The HTC HD2 is a bit of a legend in the smartphone world. The device launched in late 2009/early 2010 in different regions around the globe with Windows Mobile 6.5 in tow. In the years since its launch, though, several non-Windows Mobile operating systems have been loaded onto the HD2, including Windows Phone and Android. And now the newest version of Android has been ported to the HD2.
XDA-developers forum user macs18max has gotten Android 6.0 up and running on the HTC HD2. The port is based on CyanogenMod 13 and is currently in “early alpha.” As you might expect, there are some bugs in this early port, including issues with the phone and data, Bluetooth, and camera. So yeah, you probably wouldn’t want to use this Marshmallow-powered HD2 as your daily driver. The HD2’s display, audio, and Wi-Fi are working, though.
A video showing the HTC HD2 running Android 6.0 has been posted to YouTube, and you can watch it up above. The CM13 Marshmallow software actually appears to run rather well on the HD2 considering that the hardware is 5 years old. We can see the app drawer and notification shade seem to be smooth, apps don’t take terribly long to launch, and the phone appears to unlock without much stuttering.
Again, considering the bugs in this software release and the hardware powering HTC’s HD2, this device isn’t one that you’d want to use every day. That’s probably not really the point of porting Android 6.0 to the HD2, though. It’s more likely that folks are aware of the HD2’s history and all of the ports it’s gotten in the past, and so they figure they can try to bring Android 6.0 to it, too.
Have you ever owned an HTC HD2? Do any of you still have one lying around?