Anybody still remember SPB Mobile Shell, that insanely popular home screen replacement back in the heyday of Windows Mobile? Many people preferred it over other home screens plugins, like HTC’s own TouchFLO/Manila, because it was so customizable. Many of the most popular threads in our Windows Mobile Themes subforum are about Mobile Shell. The company behind it, SPB, also developed lots of other high-quality applications for Windows Mobile, and eventually, with its decreasing populartiy, expanded into Android, iOS and other operating systems as well.
Now, SPB has been acquired by Yandex, the most popular search engine in Russia. This comes only a few days after the same company has inked a deal (which we wrote about) with Microsoft and various Windows Phone OEMs, namely Nokia, Samsung, and HTC, to replace Bing as the default search engine on Windows Phones sold in Russia.
I’m sure lots of people that once used a Windows Mobile device and have been active on this forum will still have some fond memories about tinkering with their devices, like trying out different home screens, and Mobile Shell was probably one of them. So, it’s kind of sad to see the once premier mobile software developer being bought in what seems to be a strategic move by Yandex to bolster its search market share.
There are several devices blessed with Windows Mobile out there that have the capability to run ports of Android with ease. These devices have severe hardware limitations when it comes to trying to simulate the user experience (no G-sensor, non-functional gps drivers, etc). Well, for those of you who have not made the jump over to a newer generation Android device and would like to have a similar experience to those who will get ICS, then check out the package that XDA member lesscro put together for you. ICS 4.0 combines not only visuals but also some functionality that will make you believe that you are no longer using a Windows Mobile device, but something that really closely resembles Android 4.0. This skin comes loaded with several features such as a 3D task switcher, a very nicely laid out launcher, and much more.
You need to keep in mind that this will only work on devices that are equipped with WVGA devices only (Touch Pro2, HD2, etc). You also need to understand that the new UI is still a work in progress and because of it, you may experience a bug or two. In any case, this is coming out nicely and if you still have a WM device, we strongly recommend you to try it.
25 /10 / 2011
- lockcreen ‘date, time, weather, notification bar)’
- home page 1 ‘widget weather (unique), all standard shortcut with easy mapping, notification on each icon (SMS, EMAIL, MISSED CALL)’
- home page 2 ‘calendar widget with auto update’
- wireless control from top bar sliding call feature
- top bar ‘press any statut icon to display a popo with extended info (new)’
- launcher ’30 free spaces, support custom icons’
You can find more information in the original thread.
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If your Windows Mobile device runs Manila, you likely know that Manila’s PNG files lose quality from compression.
XDA Senior Member Nixeus noted that Recognized Developer and Moderator Chainfire created a CFC GUI app, and although it is possible to create a CFC in the command line to compress in HQ, not many people know how to do that.
Nixeus improved on this by keeping the HQ of the compressed PNG using Chainfire’s GUI app.
The program uses PngOptimizerCL to optimize the PNG without quality loss, and then uses CFC.exe to convert the optimized PNG to Manila files.
For much more information and to download the tool, check out the application thread.
It´s no secret that XDA TV is becoming more popular every day. We love everything from seeing SassiBob showing a new app, Samcaplat reviewing things with his nice British accent, or azrienoch´s editorials telling what others don´t dare say. In order to compliment the full experience, XDA member nathanpc presents a web application to see XDA TV.
As it uses WebKit, it should work on any operating system including Android, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, modern desktop browsers, and iOS.
The developer is waiting for your reports, so please let him know about any malfunction or bug present on version 1.3.
Originally posted by nathanpc
XDA TV v1.3
Now you can have all the XDA TV videos wherever you go using this web application.
After that tweet from azrienoch this sunday I’ve started to work on a webapp version of the XDA TV application. It uses WebKit, so in theory Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7, modern desktop browsers, Symbian will handle it correct, if it doesn’t please report me the problems/bugs with screenshots(if needed) and a good description.
I’ve tried to get the app in the App Store, but Apple rejected it
The technologies used on this application:
Continue on to the original thread.
The recent XDA TV article by Azrienoch & cajunflavouredbob reminded me of the old days, when the HTC logo looked like this. Because of this, I was reminded of some of the old things released that really changed how we use and view our devices and also changed what we came to expect from the device manufacturers.
