The HTC Desire HD has quite the history. With a 4.3-inch screen on the outside and a single core 1GHz CPU on the inside, it became available all the way back in 2010, rocking some truly ancient software that’ll challenge even the most studious of historians—namely Android 2.2 Froyo and HTC Sense 2.0. It was upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Sense 3.0, and was graciously promised by HTC an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich. Unfortunately, HTC didn’t keep their promise and backpedaled, essentially crushing any hope for Desire HD owners to experience the benefits of later, official releases.
But as we’ve witnessed time and time again, where there’s a will, there’s a way. And in this case, the HTC Desire HD finally sees Sense 5.0 (and Android 4.1.2) running on its screen. The Sense 5.0 port comes thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member S.a.M.e.R_d, who managed to port the HTC modified skin and the associated features and improvements such as Blinkfeed, from the HTC Desire 500.
Quite a few functions are working as they should, including the backlight, root access, mobile data and text messaging, but the port is still a work in progress, and this can be seen from the broken camera, audio, WiFi, and SD Card.
If you’re a loyal HTC Desire HD user, or someone who’s simply interested in the development progress of a relatively ancient device, head over to the development thread for more details and discussion.