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Unofficial HTC HD2 Guide

September 21st, 2010 18 comments

THE ULTIMATE HTC HD2 GUIDE

The HD2 Hardware Guide


The original image of HTC HD2 was referenced from www.htc.com

In the rapidly evolving world of telecommunication, things change very rapidly. Several months back, HTC introduced a flagship device named HD2. It’s been crowned to be the direct successor of the HTC HD. Among many features, this “monstrous” device offers a 1024 MHz Qualcomm processor, 576MB of RAM and a 4.3” display with about 2.5x the resolution of the iPhone 3GS. Besides the amazing hardware the phone offers a great amount of features, which are expanding every day. There are so vast, that in this guide you will only learn about some of the few most interesting ones. More information will follow in future. Stepby-step instructions in this guide will make it’s usage of HD2 easier, more interesting and productive. In fact, vast majority of elements discussed here will not be found in your manual. Consider this guide your unofficial “missing manual”. Have fun learning about this fascinating piece of engineering and direct your comments or feedback to us below, after the break.

Voice Commands


Imagine having your own personal assistant, who will perform all of the common tasks such as phone calls, get calendar information, start programs and even play or control your music. Well, Windows Voice Command, which is a state-of-the art speech technology, transforms your mobile device into a personal assistant and helps manage your digital lifestyle more conveniently. The only thing you have to do is press and hold the call button, in order to activate the Voice Command feature! Below are some common Voice Command features you could benefit from.

Spoken e-mail notifications

You can now configure Voice Command to speak the subject and sender of incoming e-mail messages and the content of SMS messages as they arrive.

Spoken caller ID

Windows Mobile smartphone users can take full advantage of incoming caller ID without ever looking down at the screen. Incoming call information is announced as calls are received. Users who think they may have missed a call can simply ask, “What calls did I miss?” and Voice Command will recite the time and phone number of missed calls.

Have a voice-controlled, hands-free phone

You can simply say any name from your contact list with the appropriate command. Voice Command will even announce incoming calls.

Use a Bluetooth headset for a better hands free experience and for enhanced privacy

Place phone calls to people who are in your address book by using

your voice

Just say “Call Nancy Anderson” to place a call or include “at home,” “at work,” or “on mobile” if there is more than one phone number listed. Voice Command will even tell you which numbers you have for Nancy Anderson and let you decide.

Dial your phone by voice using the phone number

If you need to call a number that is not in your contact list, just say the phone number; for example, “Dial 425 555 0137.”

Call back or redial the last caller

Use “callback” to call the last person who called you and “redial” to call the last person who you called.

This feature simplifies returning calls to people who are not in your contact list. Missed calls are announced by name or number with a single command: Ask “What calls have I missed?”

Use your voice for contact and calendar lookup

Voice Command makes it easy for you to view your contacts with one command. If you want to view the details for a contact named Nancy Anderson, say, “Show Nancy Anderson.” Similarly, you can easily view your calendar by saying, “Show calendar.”

Have the subject, time, and location of upcoming appointments read to you

As you are running out the door, you can easily have Voice Command read the details of your upcoming appointments out loud so you do not have to look at the screen to find out what is coming up. Check the time and location of your next appointments by saying, “What are my appointments” You can ask about your next appointment by saying, “What is my next appointment.” Or, have Voice Command read your appointments for tomorrow by saying, “What are my appointments tomorrow.”

Control your media player with your voice

Use your voice to choose the music that you want to play from your collection by album, artist, or genre. You can select the music that you want to listen to the way you think about it. You can even ask Voice Command to “play everything” in your entire music collection, turning your smartphone into your own personal DJ. You can say “Play artist” or “Play album,” and Voice Command will list all of the artists or albums that are on your device and let you choose one of them to create an instant playlist. You can choose to control your music with your voice or use the button interface. If you are listening to new or unfamiliar music, you can ask “What song is this,” and the name of the song and artist will be read to you.

Use utilities with spoken commands

With Voice Command, you can use spoken commands to start any program that is on the Start menu or in the Programs folder, such as Inbox, Calculator, or Solitaire. You can even start additional programs that you added to your device. Use one button to start any application with a single quick voice command, including signal strength, battery level, time, and date. You can even set ringer level and low-battery alert by voice. * Voice Commands were obtained from Microsoft.com.

