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The mobile technology news has been dominated yesterday with the official launch of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system and devices of launching partners HTC, Samsung and LG.

It almost slipped through that a ROM upgrade for the HTC HD2 has been released yesterday. The HTC HD2 is an incredible powerful device I love to use, and will continue to use for some time.

HTC HD2 ROM 3.14 improvements

The following improvements can be gained with the ROM upgrade according to the HTC Support website:

  1. This upgrade for HTC HD2 includes all previously released updates;
  2. For the Contacts application allowing for faster searching and locating contacts;
  3. Enhanced handling for CPU processing that will quicken the background processes allowing for an overall improved experience;

IMPORTANT

This update is NOT intended for use on T-Mobile(US) HTC HD2, and doing so may have undesired side effects.

HTC HD2 screenshots of ROM 3.14

Yesterday night I flashed my HTC HD2 with this ROM as you can see in the screenshots above. One of the key improvements is the “unlock” of the  full 512 MB storage to the end-user ! You can see this both in the left screenshot below, as well as in the system information of Resco Explorer 2010.

Another improvement is the new setup wizard for setting-up an e-mail account. You can now choose the most common e-mail services and set-up the accounts with a single entry of your credentials.

Concluding thoughts and wrap-up

Big compliments to HTC to continue the development of improvements for the current line Windows Mobile 6.x devices, certainly if you think about the biggest launch line-up ever with five HTC Windows Phone 7 devices !

I will need to spent some more time to find out where the improvements in the contact handling are, but overall it feels a little more snappy and stable. However after a week of use I can tell more … :)

Grab your download of the latest HTC HD2 ROM and drop a comment what you think of the improvements ?

IMPORTANT

This update is NOT intended for use on T-Mobile(US) HTC HD2, and doing so may have undesired side effects.

 
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  • aadarsh

    when will the wm7 download be available for hd2

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

      Hi aadarsh,

      I don’t think you will every see an official release of a Windows Phone 7 ROM for the HTC HD2. The Standardized Hardware Foundation simply doesn’t support the five buttons on the bottom of the HTC HD2 and there isn’t a search button available. Please checkout the interview with Charlie Kindel, Partner Group Program Manager for the Windows Phone Application Platform & Developer Experience, who touched this topic when I asked him about hardware QWERTY keyboard devices.

      // Remo Knops

  • Kismaci

    Hi, which tabs included this ROM? You didn’t mentioned.
    Thanks in advance! :)

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

      Hi Kismaci,

      I assume you mean the tabs in HTC Sense ? Those tabs are:
      (1) Home, (2) People, (3) Messages, (4) Mail, (5) Internet, (6) Calendar, (7) Stocks, (8) Photos & Videos, (9) Music, (10) Weather, (11) Twitter, (12) Footprints and (13) Settings.

      Please drop a comment if you need more information, I’ll do my best to help.

      // Remo Knops

  • CRM

    Installed the new ROM for my HD2 yesterday, install went without a hitch, changes i’ve so far noticed, when a text is sent the phone now gives a report and makes a sound to say its been sent, something only mms messages did before. task manager now closes applications much quicker, cleartype for text appears to be no longer an option.

    • tex_willer

      hi CRM

      I’m in Egypt and i want to upgrade my ROM with that UE latest ROM, but i cannot do it as my serial number allow me to download MEA ROM only.

      Can you give any HTC HD2 Europe Serial Number to allow me to download this ROM

      Or upload the ROM on any upload website(Megaupload, etc.) and send me the link.

      Thanks in advance

    • thagin

      I have noticed so far the latest ROM give me a problem. The on top start with windows logo suddenly no response if I receive any notification (SMS/miss called,etc) and I don’t take it immediately.

  • Marcus

    Am about to try it – hope there’s a Peep update for OAuth!

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

      Hi Marcus,

      HTC Peep is updated for OAuth, at least it works like a charm here. However please note that the ROM upgrade is not intended vor the T-Mobile USA version of the HTC HD2.

      // Remo Knops

  • robert

    audio booster has new eq user interface! very nice

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

      Hi Robert,

      Excellent research. Did you see that if you tab-and-hold on a shortcut on the HTC Sense Home tab, you can drag-and-drop to remove the specific shortcut. In the screenshots below you can see that I remove the YouTube client shortcut, a similar mechnism as you can see with the Android operating system.

      htc hd2 rom upgrade 3.14 screenshot 14 htc hd2 rom upgrade 3.14 screenshot 16

      // Remo Knops

      • tex_willer

        hi Remo Knops

        I’m in Egypt and i want to upgrade my ROM with that UE latest ROM, but i cannot do it as my serial number allow me to download MEA ROM only.

