Even the HTC HD2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat

by: Chris SmithDecember 1, 2013

Remember the late-2009 Windows Mobile 6.5-running HTC HTD? Of course you do, since modders have used it to run a variety of mobile operating systems on it including Android. And now, the four-year old handset does KitKat as well.

As you can see in the video above, the HTC HD2 runs Android 4.4, which is quite a performance for such an old device. Of course, we’re looking at a custom ROM based on KitKat that’s running on the HTC HD2, and that’s SlimKat 4.4 Beta 1.

Sure, not everything runs flawlessly on the HD2, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see existing issues – affecting the SD card, Wi-Fi and data connectivity – to be ironed out in the future.

The main point here is that KitKat is running on a device that was launched in late 2009 or early 2010 (depending on market) and which never ran Android officially. The handset packs a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Scorpion processor and 512MB of RAM, in case you were wondering.

HTC HD2 KitKat

This is another piece of evidence that shows KitKat can be installed on a variety of older Android devices, especially the more popular handsets, which is exactly what Google would want. After all, we’ve seen KitKat builds created for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S and the Nexus One, even though these devices aren’t officially supported anymore.

Of course, now its up to Android device makers to decide which older devices to upgrade to KitKat.

  • patti abhishek

    It would have been Great if old nexus models were supported officially by Google

    • Balraj

      So much for the 18 month shit
      It indirectly says, change your phone every 18 months if you want to be upto date with android :-P

      • mumusen

        Or go “custom” way!
        Hail XDA..
        FTW Android!

        • Balraj

          True..but I think more than 70% of android users don’t root….

          • mumusen

            True that. Even I never root and go custom way! but then again, I have never owned as android for that long that I may need to root and install custom ROMs on it.

          • Balraj

            Oh nice
            I don’t belong to your category :-(

          • chris

            I don’t root because rooting can introduce virus (or malware) to my phone, void my warranty and “brick” my phone which in this case The phone is dead when it has been “bricked.”

          • Boris

            nobody cares what you’re too baby to do go comment on article that doesn’t involve modders I don’t kill peopleI take care of my kidsI wipe my butt after I get out of the bathroom can you tell by my comments they have no point neither did yours now go cry in a corner baby

          • anonymous

            Oh really?. calling a guy baby is really immature.

          • anonymous


          • chris

            Sorry for calling you a douchebag and idiot. And please stop calling me a baby. Thanks

          • chris

            How would you feel if I called you a baby?. I know you feel bad. So do I.

          • Azeem

            Only .01% of Android users have viruses on their phone, making it virtually nonexistent, and bricking your phone is very small (around that percentage) if you flash the proper firmware.

          • DeadUnitRising

            Sorry had to have a good old laugh at this “The phone is dead when it has been “bricked””, rooting does not void your warranty and a phone certainly isn’t dead if bricked…..

      • Shark Bait

        Well they are in the business of selling phones so this isn’t to be totally unexpected. Most people will switch after 24 months anyway so they see it as a lot of work , for 6 months of usage. (This assumes you bought it on release day). Their just isnt a good business case for updating them.
        If your that bothered, custom ROMs are the way forward, and will likely breathe new life into your old(ish) hardware. Plus google sometimes cherry pick features from custom ROMs, so it’s kinda like your using future android.

        In an ideal world updates would work like they do in chrome os, but the diverse mobile market doesn’t allow for this (yet), google are making strides to make this possible with play services, it will be interesting to see how they pull it off

        • Balraj

          What I meant was, in that 18 months period..the android update doesn’t take place
          Look at lg G
          Many other handsets

  • Shark Bait

    this must be the most resistant phone out their!

    • jbox

      It should be named HTC Die Hard 2

      • Shark Bait

        Here’s to change Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker

  • Alan Shearer

    kitkat for xperia play :)

  • Wezi427

    I have a Motorola RAZR Maxx. This phone could easily handle 4.4, but the problem for me is Verizon. They are slow to update and Motorola is part of the problem too. Now that Motorola is owned by Google I hope that Motorola changes it’s ways. Google also has to change the 18 month policy, but that won’t happen because of the manufactures and network providers.

  • gils001

    JUST DIE ALREADY!!!!! gahhhhh! lol in all honesty this is like like the T1000 from Terminator.

  • Alex Ohannes

    That software image stabilization in the video is just sickening.

  • SeraZR™

    It’s 2076. Mindless zombies tread on Earth devastated by nuclear wars. The HTC HD2 still runs latest version of Android

    • lopsidedrodent

      Don’t have to wait for 2076 or a nuclear war. Mindless zombies already treading the earth. Who else do you think they make shows about the Kardashians for?

  • hoggleboggle

    The HTC hd2 – probably the greatest phone ever released. It amazes me what people have been able to achieve with it. Time to dig it out and give kit kat a try then :-)

  • Gojin Man

    .KitKat for my 2-year old Samsung Galaxy Y S5360!

    haha…waiting for this ROM

  • i want kitkat

  • Abhishek Kumar

    HTC HTD?