HTC HD2 Tastes Android 2.2 Froyo, New Dual Boot

HTC’s Windows Mobile-based HD2 handset was the hottest mobile phone the company delivered to the market last year, especially when it comes to the hardware specs it boasts. A large display was included in the equation, along with a speedy processor, enough storage space, and more. Unofficially, the handset has recently received a new feature, in the form of Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo platform, which got ported over to the Windows Mobile device. According to some, the Windows Mobile platform HD2 came to the market with did not unveil the handset’s full potential. However, the recent Android ports for HD2 might be able to do so, according to enthusiasts. Continue reading

For what it’s worth, they do provide a new look to an older device. Especially that Android 2.2 Froyo port, which enables the HD2 run under the latest flavor of Google’s mobile operating system. You can have a look at it in the first video below. This port arrives into the wild a few weeks after HD2 got a taste of the Android 2.1 operating system, something we already reported on. However, it seems that other similar solutions are now available, and the second video embedded at the bottom of this article should offer more details on it. It seems that the solution is working pretty well, even if a series of issues are still there, as a recent article on Android Community notes.

In case there are some who own an HTC HD2 and would like to try out an Android ROM on their device, they should know that they can do so without wiping the device clean. A series of dual boot solutions are available for download, enabling users to install Android on HD2 while keeping the Windows Mobile OS intact. One such solution, meant to offer users the possibility to choose Windows Mobile or Android during boot, has been recently updated, and details on it can be found in this post over at xda-developers.

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Nexus One to Hit Stores


At the beginning of the ongoing year, Internet giant Google launched the first device powered by the Android 2.1 operating system, the Nexus One by HTC, and proposed a new marketing approach, by selling the handset via its own web store, and not by carriers or other retail channels. However, it seems that the idea was not the most fortunate one, and the company announced plans to change the manner in which it sells the phone, making it available in stores and halting the online sales. “We launched Nexus One in January with two goals in mind: to introduce a beacon of innovation among Android handsets, and to make it quick and easy for people to buy an Android phone.

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While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It’s remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from,” a recent post on the Official Google Blog states. Since the web store didn’t prove such a great idea, the company says that it plans on making the device available in more markets the same way it made it available in Europe via Vodafone. According to Google, Nexus One will be put on sale in additional countries via existing retail channels, and the company is already working with partners to make this happen as soon as possible. Moreover, it seems that the same model will soon be adopted in the United States and globally. Moreover, as soon as the Nexus One becomes available in stores, the online sales via Google’s web store will be halted. Even so, the online store will remain open, but only to showcase more Android-based mobile phones that are available all around the world. “Innovation requires constant iteration. We believe that the changes we’re announcing today will help get more phones to more people quicker, which is good for the entire Android ecosystem: users, partners and also Google,” the blog post concludes.

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HTC Nexus One

Nexus One by HTC seems to have had its launch date already nailed down on January 5, when Google will hold an Android press conference. However, the upcoming device is not expected to arrive alone, you might already know that. Android 2.1 is also said to come along with it, and it seems that there will also be a wide range of accessories for it set to make an appearance on the shelves at that time.  Among these accessories, there should be a Bluetooth car dock as well that was just spotted at FCC. The new device follows shortly after another Bloetooth dock passed through the FCC courtyard, only that it was a desktop one. Interestingly enough, the device is said to come for a phone that has the trade name of ‘Google Phone,’ and does not mention HTC or Nexus One anywhere there.

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The Nexus One will be sold directly by Google online and will cost 530 US dollars unlocked (370 euro). Signing a 2-year contract (79.99 dollars a month) with T-mobile gives you a subsidized price of 180 dollars. You don’t have any other plan options either, you have to switch to that specific one.

Apparently, if you get the Nexus One on a plan, you can cancel the plan before the 120 days mark and either return the phone or pay the difference. In this case however you will also have to pay 350 dollars for the handset rather than 180.

Also you can purchase a maximum of 5 Nexus One phones per Google account. Google makes sure you understand the division of labor – Google and HTC handle support and troubleshooting for the device and exchanges, while T-Mobile will handle network-related support like coverage, billing and so on. So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, now the only question that remains is when. But since Google has scheduled a press gathering for the 5th of January the answer seems obvio.

