Windows Phone 7 Facts: OOBE: Out-Of-Box Experience, Start-up Sequence

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This is part 4 of the Windows Phone 7 Facts series. In case you missed it, you can find the previous articles here.
The previous facts were all based on information from XDA user and moderator Da_G. The coming articles however are all interesting facts from the Windows Phone 7 Guides for OEMs.

Microsoft is planning to add a new customization progress to Windows Phone 7.
Internally, they call it OOBE: Out-Of-Box Experience. They will probably advertise it as OOBE too.

Not very surprising, the Windows Live service is required for complete use of WP7.
The following image from a confidential Microsoft document shows us the exact way that WP7 will be customized

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This procress will . . . READ ON »

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Windows Phone 7 Facts: Maybe Much Better and Rich Apps!

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This is part 3 of the Windows Phone 7 Facts series. In the following weeks, we will be covering the more technical side of the currently unreleased Windows Phone 7 OS by Microsoft. In the previous article, we talked about how the new OS will affect us ROM cookers, and how ROMs are being deployed.

All information is based on exclusive information from XDA-Developers.com member and moderator Da_G. There will be some more changes to the way we were working with Windows Mobile. In this article, we will dive deeper into how the hardware collaborates with the software. We will compare the CE5 kernel (used on WM6.X platforms) to the CE7 kernel which will be used on the new WP7 devices. Both kernels are 32 bit, and bo. . . READ ON »

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Windows Phone 7 Facts: How About ROM Cooking?

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This is part 2 of the Windows Phone 7 Facts series. In the following weeks, we will be covering the more technical side of the currently unreleased Windows Phone 7 OS by Microsoft. In the previous article, we were talking about the new installation package called .xap to replace the .cab files.

All information is based on some interesting, XDA-Developers.com exclusive information from XDA member and moderator Da_G. There will be some more changes to the way we were working with Windows Mobile.
One thing that interests most Windows Mobile ‘power’ users, is the ROM.

So will we be still working with the knowm .NBH files when the first HTC WP7 devices come out? The answer is No. Every OEM us. . . READ ON »

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Windows Phone 7 Facts: .xap to Replace .cab

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XDA member and moderator Da_G has showed us some interesting facts about Windows Phone 7 in the WP7 Development and Hacking section. In the following weeks, we will be covering the more technical side of the currently unreleased OS by Microsoft. We’ll try to make it as easy to read as possible, so get yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and read!

Most of you probably know about the .cab files. We’ll be talking about the Cab file used for Windows Mobile. Cab files are nothing more than installation packages that copy the files and registry edits from the package to the desired folder on your device. These ‘cabinet’ files, which originally were called ‘Diamonds’, . . . READ ON »

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RT Jailbreak Tool Lets Users Install Non-Microsoft Executables on Windows RT

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This is XDA Developers, and we like our devices a certain way. We like them unlocked, rooted, and free to do with as we please. However, very few devices are ever released in this condition. Thus, our large community of dedicated developers figure out a way to do it. After all, it’s happened again and again and again. When Windows RT came out, it wasn’t 100% open either. There were security features in place that prevented users from installing unsigned .exe files. This, of course, means that users can’t install much outside of the Microsoft App Store. Now, there’s a jailbreak tool to get around it.

XDA Forum Member clrokr observed the exploit first and XDA Senior Member netham45 wrappe. . . READ ON »

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Meteor Showers Info at Your Fingertips With Meteor Show for Windows Phone 7

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If you are into the study of the vast wonders of the universe, a star gazer, or are simply into the beauty of our universe, then you may want to take a look at what XDA member enahs_ has prepared for you. This app, named Meteor Show will tell you facts about every possible meteor shower from now till a few years. You can get tons of information from this app including the expected date, where the shower will be most visible from, and much more. The latest version of the app includes data all the way to 2014.

Please note that the free version for this app is not ready yet due to some bugs in the code that the dev is trying to work out with the people from Microsoft. So, please seat tight and just wait for a few days until the app becomes . . . READ ON »

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2012 Application for Windows phone 7

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Are you a superstitious person and interested about the 2012 events that may come? XDA member maqwp7developer presents 2012 Apocalypse for your Windows Phone 7. The application is about the prediction and facts of some catastrophic events that may happen in 2012 and it also provides latest videos and news about 2012 apocalyptic events.
The main screen of the app will display a clock with the remaining time for the aforementioned “final” date.
If you like it please leave some comments for the developer.
You can find it as free-ware on the market.

Originally posted by maqwp7developer
[APP] 2012 application for Windows phone 7

Hello all,

We have developed “2012 Apocalypse” free appl

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Chuck Norris Facts App Finally Comes to Windows Mobile

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Since Windows Mobile was born, we’ve had to cope with useless applications such as browsers, document editors and navigation software. They just fill up the storage on our devices, never being used as we wait for something really essential to come along.

Thankfully, Reaper has put an end to this depressing era by creating an app that truly matters. We’ve all been there: standing at a party, watching the funny guys getting all the attention while having nothing to say yourself. Inside, you’re screaming “If only I could access Chuck Norris facts from my Windows Phone!”, but there has never before been a developer there to hear you.

The Chuck Norris Facts app allows you to catch up . . . READ ON »

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FairSearch.org Claims Android is a Trojan Horse (not the Malware Type)

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I have been a News Writer (among many other things) on XDA-Developers for a little over 3 years and have written well over 1,000 articles. I have covered topics ranging from themes and icon packs, development news, and even some more intricate stories, which have had a much greater reach than I would have thought. I have ranted against carriers, manufacturers, governments, individual companies, and many more. However, even with all that said, I have not yet once wanted to drive my fist through my screen as much as I did when I read this. I have seen dumb, unfounded statements, but this one takes the cake, eats it, and then cleans the plate while having coffee. But, in case you do not feel like reading the “relea. . . READ ON »

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Device Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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Everyone has a secret place. Perhaps it is a restaurant tucked away on a side street that makes the best pulled pork. Perhaps it is a picnic table at the far corner of the park where you can sit and enjoy the serenity of the nearby babbling creek. Maybe it is not actually a place, rather a secret band or website that you and few select other know about. At the risk of sounding like a hipster, it almost seems like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is that special secret device.

Originally released at the end of August in 2012 and just recently given the goodness of Jelly Bean 4.1. This device has been eclipsed by bigger announcements, like the Google Nexus 10. However, over the time I’ve had the device I’. . . READ ON »

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Two Years Later: The Amazing HTC HD2

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It’s hard to believe just how much the smartphone space has changed since that phone, the HTC HD2, was released in November 2009, two years ago. It was one of the last Windows Mobile devices, but it eventually got ports for both Android and Windows Phone 7. With this active developer support and a thriving community, it went on to become the most popular device in xda-developers history, and was voted as the best HTC device of both 2009 and 2010 in our forums.

Now, it’s November 2011, exactly two years later. Time to recapitulate the story of this extraordinary smartphone.. . . READ ON »

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