        Can you give any HTC HD2 Europe Serial Number to allow me to download this ROM

        Or upload the ROM on any upload website(Megaupload, etc.) and send me the link.

        Thanks in advance

        TEX

    • tex_willer

      hi Robert

      I’m in Egypt and i want to upgrade my ROM with that UE latest ROM, but i cannot do it as my serial number allow me to download MEA ROM only.

      Can you give any HTC HD2 Europe Serial Number to allow me to download this ROM

      Or upload the ROM on any upload website(Megaupload, etc.) and send me the link.

      Thanks in advance

  • tex_willer

    dear all,

    I’m in Egypt and i want to upgrade my ROM with that UE latest ROM, but i cannot do it as my serial number allow me to download MEA ROM.

    Can someone give any HTC HD2 Europe Serial Number to allow me to download this ROM

    Or upload the ROM on any upload website and send me the link.

    Thanks in advance

  • santos

    Hi, i made an backup of my device before the rom upgrade with activesync. now i can’t sincronize the phone again to get my stuf back. it doesn’t recognize the backup files anda make a new folder…how can i get my stuf back? thanks

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

      Hi santos,

      Have you set the HTC HD into Active Sync mode (and not in Disk Drive or Internet Sharing mode). Check out via start –> settings –> connections –> usbtopc ?
      Do you get some kind of errorcode ?

      // Remo Knops

      • santos

        yes, i put on active sync mode and it doesn’t sync with the folder that contain the oldest stuff. when i connect the phone, it’s like the first time, it creates all from the beginning. thanks for the reply. (sorry my english)

      • tex_willer

        Dear Santos,

        can you please help me out,

        can you give any HTC HD2 Europe Serial Number to allow me to download this ROM

        Or upload the ROM on any upload website(Megaupload, etc.) and send me the link.

        My serial number does allow me to donwload this ROM I’m in Egypt

  • Vikas

    When you dial a number it now gives you options direct from the screen while dialing to choose from SPEAKER mode or MUTE mode and when the call is connected gives two more options HOLD and ADD CALL. This is a step less if you wish to go on the speaker mode or mute the call or hold the call.

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

      Vikas,

      A great many thanks for sharing this information, very well spotted.
      Do you like the improvements with this ROM or should HTC have addressed other area’s ?

      // Remo Knops

  • Dominic Collins

    Hi I just updated my ROM to 3.14, now when I import sim contacts it says 165 completed but they do not appear????? So I have no contacts on th phone memory and am not able to link Face book and such, any ideas anyone?

    Dom.

    • JR21

      Hey Dom,

      I’m having the exact same problem. I’ve got 90 contacts that say they’ve been moved onto my phone, yet there isn’t any to view. I’m not in the mood to make new contacts from the ones I already have. I’ll just wait for a solution…if there is one.

  • Andrew

    I updated my hd2 this week and can honestly say the phone performs a lot better. I have a chat program call palringo that I used and before had to restart the phone a couple of times a day and in between that keep clearing the memory using sk tools. Since the upgrade I’ve left several applications running and the phone is still stable so thumbs up from me (“,)

  • Jazzrome

    Two questions
    Why won’t this Rom Update work on the T-mobile HD2 – Mine is unlocked and I use it on AT&T
    When will this be available for the T-mobile HD2

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

      Hi Jazzrome,

      This is a little speculation from my side, but I think the “problem” could be the CDMA radio or the different frequencies used in the USA compared to Europe !! Another issue could be some T-Mobile USA specific modifications or additions to the ROM ?!?

      Anyway the T-Mobile USA note was explicitly mentioned on the HTC support website, and I think HTC hasn’t put it up there without a significant reason !

      // Remo Knops

    • ryesab

      the reason it will not work on the us model is because it has twice the internal flash size as the European model so it it uses a different size disk image

      • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

        Hi ryesab,

        Thanks for sharing the information. I’m not sure the radio’s and supported frequencies are the same as the US model as well. So there might be multiple reasons why the upgrade doesn’t work, and the side note is explicitly mentioned on the HTC support page !

        // Remo Knops

  • dimand

    I can’t download new ROM update when I put my S/N it show me this message
    Sorry, this software download is not suitable for your device.
    what should I do?