The first game changer I want to look at is HTC Home. This was the first incarnation of what would eventually come to be HTC Sense. It ran on windows mobile as a plug-in for the home screen and instead of displaying widgets that can be freely moved around to suit the users needs, it displayed one of 5 or 6 things on half the screen.
The first was the “home” tab, this displayed a large digital style clock, below this was sms, emails and missed calls notifications, This was way before the flip clock style animation we know and love today was dreamed of.
The next tab was the “people” tab allowing you to have 10 contacts available via shortcuts.
Next was “weather” displaying a non animated logo from a limited range of places. If I remember correctly, it was tied into the Accuweather service and you could eventually add cities by using the accuweather city codes.
Following this was a “program” tab allowing ten application shortcuts. Funny how that seemed enough back then. These also allowed easy access to settings like connectivity as well. Then, there was a page entirely devoted to sound (and no not music, I’m taking about volume levels and ringtone levels).
At the time, this was THE thing to have, just like modern sense is now. This was because it showed the things you needed to see in one place, and it did it in a more aesthetic way than the existing plug-ins did. But I find it interesting to see how a simple today screen plugin has evolved to become a integral part of the Android operating system on HTC phones.
August 30, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Just to show that the fact that a device may be old does not mean it is dead, we have some interesting news for Blue Angel owners. I know it is likely a known trick as this comes from the HTC Mega, but XDA member zainuintel made a thread where he provides step by step instructions on how to run one of the most popular games in mobile device history on one of the best and most robust devices in HTC’s history: Angry Birds on the HTC Blue Angel. The best part is that you do not even need Android to do this as it is a java emulated version. You will be required to use some sort of a java player on your device such as JBlend, which happens to be the one that is recommended by the OP. According to zainuintel, the app should be compatible with most QVGA devices running Windows Mobile. So, if you still have your old device(s) laying around and want to take them for a spin, for old times’ sake, certainly give this one a go.
Please leave some feedback in the thread if you do decide to try it out.
Angry Birds on BA
YES! i have figured a way on how to play Angry birds on this device!
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August 30, 2011 By: mic_888
Windows Mobile device owners out there will be familiar with registry backup tools and may be interested to hear about another variant – Settings Explorer by XDA member Skrobel.
The tool backs up the vital system/user/programs settings and parameters to a .reg file, which enables the user to quickly restore the settings after a flash or HR.
Settings Explorer exports either a single registry key (with all the values and subkeys) or whole registry. The tool is able to store:
Are you a developer? Are you a theme creator? Are you an end user? Do you have a pulse? The truth is that it doesn’t matter who or what you are; you’ve probably used an MD5 calculator at some point. In fact, if you flash ROMs often, you probably even one this week to make sure that the latest CyanogenMod nightly wasn’t corrupted in transit. After all, no one likes the boot loop blues.
To that end, XDA Recognized Developer D4rKn3sSyS has created a simple Windows application that makes MD5 generation easy! You’re a simple drag-and-drop away from generating that ubiquitous and tutelary, but otherwise-useless checksum. In the words of the developer:
Hello, this is a basic software, that let you calculate the MD5 about files/folder , with just drag and drop inside the box.
Two version, English, and Spanish
MD5′s (Yes calculed with Drag’n'MD5)
D72F2AEF02AEE27126C1CE867F3305DA – EN
076B8B8A510179BDBC6DCD27FAE0542A – ES
This time we won´t write about any application, tweak, or trick. This time we wanted to show you what members have been posting all around XDA. There are threads for many devices where the community has provided screenshots of how they have set up their home screen. You can find some amazing stuff people have done to make their homescreens beautiful and personal. Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you to create your very own look.
You can find these threads in most Themes and Apps sections around XDA. Here some examples of them for you to enjoy:
Have you found another one? Please share it with us by leaving a comment below.
Thanks to svetius for the idea
July 27, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we covered a rather unique looking keyboard skin for Windows Mobile by XDA forum member aedon. Now, upon request, he has created another keyboard skin meant to deliver the look and feel of the gorgeously minimal Windows Phone 7 keyboard.
