HTC HD2 hacked to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

If you own an HTC HD2, you may be pleased to find out that the device has been hacked to run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Now you can get Google's latest and greatest once again instead of Windows Mobile 6.5.


Ever since it launched in November 2009, the HTC HD2, which runs Windows Mobile 6.5 out of the box, has been hacked over and over again. We've seen it running Windows Phone 7, Android 2.2 (Froyo), Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), MeeGo, and even Ubuntu. Last week, Google open-sourced Android (Jelly Bean) 4.1 for third-party modification . As such, nobody should be surprised to HTC HD2 owners can now install Jelly Bean on the ancient phone that just won't die.

Over on XDA Developers, forum user "smokin901" revealed that Evervolv has ported Google's latest mobile OS to the device. It may be a "proof of concept" but the ROM will "eventually get very stable."

It is now my job to give you the usual warnings. If you're not feeling confident, don't bother doing it. Stick with whatever you currently have on your HTC HD2, whether that's the original operating system or a custom ROM.

You're going to be rooting your device. You're going to be installing custom software. You're going to have to do it all the way through. You may end up bricking your device and rendering it useless. You may have to do some extra tinkering. You may run into problems (this is the first build, and it's labeled as a beta).

Currently, the release is at the Alpha 2 stage, and has the following features working:

  • Mobile Data 3G/2G
  • Calls
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • SMS
  • Sound check download page for fix
  • Video Playback
  • USB Mass Storage
  • Sound
  • Google Now (without maps you may get FC when accessing maps related features)
  • USB Mass Storage

If that list isn't good enough for you, wait. With that out of the way, here's the link you need: download.

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