The HTC HD2 Now Runs Jelly Bean, That’s Right, The HTC HD2

The HTC HD2 is officially the phone that just won’t die as the members of XDA Developers have ported Jelly Bean over to the original Windows Mobile handset. That’s right, this phone takes us back to the days of Windows Mobile, even before we knew what Windows Phone was. Given that Android 4.0 has already been seen running on the HD2, Jelly Bean isn’t a huge stretch of the imagination, but it’s the fact that the HD2 has a port of the newest Android OS before devices like the Galaxy S II that really makes me laugh.

This is labeled as a “pre-alpha” release, meaning that number of features don’t work, including Google Now, the browser, the camera and various apps. So what does work? How about data, phone calls, bluetooth, Wi-Fi and SMS. As The Verge points out, if you’re still rocking an HD2 you won’t be relying on this ROM for daily use, but it’s going to be fun installing it and using on your device anyway . If all goes well, I’m sure the crafty XDA folks will have everything in working order in no time.

The Verge via XDA-Developers

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  • TmoNews_Inuyasha

    I still kinda miss my HD2 :(. I used it mostly on WinMo 6.5, though. That’s what I loved, but would still try out different Android ROMs every now and then.  The only reason I moved on was because I needed Android for some of the apps that are not available on WinMo 6.5.  I love my Amaze and its camera, though.

  • Guest

    Vibrant runs that too

    • Guest

      Need to remember this phone isnt even a NATIVE android phone. Your phone is native so that means OEM drivers and such. HD2 borrows these, which really makes it incredible that this is really running. (PS. The main reason its working is we are borrowing the Nexus One files (they have JB running too), which is nearly identical to the HD2.)

      Moreso, excellent coding from Google, its such a flexible OS. It pretty much can run on any hardware now adays.

  • Omar

    I miss my HTC 8125. Those were the good old days.

  • jelliottz

    I’m still amazed at his long this phone is hanging around. It hadn’t had an OS thrown at it that it can’t run: WM6.5, WP7, WP7.5, Meego, Ubuntu, and Android 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.0, and 4.1.

    Talk about a great device and awesome developer support.

  • Cripe

    This is amazing news to me. I just retired my HD2 for a GS3 because all the apps I used to use were not being supported anymore. Slowly I lost so much functionality. It still works but not even the bundled apps were working.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    On my 10th replacement now.  I have just went through some major BS with Tmo and it’s reps so I’m not in the happiest of states as of now (Basically a rep lied to me to get me to renew my contract and now I’m screwed for 2 more years) but still, this is great news for the HD2. 

    Now I need to know an app that can sync my contacts from Windows Mobile so I can port them over to Android or if there’s a simpler way to do so, please let me know.

    I’m finally going to put a Custom Rom on this thing.  I’d love to put MeeGo on it but as far as I can remember, they never finished that rom.  I’m going to try out ICS and JB.  I may stick with ICS as of now due to JB being so new that it’s bound to have more problems.

    • ColoradoGray

      I would recommend setting up a google account and then adding it to your phone as an Exchange/outlook/Activesync account.  The settings you need for the phone and the blanks where they need to go are in the link but the screenshots will be a little different then what you will see on the Phone.

      • Wilma Flintstone

         I already have a GMail account and Google Voice if thats what you mean.  There’s a way to sync through GMail from a Windows Mobile phone?

        • TMOLOYAL

          When I first moved from Blackberry (which was synced to my Outlook) to an Android phone I found there was a way to export Outlook contact and then import them to GMail. If you Google how to sync Outlook contacts to GMail there are about 100 different post on exactly how to do that. 

        • Mark

           Search for Wondershare Mobile Go. It transfers contacts, messages apps and media. You can export the contacts from your outlook as .vcf (vCard Files) and use MobileGo to import them to your Android.

