Android 5.0 Lollipop gets ported to the HTC HD2

by: Gary SimsJanuary 6, 2015

HTC-HD2-LollipopIf you were expecting the headline to read something like “Lollipop gets ported to HTC Butterfly S” or some other relatively new HTC device then sorry for the confusion! Yes, the HTC HD2 is ahead of the game again, this time with a port of Lollipop by XDA Senior Member macs18max.

For those of you unfamiliar with the HD2, it was HTC’s Windows Phone 6.5 device, released in 2009. It has a 4.3 inch, 800 x 480 display, 448MB of usable RAM and is powered by a 1 GHz single-core Qualcomm Scorpion processor. The perfect candidate for Android 5.0 Lollipop!

The Hd2 has a become a legend in the custom ROM community for its ability to run different operating systems. It probably has the world record for the number of different mobile operating systems that can run on a single device.

The HD2 has been seen booting Android 2.2 Froyo right up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as Ubuntu, MeeGo, Sailfish, Windows RT and Firefox OS.

It started out as a Window Phone 6.5 device, but when it was abandoned by Microsoft and didn’t get any more upgrades, the hacker community took the phone to heart and started porting. In its long and illustrious history the HD2 has been seen booting Android 2.2 Froyo right up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as Ubuntu, MeeGo, Sailfish, Windows RT and Firefox OS.

Android 5.0 Lollipop was successfully booted on the HD2 using the 3.0.101 kernel, however the ROM is in its very early stages, and only the display and audio are working at the moment. However macs18max has pledged to continue working on the port.

If you want to find out more and even try out this custom firmware then head over to XDA’s HTC HD2 Lollipop 5.0.2 thread!

Do you, or did you own a HTC HD2? Any thoughts?

  • Arjit Mehra

    The Godfather of phones xD

    • dodz

      and the G1 was the OG of android

  • marszalek1

    best phone I ever had

  • OhStopItYou!

    This is epic!

  • wow nice!

  • Hemidakota68

    I loved that phone, what a beast it was. And still is apparently, HTC at it’s best about time the make another one. No other phone has been through this.

  • Imran

    The benchmark of all phones. This proves that even an OLLLLLLD OLD OLD smartphone can run almost any latest OS but OEM’S? nope why should we when we can force people to upgrade every 6 months wtf

    • MasterMuffin

      Not a fair comparison, this hardly works at all :)

  • crutchcorn

    These are crazy….

  • MasterMuffin

    I didn’t doubt that it wouldn’t get it for a second :D Also, wasn’t 6.5 Windows Mobile? :)

    • Marty

      Or “WinMo”, for short. ;)

  • RAK

    that does it , im going to adopt a HD2

    • Marty

      I had 2 of them. Loved it so much I had to buy another. But the first one developed card slot faults. Probably attributed to all of the ROM flashing I did with it over the years. It’s a great ROM flashing toy, for sure, though.

  • Martin Kaiser

    There was no such OS as Windows PHONE 6.5. It was called Windows Mobile 6.5 back then.

  • Mark Washington

    Ohh lord!!!

  • Mark Washington

    Can’t someone replace the Dev support to the Htc one M8 ….

  • hamid

    i have a hd2
    i am happy for this topic
    i love hd2
    i have many memoir with this phone
    Somthing memories

    • Jake


      • Mike Fox

        I think he’s trying to communicate by making a joke usually nobody laughs at… *I think!*

  • tooshea

    Wish I never would have sold mine :(

  • Mark Anderson

    This phone was my gateway phone to Android! I remember dual booting Windows and Android, and always booting into the Android side. Can’t believe I sold this phone so I could buy possibly the worst phone ever……the T-Mobile MyTouch. What was I thinking?

  • This thing is a legend!

  • Katherine

    That is something new for my HD2 which I could say the best Smartphone I have ever had till date. Well, once the device gets fully charged on USB Wall Charger, I will definitely update it with 5.0 version of

  • R_A

    What is HTC doing… do they want their customers to buy new phones or not… if they keep updating old phone while ignoring new phones then why would someone buy new HTC phone?

  • Lea Williams

    It was a great phone. I still miss it. I want to get another. XD