    Thanks in advance.

    [EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED]

  • Shaun

    Can you tell me how to turn of the sms message sent notification as its getting right on my nerves !!!

    • Allan

      Hi Shaun, I share your pain! I contacted HTC to see how to turn this off, but they say you can’t. :( SO… I requested that they have put in way to switch it off in the next ROM upgrade because it is just crazy that you can’t turn off an option like this

      • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

        Allan,

        A great many thanks for contacting HTC about this. All your feedback here helps as well, so we can bundle it and contact HTC about it ! Let’s hope it will be fixed with a patch.

        // Remo Knops

  • Lew H

    Has anyone else noticed how unstable emails are since this ROM Update? Also what is going on with the FaceBook App, I have to log out every time I want to refresh the content.

  • JR21

    I keep getting a “Rapitool not working” error, and it crashes me out of the update program. Any help?

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Paul Willen

      Hi Jose ,

      I have no clue what the “Rapitool not working” error message is. When are you getting this error?
      Which Operating System are you using on your PC?

      I hope we can sort your problems out.

      //Paul Willen

      • JR21

        Hey Paul,

        For some reason, it kept giving me that error, but when I switched over to my other laptop, I upgraded just fine. On both laptops, I’m running Vista Home Premium x64. Weird, huh.

        Now, I’m having trouble importing my contacts from my sim card to my phone. It tells me that all my contacts have been imported, yet nothing’s there. Can you help me on this issue?

  • Reg Davis

    Will This update work on the Australian Telstra HD2?

    • Reg Davis

      Seing Telstra Current Rom is only up to 1.72.841.0

      • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

        Hi Reg Davis,

        You can read on the HTC support website:

        “Note: This update is not intended for use on T-Mobile(US) HTC HD2, and doing so may have undesired side effects.

        ROM Version:
        Norway: 3.14.409.2, Spain: 3.14.412.2, Portugal: 3.14.410.2, France: 3.14.406.2, Sweden: 3.14.413.2, English: 3.14.405.2″

        Given the T-Mobile USA sidenote, I think that the ROM is NOT supported for use on the Austrialian HTC HD2 devices from Telstra.
        Did you contact Telstra already about this matter ?

        // Remo Knops

  • HayGn

    Hi, you said that we will most likely not see a WM7 update for the HD2. Yet I am seeing pictures all over the internet showing the device with that software. How???

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Johan van Mierlo

      The Pictures you see online are from sites that hack the devices and put other operating systems on them illegally . This can have serious consequences for your device and warranty. No current Windows Phone 6.x meet the official specifications to have Windows Phone 7 running on it.

  • HayGn

    Ahh okay thank you. But whilst trying to update my phone with the 3.14… ROM Update, I am typing in my SN and I am prevented from proceeding after I am told that the software is unsuitable for my device.

  • Adi

    Also A New Option Has Been Added To The USB TO PC Menu.. Called Device Companion Mode…. Also The Audio Booster Has Been Changed….

  • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

    Hi BBelle,

    Unfortunately I haven’t an answer yet, since it requires some research in the registry.

    So far I have tested an old method for Windows Mobile 6.x devices from the Modern Nomads Wiki, however it doesn’t provide the result I hoped for.

    The research is on … what have you tried so far ?

    // Remo Knops

  • Vidkun Sætre

    After the uppgrade,the shadow protecting the screen buttons during a call, is missing. This means that its easy by accident to touch one of the buttons during a call. Can anyone test and see if they heve the same problem?

  • Stig

    I am having a problem with my clock after the upgrade!! It will not stay on my lokal time after using flight mode. It will set it selves one or two hours past my lokal time when i turn on telephone after flight mode. And yes i have set it up to use network time ???

  • Tschich

    hey there,
    since I did this update I have the problem, that the clock sometimes goes compleetly wrong! +2 hours or more…. and there’s nothing I can do.
    The other problem I have, is that since this update, I cant syncronise anymore my phone! It’s connectet i can access everything but I get an error with the syncronisation…
    any one else with the same problems? Maybe someone here can help…
    in the meantime maybe I should try to reinstal the rom again

    greetz

    • Matias

      I and work colleagues had the same problem. Apparently it identifies that the security certification is old and you cannot override it (in the old ROM you just got the information but could override it). I was in contact with HTC support, but they could not help me, so I gave up and reinstall the old ROM.