For more information and video tutorials consult

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/enus/downloads/microsoft/voice-command-features.mspx

Photography


The HD2 features a 5 Megapixel camera with dual flash. The LED flash is so bright that it’s impossible to miss a shot when you take a picture in the dark. Make sure to enable that feature from the camera menu.

Flash

To access the latter, tap the “Camera” icon, then make sure the little lightning icon is enabled and doesn’t have a line thought it.

Picture Adjustments

All of the rest of the adjustments can be done through the settings icon, located on the right lower corner. Things such as, shutter sound, resolution, contrast, saturation and many other settings can be adjusted hrough the camera settings menu.

Sharing

It seems that taking photos and sharing them with ones who matter the most is very easy with the HD2. After he photo is taken, tap and select via which service you want to share the photo.

Bluethooth Sharing

This feature is probably one of the most useful ones. When you want to share a photo via Bluetooth, go to tart > Multimedia > Pictures & Videos, from the dropdown, select the “Media Card” and voila, “long pressing” on the desired photo, will allow you to beam the picture or a video via Bluetooth! Note, that by selecting “Share”, you will get additional sharing options such as “Windows Live”, “My Phone”, “Flickr”, “Myspace”, which will not be seen through the Sense UI!

Manual Focus

Manual focusing can be achieved by launching either the camera or the camcorder, and while holding the hone in camera position and tapping on the object on the screen. This feature is particularly useful when trying to ocus either on the foreground or the background of the shot. It’s amazing how much of a professional look one can achieve just by using this feature on the spectacular HD2 camera.

Navigation

Several months after the release of the HTC HD2, Microsoft announced a new version of their search engine, which offers a turn-by-turn voice-prompted navigation. It’s the new “Bing” app for windows mobile. At the time when this guide was written, the most recent firmware upgrade from T-Mobile (version 2.13.531.1) didn’t offer new Bing integration. Here you will learn how to install it. The process is fairly easy. The app is now on the Windows Marketplace.

Bing_Screenshots_HTC_HD2

1) Go to Start > Marketplace.
2) Type “Bing” in the search box
3) Tap on the black “Bing” icon
4) Read the description and install the app.

RSS


The RSS is the industrial standard for news distribution on-line. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. This type of a new feed allows the end user to subscribe for new articles from their favorite websites. The news can be in form of a text, audio or video. One will benefit from this kind of a distribution by being able to ubscribe for news feeds from several sites simultaneously. Current laptop and desktop computers handle RSS feeds by means of an integrated RSS reader add-on in the browser. Almost all big name web sites and browsers support this types of aggregations. Luckily for it’s owners, HTC HD2 comes with an integrated RSS hub, which does all of the abovementioned functions right on the mobile device. It actually takes it to the next level of convenience by providing RSS feed search right inside the client. That means, that one can simply type the name of the site, or it’s URL in the search box inside the RSS client and get all RSS feeds relevant to the search criteria. For exambple, if Engadet.com is searched, the RSS Hub will allow the user to subscribe for the news feed. All that can be done without leaving the app. The second great feature, which is a huge selling point for the app, is the fact that video and audio podcasts are also supported. Thanks to multi-format support of the built in Windows Media player, which is several steps ahead of it’s competition, almost all video and audio feeds are playable on HD2.

The RSS Hub can be found under Start > Tools. It should look like so:

RSS_Hub_On_HTC_HD2

Below is the sample of the interface. So-called new feed subscriptions are displayed on the front section.

RSS_Hub_Screenshots_HTC_HD2

In the menu option, the user can set the frequency of updates. As the news arrive, they will be displayed in the notification bar at the top of the screen. When tapped, all of the most recent updates will be indicated in bold. As you can see on the image at the very right, even the video podcasts can be downloaded. I recommend saving larger video and audio files on the SD memory card, which can also be done in the settings menu. For your reference, I will provide you with all playable formats for video and audio.

There are as follows:

Supported audio formats:

.aac, .amr, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mp4, .qcp, .wav, .wma

* Supported Video formats:

.wmv, .asf, .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v, .avi

* Supported bitrates vary. With podcasts there aren’t subjects of a concern.

