Running Android 2.2 Froyo on HTC HD2

This is surely something that is going to amaze the non-techie crowd out there.  HTC’s HD2 cellphone has brought huge success to T-Mobile in the U.S. due to its tremendous Hardware specifications.  The Huge 4.3 LCD Brilliant Screen certainly puts the new Iphone 4 on notice that everything “Apple” is not always the greatest.  The HD2 also packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1Ghz Processor which gives this phone a lot of horsepower under the hood.  The ability to change the battery, but more importantly to add memory via a Micro SD card certainly gives this unit a huge leg up on the Iphone.   HOWEVER, the most incredible thing about this device is that the Amazing developers over at XDA-DEVELOPERS.COM  have created a version of Android 2.2 Froyo which will run on the HTC HD2 unmodified.
Yes all you hacker wannabees can just download the latest Darkstone Froyo W HTC Sense from the XDA-Developers website.  Just unzip it into a directory named Android, copy it to your Micro SD Card in the Root of the Main directory, click inside the Android directory on a file called CLRCAD, and then on one called HARET and within seconds you will start loading code.  Lines and lines of programming code will flash across your screen and within one to two minutes you will see an Android on your screen.

This reviewer uses various Cooked Roms that are installed into the Flash ROM of the phone meaning that every time the unit is turned on the same Operating System loads.  There are some Cooked Roms that work better with the Darkstone Froyo 2.2 w Sense programs, namely the Energy Series (also available on XDA) and the Miri Series.  You should always use a minimum Radio version of 2.07 or the latest 2.12.50 radio which can also be downloaded from the XDA Developers website.

How do I know what radio version I am using in my Windows Mobile Rom???  When you turn on the phone you will notice that at the bottom left corner there are numbers and letters.  Look at the bottom most line for “R” and you will see the Radio version. You most likely have an up to date radio depending on whether you have downloaded the Official Tmobile (if you have a branded HTC HD2) or the official HTC update for Non Branded phones.

Its a totally amazing thing to see Android running on a phone which was not designed to run Android.  The “sister” phone of the HD2 sporting the same hardware with some minor external differences is the Sprint Evo 4G which does run Android natively.  Once the XDA Developers community gets the final bugs out of the Darkstone Froyo Sense build there could be a firmware installable ROM that runs Android.

This process is not as dangerous as actually installing Cooked Roms, and frankly speaking it can’t harm your phone provided you follow the instructions.  I say give it a whirl and see what amazing things these “Volunteer” programmers are capable of doing.  If you really like their work you can contribute through Paypal and buy them a beer to show your support.

The links to read up on the Darkstone and other amazing Froyo or Android 2.1 Builds can be found here:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=747492

The Download for the Darkstone Froyo Series (With HTC Sense and Without HTC Sense) can be found here:

http://gamesquare.co.uk/froyostone.htm

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