touch diamond 2

We haven't been covering too much the ongoing attempts to get Google's Android OS to run on Windows Mobile hardware--it's a moving target with varying results depending on your device--but mtllc555 has gone ahead and shown what a fully-functional Android looks like on a Diamond 2.

Results? Impressive.  

The OS is relatively fast for basic functions (a little sluggish on graphics) and overall seems to be working for every function (call, web, market, etc.).

Unfortunately, to get Android to run on your phone will depend on your hardware and radios (GSM vs CDMA) as each phone requires its own 'team'--some are more ahead than others. For instance on the CDMA Touch Pro 2, sound doesn't work and battery life is not that spectacular.

A good place to get started if you're interested (and have some time) is XDAndroid, which has info on the raphael/fuze, diamond, blackstone, topaz and rhodium. The process is not too difficult, can do no permanent damage and is a great way to kill a few hours.

Full video of Android 2.1 ('Eclair') on the Diamond 2 after the break.

[via Windows Mobile Based Phones]

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ROM Updates from HTC

Sporting a Euro Touch Diamond 2?  If you are, HTC has released a "official" ROM update for the Windows Phone. The update includes Sense 2.5 and can be found on HTC's UK Support site.  While the Touch Diamond 2 isn't available in the U.S. Market, we do have the AT&T Pure.  Could it be next?

In addition to the update for the Touch Diamond 2, HTC has also released an "official" ROM update for the Euro Touch Pro 2.  However, unlike with the update for the Touch Diamond 2, it doesn't look like HTC is ready to officially put Sense 2.5 on the Touch Pro 2.

[read: pocketnow.com]

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AT&T Tilt 2 and Pure get hotfixes

We've stumbled across two hotfixes for the AT&T Tilt 2 and Pure. The first fix addresses inconsistent caller id functions and the second where the Windows phone freezes in the SMS application.

Both fixes are not ROM updates and will not cause you to lose your data. HTC notes that these fixes will survive a hard reset and will only need to be installed once. Do note that the fixes might not load if you're running a custom ROM. Stock AT&T only, it looks like.

The fixes for the Tilt 2 can be found here and for the Pure here. It appears that these issues are present only in the AT&T models so Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile users need not worry.

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We've already seen the leak of an official release of Windows Mobile 6.5 for the HTC Touch Diamond 2. Now HTC has released the ROM itself, with the following versions for the following regions:

  • Germany: 2.16.407.1
  • Denmark: 2.16.403.1
  • United Kingdom: 2.16.405.4
  • Sweden: 2.16.413.1
  • Norway: 2.16.409.1
  • Portugal: 2.16.410.1

The usual reminder that these are full-on ROM upgrades, and so you need to back up your data elsewhere first. Otherwise, go get it here.

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While we AT&T Pure users here in the States enjoy our spanking new Windows Mobile 6.5, the unlocked Touch Diamond 2 released months ago is still awaiting the official upgrade from HTC. Gasp!

The date for the upgrade keeps coming and going, but it looks like Froidstar at XDA has gotten his/her hands on the official version, unofficially, of course.

It's an older build (2.07.58475) from July, which is evidently what HTC will be releasing to the masses. Hands-on reports are that it is very stable and fast so far.

So if you haven't rocked a custom WM6.5 update already (hard to believe) then you may want to give this a shot, or perhaps you "Chefs" need a new stable base to work from?

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The rumors were true. Despite Tuesday being the official Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day, the AT&T Pure is on sale right now, in stores, for the low, low price of $149.99 after two-year contract and rebate. [via Tilt Mobility] And Windows Mobile 6.5 is already on board the variant of the HTC Touch Pro 2.

We sneaked over to our closest store, and there it was. We're obviously not going to do a full-on review while the device is shackled to the AT&T store, but a quick run-through had the UI running fairly smooth, including TouchFLO 3D. Opera Mobile 9.5 was on board, and the WinMo 6.5 build definitely was not one of the newer ones we've seen floating around.

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Despite not being officially announced by AT&T yet, plans already are in place should the unthinkable happen to your newly purchased Tilt 2 or Pure. The upcoming branded versions of the HTC Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2, respectively, have appeared on an AT&T insurance deductible schedule. And there's no reason to cover a phone that you're not even going to carry, so ...

FuzeMobility via wmpoweruser

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Might this be the AT&T Pure?

We assume that somewhere under these cases is the Windows phone known as the HTC Pure — it's just a little tough when your retinas are burning.

Anyhoo, the pics we're looking at here from HTCpedia purportedly show the variant of the HTC Touch Diamond 2 (aka the Warhawk) that we're expecting on AT&T ... eventually. It's more than a little odd to see initial images of a phone while it's case-clad, but stranger things have happened. There's not much to be gleaned other than the 5.0-megapixel camera (which we've been expecting), the usual zoom bar and four-button combo, and a stylus. The $149.99 price (after rebate and contract) is still in effect.

How about it, folks? This tickling your fancy?

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The AT&T news keeps on a'comin' this weekend. After getting an idea of when the HTC Touch Pro 2 (aka Tilt 2) may be released, and then seeing it show up in inventory, the Boy Genius Report now says it has pricing information for it, as well as a couple of other anticiapted phones. Let's do this the easy way:

  • Tilt 2: $299 after contract and $50 rebate; $499 retail.
  • Touch Diamond 2: Codenamed the Warhawk and already seen at the FCC, will be known as the Pure and will go for $199 after contract and $40 rebate. Retails for $349. Update: BGR's updated and it now appears that the Diamond 2, er, Pure will go for $149.99 after contract and $50 rebate. (See the pic here.) The retail price still stands (and is pretty darn good).
  • Garmin-Asus Nüvifone G60: It lives! And it'll cost $299.99 after contract and $100 rebate. Will retail for $549.99.

