Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK Ported To HTC HD2

Google had made it clear that Android 3.0 Honeycomb is meant for tablets, and some features of Honeycomb will make it to the mobile version of Android, in the future updates. However, this did not stop the developers from porting the Honeycomb SDK to phones like the Desire HD and the EVO 4G.

Now, another favorite phone of the modding community the HD2 has also got the Honeycomb love from the developers. The developers worked day and night to port the Honeycomb SDK to the HD2. As usual, not everything works but this port will be able to give HD2 owners a taste of Honeycomb.

Below is a video of the Honeycomb SDK port running on the HD2 :

HTC HD2 Running Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Mobile data, SD card slot, graphics hardware acceleration and the hardware buttons work fine, and everything else including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and camera is currently in a work-in-progress state.

The HTC HD2 was released at the end of 2009 running Windows 6.5. Since then, the phone has been hacked to run all the different flavors of Android including Froyo and Gingerbread. Developers have also managed to get WP7 and Ubuntu running on the handset!

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HTC HD2 First WP7 Based ROM Released

Rejoice all HTC HD2 owners! A few days ago the HD2 got its first NAND based Android 2.2 ROM and today, the first WP7 based ROM for the handset has been released. The DFT (Dark Forces Team) has released the first WP7 ROM for the HD2 for public consumption. HD2 owners can install this WP7 ROM on their handset and play around with WP7 to get a feel of it.

Nearly all the hardware of the phone is working smoothly on this ROM including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom. Users can also sync the handset with the Zune software bundled with WP7 devices.

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The performance of the ROM is also very snappy with the first boot taking only around 20 seconds. There is a twist in the tale though. HD2 owners won’t be able to access the Windows Live services which can be a huge disappointment for many.

HD2 owners can download the WP7 ROM and read the steps on how to flash it on their handset here.

Update: HD2 owners can now get Live services working under this WP7 ROM. Click here to know more.

Google Nexus S Running MeeGo OS

Steve Straughton the guy who got MeeGo v1.1 up and running on a HTC HD2 has come up with another awesome hack. He has managed to get the Nokia’s highly anticipated MeeGo OS running on the Google Nexus S. For getting the MeeGo OS to run on their Nexus S, users need to flash a custom kernel.

After that, they need to use the fastboot feature to boot the MeeGo OS on their handset using a rootfs image file. Users can also dual-boot between MeeGo and Gingerbread, if they wish to do so.

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Now the million dollar question which is usually associated with these hacks What works and what does not? Except for adb root access and the UI apps, nothing works – Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, data, calls, GPS – nothing. In fact, the SAMOLED screen brightness control option also does not work, which means users will have a tough time to see what’s being displayed on screen.

Nexus S owners who are interested in running MeeGo OS on their handset can find the installation steps here.

HTC HD2 First NAND Based Android 2.2 ROM Released

Getting Android 2.2 up and running on the HTC HD2 is no big news. Until now, HD2 owners had to run the Android 2.2 build on their HD2 using the microSD card. Due to this, the phone used to slow down sometimes and this also reduced the life span of your microSD card along with hogging up some precious space on it.

However, today the DFT team has released a new ROM for the HD2 which runs completely of the NAND. Due to this, this ROM will run comparably faster on the handset compared to other Froyo ROM out there.

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Also users will no longer need to boot into WM6.5 to get Android 2.2 running on their handset. They can directly boot into Android 2.2 on their HD2. This ROM is based on the stock Desire HD ROM so users will find the popular HTC Sense UI overlay on top of Android 2.2 Froyo.

HTC HD2 owners can find the full guide on how to install the NAND based Android ROM on their handset here.

HTC HD7 Announced

The HD7 is one of the most anticipated WP7 devices from HTC. However, the HD7 is nothing but an exact carbon copy of the HD2. The HD7 sports a 4.3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 800×480. The handset packs in a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 576MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and 8GB or 16GB of internal memory. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash. As you can see, there is hardly any difference hardware wise between HD2 and HD7.HTC HD7

“By delivering the largest screen available on a Windows Phone, T-Mobile is offering a top-notch smartphone entertainment experience,” said Paul Cole, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “With deep integration of entertainment brands, social networking capabilities and rich Microsoft services, the HTC HD7 intelligently brings together information and experiences that matter to customers all in a bold, sophisticated design.”

The only difference between the handsets are that the HD7 runs on WP7 (Windows Phone 7) and can record videos in 720p resolution. The phone will also come pre-loaded with Netflix, Slacker and T-Mobile TV.

HTC HD7 will be available in mid-November exclusively on the T-Mobile network.

HTC Desire HD Benchmarked; ROM Leaked As Well

It was just a few days ago that HTC had announced the worldwide version of the Evo 4G the HTC Desire HD. The Desire HD is powered by a Qualcomm 8255 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Adreno 205 GPU. HTC DesireHD Benchmark The Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor is manufactured on a lower fabrication processor (45nm) compared to the 1 GHz QSD8250 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor found in all other phones nowadays. The Adreno 205 GPU also offers a much better performance than its predecessor.

