Microsoft investigating the use of Live Services running on hacked HTC HD2′s running Windows Phone 7

Pocketnow asked Microsoft for comments about the recent hacks that enable the HTC HD2 to run Windows Phone 7 and the vast number of user are getting product keys from Microsoft’s (by phoning MS and lying to them to get the key) to enable the live services on the device.

“Microsoft does make product keys available for select support scenarios” but “these keys are not intended to allow for the installation of software onto unsupported hardware. We are investigating whether or not additional steps are needed to discourage the improper use of product keys”.

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HTC HD2 Windows Phone 7 ROM released! But still no Live Services

The port of Windows Phone 7 to the HTC HD2 that has been underway for a while now has finally come to fruition with the first public release of an experimental LEO_WP7 ROM courtesy of the DFT (Dark Forces Team). So what is this all about? Well, you can finally play around with Windows Phone 7 on your trusty old HTC HD2 but without access to any Live services which kinda renders the whole thing useless IMO. You can grab it from here ..if you understand Chinese.. Anyway, just read my newly posted:

HUGE Windows Phone 7 Review

…to see what will be missing without access to the Live services.

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HTC releases Android 2.2 Froyo for the HTC Wildfire, HTC Legend and Daylight Saving Time patches

This probably came as a surprise to many given the relatively low hardware specification of the device but HTC just did a nice move and release Froyo aka Android 2.2 for the HTC Wildfire which is their super low-end entry level Android handset.

Update – HTC Wildfire (Android 2.2) Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update
Your phone will receive a notification of FOTA update when it is made available. Simply press OK to accept the update via a data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G. After installing the update, you can confirm a successful update by confirming the Build number (From the Home Screen go to MENU> Settings> About Phone> Software Information> Build number). The new Build number after the update will be 2.22.405.1. Update: Android 2.2 update. Note?Please back up your data first before upgrading your phone. We recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan to apply this update. If not, standard data connection charges may apply.

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC HD2 already out in the wild

It didn’t take long for the XDA boys to port Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy S and also the HTC HD2. Don’t get to excited yet thought because those are still early preview builds that can’t really be used because of missing features and bugs. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S the ROM is based on the Nexus S kernel:

Which filesystem ?
This early preview runs on Ext4. no RFS at all, the kernel don’t support RFS.
Does everything work ?
Nope, but I must admit I didn’t expect such a result.
Don’t work: GPS / Voice / Wifi / some Buttons / camera
Work: everything else: like sound, GL acceleration etc
Will it work ?
I think most of it will work after countless hours spent on it.
Is it flashable with Odin ?
That’s a good idea , i think i’ll do that tomorrow.

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Super AMOLED vs LCD outdoors visibility comparison: Omnia 7 vs Optimus 7 vs HTC HD2 vs Galaxy S

Here’s  a follow up to my previous Super AMOLED vs LCD comparison (and here) this time comparing the outdoors visibility of both screen technologies on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Galaxy S for the Super AMOLED and the LG Optimus 7 and HTC HD2 for the TFT LCD. There are lots of pictures (after the break) and all where shot with the brightness set to the same settings on all devices (some are  shot with it set to auto and others to full brightness) so it’s a really an apple to apple comparison. As you will see the Super AMOLED is just a tiny bit better that the LCD on the Optimus 7 (the difference is more noticeable in real life thought) but the HD2 is just a giant mirror compare to the other devices (the HTC HD7 has exactly the same screen btw):

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Windows Phone 7 on the HTC HD2 is totally useless…surprised?

I hate to be the one but…..I told you so! So what else is left to say here? Not much I guess. Folks should just use common sense once in a while instead of getting hyped up about meaningless things. It was clear from the get go that Microsoft implemented security features into Windows Phone 7 so that what used to be something totally ordinary on Windows Mobile in the past would be nearly impossible now (hacking roms left and right…). Anyway check out the Haxors statement after the break:

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One more video of Windows Phone 7 on the HTC HD2

The XDA.cn guys have just uploaded a second video of the HTC HD2 running Windows Phone 7. This time you will get a full OS walkthrough alongside an HTC Surround. Nothing much to see here obviously and the build running on the HD2 is still the same months old version that we saw yesterday. As I said, this will be totaly useless given that the HD2 won’t be able to use any online service like the Marketplace, Location service etc.. (every WP7 retail and developer handset has a unique devices ID that is checked by Microsoft’ servers every time the devices goes online). Video after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 running on the HTC HD2 again

Looks like the Chinese folks over at XDA.CN managed to port an early Windows Phone 7 build to the HTC HD2. This is so far the most convincing video we have seen and clearly shows the OS actually running on the device. This isn’t really worth much thought given that what we are seeing here looks like a 6 months old build and that even if the RTM build was ported to the HD2 you won’t be able to use any online services with it (every WP7 retail and developer handset has a unique devices ID that is checked by Microsoft’ servers every time the devices goes online). Video after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 on the HTC HD2…again?