Retaining the same functionality as his previous work, this skin works in every layout as well. Who said that Windows Mobile is dead? In the words of the developer:
I had a few Requests to make a keyboard that resembles the Windows 7 Phone onscreen keyboard.
This keyboard Will skin every layout in your phone. It will also require an aditional step other then just installing the cab, as the cab will only skin the layouts, it will not change the letters to white as seen in the screen shots..
You will need to download the file in the second post and follow all of the directions there to e able to have white letters.
If you wish to remove this cab, you will need to follow the steps again but with the other file to return your font to black.
Feel like enjoying this incredibly tasteful skin? If so, be sure to continue onto the modification thread!
[Thanks backlashsid for the tip.]
For Windows Mobile lovers, XDA member iwfratz posted an update to WiMoSpeed, a good tool to over clock your CPU. As mentioned by the developer, the application lets you change the CPU-speed by manipulating the values WM uses for clock control, which makes the app work reliably on battery and AC without any scripting or active components. It´s important to understand that by using this tool, you may damage your device, so make sure that you know how to proceed.
To download this app, go to the original thread and download the cab.
Originally posted by iwfratz
[APP] WiMoSpeed: [2011-06-22] V1.08
- USE THIS TOOL AT YOUR OWN RISK !!
- Overclocking your cpu may damage your device.
- Before autostarting the app be sure that your device will not hang.
- backup is always recommended !!
WiMoSpeed lets you change the CPU-speed. In opposite to other tools, even to the predecessor OverClockTool (OCT), it manipulates the values WM uses for clock control. So it works reliable on battery and AC without any scripting or active components.
- WiMoSpeed needs .NET CF 3.5
- Download and install the CAB
- Start WiMoSpeed.exe. If it reports that it cannot identify your ROM: read LIMITATIONS/PROBLEMS
- Select Speed
- Set Speed
- Exit WiMoSpeed.exe
- Your device still runs with speed you set
Continue on to the application thread.
XDA member Matt_Williams told us about iSCSI Initiator for Windows Mobile devices. The application will let you connect your WM device to your hard drive whenever you are over WiFi or mobile connection. It can be installed on any Windows Embedded device or Windows Mobile phone. Upon installation, it can be connected to already existing iSCSI Targets and to increase security, using a CHAP user authorization is recommended. You can see a video preview of how this app works.
You will be able to use it to access your hard drive when not at home, copy data directly from mobile device to a backup drive, and automatically save pictures from your phone to your hard drive, among other features.
The developer will be pleased to get some feedback from you.
Originally posted by Matt_Williams
Windows Mobile iSCSI Initiator – Connect to your HDD no matter where you are!
I would like to tell you that there is an app that allow you to connect to your hard drive whenever you are over WiFi or 3G/4G. Thanks to that you can get huge storage boost (even 2TB) in your Windows Mobile 4.x to 6.x phone. Best thing is, you can do it for free!
First this software is KernSafe WinCE iSCSI Initiator and it works for both, Windows Embedded CE and Windows Mobile. It uses iSCSI technology to attach new storage to your phone. You can connect to your drive using either WiFi or 3G/4G.
Continue to the application thread to find more.
With up to 99 different settings, Profile Switch for your Windows Mobile is an effective tool that will let you create shortcuts to manage your WIFI, Data, sound, and more settings in an easy way. XDA member rlmouse just updated his application to version 1.17 and it features:
Amongst many more. Additionally, you can also disable data in roaming, switch to a profile if the phone comes back to the home network, run a profile once after a given timespan, disable all auto-runs up to a given day and time, and start a profile if a pc-connection is detecred or lost.
If you like it, please let the developer know about your experience with it.
Originally posted by rlmouse
Profile Switch is a small program that stores up to 99 different settings for Phone, WiFi, Bluotooth, Data-Connections, vibrate, silent, eg. and create shortcuts to switch directly. Up from 1.3 you can switch automatically at certain times and days. The complete profile will be changed only with one click.
Every profile can
change the system and ringer volume
change the ringer script
change the backlight settings for batterie and ac power
add a shortcut in startmenu to itself
disable auto starts of profiles if one ‘all day event’ with selected categories is found, you can select up to 3 categories
start a profile if a appointment with selected categories will start or end, you can select up to 3 categories
Continue on to the application thread to find more.