Will Verduzco · Jul 16, 2013 at 12:00 am

Install OEM-Specific Apps on Any WP8 Device

Objectively, there’s no question that Microsoft’s latest and greatest faces less app and feature fragmentation when compared with everyone’s favorite green robot. That said, the ecosystem isn’t entirely the same across devices. One such example is in OEM-supplied proprietary apps. While Nokia Maps (or HERE, if you wish) is now available on all Windows Phone 8 devices, not all OEM-specific apps are so universal. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re forced to live with that.

Thanks to XDA Senior Member xdevilium, you can now easily install all Nokia, HTC, and LG Apps on any WP8 device. How does it work? Xdevilium’s contribution is a simple app that configures the free web debugging tool Fiddler2 to change your device’s apparent brand to one of the built in options, including LG, Nokia, HTC, and Samsung.

However, one thing to keep in mind that you should stick to applications meant for your device’s native resolution, as straying away from that could cause issues with installation or further down the line.

Getting started is just a few clicks away in the original thread.


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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