HTC HD2: T-Mobile giving priority to existing users

Looks like T-Mobile is still having a hard time with the HTC HD2 inventory so they have apparently decided to give priority to existing users who want to upgrade to the HD2. Here’s an official statement from the company:

“T-Mobile understands the inventory challenges for the HTC HD2 and continues to work diligently in order to supply our customers with this highly popular product. As we receive additional inventory of the HTC HD2, we are giving priority to our existing customers. However, the demand for the device is still exceeding our supply.

Depending on the location, some T-Mobile retail stores may still have some HTC HD2 inventory available. We suggest that interested customers contact their local T-Mobile store via phone before visiting to see if they have the HTC HD2 available. If they do not have the HTC HD2 available, some stores are taking names and contact information, and will be able to notify customers once that location has product available.”

It would be interesting to know how many HD2′s T-Mobile is selling. Is HTC unable to supply enough handsets because of the supposedly high demand or is the company artificial restricting the number of HD2 being manufactured in hope that potential HD2 buyers switch to other Android HTC handsets knowing that the HD2 will probably never by supported/upgraded once Windows Phone 7 hits the shelves in a couple of months?

Source: Engadget

HTC releases Music Stability update for the HTC HD2


HTC released today a new update for the HTC HD2 that is supposed to fix music playback issues.

This update for HTC HD2 HTC Sense enhances the stability of the music application so your enjoyment of your music is no longer interrupted by the player behaving unexpectedly.

Note: This update is only applicable to ROM versions equal to 1.73.xxx.x, or lower

As usual HTC’s changelog doesn’t say much….but this patch supposedly fixes music skipping issues when using Bluetooth AD2P headphones. You can grab the fix here.

New official HTC HD2 rom released (1.72)


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.

Via: XDA-Devs

T-Mobile HTC HD2 video review

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.

HTC HD2 Disassembly & Assembly videos

Two internal (official) HTC videos have just popped up on Youtube for our viewing pleasure. The first on es a disassembly video of the HTC HD2:

The Second is the assembly video of the same HTC HD2:

Grab a drink and enjoy the 14 minutes show.

Source: Youtube via Pocketnow

Adobe announces AIR for Mobile and shows Flash on the HTC HD2

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:

Source: Adobe

T-Mobile US HTC HD2 news coming soon

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.

SOurce: Twitter

HTC HD2 launching March 24 in the US


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

HTC HD2 headed to Orange UK?


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

More confirmation that all HTC HD2s have 576Mb of Ram

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.

Source: XDA

HTC HD2 1.66 Rom now available globaly. Fixes majority of the bugs


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

Do all HTC HD2s have 576Mb of Ram ?


 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 HD2s 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

HTC HD2 Debug Tools available


Thanks to the good folks at XDA-Devs (SjG & Xmoo) you can now try the HTC & Qualcomm 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

US T-Mobile’s HTC HD2 to have more Ram & Rom than original version


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

New HTC HD2 ROM released: 1.66.707.1


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:

Improved Functions:

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.

Source: HTC

HTC changes the design of the HTC HD2 Car Kit


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

HTC HD2 launched in Australia yesterday, rumored Tablet canceled?


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

Source: Channelnews

HTC takes down latest HD2 SMS Hotfix


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.

New HTC HD2 SMS HOTFIX released


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.

Installation Instructions:

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.