HTC has just released a new ROM for the HTC HD2 bringing it up to version 1.72. THis new ROM is currently only available in Hong Kong (in WWE and CN version) but will probably come out everywhere shortly. Unfortunately HTC didn’t provide any change-log other than the usual “Keeping in touch has always been very important, and this upgrade delivers fast and reliable SMS messaging.” which doesn’t make sense given that the famous SMS bug was fixed in the previous ROM (1.66). You can go here to download the file.
WireFly just uploaded a quick video review of the T-Mobile US version of the HTC HD2. Nothing really new given that this device has been out for more than 6 months all over the world now. You can check out my review here.
Today Adobe is announcing the launch of AIR on mobile platforms, first coming to Android then followed by Windows Mobile, WebOS and Symbian. AIR is Adobe’s equivalent to Microsoft’s Silverlight. It basically enables you to code once for all platforms (same as Silverlight). Here’s a video of AIR on the Motorola Droid:
They’ve also demoed Flash 10.1 for the first time on the HTC HD2:
As you can see the version of IE Mobile shown in this video also support multi-touch pinch-to-zoom (something that isn’t enabled in any HD2 ROM yet)
Finaly here’s a video of Adobe’s SKylight on the HTC HD2:
According to T-Mobile US’ Twitter account we should expect to hear some news about the upcoming release date of the HTC HD2 pretty soon:
The lastest info hints at a March release date.
According to a leaked T-MobileUS slide the HTC HD2is set to be launched on March 24th (along side the Motorola Zeppelin/ CLIQ XT & HTC MyTouch Fender edition the same month). Given the late release date and the probable announcement of Windows Mobile 7 in the coming weeks do you think that HTC will provide a WM7 update for the device later this year?
Source: PPCGeeks via TMOnews
Is the HTC HD2finally headed to Orange UK? That’s what we are assuming now that the handset has popped up on the carrier’s support site. But we will have to wait until an official announcement is made…
Source: Orange via Coolsmartphone
Picture courtesy of Brandi
As I’ve reported a couple days ago it seems all HTC HD2‘s being sold have 576Mb of Ram and not 448MB like it’s officially reported by HTC. The trick is to flash the device with a combination of the leaked 2.02 test Rom and 2.06.50.04 Radio Rom. For more info and proof you can head over to this XDA thread where many user have been testing this and posting confirmations that it indeed true.
The 1.66 Rom for the HTC HD2 that was released last week on HTC’s South Asia site is now available globally so you can now head over to your localised support page and download it (if you have an non-branded retail HD2). I’ve been using it for more than five days and can happily report that the majority of the bugs I’ve talked about earlier are now fixed. No more SMS-stuck in the outbox, pinch-to-zoom no works all the time same for the volume overlay etc (they were all related to each other it seems).
Source: HTC support
It was discovered yesterday
that the T-Mobile US version of the handset will have 576Mb of Ram & 1gb of Rom compared to the 448Mb of Ram & 512 Mb or Rom available on the HD2
s currently sold worldwide. Some posters over at the Chinese XDA forums
have reported a couple of days ago (before the T-Mobile US info came out) that their HD2s are now reporting 576Mb of Ram after being flashed with some unreleased Radio Rom (2.06.5.04) . Check out the screenshots above to see what I’m talking about. There’s also a video (here
) showing the system information. This could mean that all HTC HD2
do have more ram than initially advertised (remember that the pre-release Roms only reported 320MB, the official “448Mb” was only reported when the devices were flashed with the retail Rom, so anything is possible..). Hopefully HTC will say something soon..
Source: XDA-china via XDA
Thanks to the good folks at XDA-Devs (SjG & Xmoo) you can now try the HTC
debug tools for the HTC HD2
(these are applications used to test the different functionalities of the handset, like GPS, FM-Transmitter, TV-Out, Digital Compass
, sensors etc..). They are not really useful to us, but if you really want to try them out just click here
. FYI, the TV-out and FM-Transmitter features are reported as not implemented yet (in the rom?).
Source: HTC Debug Tools via XDA
Looks like European and Asian/Pacific HTC HD2 owners are getting the “shaft” this time around. According to the specs sheet of the T-Mobile HTC HD2 which is set to be launched in the US in a couple of weeks the device will feature 1Gb of Rom & 576Mb of Ram compared to the 512 Mb of Rom & 448 Mb of Ram on the current HD2 available now. Don’t be surprised if HTC/Microsoft claims that this newer version is the only one to be upgradable to Windows Mobile 7later this year even though the “Original” meets the WM7 Chassis 1 specs…
Update: There’s a slight probability that all HTC HD2s have 576Mb of Ram
Update2: Reader Oliwer just told that he contacted HTC’s German support about this and asked them if he could return his un-opened HTC HD2 untill he can get the one with more memory and got told that this version of the HTC HD2 will only be available in the US.
Source: HTC via xda-devs
HTC has just released a new Rom for the HTC HD2 but it currently only available on the South-Asia support site. Not much is known about it yet other than:
Keeping in touch has always been very important, and this update delivers fast and reliable SMS messaging.
I’m not holding my breath here, especially given that it has already been demonstrated that the bug doesn’t only affect the SMS function of the device (see here please). I will update this post ass soon a the ROM is made available in other parts of the world.
