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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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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T-Mobile’s HTC HD2 updated ROM is back again

Well, well, T-Mobile has finally re-upped the ROM update for the HTC HD2 today and based on what they are saying it was taken down just because of server bandwidth issues on their side (!) and not issues with the ROM itself. So if you have already flashed this ROM earlier there’s no need to do anything. Here’s T-Mobile’s official statement:

Due to overwhelming demand, some customers experienced slow download times when attempting to access the HTC HD2 software update from the T-Mobile Web site. As a result, we temporarily removed the link from our Web site to ensure the best possible customer experience.

Now that we have solved our server issues, we are happy to announce that the software update for the HTC HD2 is now available on the T-Mobile Web site for customers to download and install on their HTC HD2 smartphone.

If you have already downloaded and installed the software update to their HTC HD2, please continue to use your device as normal. You do not need to reinstall the software.

Source: T-Mobile via WMExperts

T-Mobile US HTC HD2 ROM update pulled once again

Will this ROM update ever be released one day? According to T-Mobile the latest ROM update for the HTC HD2 was causing some issues and has temporarily been pulled for further investigation. This Rom was initially released ten days ago and then pulled down a couple of hours later. It was finally re-released last week but it now looks like HD2 owners will have to be patient and wait for a correct update in the coming days.

Source: TMonews

HTC HD2 ROM update finally released by T-Mobile US


The HTC HD2 2.13.531.1 ROM that went live 5 days ago and then disappeared is now finally back upon T-Mobile US support site:

A software update for the HTC HD2 is now available bringing several improvements to the HTC HD2’s software experience. In addition to device stability and performance improvements, we’ve also added the MyAccount application for managing your T-Mobile account directly from your device.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
With this upgrade, your HTC HD2 device will be restored back to its factory settings.  Please be aware of the following before installing the update:

  • Ensure that you write down your settings for your e-mail accounts.
  • It is highly recommended that you back up your files. There are several ways to do so.   

               -  Use Microsoft® My Phone before downloading the software upgrade to save:

                                 – Contacts, calendar, tasks, text message, favorites , photos, videos, music and documents
               -  Save your photos, music, documents, and other files to your microSD card or your PC.

               -  Contacts stored to device memory will be erased.  Back them up using one of the following:
                                 -  Mobile backup
                                 -  My Phone
                                 -  Adding contacts to your SIM card
                                 -  *Note: Any email account with contacts will be re-synced upon logging back in

  • For any applications that require a sign in, make sure you have access to your password as you’ll need to re-login to the application.
  • If you have rented a movie from BLOCKBUSTER On Demand, your rental will no longer be available after the update, therefore you may wish to watch any rented movies prior to initiating the update. There is not an option to receive credit for the rental or to re-rent the movie without paying the standard fee. You will still have access to your purchased movies, but you will need to download the movie files again. Reminder: A Wi-Fi connection is needed to download movies.
  • If you have downloaded any eBooks from the Barnes & Noble application, you will need to re-download those eBooks upon syncing the application with your Barnes & Noble account. Note: bookmarks will be lost, so remember what page you were on!
  • The HTC HD2 comes bundled with several demo games, including Ferrari GT Evolution, Millionaire 2010, and Prince of Persia. Regrettably, if you have purchased the full versions of one of these games, you will need to re-purchase them at the standard cost following the software update. This is a result of the software update initiating a master reset of the device. Note: this only affects the above listed games and will not affect other games installed on the microSD card.
  • All personalized settings (wallpaper, home screen, etc) will need to be set up again.

Here’s how to install the update on your HTC HD2:

  1. On your PC, visit www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade
  2. Follow the instructions listed under the HTC HD2 image to complete the installation.

Head over to http://www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade

New T-Mobile HTC HD2 ROM released

Looks like T-Mobile US has just released a new ROM for the HTC HD2 today. Unfortunitely there’s no changelog associated with it but based on the version released today (2.13.531.1) and the shipping one (2.10.531.1) I guess that it’s only a couple of bug fixes. Head over to T-Mobile site to grab it and don’t forget to backup all your data before flashing your handset.

UPDATE: T-Mobile took down the file

UPDATE 2: Grab the ROM here

Source: T-Mobile via pocketnow

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.

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

Official HTC HD2 extended battery pictures


Here are the first live pictures of the HTC HD2 extended battery. As you can see the real thing looks exactly like the previous render we’ve seen not long ago.

Battery Type: Li-Ion
Voltage: 3.7V
Capacity:2300mAh
Manufacturer code: BA E400

The price is £41.11 ($64)

Source: Easydevice.uk 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