April 4, 2011 By: orb3000
XDA member _LEM_ presents an update of the classic game Distant Galaxies, now available for your Windows Mobile device, PC, and XBox. This simple game is a classic space shooter, a distant cousin of Space Invaders, and is probably related to Galaxian somewhere along the line too. Featuring more enemies, final bosses, extra weapons, and the option to upload your score and share it with the rest of users in the World Ranking, this game will give you many hours of fun reviving the arcade games form the past.
Please leave your feedback for the developer.
Originally posted by _LEM_
Some people already know me because of TrackMe,
a free GPS track application that I wrote sometime ago.
I’m creating a new thread because I just finished writing a game that I wanted to share it with you guys.
Distant Galaxies is a classic space shooter for Pocket PCs and Smartphones. This game tries to follow the same philosophy of old classic games, but adding more enemies, final bosses, extra weapons and the ability to upload your score and share it with the rest of users in the World Ranking. I tried to keep this game far from other space shooters for PDAs where you can only see bullets, 3D effects and all kind of stuff in the screen that makes playability very complicated. This game is easy and fun to play and that’s why I think this game is closer to those old classics.
And yes, the game is free!
Continue to the game thread.
Ok, it´s time for our weekly Questions and Answers article. We have selected five Q&A found on XDA. Even though some of these might not be of help to you, they might still be interesting to read.
Q: I just install CM7 to my Aria for the first time with no problem at all and im just wondering, where do i start to get Games, Apps such as Facebook ect… Because I no longer have the Android market place on my phone?
A: After installing CM7, you should also install the Google Apps separately. It’s listed at the bottom of the first post of the CM7 thread
Originally posted in HTC Aria General
Q: Is it possible to add more pages on the HTC home screen? they are 7 , is it possible to add 2 extra or more ??
A: No, not possible. Use a custom launcher if you want that – GoLauncher EX allows that. My experience shows that it doesn’t run smoothly when loaded with such an amount of screens.
Originally posted in HTC Nexus One Q&A
Q: Will CM7 stable have native 720p on my Nexus?
A: you need to wait for cyanogen to add in the 720p code. it is enabled on cyanogen 6.1.1 obviously, but not yet on gingerbread version. it will come.
Originally posted in Nexus One Q&A
Q: How can you trick rom manager to flash a stock recovery?
A: Download a recovery through rom manager, navigate to the download and copy the exact recovery name, then change stock recovery’s name to match it, switch out the files. Boom.
Originally posted in EVO Shift 4G General
Q: meego will not flash via MAGDLR , but via something other?
A: Of course it will be flashable via MAGLDR, but only after team DFT have ported it. They have suspended dev on it until after the official code is complete and bugs removed, which should be around April time that we start to see dev going on again according to other info.
Originally posted in HD2 MeeGo Q&A and General
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Perhaps you remember the article “Battle Of The OS´”. Well, almost one month later, we have interesting results on a side poll we created to know what members choice was regarding their preferred operating systems.
The answer is pretty obvious but we are getting an impressive second place on the poll: Windows Mobile, yes WM is the second most preferred OS by the voters!
It is clear that WM, a cornerstone of mobile operating systems, is still present on many devices and as you may read on the Portal, there is active development, but not as much as before though. According to the poll, Android is getting harder to beat regardless of the OS.
Please step in and leave your vote and comment, let´s see how long it takes for WP7 to surpass its father, Windows Mobile.
Originally posted on the voting poll
What operating system do you actually use on your device?
Please give your vote based on your actual OS on your device and not the one you wish to have or think it´s the best.
If you have more than 1 device vote for the one you most frequently use.
Continue to the poll.
