Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
Access Other OEM Marketplaces On Windows Phone 7
One of the few areas in which Windows Phone OEMs can differentiate is in custom apps. They get their own special section in the marketplace which only their own devices can access – for instance, the HTC Hub is only available for HTC devices, and Nokia Music only for Lumia 710/800.
There are a number of ways to bypass this restriction, however, with GoodDayToDie‘s solution being the easiest one: You install a special XAP (which means that you must be developer unlocked), reboot your phone, and voilà, you can install those vendor-exclusive apps now. There’s a catch, though: You can only access one OEM marketplace at a time – that is, if you have an HTC device and installed the “Samsung Apps.xap”, you’ll lose access to HTC’s marketplace. Now, if you install “LG Apps.xap”, you’ll again lose access to Samsung’s marketplace, and so on. Good thing is, the apps you installed will continue to work, and after a day or two your device should automatically revert to its standard marketplace.
Sounds good enough? Be sure to read the dev’s description before downloading the XAPs in the forum thread.
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SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
Wireless charging is becoming more and more common as many OEMs are now starting to include this feature in their flagships. There are already dozens of wireless chargers to choose from on the market today, but quality definitely varies. For those of you who charge your devices wirelessly, let us know which charger is your favorite and why.