HTC HD2 soldiers on past Win Phone 8, runs Windows RT
The HTC HD2, a smartphone from the Windows Mobile era, has been continuously pushed by developers and the hacking community to support Windows Phone 7, 7.5 and even Windows Phone 8. But now they've managed to get the handset to run Windows RT. Yes, Windows RT.
@CotullaCode published the above photo on Twitter, which shows the HD2 running Microsoft's tablet OS. This name was also involved in the Windows Phone 8 port to the device. Unfortunately, it's not known how the team accomplished such a task, and the end result is not yet available for the public.
The HTC HD2 has proved its worth more than once, and remains a true fighter when it comes to legacy hardware running the latest software. The hacker has posted a number of images that show the desktop app and main start screen in action. It's quite an achievement for such a barrier to be smashed down.
Source: @CotullaCode, via: The Verge; thanks everyone who tipped us!
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Seeing how WP7.8 does actually have a serious impact on the usually snappy and smooth handling of the startscreen, and that gets worse the more different size tiles you add, it is a clear case showing that these devices would not be able to handle WP8 in any usable way.
It has already been done
1) that article is sourced by a WPCentral article
2) The person that put WP8 on the HTC HD2 is the same person in this article, and
3) This article isnt about WP8, it's about W8 RT
Really if Microsoft reconfigures some things for the lower resolutions of phones (or requires phones meet the 720p minimum) then it could very easily happen. The idea of running WRT on my phone is VERY appealing to me as a user, and it would be very appealing for developers to develop for one platform.
Obviously, don’t expect the HD2 to run Windows RT in its full glory though. The Surface RT with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor sometimes struggles to run Windows RT properly, and the HD2 only has a single core clocked at 1GHz and half the RAM.
By then phones will be advanced enough to run the full version of Windows. The only issue is apps, right now Windows 8 and WP8 apps are buidl for specific screensizes. Developers should be encouraged to also make their apps adapt to various screensizes and formfactors. When Windows 8 has enough marketshare it would be a way to stand out from all the (cr)apps.
I wouldn't be suprised if Windows Phone 10 will never be and Windows 10 will also be available for phones.
It will never happen for any other device, officially or unofficially.
WP ran very smooth, but IMO Android didn't run that well. Everything worked fine, but eventually it would begin to lag. I guess that's more likely to be caused by the nature of Android, than by the HD2. ;-)
Then this brings up other questions: Is Windows RT in the form of a ROM? ...
Bigger chance of this happening on first-generation devices and the Lumia 710.
The HD2 and Windows Phone, the never ending story.