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Highlights from Yesterday’s Nokia and Windows Phone Event

Yesterday was a major day for the smartphone industry, as Microsoft and Nokia teamed up to reveal Windows Phone 8 and the newest Nokia Lumia devices running the platform. Missed out on all the buzz? We’ve got you covered!

The Windows Phone event was more about Nokia than about Microsoft, with key focus being on Nokia’s contribution to the Windows Phone platform.  However, throughout the event, a lot of new features being introduced in Windows Phone 8 were revealed. So let’s begin with the platform first, and move on to the devices after.

Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8

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Not Dying Without a Fight! WP7 Gets Video Out Capabilities

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Not Dying Without a Fight! WP7 Gets Video Out Capabilities

Most people who jumped ship to Windows Phone 7 after the demise of its predecessor were happy and thrilled with the change. For the most part, we were led to believe that WP7 was the Windows XP of mobile phones (due to its success and very extended life span). However, we are a little less than 2 years into the life of this “iPhone killer” OS, and we have already been given the sad news that this OS will be canned shortly after Windows 8 hits the shelves. The worst part of all this is that current devices will not . . . READ ON »

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MetroTube for WP7: Back and Better Than Ever

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MetroTube for WP7: Back and Better Than Ever

It’s unfortunately not often that we get to talk about Windows Phone 7. It’s not that we don’t like it; it’s just that OEM’s (and Microsoft in general) don’t give it the proper attention it deserves. For instance, as any WP7 fanboy will tell you, using YouTube on a Windows Phone is like pulling teeth. Most of the applications out there just don’t function properly. However, a lone application has, for the length of its storied existence, survived the odds and given us YouTube in all of its blazing glory. This app is called MetroTube.

The Past

Back in 2010, . . . READ ON »

Microsoft Reveals Windows Phone 8, Forum Added

Back in October of 2010, Microsoft unleashed the latest chapter in its mobile strategy with the release of Windows Phone 7. A dramatic departure from the look and feel of its predecessor, Windows Phone 7′s radically different Metro UI was widely regarded as well ahead of its time.

Nearly two years later and despite recent their recent alliance with Nokia, Windows Phone 7 hardware has in some regards grown a bit long in the tooth. Still featuring single core processors and relatively low resolution WVGA displays, Windows Phone 7 devices were having difficulty competing in the (often pointless) specs race . . . READ ON »

Enjoying Chevron? Say Goodbye to Your Developer Unlock

Something that has left me speechless just happened this past Friday. I have been at a loss for words about quite possibly the last (note the usage of “last” rather than “latest”) downfall for Windows Phone 7. In case you don’t have a Windows Phone 7 device or simply if you think I am mumbling nonsense (again), let me pull a little background for this so that you understand what is going on before I go into the article itself.

Sometime right around the launch of Windows Phone 7, many developers were concerned about the multiple layers of security that . . . READ ON »

One-Click and the Simplification of Technology–Is This a Good or Bad Thing?

Here on XDA-Developers, we tend to cater to everyone’s needs and wants. From the most experienced developer to the newest user, who literally just picked up his/her smartphone exactly 25 minutes ago and is curious about what it can do, anyone can find something that will get them hooked on xda and smartphone modding. The latter of the two groups normally tends to either be too busy to try and sit down and read or simply is not interested on how things work, only caring about the final outcome (I can haz root?!). Funny enough, half of these people will . . . READ ON »

Innovation Does NOT Lead to Piracy

Innovation Does NOT Lead to Piracy

The Joint Creators and Copyright Owners (JCCO) is a group of organizations including the MPAA, RIAA, and other entities that are continuously in the news these days. These groups are formed by incredibly powerful people attempting to protect their interests, investments, and everything they have worked hard for (or so they claim). These coalitions and private interest groups will normally stop at nothing to do what they believe is right for them, which is to try and protect their intellectual property (IP) from the dangers of piracy (read: loss of revenue). Lets take a look, a closer look at my . . . READ ON »

Week 1 Field Report: HaRET, Hardware, and Tablets

Week 1 Field Report: HaRET, Hardware, and Tablets

Welcome to Field Report, I’m Jase Glenn and I’ll be guiding you through this weeks latest innovations by some of the most creative developers in our community. Most of the articles we write about on the Portal have to do with a finished product. Field Report is a step in a different direction, where we discuss the latest innovations as they’re happening, and the thoughts of the developers behind them.

Transformer Prime

First up is a hardware hack for the venerable Transformer Prime by XDA Member Erusman. As most of us are aware by now, the Transformer Prime has . . . READ ON »

Waiting To Unlock Your Mango Equipped Phone? Chevron Is Back Online

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Waiting To Unlock Your Mango Equipped Phone? Chevron Is Back Online

This is a fantastic day to be part of the Windows Phone 7.x ownership group. If you are just getting your feet wet into the world of Windows Phone, you probably have a locked down device where you can do little to nothing on it. Well, the time has finally come for the chains to be broken and the programmer’s loose. As it turns out, according to a thread started by XDA member MrMunchkin the Chevron unlocker which was deemed illegal by Microsoft shortly after its release, was re-released with the Chevron team. This time, it is out in the . . . READ ON »

XDA Exclusive Phone Review – HTC Titan (The New One)

If you are a follower of our little Portal, you may be aware of a few things. The first is that we don’t talk much about Windows Phone, although we don’t completely alienate it; and the second one is that we hardly ever review a device. We have seen a couple of these hardware reviews by some of the guys from xda-TV, and they were very good, so I figured I would do one myself as well, particularly considering what I have sitting on my desk as of last Friday.

You may recall, shenshang as well as Ben_duder getting a . . . READ ON »

XDA Visits HTC’s London Event, Radar and Titan Unveiled [breaking]

Last night, HTC simultaneously unveiled two brand new Windows Phone 7 devices in different locations around the world. I was lucky enough to get myself to the London branch of the event, and despite the time I spent queuing, shuffling, listening and watching slightly tipsy nerds awkwardly do The Robot, I eventually managed to get some must-know info on the latest in HTC’s WP7 range.

Once ushered into Victoria House, a large yet unimposing venue set in the middle of bustling Camden, we were led down a short flight of steps to a club-like basement, replete with free food, drinks, . . . READ ON »

A Tribute to the HTC HD2 – Part One

A Tribute to the HTC HD2 – Part One

The HTC HD2 is the most developed device in the history of XDA-Developers.  Over 1 million posts on more than 45 thousand threads across 17 sub-forums covering five operating systems, the HD2 remains in the top 25 most active devices on XDA almost two years after its release. Its success spoke to all manufacturers about what a smartphone should be like.

I sat down with a friend’s HD2 to hear its story.  I asked about where it came from, the struggles it faced growing up in a Tawainese factory, and how it overcame those struggles to become such a smart . . . READ ON »

The Weekly Q&A: Week 46

The Weekly Q&A: Week 46

In this regular XDA feature, the news writer team scours the forums to find five questions and answers which may be of use to you, or may simply provide an interesting read.

Q‘I don’t understand what is different between Clockworkmod Recovery 150MB, 250MB and 400MB? If I flash a 400MB recovery can I install a ROM that requires 150MB? If I flash a 150MB can I install a ROM that requires 400MB recovery? ‘

AThe size speaks for itself. Some ROMs (like Sense ROMs) have lots of components, which requires more space from your internal memory (NAND). And . . . READ ON »

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