    • back2nem

      Hi Tschich,
      There’s an update for this time issue on the HTC website : http://www.htc.com/europe/supportdownloadlist.aspx?p_id=297&act=sd&cat=all
      Also, I think that your problem about the synchronisation is linked to this issue because of the Active Directory time.
      Hope this will help you.

  • CRM

    Regarding the sms sent notification, you don’t seem to be able to turn it off, but you can change the sound it makes when sent, even making it silent i think, so you just get the onscreen notification…

    Also as mentioned about the facebook app always needs to be logged off, and back on again to get updates, which does seem a pain..

  • Maze

    hi i am trying to get the latest ROM update 3.14 but the website gives me this message after typing in my serial number “Sorry, this software download is not suitable for your device.” anybody Help plsssss

  • Hitesh

    Hi,

    I’m facing the Zooming issues (Multi-Touch issue) while browsing through IE on HD2 after this ROM update……. anyone-else got the same problem ??… or would appreciate if someone can help me with some kinda tweaks for this !!

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Remo Knops

      Hitesh,

      Multi-touch is perfectly supported in Opera Mobile, and if I recall correctly multi-touch wasn’t supported in IE Mobile in the first place.

      // Remo Knops

  • Hur

    I’m sick and tired of this 3.14 rom, considering to change back to the old rom. The clock goes forward 1-2 or more hours and there is nothing I can do about it. I don’t want the message delivered message but there is no option of turning it off, thankfully I found a way to mute it.

    • Niklas

      How did you mute the sound??

    • mbane

      Turn off the network time synchronization in advanced settings (my phone – under tab network)

  • Asad

    Hi every one,
    I am living in Sweden. I bought HTC HD2 with Swedish language. Today I update ROM(RUU_Leo_S_HTC_SVE_3.14.413.2_Radio_15.42.50.11U_2.15.50.14_LEO_S_Ship), but its remain same as before. I set the laguage in English (USA) but its showing some language in English and some in Swedeish.
    can any one help me to make phone language in English please by giving idea or links or else …?

    Thnx :)

    • http://www.mobilityminded.com Paul Willen

      The phone’s language is a licensing issue. It is officially not possible nore supported to change the Language of the HTC HD2.
      However there are some ways to accomplish this and if you google a bit you should be able to find out to realize what you want.

      //Paul

  • Niklas

    I downloaded the norwegian version of this ROM-update, and now my phone plays a sound and showing “message sent” whenever i send an SMS. It is not possible to turn off this function. Is this only a problem in the norwegian update?

    • Sven

      About the SMS “message sent” sound, I’ve read through the answers here and other pages. Evereybody gets that with the new ROM update, and I haven’t found a way to turn it off :(
      Have you had problems with the Facebook? I have to log off everytime to update the page.

  • Kals911

    Dear Friends,

    Kindly provide me the idea by which, i can stop sms being saved in the sent items folder.

    In the earliear version of windows phone by HTC there were following options.
    [1] keep copies of sent items in sent folder
    [2] warn when deleting messages in the message list.
    [3] after deleting or moving a message —- (1) show next message
    (2) return to message list
    (3) show previous message.

    Is there anyone who can guide me ??? I know there must be someone who might be searching the same options like me.

    Kals

  • Kals911

    Dear Sir,

    I have just purchased HTC HD2 before one month and until now i had been using HTC P3000.

    I am facing a little problems with HTC HD2. kindly guide me to resolve the same.

    Kindly provide me the idea by which,

    [1] i can stop sms being saved in the sent items folder.

    [2] after deleting or moving a message —- how to get
    (a) show next message
    (b) return to message list
    (c) show previous message.

    [3] where can i get following menus.
    (a) enable the “X” button to end running programms.
    (b) end programms by tapping “X”
    (c) end programms by tapping and holding “X”.

    [4} when i am working on the phone, and if the same time someone is calling me then my phone doesn’t play a ringing tone. why is it so ?? and how to play ring even when you are working on the phone.

    Kindly guide me.

    Sincerely yours,

    Kalpesh Kothari

  • Anders

    Regarding the “SMS Sent Notification”. Install this cab file: ( http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=424540&d=1287745815 ) And it won’t show up again :-)
    Thumbs up for Xda-Developers! :-D

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  • Colin Wedd

    G’day, just tried this upgrade on my Telstra HTC HD2, keeps coming up with an error 294 screen (Invalid Vendor ID), do you have any ideas if this update can be applied by some sort of work around… I assume that Telstra have applied some sort of block and there is no update from them.