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Android for Nand is Ready for Download!

Magldr was finally released to the public on Dec., 30th 2010!

Here is the link with info on what to do to install Android to your Nand memory:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=893620

More info to come.

Hey everyone. Check out this thread! http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=794953

Here it is! It’s called the SlipGrip and the seller has them made to fit the pictured phone case, the Otterbox case or to fit the phone without the case. It works great, very attractive and high quality, I love it. I shopped these things for a long time and just after I’d given up, the SlipGrip arrived on the scene. Very affordable and fast shipping too! Thanks Yousef!

Here is the link!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140444636685

Here it is, nothing amazing but for $4 I think its a great deal. It was either this of the $20 Otterbox and I saw some bad reviews on that one. I’m really happy with it so far, it fits snugly around the phone, protects well, feels good and looks good too. I bought it on eBay and got the blue one but if you look, I believe that the seller has other colors as well.

Here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/Blue-Hard-Case-Cover-HTC-T-Mobile-HD2-Phone-/190448707362?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item2c57a0a722

Transitioning from an HTC Sense based UI to a Cyanogen tweaked Android UI
The HTC Sense user interface is a nice complement to Android that has it’s benefits and it’s drawbacks. This is a short guide that incorporates two easy steps that helped me switch from an HTC Sense UI to an Android Cyanogen Mod ROM without much pain.

 

HTC Stocks Widget
There is an HTC Sense-style stocks widget called “Scrollable stocks widget” by Paul Ishenin that has really filled a huge void for me and eased my transition. The app works pretty well and if you like the HTC widget then I definitely recommend downloading this to use with LP or ADW.

 

 

HTC-Style Keyboard
The other huge concern is the keyboard, I really like the HTC keyboard and I’m not yet a Swype fan. The answer is below:
Here is the link to an HTC Sense-style keyboard for your HD2: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=624416
I downloaded and installed the second one down on the list for v27 titled “High resolution version (Froyo/2.2)” and it works flawlessly.

 

HyperDroid 1.6 is the New Best ROM for HD2!!!
I’ve been wanting to try the Cyanogen Mod version of Android for a long time but havent found an HD2 compatible ROM that I like until now. Thats when I ran across Pongster’s HyperDroid v1.6. This is a very exciting new build for the HD2 that incorporates Cyanogen Android. Here is a link to the build thread on XDA:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=769026

I’ve been using it for a couple days now and it seems to work every bit as well as MattC 1.8 while incorporating the extended flexibility of Cyanogen. The only downside is losing some of the advantages of the Sense based UI but you will find in my next post a guide as to how I minimized the ill-effects (linked below).

Transitioning from an HTC Sense based UI to a Cyanogen tweaked Android UI:
https://androidontmobilehd2.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/from-htc-sense-ui-to-cyanogen-tweaked-android-ui-easy/

High resolution version (Froyo/2.2)

Here is a great site showing the different builds: http://android.hd2roms.com/

And here is a multi-build review from an XDA member:

Originally Posted by chris_ah1 View Post

People want summaries of the Android builds, so here we go:

1. For the most stable builds, pick the ones which are simpy Froyo 2.2 based, or based on the cyanogen mod (CM6) without sense, and are usually based on builds for the Google Nexus.

2. Then you have froyo + sense. now there are different versions of sense out there and froyo. you have the ‘supersonic’ over the air update which made it 2.2.1 versus the original 2.2. FRG** and FRF** denote different versions of android core.

Following that you have all the ones which are (usually) based on 2.2.1 android….BUT…the magical sauce is in the sense build they use. Unlike WM with 2018 and 2016 etc for sense we now have a few variants as defined by the phone they run on:
2a) Desire
2b) Evo (sense build: 3.29.651.5)
2c) Desire HD roms (sense build: 1.24.405.1)
2d) Desire Z (1.22.405.1)
2e) Lexicon ()

Lexicon seems to be a quick sense build, BUT things like compass and gsensor and camera dont seem to work.

Desire Z seems to be visually nicer, almost as nippy, much newer….but the font sizes are not optimised for the HD2 – the PPI is too low and fonts bigger – i.e. you see less on the screen at the time. same gsensor, camera and compass issues as above.

Desire HD builds are the biggest resource hogs…but nevertheless remain fast if you have a taskkiller and are visually the most stunning. same gsensor and compass and camera issues as above. Having used this more extensively I can also confirm that I get data disconnects (which plague all recent builds), but the HTC reader does not work, and the HTC locations/latitude does not work fully. HTC hub etc works fine tho.

Evo – more stable and more fully featured than any of the above, but not quite as quick nor as pretty. also font scaling not as good as on Desire HD rom. Data disconnects still on this build. Has voice activiation/dialing with long send key.

Desire – the oldest set of builds – or was it HTC ACE/bravo??/ I can’t quite remember. very stable, but not very quick. I think this came with voice dialing activated with long send key.

I am using the Desire HD based mdeejay ROM 24/7 now. seems very good. I don’t like the gmail email app tho…fortunately I dont need the camera. I get no music stuttering. BT works perfectly (stereo+mono), as does GPS. Voice search/commands work when you launch the app, but it does not seem to be triggered by a long send…can’t remember if voice command works triggered from BT headset.

It does use more battery than WM – I barely get two days solid use whereas I used to get a solid 3 on WM only. I have installed setcpu and run it quite aggressively.

Also remember that not only do the builds differ in terms of Android build, and sense build (if included), but often come with different kernels – such as by hastarin, michyprima and the more stock ones based on the zimage database maintained by the htc-linux team. The kernel will usually determine what works and what doesn’t.
Hope this helps.

This is a video of it being done.

Watch closely as he reboots the phone and there is no Windows Mobile anymore!!!

Note: There is nothing wrong with the rom, the video is actually playing at double speed.

MattC 1.8 is the most stable rom I’ve tried so far. No more screen freezes. Unfortunately, I’m unable to get the WiFi working without having tried changing the kernel and I’m also having some random 3G connectivity issues that are only a very slight annoyance. Overall this is my new favorite build and I’m using it for my daily OS. I’m now waiting in eager anticipation of 1.8a or 1.9, whichever comes first, as well as the official release of a NAND bootable rom. Cheers to Android on HD2!

Android Compatible ROM and Radio

For the time being, in order for Android to function properly on the HD2 you need a compatible Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM and Radio. The ROM is the operating system itself and the Radio is basically the drivers for the cellular connection. Eventually you will be able to remove Windows Mobile completely and replace it with Android but for now we use Windows Mobile to initiate some of the devices on the phone.

I use this radio: Leo_RADIO_2.12.50.02_2: MegaUpload

And I’m using an Miri extra light ROM because I dont use WM for my day to day operations, I only use it to start Android. I think I’m using version 17. Here is version 22 which I think is the newest version: http://htcpedia.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1786