Ice Cream Sandwich comes to the venerable HTC HD2

November 22, 2011
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The HTC HD2 has long been a favorite of high-end hardware enthusiasts and modders. Though it launched with Windows Mobile 6.5 nearly two years ago, its hack-friendly architecture lets it see a release of pretty much every new Android operating system. Count the newest among the list: an intrepid modder has shoehorned Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto the aging hardware. The ROM comes from "tytung", who's naturally a denizen of XDA-Developers.

Note that this build of Ice Cream Sandwich comes straight from the source code, unlike some slightly earlier builds based on the Android SDK.Most of the features are working, albeit somewhat sluggishly, with the exclusion of the camera, USB storage and hardware acceleration. There's also some user-patchable problems with the Android Market, call quality and root access. You can check out the ROM in action below:

It goes without saying t5hat this modification isn't for the faint of heart. But if you've already got Android running on your HD2, it's probably not that much of a stretch. The HD2 joins the Nexus S, Galaxy S II and Optimus 3D among the proud ranks of Ice Cream Sandwich home-made ROMs, with many more sure to pop up in the upcoming weeks and months. Be sure and check out our hands-on of Ice Cream Sandwich for a more official look.

[via The Verge]


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  • http://www.habdas.org/ Josh Habdas

    Instructions for installing ICS on the HD2: http://goo.gl/qGlmT