It might be time to make a list dubbed, “Mobile OSs the HTC HD2 can’t run” as it’s seems to be the most heavily flashed smartphone ever made. We’ve seen an iPhone or two running Android, but the HD2’s latest OS of choice is Google’s new Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean release, which arrived on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 tablet officially just last week.
The popularity of the HTC HD2 amongst modders and hackers is well documented, with Jelly Bean only being the latest in a varied line of OSs the phone’s hardware has been asked to support. The phone, which originally launched way back in 2009 making use of Windows Mobile 6.5 has also been seen running variations of its original OS including the likes of WM 6.5.3 and WM 6.5.5 plus builds of Windows Phone. What’s more it’s also been modified to run the last four significant releases of Android; 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and now 4.1.1 Jelly Bean as well as the cult favourite MeeGo.
Despite its age the HD2 can thank its versatility as a result of some impressively high hardware specs for its age courtesy of its Taiwanese creators. Arriving some four months before the original Samsung Galaxy S, the HD2 offered (and clearly still does) users a 4.3-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera with video functionality plus a dual-LED flash, a 1GHz single-core processor and 512MB of RAM to supplement it as well.
Unsurprisingly this latest Android build comes from the teams working away furiously at XDADevelopers and although the code is available for download, the ROM isn’t fully formed yet as expected. The hope being that other developers on the site will take on and improve the ROM, filling in the existing gaps for features such as camera, video playback, USB mass storage and Google Now’s stability. We’re still yet to see iOS working in full force on the HTC HD2 but perhaps that’s next on the list.