Remember when we informed you last time about Android port which was in works for HTC HD2? Well guess what? Just like the Android port for iPhone 2G and iPhone 3G, it is now a reality on HD2 too, with Android 2.1 dual booting side by side with Ubuntu Linux “Karmic Koala”, and Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC Sense. Check out the video after the break.
The current release may not be very stable, but it looks really promising! The screen is working flawlessly and responds as if it would on any Android device. The people responsible behind this port call themselves HTC Linux and we’re pleased with the work they’ve put into making this a dream come true. At the moment though, Android 2.1 and Ubuntu both are a little buggy, but these bugs are being worked on and hopefully will be removed with time. Now if only we could get Android 2.2 from Nexus One on this monster of a device, that would be something!!
If you are feeling adventurous, head over to XDA-Developers forums now and grab all the necessary stuff to get this working. We will do a step by step guide of our own soon. Stay tuned for that!
Ubuntu ‘Karmic Koala’ for HD2 version 0.1
Needs Storage Card with at least 2GB free space. Recommended is a fast Storage Card (Class 4 is ok)
This is intended to be used as a netbook/desktop type setup with keyboard and mouse connected via USB. Check this site for information on how to do this.
Be sure to read included README.txt for install instructions, features and developer information.
Quick instructions: Put the ubuntu directory into the main/root directory of your Storage Card and tap HaRET executable.
Random files for testing
Just extracted to Storage Card root directory and tap run HaRET executable.
Builds for advanced users
zImage (latest kernel build)
startup.txt (bootloader configuration)
rootfilesystem (initrds etc.)
Old Media Player Demo
Here is a video of it in action.
So there you have it, a great way to turn your phone into an HTC EVO 4G but without the 4G capabilities of course, and with an option of running Ubuntu as well. Do you think it would be fair to call the HD2 a lite version of the EVO 4G (without 4G), since most of the hardware specs are same as the HTC EVO 4G, and now that it can also run Android 2.1 alongside Windows Mobile 6.5.
UPDATE 1: And here it is running on my European version of HTC HD2 !
Oh and this image (compressed) was taken from my iPhone 4.
You may also like to check out:
- Windows Phone 7 for HTC HD2
- Dual Boot Windows Mobile and Android
- Android 2.0.1 on HTC Windows Mobile Phone
- Android 2.0 from Nexus One on HTC Touch HD
- Android OS Coming Soon to an iPod touch Near You!