Adding Adobe Flash Functionality


Over the past several years, Adobe Flash has become increasingly popular on the interweb’s horizons.  Computer users can access video, audio, and game content from their web browsers, using a simple plug-in from Adobe, called Adobe Flash Player (formerly known as Macromedia Flash Player). As mobile devices with an Internet access became very abundant, and the devices became more capable of doing things pretty fast. The general public began seeing a need in having access to the same content in their mobile phones. Formerly, due to the lack of performance, developers haven’t thought of integrating Flash in mobile browsers, however now, with proliferation of smarter and more capable devices, it seems that things have taken a different turn. At the time when this manual has been published, Opera browser which comes preinstalled on every HD2, got an upgrade to a beta version named “Opera 10”. It supports Adobe Flash Light as a pre-installed plug-in. If you would like to give it a spin, follow the instructions below, to install Opera 10 on your HD2 and enable Adobe Flash Light. Firstly, because it’s beta software, it will not yet be available on the Windows Marketplace. In order to download it, we are going to have to refer to Opera.com.

Here are the steps:

1. Open your Opera Browser

2. Go to “m.opera.com”

3. Tap on “Other download options”

4. Select “Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile, touch

phone”

5. Select “Download Opera Mobile 10 for Windows

Mobile, touch phone”

6. Select, “Save”

7. Then click “Save”, again

8. Double-tap at the “Opera_Mobile_10WM.cab”

9. Select to install on the “Device”

10. After the installation, go to Start > Opera Mobile 10 to

launch the browser

11. After it launches, select the wrench on the lower right

corner, and go to “Settings”

12. Select “Advanced”

13. And make sure “Plug-ins” switch is at “On” position

That’s all, now you can enjoy faster browsing and Adobe Flash Light support.

Optionally, the user could also scan the QR code, provided below, in order to download the Opera Mobile browser.

Opera_Mobile_WM_Downoad_QR_Code

Considering that the software is still on the experimental stage, it may lag and be unstable, however it will definitely get the job done. During testing, no issues were noticed, except for some dropped frames when watching a Flash video, but that’s normal, because the videos are optimized for a desktop computer experience and not for a smartphone. When watching a Flash video, the user can double-click on the video to bring it up to a full screen. Also note, that Opera 10 isn’t optimized for multi-touch, which means that, so far there is no pinch-to-zoom support when zooming in or out on a web-page. In order to illustrate the installation process, below are step-by-step screen grabs of the entire process (going from left to right).

Full Technical Specifications*


Operating System: Windows Mobile 6.5 Processor Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon Internal Memory ROM: 1GB;
RAM: 576MB Compatibility *
Wireless: WiFi: 802.11 b/g* GPS/AGPS
Email: One Exchange, up to 6 POP/IMAP
Dimensions: 122x67x11mm Weight 157g (with battery)
Display: 4.3-inch HD touch-sensitive screen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution
Technology: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA/HSPA: 1700 MHz (AWS) / 2100 MHz Battery 1230 mAh
Talk Time: 380 min (GSM)
Standby Time: 490 hours (GSM) (The above are subject to network and phone usage)
Speakerphone: Built-in microphone, speaker
Built in Camera: 5MP, including widescreen capture, digital zoom and 2x LED Flash
Audio/Video:
* Windows Media® Player
* Albums
* Pictures & Videos
* FM Radio
* Audio supported formats:
.aac, .amr, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mp4, .qcp, .wav, .wma
* Video supported formats:
.wmv, .asf, .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v, .avi
I/O Interface: Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate, WiFi: 802.11 b/g
Expansion: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) (up to 32GB) Antenna Internal Antenna In Box Content
16GB
Other Features:
Travel Charger User Interface * HTC Sense user experience *Capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom and haptic
capability * G-Sensor * Proximity sensor * 3.5 mm headset jack *micro USB support
*Technical specifications were obtained from http://www.htc.com/us/products/t-mobile-hd2?view=1-1&sort=0#tech-specs

Thank you for reading this post. I hope that you’ve extracted something new and useful for yourself. Leave a comment and tell us how useful this was and what do you think about your HD2.