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Coders Get Windows Phone Mango To Run On HTC HD2

The HTC HD2 has been given a second lease of life after developers were able to hack Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Mango operating system to make it run on that old but still trusty mobile handset.

Pocketnow reports that the developers may even launch the hack today, although there are a few issues like the absence of Marketplace, search and HTML5 rendering in Internet Explorer.

Videos published by XDA-developers show that the port is a successful one, bringing much needed improvements to the old Windows Mobile 6.5 that ran on the smartphone until now.

The HTC HD2, AKA Leo, was the first HTC handset to come with a large 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen and to some extent was the precursor of the HTC Desire HD.

One may expect other Windows Mobile handsets to be ported to Windows Phone 7 if they have the minimum hardware configuration.

That would be a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB memory, 8GB onboard storage, a rear camera, a WVGA capacitive touchcreen and Wi-Fi.

The HD2 has since been replaced by the the HD7 which has roughly the same configuration and costs less than the the former. The upgrade therefore seems to be aimed at existing HD2 users reluctant to upgrade to a newer handset.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.