December 19, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Over the last couple of months, we’ve been bringing you news of devices getting a Windows Phone 7.8 port. These were based on an unofficial leak that was ported to a bunch of devices. For some Nokia owners, though, there is no need to flash a port because the Nokia Lumia 610, 710, and 800 all now have official releases for users to flash.
XDA Senior Member djtonka posted a discussion thread for those who have the Nokia 710 and 800. So far, it’s mostly users confirming that the update is working in a myriad of countries and models. So far, no one has reported any problems. It seems to be up and working in most regions, and no one is complaining that it doesn’t work yet. However, there are a lack of flashing instructions. If you don’t know how to flash firmware, check out this thread by XDA Senior Member sutt359 for firmware flashing instructions.
If you have the Nokia 610, all your instructions come in one spot. XDA Senior Member safariking posted a thread getting WP7.8 installed on the Nokia 610, as well as discussion and support for those having issues. Like the 710 and 800, 610 users have confirmed that the update is working in most regions. Therefore, installing is just a matter of finding your region, downloading, and installing. These instructions also work for the 710 and 800, if you need further help installing the update.
May 18, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan mentions the Apple versus HTC patent wars and court battles. In more big, rich companies versus other rich companies news, Jordan updates us on the Oracle versus Google trial. In more Google news, the limit on device deauthorization on Google Music is discussed. The lamentable actions by Motorola and the locking down of their devices is mentioned. Finally, Jordan urges you to go check out XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s Galaxy Nexus tear down and unboxing.
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About a month or so ago, XDA Forum Member biktor_gj posted an entire unlock and NAND access method for the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 series of devices, which are the next of kin in Nokia’s entry into the world of smartphones (being hand held by Microsoft themselves). The complete unlock was accomplished thanks to the collaboration of several devs including XDA Recognized Developer ultrashot. Well, the best thing about having our devices completely unlocked is that it allows them to receive and accept unsigned code such as—oh, I don’t know—custom ROMs!
Thanks to the hard work by XDA Forum Member vova1609, we now have the very first custom Mango ROM for the device. For those of you who have never laid a finger on a WP device, they are locked down beyond all reasonable comprehension, and as such you are very limited in what you can do with it and to it. This custom ROM will allow you to do things such as install XAPs directly from Internet Explorer (for easier side loading than PC-tethered solutions), use various available fixes such as DFT’s Bluetooth file transfer and much more.
As it is the case with most custom work, particularly so on Windows Phone, there is always the chance of bricking the device, so make sure that you have a backup of your device in Zune in case of emergencies, and make sure that you follow the OP’s instructions completely to avoid problems. Please leave some feedback if you do run into bugs.
- Full unlocked
- You can install XAP from Internet Explorer
- Bazaar has already installed
- Bluetooth File Transfer by DFT has already installed
- Exclusive wallpapers “metro ROCK”
- Added tethering
- Deleted Nokia’s apps, like Nokia Music
- Added Google and Yandex as search engine
- And more…
You can find more information in the original thread.
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April 15, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The Windows Phone 7 platform has been slowly and, for the most port, silently gaining momentum since the release of the first Windows phone. With Windows 8 right around the corner, one can only assume that development for these devices will continue to grow as more devices become available and MetroUI becomes even more widely appreciated. For those carrying the Nokia Lumia 710 and 800, the development has been pushing along just fine without Windows 8.
XDA Senior Member biktor_gj has recently released a ROM that is supported by the Lumia 710 and 800 that is the first of its kind to support NAND Access and InteropUnlock which is a huge push forward for ROM development.
For those who don’t know what InteropUnlock is, it is best explained by the Windows Phone Hacker Wiki:
Interop unlock is a term that refers to the ability to deploy applications using the interop capability on devices updated on Mango or above. Prior to Mango, applications using interop drivers, such as registry editors, could be deployed if the device was unlocked. In the Mango update, however, Microsoft chose to block the capability, preventing the deployment of these applications.
The installation process is pretty complicated and, until someone can port the process to Windows, requires users to be in Linux. Users are also having problems with making sure they have unlocked bootloaders first, as many who do have them are getting incorrect information when plugging them into their Windows PCs. It does take some diligence, and will likely frustrate some, but the end result is well worth the hassle.
For additional information, download links, full instructions, and troubleshooting posts, hit up the original thread.