The folks over at HDBlog.it managed to benchmark a Desire HD and the device beats the crap out of all other handsets out there except for the Galaxy S series from Samsung. The Desire HD scored a whopping 1974 points in Quadrant benchmark, which is roughly 30% more than a Nexus One running Android 2.2. Only the Samsung Galaxy S handsets are capable of scoring ~1900 points in the Quadrant benchmark with a lagfix applied.

Also the folks over at XDA-Developers have managed to get their hands on the RUU of the Desire HD and they have already ripped it apart. They have even started porting the Desire HD ROM to the HTC HD2.

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HTC HD2 Gets A Fully Functional Android Froyo ROM

The HTC HD2 was among the first few phones in the mobile market to feature the 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. It was also among the first few phones to feature a mammoth 4.3-inch screen. However, theHTC HD2 phone was let down by its OS Windows Mobile 6.5. Many people, who purchased the HD2 at that time, expected the phone to be upgraded to Windows Phone 7. However, Microsoft said that the HD2 won’t be getting the WP7 update, and dashed the hopes of many HD2 owners.

Nevertheless, the modding community did not lose hope and started porting Android to HD2. Earlier, many Android ROMs were available for the HD2 but they had some deal-breaking issues like no 3G, camera issues etc. Now a fully functional Froyo based ROM for the HD2 is available on the internet. The folks over at HDBlog.it have even posted a video of the ROM running on the HD2.

I will surely suggest all HD2 owners to dump Windows Mobile 6.5 running on their device, and shift to this Android Froyo based ROM.

FOSS Friday: Ubuntu, Ubuntu And Some More Ubuntu News!

Welcome to FOSS Friday, where we look at what has been happening in the world of Free and Open Source Software.

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Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2 Released

The second alpha of Ubuntu 10.10 has been released. It does not differ much from the first alpha visually but it came with some new features underneath. One big feature that it came with is the support for Btrfs. It also has a new application and file menu with the Unity interface.

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Ubuntu Installed In Nexus One and HTC HD2

The guys at NexusOneHacks.net  have installed Ubuntu in Nexus One without destroying the Android system. And in a related news, the hackers at the XDA Forums have succeeded in installing Ubuntu in HTC HD2. Looks like everyone want to have Ubuntu on their smartphone.

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Wine 1.2 Reaches Its Sixth Release Candidate

The release of Wine 1.2 is long overdue. However, the developers are working hard on it and they have released the 6th release candidate. It features a lot of bug fixes and is quite usable.

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Kubuntu Netbook Remix Discontinued

The Kubuntu Team have decided to merge Kubuntu Netbook Remix into Kubuntu Desktop. This means that the Kubuntu Netbook Remix brand has been discontinued although, netbook support will still continue.

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New Ubuntu Fonts To Be Available For Public Testing On 8th August

Canonical Design has released new fonts for Ubuntu 10.10. It is currently in a private beta and only Ubuntu members have access to it. However, it will be available for public testing from 8th August.

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Tips & Tricks

Install Transmission 2.0 In Ubuntu

Transmission is the default bit torrent client for Ubuntu. Transmission 2.0 has been released with new features. Click on the link below to learn how to install it.

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Get Faster Download Speeds for Ubuntu Packages with Synaptic

Ubuntu has a great network of mirrors all over the world, allowing you to download updates from a server geographically close to wherever you are. However, in the age of broadband, the speed of your connection and ….

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How To Compile rekonq 0.5 In Kubuntu

rekonq, the KDE web-browser which is going to replace Konqueror in Kubuntu 10.10, has just got its first stable release as rekonq 0.5. Right now, it is available only as a source and binaries are not yet available …..

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With this we conclude this week’s FOSS Friday.

T-Mobile Selling HTC HD2 For $99, One Day Sale

T-Mobile who is the exclusive provider for HTC HD2 mobile is selling the device for $99 today only. The phone which usually sells for $199 with is now on sale for $99.

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HTC HD2 runs on Windows mobile and is perhaps the best phone running that OS. If you have been waiting to buy the HTC HD2 head over to T-mobile site by clicking this link, this discount won’t be available after tonight.

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Unlock T-Mobile HTC HD2 With HSPL2

No one likes locked phones which restrict your activities to a certain carrier and do not allow you to install apps which are not in the available market place. And with the introduction of HTC HD2 by T-Mobile, which incidentally sold out in the first few hours, there might be several users who might be itching to unlock the phone and play around with it.

HTC HD2 Unlock Software T-Mobile

If you are looking to unlock the HTC HD2 you recently bought from T-Mobile, XDA Developers has released a HSPL2 which will allow you to flash the HTC HD2 and unlock it.

Once you unlock the device you can install apps or ROMs which are unofficially available. Instructions to download the HSPL2 and flash the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile is available on the XDA Developers site.

Please make sure to backup your device before you flash it. We take no responsibility if you brick your device, so continue with caution.

Important note: Using the HSPL2 on your device will void your warranty, so use it at your own risk.