Legacy HTC phones and the One S getting a taste of Jelly Bean
Some HTC phones will never die! Earlier this week, news broke of the Windows Mobile phone the HTC HD2 receiving Google’s latest Android operating system, Jelly Bean. And today you really need to give a round of applause to the modding community for putting all sorts of effort into keeping the HTC Nexus One and the HTC Evo 4G alive with Jelly Bean ROMs. These devices were both incredibly popular when released and it is refreshing to see talented folks out there willing to develop and keep older phones feeling young with a new code. The Android community supports newly released phones as well; the HTC One S has fallen into a stash of Jelly Beans thanks to XDA-Developers member, BiteBlaze.
The HTC HD2 came to the US in March of 2010 running Windows Mobile 6.5 and though it was a powerful phone it was using software that Microsoft later announced it would not upgrade to the new Windows Phone platform. Too many people refused to let this phone fall in the shadows and to this day it is probably known as the most versitile smartphone out there. The HD2 has seen ROM’s of all flavors like MIUI, Windows Phone 7 & up, Android 2.2 & up, Ubuntu, MeeGo, Win95 & Win98. Here is what you get with the Jelly Bean build that is released as a Pre-Alpha release:
Sound - Google Now - USB Mass Storage - Mobile Data 2G/3G - Calls - Wi-Fi - Bluetooth - SMS - Video playback
The HTC Nexus One was huge, because it was offered as a pure Android phone and was promised to receive new Android releases as soon as they became available. Here is what currently works on this ROM:
Data – Wi-Fi – Bluetooth – Rotation – Mic – Sound – USB Mass Storage – GPS – Apps2sd – Trackball
The HTC Evo 4G came shortly after the HD2, but it already had Android and it was Sprint’s first 4G phone so it was an instant hit. The HTC Evo 4G is the phone you see in so many Sprint customers hands to this day even though it is about 2 years old so cheers to those of you holding onto one. The way the forum lists changes it is easier to display what doesn’t work as of today:
No 4G – No Camera – No video streaming channels
The HTC One S has not been on store shelves very long and HTC only announced yesterday that they are in the process of Jelly Beaning this phone. So it is cool to see how anxious the community is to use Jelly Bean on the latest and greatest hardware. Here is what is working so far:
Mobile Data/Network – System Core Process – SD card – Touchscreen – Sound – Lockscreen – USB Mass Storage
Users out there should be very excited and thankful to these subject matter experts that are willing to help keep your investments alive. When the carrier and manufacturer opt to discontinue operating system support or do not act fast enough look to the community for a solution!