January 31, 2011 By: Ben Elliott
While the Android ports that have been around for some time now for older Windows Mobile devices, such as the Blackstone, Raphael and Touch Diamond, and the fact that they have been fun to play around with, the feature most sorely missed from such ports is camera functionality.
Despite the ever-stabilising and speedier builds, this has been the most notable omission from the ports, which includes the popular XDANDROID project so far.
However, a few developers over on the HTC Raphael (Touch Pro) side of the forums have got some experimental drivers working, which should allow for the use of the camera on several Windows Mobile devices when running Android. The work is regularly updated and is currently confirmed to improve the situation on the Blackstone (Touch HD), Rhodium (Touch Pro2), Raphael (Touch Pro), Diamond (Touch Diamond) and Topaz (Touch Diamond2). However, potential users should note that specific variants of these devices may not currently be catered for.
To give the camera a try in your favourite Android port, follow the instructions in the project thread.
While not really a part of the XDANDROID project, it is good to see that Android ports for the TP and the Diamond have not stopped. XDA member e334 points us to a thread by Neopeek, who apparently has managed to get a working port of Gingerbread for the Diamond. Needless to say that the title of the thread is pretty self explanatory and the rom is in alpha stage, so it is expected to have plenty of bugs. However, the dev states that many of the necessary functions (like wifi, voice calls, and more) are functional, so it mae only be a matter of ironing the bugs a bit here and there.
If you do decide to have a piece of this OS in your device, make sure that you leave some feedback behind.
Before continuing be aware of: This is an Alpha release and now it seems usable (on my HTC Diamond it is!)! So before you do anything I suggest you to make a backup of your data / files! So read everything careful now :
You can find more information in the port thread.
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XDA member petititi updated his app to version 1.5.3d. For those who don´t know, QuickShutdown is an application to turn off, restart or set to sleep your Windows Mobile device but without the need of .Net framework and because of that it is very fast and responsive. Updated version corrects some bugs, adds a short power button feature and let you choose if you want to lock device when screen goes off.
Originally posted by petititi
I developed an application like Slide2Shutdown, but without the .Net framework. It can turn off, restart or set the phone in sleep mode.
It is very fast to start !
All resolution are supported (for QVGA, the pictures are resized) and lanscape is as smooth as portrait (thank’s to the new version of Manila SDK) !
The graphics are all stored in the \resources\VGA\ folder and you can change them at will.
You will find the available languages in the \resources\lang\ folder, but you can create your own file (add any files in this folder). To enable your chosen language, use the configuration tool and select your language file!
With the configuration tool, you can also modify the words directly by clicking!
Don’t hesitate to post here your language file! Updated lang can be found here: http://charlie-soft.com/Software/Man…esources/lang/
Becareful: you have to save your file with Unicode encoding !
For graphic modification, you can download the pack created by lesscro or this one created by anhphe076.
What’s new 1.5.4 New:
Short power button feature (run a program, turn screen off…)
You can choose to lock when screen goes off
You can find more information application thread.
Are you into flashing ROM´s frequently? Then you will agree that creating shortcuts to your favourite programs or applications should an be easier or automated task for every time you flash a new ROM. XDA member dubidu took care of this and created CplLinks. This application goes through the registry key which holds the settings items and creates a .lnk file for each of the entries. Once installed, there are no messages, it only runs and creates the links.
The developer’s app only takes 11.5 kb and must be installed on main memory.
Originally posted by dubidu
[APP] Control Panel Settings to Links (.lnk)
I know it’s a 10 seconds job to create a link for items inside the control panel (settings) such as “Usb to PC” or “Power” but I’m too lazy to do it every time I try a new rom,
also I found some of the values change from rom to rom, so I create a really simple app that goes through the registry key which holds the settings items (KLM\Security\Shell\StartInfo\Start) and creates a .lnk file for each of these entries.
Having a direct link allows me to add that option as a quick link which is handy 8)
Anyway, here is the tool in case someone wants it.
The exe must be installed in “\Program Files\CplLinks” (Device). It only takes 11.5 kb. The only reason the .exe is needed after the lnk are created is to provide an icon.
When you run it, it reads the HKEY mention above and creates .lnk for each item in the “Settings” menu. The lnks are created in “\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\CplLinks” so are directly accessible through the Programs menu.
There are no messages, it runs and creates the links, no interaction whatsoever so do not expect any nice popup window 8)
Next version will use specific icons for each item, right now, all the links use the same icon from the cpllink.exe executable.
