The Phone That Won’t Die: HTC HD2 Gets Early Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Port


Came across this news over the weekend and decided to pass it onto you. You may remember the legendary HTC HD2. It launched a good 4 months before the original Nexus One, and since then, developers have been having a field day on this thing. Never listening to naysayers, just about every mobile OS has been ported onto this thing, from Windows Phone 7 to Android. And not just that, it’s ran them. Well.

Also known as “The Phone That Just Wont Die,” more recently developers have managed to shoehorn a pre-alpha Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port onto the device, proving once again that seemingly anything is possible for the HD2. Anyone still have one of these things? Seriously, put it on a pedestal with a plaque that reads, “The phone who lived.”


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Let it die already!

    1. I think the HD2 itself is actively choosing not to die and secretly controlling the aftermarket community from the shadows!
      No one may let the HD2 die, because the HD2 doesn’t want to! Sound ridiculous? Not as ridiculous as the idea that a phone from over 2 years ago still receiving ports to the latest version of a software it was never intended to run!!!! IT HAS A WILL OF ITS OWN I TELLS YA!!

      1. I’ll tell you one thing though: I work at a cell phone repair store and believe me, I’ve seen my fair share of dead HD2’s. Plenty dead ones in the back of my store.

  2. I owned this phone at one time and left it because it KEPT freezing. Oh my gosh, you have no idea. LoL!! There was also an update I never downloaded. =.P

    Anyways, I’m jealous!! I don’t even have any type of port for Jelly Bean on the E4GT. I wish the G2 had this much support. I would have stayed on Tmo if that was the case.

    Oh the good ol’ days with Qwerty phones. =.[

    1. Back in the day G2 was the phone! We had Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) AND Paul O’Brian! It still has it’s developers but most have moved on to greener pastures and eventually I did, too. I feel your pain, though. :(

      1. Aahhh, memories. I did love my G2.

        1. still rocking the G2, if they give me a reason to upgrade i will (physical keyboard stock ICS? JB)

          1. I just moved from my G2 to the galaxy nexus in June. The G2 has been supported greatly by developers and still is. That phone is and was amazing to me! It, too, has a port of Jelly Bean on xda and ran ICS very well.

  3. Been one of the best phones I ever purchased. Thanks to the devs that keep the hd2 up to date.

  4. I’m pretty sure that the HD2 only got WP7 was beacuse the HD7 was basically a rebranded HD2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_HD7

    Which brings me to this question: If the Nexus One and HD2 were really based off the same HTC platform (which is called “Passion”), why doesn’t anyone with a Nexus One run WP7?

    1. Why would someone with a Nexus One WANT to run WP7 on it? O.O

      1. Why would anyone want to run WP7 on ANY phone?

    2. Not sure if serious.

  5. Windows mobile phones are really good when you remove windows mobile and replace it with android.

  6. The HD2 is the mobile equivalent to a cockroach its here for the longrun

  7. Dear HD2,

    We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at XDA’s school of Android and Hackery.

  8. Wow, look at those beautiful physical call answer and call end buttons. There is wisdom in the aged for sure.

  9. Die Hard HD2 — lol

  10. JB will probably always run like crap on it…

  11. Loved my G2 should’ve kept it as my work phone. Great keyboard. Sg2 for now. Hd2 looked good but I’ve never mod a. phone. Scared of bricking cept for that 1 swipe thing on iPhone 3g

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