It has been many years since the release of pda devices with removable batteries. Older PDAs would hold charge for a while for a wide variety of reasons, but the biggest one was that the devices were not equipped with any kind of radio (thinking back to my old HP Jornada 520). As times evolved, so did these devices which started getting more capabilities (wifi, bluetooth, phone, FM, GPS, etc). However, the batteries were always kept the same or at least they did not grow at the same rate as the device’s power requirements did. Take for instance the HTC EVO, which is the device I currently have as my daily driver. When I first bought it, if the battery lasted for longer than 15 hours, it was a miracle. The device basically had to sit idle and be used solely for phone calls (and heaven forbid that your GPS was on). Shortly after, I decided to root it and installed a custom rom and kernel, which made this battery last for a full day with usage. Everything was fine and I was ok with its performance, but lately the battery has been draining a bit faster than before, which makes sense as batteries lose charge capacity over time.
So, that threw me in the market to purchase a new battery. A quick Google search for EVO +battery returned several results regarding stock batteries and others, which claimed to have far more capacity for the same amount or even less money that a regular battery bought from Sprint or even HTC. I was faced with many options to choose from and after reading a bit about customer feedback and doing a bit of research, I learned that not everything you see floating out there is good. I am no stranger to extended batteries, but I figured that a small guide for those who are not familiar with them may help when the time came in order to make an educated decision.
So, the cons are not too bad. However, there are things that you need to be aware of:
Well, I think that about sums it up. Hopefully, some of these pointers will help you in your decision before buying an extended battery. Now, my question to you: if you have purchased some of these before, what was your overall experience? Please leave a comment. Thanks for reading.
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March 22, 2011 By: orb3000
Opera has launched just a few hours ago -at the time, we were writing this article.- The new version of Opera Mobile 11 and Opera Mini 6 are available for most operating systems and the promo they are using is focused on a rock band where every player is related to the desired OS; seven platforms, 3,000 different devices and 100 million Opera users around the world. Opera Mobile 11 is ready to download for Android, Symbian, Windows Phone 7 and MeeGo, and Opera Mini 6 for Android, BlackBerry and Symbian. Sorry iOS, no love for you from Norway…
If you want to follow all about this, don´t forget to visit the site.
All Opera Mobile/Mini versions: Official thread
Info extracted from the following original post in General section
Ok guys go for your new Opera Mobile 11 and Opera mini 6 for almost any OS!!
Dont forget to let us know how is working!
Continue to the Opera thread.
March 21, 2011 By: mic_888
For those of you running both Windows Mobile and Android on your mobile devices (e.g. HD2), XDA forum member Cheech1976 has posted a detailed tutorial on how to migrate your text messages from one OS to the other.
The XDA member states that running both OS’s works quite well with no reason to choose just one, other than that he could not have his text messages on both. After much searching and testing, the XDA member has finally found a way.
From WM to Android, you will need to install a cab file in order to export your text messages in XML format and edit. Once edited and booted into Android, you’ll then need to load SMS Backup and Restore from the Android Market (free) to import the edited XML.
From Android to WM, you’ll need to load the SMS Backup app from the Android Market (free) in order to export your messages in Android in XML format and edit as before.
For full comprehensive instructions, head on over to the tutorial thread.
Well, while it may sound like a surprise to many, T-Mobile has been struggling financially for quite a while now as they have been losing ground (in the US, at least) to other carriers such as Sprint and some of the no contract carriers like MetroPCS, Cricket, and others. In fact, T-Mobile USA had been up for grabs for almost 2 years, but hurdles such as purchase price and FCC limitations had to be cleared. Now that this is all out of the way, we are about to witness an already gigantic corporation become even bigger. At this point in time, I think of AT&T as a black hole, swallowing anything in its path. Surely, many of you AT&T customers remember the fact that you were most likely being serviced by a company called Cingular Wireless a few years ago, right? Well, T-Mobile customers are about to go through the same route. On top of everything, AT&T will become the only nationwide carrier in the US (albeit there are some smaller local carriers scattered through the country) using GSM technology (both Sprint and Verizon use CDMA).