The icons for most of the Settings are .png files rather than .ico, and WM doesn’t have an easy way to convert from .png into .ico, the idea for a “future version” is to collect all the .png files,converted to icons and create a dll on the fly with the icons as resources, so they can be referenced from the .lnk files
Couple of screen shots from the emulator.
You can find more information in the application thread.
September 18, 2010 By: Ben Elliott
It has been a long time coming, but XDA member babijoee and team have finally made public their final version of the XDANDROID Froyo-to-Windows Mobile port for devices such as the HTC Touch Pro and Diamond.
After several alpha and beta versions, the developers feel that this part of the project is finally ready to be known as the ‘final’ update of the port. This is due in part to the work of XDA member stinebd, who put many hours of work into the FRX01 package incorporated into the latest release, which offers increased stability and speed compared to earlier builds.
Also added, are the Chinese and Japanese IMEs and signed XDANDROID release packages.
For details on how to run Android on a compatible Windows Mobile handset and for the download links themselves, take a look at the porting project thread.
XDA member pauloke posted a long time ago the .cab file to get this nice hologram on your Windows Mobile device. It’s just a demo that will show you nice graphics combined with the use of the G-Sensor as a proof of concept.
It´s reportedly working in both Raphael and Diamond. Hope a developers can have a look on this and perhaps make it usable for more devices or get another useful use.
Here the video.
Originally posted by pauloke
[APP][25.09.08]HTC Touch Diamond VR Hologram v2.02
VR Hologram very similar to the wii Head Tracking VR demo made famous on youtube.
Uses G-Sensor to track tilt and update the VR Hologram view accordingly. 3D Hologram created using Managed Direct 3D Mobile (MD3DM). Found it easier to learn than the Managered wrapper for Opengl ES.
This is my first 3D app / game and also my first windows mobile app so be gentle but your comments, recommendations and criticisms are more than welcome. Been checking out this forum for over a year now but never really contributed.
You can find more information in the demo thread.
XDA member MDA_newbie point us to these free games for Windows Mobile devices.
Pangya is a finger friendly golf game and Anmie style. And Crayon Physics De Luxe is a 2D physics puzzle / sandbox game.
Both games have been tested on Blackstone using WM6.1 but some users reported also working on Raphael and Diamond.
Both games can be downloaded from our friend and XDA member The0ne from 1800pocketpc
Originally posted by MDA_newbie
[2 games] Crayon Physics De Luxe and Pangya
Crayon Physics De Luxe
is a 2D physics puzzle / sandbox game, in which you get to experience what it would be like if your drawings would be magically transformed into real physical objects. Solve puzzles with your artistic vision and creative use of physics.
Website: http://www.crayonphysics.com (Info only)
Pangya for windowins mobile
Pangya is a golf game. Fingerfriendly and Anmie style.
Website: http://www.sweatdroplivegaming.com/2…ya-mobile.html (Info only)
You can find more information in the application thread.
July 18, 2010 By: orb3000
Finally, the free tool that lots of users have been waiting for! XDA member NetRipper has been working on a project for overclocking the Raphael and he successfully increased the clock speed up to 710MHz. Since the Raphael uses the same processor as the Rhodium, the Diamond, and the Topaz, a lot of users will benefit from this great tool.
This well finished UI will let you under or overclock by simply moving the slider.
Be warned, this tool can damage your device so use it at your own risk and please read instructions carefully.
Originally posted by NetRipper
[APP] Msm7kCpuSpeed – Overclock Raphael/Diamond/Topaz/Rhodium
After LeoCpuSpeed to overclock the HD2, I’ve been working on overclocking the MSM7k SoC on the Raphael, with success. The same processor is present on the Diamond, Rhodium and the Topaz, so it should work on all of these devices. I’ve been able to underclock to 57MHz and overclock up to 710MHz, using small 19.2MHz steps. It can clock even further, but it depends on the quality of the processor in your device where the limit for you lies.
- Diamond (unconfirmed)
- Topaz (unconfirmed)
You can find more information in the overclocking thread.
XDA member gauravbaadshah presents a new design on this start up screens with the logo of HTC, Samsung, and Dell.
Based on Windows 7 logo, these new images will give a different look to your Windows Mobile device’s start up sequence.
Originally posted by gauravbaadshah
Hello fellow xda users,
UPDATE1 (18 June): WVGA for Samsung and HTC available now.