I frankly don’t know if this one is  fake or real but I will just point out that I proved that the last attempt was fake.Fake or real? Frankly what is the point? The device will be unusable anyway because the phone won’t have access to any of data connected features (every genuine Windows Phone 7 has an unique hardware ID that is stored and checked by Microsoft’s servers). Video after the break:

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Video hands-on with the HTC Desire HD Rom on the HTC HD2

I’ve just finished shooting a short hands-on video of the recently released HTC Desire HD Rom for the HTC HD2. You will see that it runs relatively smoothly (it isn’t super fast but no slow either) and that all the major functionalities of the OS are up and running. I should point out that the browser is still buggy and crashes 90% of the time on my HTC HD2 after a few minutes (I can no longer load any page on pan/zoom/navigate). Wifi still isn’t working (on my handset) and the Camera isn’t supported either (but the flash works). Also keep in mind that it takes a while to boot the OS for the first time (nearly 10 minutes and that it isn’t supper responsive afterwards either (it can sometimes take up to 10 secs to come out of sleep when I hit a hardware button). The Battery is drained super fast too. Check it out after the break:

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HTC Desire HD Rom for the HTC HD2 released and video walkthrough

This is bloody awesome especially for all the HTC HD2 users out there who just can’t stand Windows Mobile 6.5 anymore. DarkStone1337 over at XDA-Devs has just released a modified HTC Desire HD Rom (the one leaked earlier) for the HTC HD2 and posted a 14 minutes long video showing the whole thing in action. Some features are currently broken but you can see that it’s already running smoothly as if it was on an HTC Desire HD.

HTC Desire HD build for HTC HD2 by darkstone (Beta 2):

Easier to list whats NOT working:

- Camera (app closes itself)
- Ebook reader (E-Books do not open)
- Ringtones (Unable to select a ringtone, get a force close error)
- Video playback from SD card is slow, needs rectifying
- LED Notifications are bizzare, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t

// Creates a 1gb data.img (takes a long time to make on first boot, be patient. No, the HD2 has not crashed despite what the screen looks like! Wait 10 minutes or so.)
// Don’t worry about FB console not showing, that’s normal
// This shouldn’t really be considered as a build for daily usage, still experimental

// Copy the Android folder to SD card, run CLRCAD.EXE and haret.exe on your HD2

Check the video after the break:

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HTC Glacier GPU / CPU Benchmark revealed

A T-Mobile employee has uploaded partial GLBenchmark 1.1 results of the upcoming HTC Glacier handset a few hours ago. Many blogger think that the score of 1432 Frames in the GLBenchmark Pro ES 1.1 CPU Skinning is a proof that the device is powered by the new MSM8260 or MSM8660 dual-core Snapdragon. Well sorry to disappoint you but this probably isn’t the case at all. First off performance doesn’t scale like that (you can’t just multiply x2 previous single core Snapdragon results and claim that this is how the dual-core will perform. Secondly, my HTC HD2 is faster at this particular skinning test. See the results below:

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Mobile GPU performance comparison