According to online retailer DeviceWire, HTC has decided to change the HTC HD2 car kit. As you can see in the picture above it no longer looks like the original design (I can’t seem to figure out how it exactly attaches now). Old car kit:
Source: Devicewire via Tracy & Matt
I’m going to keep it short and sweet. First, as it was announced last month, Australia’s telco, Telstra just launched the HTC HD2 down south yesterday. The other piece of news is that,according to Anthony Petts, Sales and Marketing Director, ANZ, for HTC Corps, The rumored Android (or ChromeOS/WinMo?) Tablet project has been shelved. The company is supposedly focusing on a “new generation of mobile phones”. canceled
It is starting to look like HTC can seem to fix the dreaded SMS-stuck-in-outbox bug on the HTC HD2.The latest Hotfix released a couple of days ago has vanished from HTC’s support site (just like the first one). The latest patch did fix the slow loading bug in the messaging app but the stuck in outbox bug was still present (the first patch didn’t do anything at all). Worst of all, the latest hoxtfix can’t even be un-installed(!). One has to wonder what is going because it has already be proven that the bug is related to HTC’s messaging application/Manila (the bug can be bypassed by using the native WinMo SMS application). One thing I noticed is that when my SMS gets stuck the pinch-zoom feature no longer works in native WinMo apps (see the bug listed here ) which seem to suggest that the SMS bug, the Zoom bug & the Volume Overlay bug are in some way related to each other (Manila.exe memory leak?).
Can you guys try to see if you experience the same problem. Does the pinch-to-zoom feature still work in WinMo’s File Explorer when your SMS gets stuck in the outbox ?
Update: I can confirm that all those issues seem to have some kind of relationship (memory leak? service crash?). The SMS stuck in the outbox isn’t the cause of the problem but a consequence. When pinch-to-zoom no longer works in native apps or volume overlay in the music and HTC Album apps the SMS gets stuck and the Alarms no longer work correctly either. It’s starting to look like there’s some kind of memory leak or a service is crash in the background.
HTC finally released a new SMS HOTFIX for the HTC HD2 today. Let’s hope that this one will work unlike the previous patch released a month ago. I’m going to try it right now and report if it works or not.
This update for HTC HD2 messaging lets you reach out to your friends and family with instant notifications. Keeping in touch has always been very important, and this update delivers just that: fast and reliable SMS messaging.
Note: This update is only applicable to ROM version is equal to 1.66.XXX.X, or lower.
You can download it here
Hopefully HTC will also fix the other bugs too.
The HTC HD2 has been available on O2 UK for a little while but only in retail shops. It looks like it is now finally up on O2′s website here.
UK’s Virgin Mobile is also now offering the HD2 on their website here for £75 with £25p/m on an 18 month contract (500mins talk & unlimited Text & Data) or you can get it for free if you if you tadre in you current phone and/or get a 24months contract.
Don’t goget to check out our HTC HD2 Review.
Source: O2 UK & Virgin via Coolsmartphone
HTC just released a new hotfix for the HTC HD2 aimed at fixing a SIM contacts bug present in ROMs less than or equal to 1.59.XXX.X.
This update for HTC HD2 allows for contacts stored on your SIM card to be properly displayed on your phone along with Phone and Exchange Server contacts.
Th’at’s nicel, but when is HTC going to fix those bugs ?
Grab the HotFix here
HTC and T-Mobile have just officially announced that the HTC HD2 will be out in spring in the US:
Head over here to sign up for more info.
Here’s the full Press release:
T-Mobile USA TO EXCLUSIVELY OFFER HTC HD2
Arriving in the U.S. this spring, the HTC HD2 features a big, brilliant screen, blazing fast processor, and the celebrated HTC Sense™ experience
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 6, 2010 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. and HTC today announced that HTC HD2ä is expected to be available for the first time in the U.S. exclusively from T-Mobile USA this spring. With its industry-leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display and high-powered features, the ultrathin HTC HD2 phone delivers content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.
The HTC HD2 comes equipped with the 1GHz Snapdragon™ by Qualcomm mobile processor and utilizes T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network for a fast mobile data experience.
“T-Mobile and HTC have a long history of partnering to deliver innovative, cutting-edge products to T-Mobile customers,” said George Harrison, vice president, marketing product innovation, T-Mobile USA. “The HTC HD2 delivers a thin, sophisticated design and powerful features that we are excited to add to our dynamic smartphone lineup this spring.”
The HTC HD2 is the first Windows® phone with HTC Sense, a software experience focused on putting people at the center by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. For example, the HTC HD2 includes a proximity sensor that is used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call, and a light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display.
“Combining the intuitive user interface based on HTC Sense with an outstanding set of specifications and the powerful T-Mobile network, the HTC HD2 adds up to be not only an amazing device, but an amazing experience as well,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “The HTC HD2 is a Windows phone that has already been enthusiastically received in Europe and Asia, and we are excited to bring this highly anticipated device to the U.S., exclusively through T-Mobile USA.”
The HTC HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone for the smoothest possible performance and to make viewing, zooming and resizing Web sites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a simple pinching motion. The large capacitive display makes it easy to read and reply to Outlook e-mails, edit a Word document or modify an Excel spreadsheet right from the HTC HD2. In addition, the HTC HD2 delivers advanced phone features including GPS functionality, a Web browser, and an advanced 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash for capturing images, even in dim conditions.
The HTC HD2 is expected to be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile customers this spring. More details will be available at http://www.sticktogether.com/htchd2.