Now, everyone will start questioning what’s going to happen? Do you think that T-Mobile will remain as a sub brand of AT&T, keeping their identity as a marketing tool? (think of HP buying Compaq). And the larger question will probably be running around in the minds of people under contract with T-Mobile: what’s going to happen to my rates? (this is because, T-Mobile plans are overall cheaper than AT&T). What about data plans? AT&T uses caps on their plans while T-Mobile’s internet is unlimited (although there is a soft cap of 5 GB per month, depending on your plan). Does this mean that T-Mobile customers will have to go through these as well? Please share some of your thoughts with us. We’d love to hear what you think of this merger.
You can find more information in the discussion thread.
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Just the other day, I was doing a bit of spring cleaning around my house and I came across my “museum” of devices. I may not have an extensive collection like many others do around this site, but I can safely say that I have “enough” devices. Aside from sending me on a one way trip down memory lane, finding and turning on my old Wallaby, my Blue Angel, and my Vogue (all of them fully functional) got me to think back on how much I loved and enjoyed playing with my old devices. More specifically, it made me realize (now that I am an Android user), that many moons ago, I was using a different breed of operating system in my phone. Back in early 2000 and up to 2009, Windows Mobile was the OS of choice for anyone outside of the Blackberry culture (and Apple’s as of mid 2007). Applications were as abundant as the day is bright and xda-developers was the cradle of life/fountain of youth for any device running this OS as well as any of its older iterations.
Over the last four years, we saw something that many of us did not expect. A sudden boom in popularity fueled by Apple’s iPhone. Because of this (not saying that this was the sole reason, but probably helped an awful lot) a new titan emerged from the shadows. Google released a new OS called Android, which promised to be the true iOS killer (after many failed attempts by Microsoft). After a while (read sometime last year), Microsoft decided to take the battle to a whole new level and finally released the fabled Windows Phone 7 operating system, which had been rumored for almost 2.5 years prior to its release (and delayed a fair bit as well). Its release was the final nail on Windows Mobile’s coffin as no more devices would be released with this OS (the last device to ever see it would be the HTC HD2).
So, history seems to be pointing at the fact that the cultural switch was done because of the continued development of technology, but what pushed this switch? It certainly seems that companies competing against each other were responsible for this. However, companies have other much larger driving factors, namely consumers.
The question for my readers is the following: If you were a pda/smartphone device enthusiast prior to the “boom”, did you switch OS because:
We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences as to what the real driver behind this switch was. So, please leave us your comments below. Thanks for reading.
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After a short break, we continue to bring you some interesting articles from the work of developers around the big world of XDA. This time we will write about the JWMD icon changer application, which is a start menu customization tool made by XDA member Nullstring.
If you are still loyal to Windows Mobile and love to change/modify icons, this latest update may be of your liking. This update features changing/removing icons, create New Folder, saving/loading themes, sorting start menu programs, and the option to register shortcut files amongst many more. The developer includes a full guide to make changes on your device and some animated splash screens. Working on WM 6.5 and above.
If you find it interesting, please leave your feedback.
Originally posted by Nullstring
JWMD Icon Changer is a Start Menu customization tool designed for Windows Mobile 6.5
– Changing/Removing the Icon
– Can create New Folder
– Saving/Loading Themes
– Sorting Start Menu Programs
– Register shortcut files
– Changing the Animated Bootup Screen (the 2nd bootup screen)
– Chaging Microsoft Bootup Screen (the 3rd bootup screen)
– Clear HTC Sense Icon Cache
– Must have .NET 3.5 Compact Framework Installed
– Windows Mobile 6.5
Continue to the application thread.
For those of you on Windows Mobile devices and using the classic S2U2 app by XDA member A_C, there are many themes available.
More recently, since the introduction of Android, we have seen more themes based on the popular OS and here are some funky Android clocks by XDA member ayy3um.
The clocks are in 24 hour format, although the XDA member has also provided the A/P/M png files for the clocks in a separate attachment. The clocks come in orange, white and black and the sliders, notification icons, system icons and wallpapers are also available to download.
Additionally included is an Android analog clock by XDA member frambo88.