Via : Softpedia.com and Gsmarena.com

HTC HD2 Sees New Windows Mobile 6.5.3 ROM

Windows Mobile enthusiasts up for trying a few new goodies beside what a stock ROM for their device can offer have now new options to do so, in case they own an HTC HD2 mobile phone. The guys over at XDA-Developers came up with new ROMs for the device, enabling those interested in this to taste a little of what Windows Mobile 6.5.3 can offer, among other.
Nothing is official, but those already familiar with the long series of leaked Builds for the Windows Mobile operating system should know that already. HTC HD2 has recently seen a leaked ROM version 2.01 for T-Mobile US, and it seems that some of the goodies that were there have been included in the new ROM too, such as the HTC Sense version 2.5.19222911.0, which reportedly comes with support for Documents Tab and Landscape mode.

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As this article on WMPoweruser shows, there are also some other WM6.5 ROMs available for the high-end device, though they might not provide the same list of features as the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 ROM does. Those interested in trying out a new ROM on their HTC HD2 should make sure they know what the process involves, so as not to brick their handsets.

And since we’re in the leaked ROMs for the HD2 area, we should also note that there is an SSPL version for the device available from the XDA devs. What it is all about is simple: one can use it to flash the HTC HD2 with unsigned/cooked ROMs. However, it seems that it won’t allow for the SPL or the Radio to be flashed. More details on how it works can be found in the video below.

It can only flash Splashes and OS images, since the SPL and Radio flashing have been disabled, yet it seems that it is a simpler way of making the move than HSPL is, and it also seems to be better, as the SPL is not changed, meaning that one should not void warranty. However, the solution is only in beta testing, and it should not be applied by those unfamiliar with the process, as this post on forum.xda-developers notes.

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HTC Tattoo

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The explosion of Android devices manufactured by almost every well-known brand has been impressive lately. For the moment, HTC holds the supremacy over this market, as it already launched a few successful smartphones and also has its own UI for Android devices.

If the Taiwanese company only launched high-end Android smartphones, this time those that wanted to buy one of these phones and didn’t have the required budget will be happy to find that HTC decided to cover this part of the mid-budget smartphone market. The new HTC mid-budget device was first rumored as the HTC Click, but was officially announced as HTC Tattoo. The name comes from the fact that owners will be able to change the back cover with some bearing various sketches.

HTC Tattoo was officially announced in September 2009 and will most likely hit the market one month later, in October 2009. The device is available in four different colors: Brown, White, Graphite and Black. HTC hasn’t disclosed any information regarding its price, but stated that its target would be the mid-budget market, which means that we should expect much lower prices than its high-end brothers.  ( via softpedia.com )

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Make it Mine
Your phone is by your side 24/7 and looks do matter. With HTC Tattoo, you don’t just pick the look, you make the look, by designing your own personal skin for the phone. Next, you decide what really matters to you on your phone. So if you’re into chatting, texting, and tweeting, you’ll put all your communication widgets and apps right on your front screen. If you’re into games, you’ll visit Android Market and download all the games you want. Put them right on the surface – ready to kill boredom whenever it tries to come out.

Stay Close
Do you have a friend like Jack? Jack – sends you 4 SMS/hour, 3 emails/day, updates his facebook status constantly and uploads pictures on Flickr that you just can’t miss. With HTC Tattoo staying on top of Jack’s and your other friends’ lives is dead easy. All you have to do is find a friendly face and your interactions are there, all in one place. So there is no more jumping from one app to another.

Discover the Unexpected
Sometimes there are no words to describe the cool surprises that happen in your life. Even basic functions like the dialer will make you smile on the HTC Tattoo. You can find a friend by dialing their phone number or simply by dialing their name.

If you’re into music, you’ll love the way you can organize all your tunes by album, artist or by playlists you create. And if you’re a photo fan, you’ll rave about the fact that your Album is not just the photos saved on your phone. It is also a gateway to online collections of you and your friends on Facebook or Flickr.

Finding needles in a haystack is no longer a problem with HTC Tattoo. The dedicated Search button sifts through tweets in Twitter?, locates friends in your contact list, finds emails in your inbox, searches through events in the calendar, and scours the web for info.