  • FILA

    I remember when I was gonna buy this phone just to ROM it to android, but im glad the phone decisions i did do. I hate when ROMs dont run perfect so i steered away for good on this phone. Thou it is a good phone for its time. The first 4.3inch screen for T-Mobile

    • fixxmyhead

      i see ur on here too

      -jeff donuts

  • Chefjamie

    I still use my HD2 and currently am running Gingerbread on it although I have plans of upgrading To ICS although this is not my main  phone I use my Sensation4g mostly but also have a Galaxy S 4g which is ok I like the fact that the HD2 is a beast that keeps going!

  • Patv79

    I’m still using my TMO Wing.  You think it would work on it?

    • J-Hop2o6

      Hahahaha! /s right?

  • :D

    got jellybean on my vibrant. its safe to say that this is a daily driver. for more info.

  • exeot

    Samsung vibrant has jellybean working with everything right about now. Really neat having hardware the same as the international galaxy s and nexus s. Got rid of the HD2 months ago. Great support, but the hardware shows it’s age.

  • Andrew Davis

    I just upgraded from my HD2 to the GSIII, I loved the Hd2. I’m glad to see it’s still kickin’

  • Mr_kuntri

    I still have my HD2 rooted with 4.0 ICS.  and my HTC G2   =)

  • Josh Robert Nay

    I miss my HTC HD2 now.

    I miss my Nokia 6103 more. Flip phone it may have been, but that thing was SOLID!

  • jay_max

    It’s simply an awesome phone.  I have mine running WP 7….just upgraded it last weekend to version “8107.”

    • Gouv

      How’s it handling winpho 7? Was it difficult to flash?

  • fixxmyhead

    damn this phone will just not die

  • BigMixxx

    like cockroaches, bandaids and chuck taylor’s after a nuclear explosion….never dies…

    I may have to go ahead and get my screen fixed just to play with the phone more…

    • bluechrism

       careful now – this isn’t a trivial task.  If you do try it, it’s worth paying the extra to get the full screen assembly as one part, otherwise you’ll be left with a scary time trying to pry bits of the screen assembly apart (to swap out the screen+digitizer) without damaging others, and more than likely, failing – it’s just really hard to do. Buying a full assembly will save that headache, but note that the ribbon cables for the keyboard and volume control are also easily snapped, and the bluetooth, and camera flash cables can be a pain when putting the device back together and can be easily damaged by screws if not positions carefully. Repairing a HD2 isn’t impossible, but it’s not trivial either and people have to understand this before beginning else they end up like me with a unusable device.

      • BigMixxx

         Found some local dudes here in lv…they said the same thing…oh that’s a monster to repair…instead of the regular 30 bucks to fix it, it’s 85…

  • Gouv

    I remember winning this phone from some contest circuit cellar was holding as a consolation prize for a microcontroller I was supposed to win with the same exact processor the hd2 essentially uses. I flashed it, put android on it and emulated a few other compilers on it. It’s now being used to control a few arduinos and automatically cleaning my fish tank!! Thanks maker fair and Ben heck for the inspiration!

  • SDJB

    You have to be kidding! This phone is amazing as it can run nearly anything out there. I am a happy HD2 owner running a WP7.5 ROM. I will get the SIII as soon as it drops price and Tmo allows me to keep my grandfather plan.

  • WirelessRefugee

    Ha… I remember when this phone first debuted in March 2010. We were all talking about what the HD2 could and could not run. In 2011 I put Android on it and sold the phone for something like $280, at a time when the phone was considered worthless because it had WinMo.

    XDA was responsible for my getting a great price for my HD2. It remains a powerhouse today, IMO. The processor and RAM are great and can run anything for a few more years, I assume.

    • bluechrism

       Shame about the screen build – mines, like many on ebay got a broke screen and that has ended my hacking days on it (tried the screen replacement myself and now can’t use volume control needed for getting to the MAgLdr screen). Still a great device and excellent also for Wp7 developers test device as most roms are dev unlocked.