October 2, 2012 By: Former Writer
Windows Phone 7.8 hit XDA running. In a matter of weeks, the newest version of WP is already running on the HTC Radar, HTC Titan, and the (legendary) HTC HD2. It has helped revitalize a Windows Phone development environment that had all but given up with the approach of Windows 8. Now, three more WP devices have received a port to 7.8. They are the HTC 7 Pro, HTC Arrive, and the HTC Spark (US version of Trophy).
XDA Senior Member sianto1997, who also brought the HTC Radar port, is responsible for all three ports. The HTC Arrive and 7 Pro releases are pretty much identical. The features for those two include:
-Nokia Counters, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music Camera extras (NOKIA MARKETPLACE)
-USB Video out
-DFT Bluetooth transfer
-Windows Phone 8 startscreen
Of course, with ports do come issues. Here’s the issues list for the Arrive and 7 Pro:
Picturetile: if you make it small you can’t make it full big again
xbox and music and video don’t change accent (make tap the little icon a few times (everytime))
Marketplace icon sometimes has windows logo, sometimes not
if you pin a site and make it really small its grey, and you can only pin one thing to start
Aside from some early hiccups, users are reporting that these ROMs work and work pretty well. Even if they’re a little rough, they can still be used as daily drivers as nothing overly major is wrong with them.
For the HTC Spark, the ROM came out a little better. The features include:
-Windows Phone 7.8
-Windows Phone 8 startscreen
-Windows Mobile Device Center
-USB Video Out
-Search Key Remapper
-DFT Bluetooth File Transfer
-Opitional languages (LANGUAGEPACK)
-No font issue
There isn’t a list of bugs for this ROM, so if there is any they weren’t important enough to mention. Once again, this could be used a daily driver as there haven’t been any real big issues reported.
August 14, 2011 By: Ben Elliott
The Dark Forces Team has become world-famous for their work in allowing multiple operating systems to be installed on the HTC HD2 and, more recently, for releasing custom Windows 7 Mango ROMs for HTC’s first-generation WP7 devices. If you appreciate their work and would love to find a way to give something back (without necessarily knowing anything about development), now may be your chance.
Over in the Windows Phone 7 development section, XDA member mwang has created a thread asking for the help of international users in translating some terms needed in order to make the camera app in the aforementioned WP7 ROMs more accessible to those who do not speak English. mwang has put up the code with the words requiring translations highlighted in red. Requested are translations into the following languages:
Although some translations have already been provided, there’s still a large chance that you could help out. Visit the translation thread for more information.
August 6, 2011 By: orb3000
Good news for the owners of HTC devices equipped with Windows Phone 7. XDA member Cotulla, well known for his many achievements along with Dark Forces Team, released RSPL / HSPL for first generation HTC WP7 devices . With this tool, we can expect developers and Chefs to start making custom ROMs based on Microsoft’s new operating system. As this is a first release, the following HTC devices are the only ones supported:
Please be aware that the current release only supports a limited number of MID´s (ModelID), so before proceeding you mus be sure that your device is among the following supported MIDs:
Gold: “PC92****”, “PC921000”
Mozart: “MOZA1000”, “PD67****”, “PD671000”, “PD671200”
Mondrian: “PD26****”, “PD261000”, “PD261100”
Schubert: “PD29****”, “PD291000”, “PD291100”
The developer warns that this release does NOT support GoldC (Arrive) and SparkW (Trophy Verizon). Do not use this tool if you have one of this models, otherwise you may end up with a bricked device.
Please leave your feedback.
Originally posted by Cotulla
proudly presents RSPL / HSPL
for phones HTC WP7 First Generation.
(Short name is “WP7F”)
This is first big step to customization and community development for these devices.
This release supports 5 languages: WWE, GER, RUS, CHS, CHT.
Read the next few messages for more information.
This release supports this WP7F devices:
*Gold (HTC Pro 7,T7575)
*Schubert (HD7, T9292,T9295,T9296)
Most of these devices have several MIDs (ModelID, looks like “PC921000”).
Current release supports only some limited number of MIDs. This was designed to minimize possible harm to user’s devices.
Continue on to the application thread to find out more.
It had been a while since the last time we added a Windows Phone 7 device to our line up, and with the imminent release of the HTC 7 Pro on the Sprint network in the US, we thought it was time to get down and dirty with the new phone. The device is also known as the Sprint Arrive, which makes sense considering that it is Sprint’s leap of faith into the world of Windows Phone 7. You have to remember that Sprint is a largely Android-dominated carrier, so it will be interesting to see how the marketing of this new device will pan out.
In case you are not aware of what this device even looks like, just think about a fusion between the HTC Rhodium and the HTC Surround. Simply replace the slide out speaker with a keyboard and the ability to tilt the screen and you got yourself a pretty good picture about how the device actually looks like. Spec wise (aside from the keyboard), it doesn’t differ much from the other Windows Phone 7 devices out there in the market. I guess Microsoft’s guidelines to sport the new OS for manufacturers left little room to wiggle.
If you have this device already or are planning on getting one, please share some thoughts.
You can visit the HTC 7 Pro aka Sprint Arrive on XDA here.
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