HTC HD2 running Android 2.2 Froyo and Sense gets show off, loved

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The Windows Mobile-powered HTC HD2 keeps getting hacked with Android. We’d previously seen HTC’s big-screened HD2 running Android 2.1 OS and Ubuntu, and now we’ve got some HTC Sense and Froyo lovin’ on the Windows Mobile device.

It’s taken some time to get here with the HD2. Many people just entertained the thought of Android on the device when developers were trying to get it to work, with little success. The Android development landscape has changed since then, as developers have been hard at work optimizing Android OS for the HD2. Development on the smartphone has come far enough that devs have managed to port Android 2.2 Froyo OS to the HD2. From the looks of the two videos, Froyo seems to perform much better without Sense. Sense is more of a heavy-weight UI, whereas stock Froyo keeps the homescreen nice and light.

Sense worked pretty well, but most things took just a bit longer to execute. The one thing that didn’t seem to be working perfectly was the phone. Go figure. The speaker is turned on while dialing a call, and a nice little piece of text pops up over the video, saying, “No audio in this version.” That’s kind of a big deal, isn’t? Eh, who uses a phone as a phone nowadays anyway? If people did, Apple probably wouldn’t have sold so many iPhone 4 units – zing!

Froyo on the HTC HD2 seems to be a little more snappy, but it’s not your everyday stock Froyo. By the looks of the black notification bar, and the obvious use of ADW.Launcher, it’s likely a modified Froyo ROM. That’s not to say what we’re looking at here isn’t Froyo – we just thought we’d let you know you’re not crazy when you see some inconsistencies in the demos.

The videos are a bit long, drawn out, and somewhat boring, but it’s just to give you a real tour of Android on the device, and points for that.

So, Android on the HD2 is now reality, but I’m wondering if it will be possible to just have Android replace Windows Mobile all together, and not have to use Haret in order to boot into Linux. If the HD2 won’t be upgraded to Windows Phone 7,  might as well give  it an OS with some substance, right?

Check out the videos below!

[Via: Engadget]

  • Steve

    where can I get this for mu HD2

  • Matthew

    The wierd thing is the time is super fast. how do you slow it down.

  • Andre Droid

    I just did it and works pretty good but like the article said it has some issuies. Hopefully they can manage to get the bugs fixed then windows can kiss it!

  • Anthony Tay

    I will like to up grade to android 2.2, where can i download

  • peter

    Can i use the android software on htc hd2 all day?

    • Journey 4u

      I have been using the 2.2 Froyo since I installed it last night.

      • Moliereiii

        how is it treating you so far? any glitches that need work?

      • Annoying

        Bloody hell, all of you say Android working well on HD2 but nobody post the link where to download and how to do it ????

  • Journey 4u

    For me, the Desire ROM is very slow and the camera doesn’t work and the audio when using the phone for a call is horrible.
    Desire ROM only shows the camera as being a 3 mp and, that ROM uses a trackball to snap a picture. Since there is no trackball on the HD2, you can’t snap a picture.

    Everything on the Froyo build is working great.

  • Journey 4u

    For me, the Desire ROM is very slow and the camera doesn’t work and the audio when using the phone for a call is horrible.
    Desire ROM only shows the camera as being a 3 mp and, that ROM uses a trackball to snap a picture. Since there is no trackball on the HD2, you can’t snap a picture.

    Everything on the Froyo build is working great.

  • Journey 4u

    For me, the Desire ROM is very slow and the camera doesn’t work and the audio when using the phone for a call is horrible.
    Desire ROM only shows the camera as being a 3 mp and, that ROM uses a trackball to snap a picture. Since there is no trackball on the HD2, you can’t snap a picture.

    Everything on the Froyo build is working great.

  • Soede031

    No added value at all installing Andriod on your HD2 (the WM is the best)

    soede

  • Jon

    Completely agree….HTC should not run any other OS than Android on there phones…Great phones but have been very disappointed with windows mobile on the HD2….Hopefully 2.2 will be able to fully replace the WM OS….GO ANDROID!

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