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?

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.