Google can deny it all day long but the fact is that the Android ecosystem is suffering from hardware fragmentation and things aren’t looking like they are going to get better any time soon. One of the main hardware difference between Android devices is he GPU which is part of the SoC (System On a Chip / Chipset) powering the handset. There’s currently three big players in the market today: Qualcomm’s SnapDragon SoC with the Adreno 200 GPU, TI OMAP 3XXX with the Power VR SGX 530/535 and finally Samsung’s Hummingbird (S5PC110A01) with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU all three of them feature a CortexA8 CPU core. Android and Me wrapped up a couple of benchmarks comparing them and the final verdict is clear as bottled water. Samsung’s Hummingbird is heads and shoulder above the competition thanks to the SGX540 GPU, followed by TI’s and Qualcomm’s chipsets. This should come as no surprise, the SGX540 is currently the most powerful mobile GPU on the market but one has to take into account the quality of the drivers. Qualcomm has been far behind in this sector ever since its acquisition of AMD/ATI’s mobile GPU division nearly 2 years ago. Benchmarks conducted on Windows Mobile devices like the HTC HD2 (SnapDragon with Adreno 200/AMD Z430 GPU) have shown up to a %500 increase in performance in some bechnmarks when homemade/tweaked drivers where used instead of the ones supplied with the retail device. This doesn’t mean that it can rival Samsung’s SGX540 equipped handsets like the Galaxy S line of Android phones but SnapDragon based devices would have graphics performances more in line with what you should expect from a hing-end smartphone in 2010. It will be interesting to see how things will be like on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7  platform (Only Qualcomm is certified to provide chipset for the first WP7 handsets) now that Microsoft will provide/certify the drivers. From what I have seen the graphics performance of the prototype devices is tons better than what we have now on the market. It has been said by me many times (and others who have played with the Samsung Taylor): the UI of WP7 ( Direct3D fully hardware accelerate by the Adreno GPU) is more responsive than the iPhone. Things will only get better in the future when devices like the HTC Mondrian WP7 handset will supposedly feature the updated Snapdragon core and when Google finally sets minimum performance and hardware requirement in a future version of Android (rumored to come in Android 3.0).

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New version of Bing for Windows Mobile released

It looks like Microsoft has quietly released an updated version of the Bing application for Windows Mobile earlier this moth. There’s no change log but looking at the version numbers it obviously looks like this newer version only fixes some bugs found in the previous one (5.1.2010.5040 to 5.1.2010.6280). I can confirm that the bug I encountered with my HTC HD2 is finally fixed and the turn-by-turn voice navigation feature is now fully functional.

Source: Microsoft via WMExperts

Nice iPhone 4 first impressions video

Brandon at Pocketnow has just posted a cool first impressions video of the iPhone 4. I won’t get my hands on one until next month so It’s nice to hear what other’s think about it (sites other than Engadget, Giz etc…you know what I mean..) especially when you take into account that Brandon waited 11 hours to get it (!). You will see him give you a hardware tour of the device and also some quick size comparison vs the HTC HD2, Nexus One.. Check it out below:

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HTC EVO 4G 720P video sample


My man Brandon at Pocketnow has just posted a video sample video showing off the quality of the 720P video capture capability of the HTC EVO 4G. Unfortunately the quality isn’t up to what I was expecting even when you take the YouTube compression into account. It looks like the bitrate is set really low by default to save memory (the higher the bitrate the bigger the file size) and I’m sure that if this variable can be tweaked/hacked we would see much better video quality (but this won’t fix the rolling shutter distortion). It’s a lot better than the Acer Stream sample we saw a couple of days ago IMO HTC has been doing this on all of its handsets lately. Thankfully HTC HD2 owners can tweak this variable and capture some pretty good videos (the file size is really huge though). Check out the video after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2 video comparison

The boys at WireFly have just posted a video comparison of HTC’s two top-of-the-line smartphones: the HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2. Frankly at this point in time there’s no comparison if you are currently out of contract (and in an area covered by Sprint): the HTC EVO 4G is the way to go. It has a better camera and a better OS. Unfortunately the non-upgradeability of the HD2 makes a a hard choice especially with all the rumored Windows Phone 7 devices coming this fall. Watch the 14Mins long video after the break:

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The HTC EVO 4G is now on sale at Spint online

The beast is finally available. Sprint is now officially selling the HTC EVO 4G online for $199 on two year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate anda a $150 instant savings). No need to wait because if you ware in the market to buy and Android handset this is the one to get and you better hurry up beofre it goes out of stock. Don’t forget to grab the user manual from here.

Source: Sprint

How to Root your HTC EVO 4G

Ready for some hacking action? The XDA-Boys have posted the following instructions on how to your,soon-to-be-purchased, HTC EVO 4G if you really feel like doing it . Remember that this will void your warranty and can potentially brick your handset if your screw up the process. But this is currently the only way to get Android 2.2 (once the port is finalised) on the EVO 4G. So you will do this at your own risk? Follow the instruction after the break:

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