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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The HD2 has since been replaced by the the HD7 which has roughly the same configuration and costs less than the the former.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.