Android on your Windows Mobile-powered HTC HD2? It’s getting there

Beginning to feel a little buyer’s remorse from your Windows Mobile-powered HTC HD2? With an almost identical Android alternative coming down the pipes soon in the form of the HTC EVO 4G for Sprint, some may wish they had waited. Worry not, poor Windows Mobile user, as the XDA devs are getting closer to porting Android to your big-screened device.

The devs at XDA are at it again, and this time they have enabled the playback of 720p video from a Linux kernel loaded onto an HTC HD2. That’s about it at this point, but it’s still one step closer to a legit Android-on-HD2 than we had before. There’s no GUI for the device yet, meaning the Google mobile operating system is not currently bootable on the media-monster of a smartphone, but these things take time. If the devs over at XDA actually make this happen, and they most probably will, users still be very happy – as long as said users are willing to take the plunge and do a little hacking.

While Windows Mobile isn’t horrible, the introduction of Windows Phone 7, and the strides in Android development, make the HD2 seem a little less desirable. With the Linux-based platform running on HTC’s stand-out Windows Mobile smartphone, this would open a whole world to the user, and should ease some EVO envy they might have had. Still, it looks to be a ways away, and it still might not be as good as the real thing. But it’s something.

What might be the biggest appeal of getting Android onto the HD2 is that it will no longer get the Windows Phone 7 update it deserves, what with the rejiggered Microsoft mobile OS almost ready for prime time. In fact, the HTC HD2 could indeed be a nice alternative to the EVO. That’s also to say the HD2 would receive Android updates other than the initial port. We’ll have to wait and see, and it’s looking good.

XDA devs – work your magic!

[Via: XDADevelopers]

  • kazgor

    all very impressive but the can't make a video with phone pointed the right way round.. argh!!

  • purrungas

    hope this happens, this is a very nice phone but to be honest I love android, I thought that this phone would b a bit different for having sense" but the reality is that windows apps" suck big time, and are extremely expensive, myself would not even mind if I had to pay for the transformation.
    these guys are top of the line……… (DEV)

  • Boswos

    I love the HTC HD2 with Win Mo 6.5. I use to have Android G1. And sorry, i do not care about aps. Win Mo 6.5 gives me all i need. Office, e-mail, hd video, music, gps, free sync software, 25 gigs storage with Live. what else do you need from the phone. Games? I prefer my wife over games. Sorry boys!

  • cynthia

    i miss the android i too prefer the android apps..these windows apps are so expensive i had the htc hd2 for a few days and the only thing that would make this phonecomplete is the android apps instead of windowsandeoid gives you’re options and more free apps.instead withmarket you’ve to fill a user id and password just to get the app by the time you finish you forget about what’s the point.

  • orange

    how do you add more alarms to the HTC HD2?!?!?!?1 this is so frustrating!!!! the iphone could make an unlimited number of alarms and also had a stop watch and timer which was something I really really needed. switching over to this WM phone is a piece of horse $hi^. please make this android!!!! please!!!!!! anyways i know how hard at work these guys are… and i totally appreciate everything they are doing. honestly!

  • LEONARDO

    okay ive had the mytouch 3g and the moto cliq nd now i have the htc hd2 and to be honest i would love the phone much more if it had google android 2.1 or 2.2. it would make this phone legendary lol..i dont see any phones that have android on it with a screen like the htc hd2 ….. windows phone 6.5 is okay but theres isnt any good apps i had alot more fun with the android phones ive had in the past…anyway i understand u guys are at work on this and i also appreciate everything u guys are doin….

  • shin

    Hi Is there anyway to change htc hd2 windows to android?
    do contact me at shin_vintage@hotmail.com if you got any software to do the change.
    greatly appreciated!
    Thanks alot..

  • will

    how do i actually get link for download of the htc hd2 android froyo build… because every site i goto you have to go thru loops and bounds… someone please attach link to me pls.

  • Crazykid9720

    please.. please help me get android om my phone.
    If so contact mi at crazykid@hotmail.com
    if so do it by friday

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