How important it is to have a hackable device. And most of all, it’s a symbol of hope. That no matter the adversity, it can be overcome if you try hard enough. And we could learn a thing or two from the HD2.

The latest venture the ancient device has gotten itself into is a port of the Nokia X user interface. The Android fork disguised as Windows Phone was created for the Nokia X line of devices, the lowest end of which isn’t all that different from the aging HD2. However, someone has gotten the Nokia X ROM to boot on the device, which is a huge success.

Now let’s get this out of the way: No, not much works but graphics and audio. Connectivity, storage, almost everything is broken. But that’s okay, because getting the device to boot at all is a big feat. It proves that a five year old device can still be kicking, while we upgrade once a year. It’s inspirational in a way.

But seriously, the developers behind the HD2 are just plain awesome. It’s hard to believe this old Windows Mobile device can run Nokia X UI, Sense 5, and far more. How many of you guys had an HTC HD2? How many still have one? Tell us in the comments!

Via: Engadget

Source: XDA-Developers

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • JQuest81

    That first paragraph of yours was kind of epic. Like you were going to give some inspirational speech! :-)

    Concerning the phone, it’s breakthroughs like this that makes me hold on to my HD2. It just won’t die!! Its one of the best phones I’ve ever owned…

  • Basit Ijaz

    HD2 was my very first smartphone and it was marvellous of piece of technology. Loved it as long as I used it and that was the device which made me fall in love with HTC.

  • markandy7

    The hd2 was the first phone I rooted, I dual booted both windows and android on it, basically it was my gateway to android addiction! Made the mistake of selling this phone on eBay, replacing it with tmo mytouch slider. I think I still have the transformers movie that came on it. Wow that was a while ago.

  • John in Brisbane

    I don’t but the friend who got me into Android does. He had the HD2 after a string of PDAs and he told me that Android was now ready for prime time so we all bought HTC Desires. Good move. He’s installed ROM after ROM on that thing ever since with increasing amusement. IIRC it’s a 4.3 inch screen with a 1ghz processor … which means it’s probably better than plenty of cheapies you can buy now.

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  • donger

    Pretty cool.

  • tmihai20

    I had an HD2, I sold it. It is really wonderful to see such support for it. It really says a lot about today’s smartphones.

  • none

    My phone still is a HD2 with Android 4 on it.

  • geoff

    I loved this phone when I had it. I flashed gb on it when there was no more support for win 6.5. I actually do miss this phone a little.

  • neha

    nice and very informative article