UPDATE2 (19 June): WQVGA for Samsung available now. All files are now available in cabs.
UPDATE3 (19 June): VGA for Dell added.
UPDATE4 (21 June): Read WMPowerUser Review
I made an amazing Welcomehead/Boot screen image consisting of HTC/Samsung and Windows phone logos . It is now available for QVGA, VGA, WQVGA and WVGA resolutions.
To install just copy the corresponding cab to your device and run it via any file explorer.
The following versions are available:
QVGA (240×320) HTC
VGA (480×640) HTC
VGA (480×640) Dell
WVGA (480×800) HTC
WVGA (480×800) Samsung
WQVGA (240×400) Samsung
If you like it and want the same for your resolution just drop in a comment.
Don’t forget to post your feedback.
You can find more information in the start up screens thread.
The popular Android-to-Windows Mobile porting project, XDANDROID, has recently added Froyo to the list of Android builds for which there is now a port available. Posting in the Touch Pro section, XDANDROID founder babijoee unveiled the alpha release of the new version, including download links and a separate thread for its testing and development. Although the build should work on the original Touch Pro and Diamond, it has not yet been confirmed whether or not it will function on other devices.
Due to its alpha state, the build is likely to be quite unstable and not everything works efficiently. babijoee released the build as soon as possible once the Froyo AOSP was made available to developers, with hopes that users can provide useful testing feedback with regard to Android 2.2.
If you want to give it a try, you can download the latest version of XDANDROID in the support thread. As babijoee explains, you’ll have to use some files from the latest Eclair release as a base for running Froyo.
To complement the current king of all projects, XDANDROID (the Android-for-Windows Mobile porting project that spans over many devices, including the Touch Pro, Diamond, X1 and HD), XDA member babijoee is asking for the community’s help in designing a boot animation and a selection of wallpapers to give the project more recognition.
There have already been several interesting entries to the contest, including several .gifs from XDA member lugiber. However, the project still needs new ideas for wallpapers in order to make it truly unique.
- Must contain the text “XDANDROID” (lowercase accepted)
- 640×480 dimensions
- 800×480 dimensions
- png, jpeg format
- Boot Animation
- 512×256 dimensions
- Contain text “XDANDROID” (lowercase accepted)
- 100 frames total
- png format
It’s quite likely that you’ve heard of the project if you have a recent Windows Mobile device. If babijoee likes your design, you will see it included in the next XDANDROID build along with four other contest winners’ entries.
If you think you have a good idea, why not drop in to the contest thread and see what everyone thinks.
Written back in 2009 by XDA forum member Moisisv, Shake and Save is a very useful application to capture screen shots of your Windows Mobile device.
Written for (but not limited to) the HTC Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, Touch HD and Samsung Omnia, Shake and Save is a print screen program that makes use of the built-in accelerometer in your device.
Just select your preferred image format, shake your mobile and the application will save the current screen displayed on your device. Supported image formats include .png, .bmp, .gif and .jpeg. Shake and Save also supports multiple screen shots.
To download Shake and Save, and for more more information, visit the application thread.
For those of you wondering how you could change the boot screen on your devices, xda member Wajk just updated his nice looking boot screen packages. Among them, you can find Windows 7 style bootscreen animations as well as the old PC style to choose from.
You have the ability to enable or disable animations as well as sound, which is definitely a nice way to start up your device. Updated version 1.4 is tested working well on WVGA/VGA/QVGA resolutions.
Originally posted by Wajk
Boot anim with Windows 7 boot screen.
Only 160K! with sound only 550K!
IMPORTANT THINGS about the versions:
v1.4 – without sound, but if you need, download sound from here, thnx for prasangbc
v1.2 – with louder sound
v1.3 – with silently sound
Hint: possible, if some device haven’t got HTCAnimation.dll
if not working standard version:
first install nonHTC(WVGA) version,
and than install your resolution version. (nonHTC version has HTCAnimation.dll and some REG keys.)
- nonHTC version, but my testers report not working, i tried many things, added HTCAnimation.dll to Windows directory, and added many REG keys, but boot animation don’t work, sorry guys…
i uploaded nonHTC version, if anybody want play with it, but i write: NOT working. If anybody find solution, PLZ report me!
- faster animation for faster rom (example: WM6.5.x)
- no sound version, but if you need, download sound from here, thnx for prasangbc
- bigger Windows logo
You can find more information about this in the boot screen thread.