Ben Elliott · Jul 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

How to Get the Programs Tab Back on Manila 2.5

One of the most sorely missed features removed from HTC’s Manila interface in version 2.5 was the traditional Programs tab. An alternative to the stock Windows Mobile start menu, the tab offered many spaces for ‘quick links’  (like those found on the home tab) to your most-used applications.

Thankfully, HTC replaced this feature in Manila 2.6, as found in the HTC Qilin ROM. XDA member kimi_sae_ireba has ported this tab for use in the more widely used Sense 2.5 – thereby allowing users of phones unlikely to receive an official update to use the tab.

The tab itself supports both portrait and landscape orientations and is available for download in the mod thread. It can be used on any WVGA or VGA device using Manila 2.5.


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ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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