No word on release dates for the later two phones, but remember that we're expecting the Tilt 2 in about a month.

(And remember, folks, the above picture is just an early render of the Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2 on AT&T. We're actually expecting the Tilt 2 to look like this.)

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That the HTC Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2 will be upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't really news. HTC CEO Peter Chou spilled the beans on that one before WinMo 6.5 was even announced. But we are learning that the Snap also will be graced with the upgrade, and HTC will make the upgrades available for all three phones on the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day.

That said, we're still not entirely sure if we're just talking unlocked phones, or if U.S. carrier-sanctioned phones will get in on the action, too. Stay tuned.

AreaMobile.de via wmpoweruser

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HTC Whitestone passes the FCC

OK, it's time to quit teasing you with that render of the Verizon-branded HTC Whitestone and get down to brass tacks. What we're expected to become Verizon's version of the Touch Diamond 2 has made it through the FCC, bringing it that much closer to a store near you. It's still a little up in the air whether it'll be a world phone with CDMA and GSM radios, but it's probably more likely than not.

We'll pause, now, as your excitement builds.

FCC via Engadget Mobile

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We brought you the first renders of the HTC Whitestone - aka the Touch Diamond 2. We brought you diagrams of the phone. Now we bring it to you wearing the Verizon badge.

Notice that the buttons have changed a bit from the last picture we saw, gaining color. The Windows Flag has moved to the middle, and there's now what appears to be a multimedia/music button on board. And that silver speaker grille-type bezel has gone dark.

Still zero news on availability, but stay tuned.

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Ask and ye shall receive, dear readers. While these are "just" renders and not the in-the-flesh mockups we've seen of the T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Touch Pro 2s, what we've got here are renders of what supposedly will be coming to AT&T, courtesy of Engadget.

The purloined spec slides are after the break, but everything's about what we've been told, save for launch dates, of course. And we'd expect the home buttons you see on here on the Touch Pro 2 (Fuze 2?) and Touch Diamond 2 to most likely be replaced by the Windows flag button. Also interesting is that AT&T finally may be going with the Diamond line after passing on the original iteration.

And in case there were any confusion that HTC phones get coolest code names out there, the Touch Pro 2's been dubbed the Fortress, and the TD2's the Warhawk.

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We're about to really get into the ones and zeros here, and we're going to do so after the break, so bear with us. But the skinny is that it looks like legendary ROM chef Conflipper has found evidence that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 will be coming to Sprint. (That's just us slapping a Sprint logo on a TD2 up there, so nobody freak out just yet.)

Sure, that might not be a surprise, given that Sprint carries the original Touch Diamond and we've seen a Sprint-branded Touch Pro 2. But how Conflipper came to this conclusion is pretty cool, and he's shared it at ppcgeeks. Click on through to the other side as we break down all the dirty details. (And thanks, Brandon, for the tip!)

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Hey, we're all about fixing problems with ROMs, especially problems that creep up in the first month or so. But three hotfixes now for theEuropean Touch Diamond 2? Thanks, mates, for breaking it in for those of us in the states. But we digress.

Apparently this fix tackles SMS notifications not giving an audio alert if the phone is in standby mode. Yeah, that's kinda a biggie.

So, to recap, with links to the fixes:

As always, back up your data first, just in case. And if you have to hard-reset your phone, you'll have to reapply these hotfixes. Hopefully they'll be cooked into a ROM at some point.

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If you happen to be rocking an HTC Touch Diamond 2 already – either you're outside the U.S. or are an impatient American who imported – there's a hotfix available that's really more of a hidefix.

See, there's a "Start Recording" option that, well, doesn't really work, and so this hotfix just plucks the option from the phone. That said, there appears to have been some progress toward actually making it work. The legality of recording calls varies depending on where you live, so play with caution.

Or to avoid temptation entirely, just apply the hotfix, which you can get here.

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Two hotfixes for the Touch Diamond 2 in less than a week? That's it. Mine's going in the garbage.

Just kidding, folks. Stay out of my trash. Actually, we're more inclined to take the glass-half-full route here. Hotfixes mean HTC has acknowledged problems and has fixed them. Here's what's been addressed:

  • Hotfix No. 1 (5-22-09): If you move to the Settings tab in TouchFLO, the top part of the item descriptions under Communications (WiFi, Bluetooth, phone, data) are slightly cut off. If this happens, please download this hotfix to solve the problem.
  • Hotfix No. 2 (5-25-09): If you can’t dial out but can receive calls through the PCCW network when roaming in HK, please download this hotfix to solve the problem.

Obviously, these are for non-U.S. versions of the phone because, well, we don't yet have a U.S. version of the phone. (And note that the second fix only is necessary when you're in Hong Kong.) And as with all hotfixes, you'll have to re-apply them if you hard-reset your phone. Hopefully we'll see these baked into a ROM update at some point.

And speaking of fixes, a GPS fix also was released for non-U.S. versions of the Touch Pro. You can get it here.

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