March 9, 2011 By: orb3000
Ok we are back with a good one! XDA member GrilledCheze is taking care of the interviews section for XDA TV and the show’s first episode will start this week. Guess who will be the first one to be interviewed? Maybe you know him, a News Writer called orb3000
This project will be about talking with the most interesting personalities around XDA -not including me of course.-
So, if you are a Developer, Chef, Admin, etc. or you know anyone who may be interested, please let them know about this project, which is bound to be a success only if we all support it!
Please share this article and leave your comments telling us who you would want to see on XDA TV!
Originally posted by GrilledCheze
Looking For Developers Who Want to be on XDA TV
Come join me on XDA TV!
Hey everyone. I need to start out by apologizing for the slow start on my XDA TV show. It turns out that doing interviews over hotel internet doesn’t work no matter where you are in the world. My business trip has ended, which means my show, XDA Insider, is ready to get going.
My show is all about you! The community. Each week I will be sitting down with a developer, admin, moderator, or anyone else who helps contribute to the community.
Obviously, I can’t kick start the show without a guest, so this is my callout: Would you like to be on XDA Insider? Post here or send me a private message containing 2 pieces of information – 1. what you do on this site 2. what times during the day you are available for interview.
Please remember that this show will be interactive, so we will need to set a recording date so I can give the community ample time to ask any questions they would like.
Show recording times
I prefer to record the show on Sunday in the morning Japan Time (+9), but anytime Sunday should be fine. Keep in mind that this is Saturday evening for those of you in the Americas
Suggested Recording Times Based on Location
Americas: Saturday evening or Sunday morning (This is Sunday morning or evening for me)
Europe and Africa: Sunday morning (This is Sunday afternoon for me)
Asia and Australia: Our times are similar. Mid-day would be best to adjust for the couple hours difference.
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XDA member ardec1 told us about a free application for your Windows Mobile device. Pocket Talk is a VoIP app that allows you to make calls over the Internet to other phones for free, you can sign up with the SIP Gateway Service and you can also make calls to any normal telephone. The OP has tried this on a HTC Sprint Touch Pro 2, a T-Mobile HD2, a HTC Diamond, and an HTC Fuze and reported working well on each one. The only difference with the paid version is that it unlocks some additional features that most people probably don’t need anyway. Moreover, this is not trial ware so it has no expiration.
Originally posted by ardec1
I have been trying to set up a VoIP client on my Windows Mobile phone for a long time, starting with the HTC Wizard which I could never get to work.
I have finally managed to get a VoIP client with a really nice interface working on several phones that I have tried it on.
I am using ViaTalk as my provider but it should work with any VoIP provider.
It works great (with a slight delay, nothing that I can’t live with) on an unlocked HTC Sprint Touch Pro 2, a T-Mobile HD2, a HTC Diamond and an HTC Fuze.
The application is by NCH software out of Australia and it is free to use, or if you want to unlock all of the features of the application, download and register the business edition.
Or if you would like, PM me and I will be happy to send it to you as an attachment to an email.
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March 5, 2011 By: orb3000
If you have a Windows Mobile device and use the Opera Mobile browser sure you are aware of one of the key missing features: Flash; now XDA members justas696661 posted a tutorial on how to make it work including a video for easy understanding. First remove actual Opera Mobile and Flash lite (if installed) and restart phone. After that, install Opera 10 beta 3 and Flash lite 3.1 provided in here, then restart again. The OP also provides a fix for IE ActiveX. Members reported this to be working on the HD2 and some other devices as well.
If you find it helpful, please leave some feedback.
Originally posted by justas696661
[PPC][PDA] Opera Mobile 10.3 [Flash finally working]
Lite 3.1 in two different versions of IE ActiveX + Opera
Video how to install
To enable flash goto Opera settings and enable plugins in advanced
All cab files here.
Try this link to test flashlite 3.1 http://www.heybanana.com/scitech/top…-earth-videos/
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