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HTC HD2 Given New Life With Android 2.1 and Ubuntu (Video)

July 1, 2010 | by Jorge Parrales

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HTC HD2 with Android

If you are one of many customers who purchased the HTC HD2 because of its attractive specs, only to be disappointed by the virtually-useless WinMo 6.5 OS, there may just yet be hope to turn your device into the Android it was always meant to be. With the kind of hardware most phone owners would still love to get their hands on, the HD2 has been one of the most underachieving smartphones to date. Windows Mobile is unquestionably sliding down into the endangered OS list as it is, but the HD2 doesn’t even have the most current version installed, which is often resulting in a bad case of buyer’s remorse for anyone who makes the purchase.

While it is still pretty unstable, the people of team HTC Linux have successfully created an Android port for the HD2. The hard part was to actually get the touchscreen to work appropriately when running Android, but now that that issue has been resolved, you are finally equipped to make your impressive hardware work with some impressive software. This current release is a dual boot, so it loads Android 2.1, as well as Ubuntu Linux ‘Karmic Koala’ and WinMo 6.5 with the HTC Sense overlay.

It’s a promising development for unsatisfied HD2 owners, especially if HTC Linux can clean up the build a little bit more. Having said that, anyone who feels brave enough to go ahead and try out the current release can follow the instructions given at the XDA Developers Forum. If any of you do try it out, be sure to let us know how it goes.

Watch the video to see the boot in action, along with some pretty nifty music, if I may say so myself.