Processor Qualcomm® MSM7225, 528 MHz
Platform Android 1.6
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 256 MB
Dimensions (LxWxT) 106 x 55.2 x 14 mm ( 4.17 x 2.17 x 0.55 inches)(

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General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2009, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2009, October
Size Dimensions 106 x 55.2 x 14 mm
Weight 113 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 65K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
- Sense UI
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
Sound Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3, WAV ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
- 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Card slot microSD (TransFlash)
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
HSCSD Yes
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 384 kbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, miniUSB
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus
Video Yes
Secondary No
Features OS Android OS, v1.5 (Cupcake)
CPU Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz processor
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes
Colors Brown, White, Graphite, Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java
- Digital compass
- Dedicated search key
- Scenes quick profile switcher
- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA9 player
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9 player
- Voice memo
- T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1100 mAh
Stand-by Up to 340 h (2G) / Up to 520 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 6 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 40 min (3G)

HTC Touch2

HTC Touch2 is ready to help you with all the things you want to do on your phone. Stay in touch with your friends, find out what they’re up to on Facebook, check your mail, or browse the web. It’s all at your fingertips in a compact phone that fits nicely in your hand. Ready to do even more with HTC Touch2? You can add games and applications from the Windows Marketplace to personalize your experience. And you can keep your stuff safe when you back up to Microsoft’s My Phone servers without a PC.

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Esentials that Matter
Call your colleagues or friends by finding a familiar face. Browse through incoming text and multimedia messages with just a flick. Pick out your day’s attire by checking the weather tab. Read up on the hottest news from the browser. Check the calendar and get ready to be a star at your next meeting. All this and more delivered to you on the super intuitive interface that puts the most important content within your fingertip’s reach.

Staying Connected
It’s better to have all the ways to stay connected and not need them – than to need them and not have them. HTC Touch2 gives you all the options you ever need to stay in touch with your work and social life. Corporate and personal email set up has been made as easy as inputting your email address and password. Live Messenger for chatting and Facebook for tending to your social network are just a tap away.

Windows Marketplace
With the introduction of Windows Mobile 6.5 comes the long awaited Windows® Marketplace for Mobile. What it means to you is that you now have a secure place to come and browse applications and games optimized for use on your phone. So the phone you buy today grows with you as you get more of the applications you need to help you get the most out of life. (via htc.com )

Design
HTC Touch2 looks small and slim at a first glance, the kind of phone that fits into any pocket. Its compact form makes it also resistant to soft drops, but don’t think of it as a very durable device, as it’s just a mid-budget phone. The whole front part of the phone is seized by the 2.8-inch touchscreen, while the back of the phone only features a 3-megapixel camera. Under the screen, there is a short set of keys that improves users’ interaction with the phone’s interface. Starting from left to right, these are: Accept calls, Home, Menu and Back, Reject calls. At the base of the screen, between the display and the key-set mentioned above, there’s a grading scale that is used to zoom in/out when you open the camera interface.

Impressions
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the new, mid-budget device in terms of design, but a little bit disappointed about the new version of the operating system. While, visually, there are some changes, I still think that Windows Mobile is far from Android and the iPhone in terms of performance, functionality and look. Still, HTC Touch2 is a good smartphone, but only if it sells for a cheap price, otherwise I think people will look for more advanced solutions and Android is so much better for now.

The Good
I would enlist here the ergonomic design of the device, the powerful CPU, which has been included into a phone that is meant for the mass market. Also, I was surprised by the high quality of the music sound, which is really something new for a Windows Mobile device. Adding a 3.5mm jack port is definitely an excellent choice and it offers users the possibility to put in their own headphones. I would also like to add that the new services offered by Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft MyPhone and Marketplace are a good idea, but the latter comes a little bit too late.

The Bad
Well, there aren’t too many bad things that I feel I should mention here. Maybe a better camera would’ve raised the phone’s desirability. While it’s not that bad, the new operating system still doesn’t make me want to buy the phone.

Sales Package
HTC Touch2 Pocket PC;
1100 mAh Li-ion battery;
Stylus;
User Guide;
Charger;
Mini-USB data cable.

( via softpedia)

sentials that Matter
Call your colleagues or friends by finding a familiar face. Browse through incoming text and multimedia messages with just a flick. Pick out your day’s attire by checking the weather tab. Read up on the hottest news from the browser. Check the calendar and get ready to be a star at your next meeting. All this and more delivered to you on the super intuitive interface that puts the most important content within your fingertip’s reach.
Staying Connected
It’s better to have all the ways to stay connected and not need them – than to need them and not have them. HTC Touch2 gives you all the options you ever need to stay in touch with your work and social life. Corporate and personal email set up has been made as easy as inputting your email address and password. Live Messenger for chatting and Facebook for tending to your social network are just a tap away.
Windows Marketplace
With the introduction of Windows Mobile 6.5 comes the long awaited Windows® Marketplace for Mobile. What it means to you is that you now have a secure place to come and browse applications and games optimized for use on your phone. So the phone you buy today grows with you as you get more of the applications you need to help you get the most out of life.