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.
A while back, we told you about the Lumia 710 getting its first custom ROM. Well today we have even bigger news: the Nokia Lumia 800 (the 710′s more expensive sibling) has received its first custom ROM, courtesy of XDA Forum Member lucifer3006. Known as RainbowMod and based off of Windows Phone 7.10.8773.98 (Tango), the ROM promises such exciting features as:
Full Unlock from UltraShot
Removed OEM applications (Nokia Drive, Maps, etc.)
Search key remapping
QuickLaunch menu for quick switching state of WiFi, 3G, Flight mode, Power save, etc.
Ability to access file system via WiFi/USB
Integrated Live ID, DppImplant no longer needed, but new key can also be banned
Added many color themes (screenshots)
Easy installation xap from browser or file manager
The developer has made it extremely clear that this ROM is for devices with Qualcomm bootloaders only, and that failure to follow directions could very well result in your phone becoming an expensive paperweight. Also of note is that the developer created this without actually owning the device.
If you’re looking to get in on the action, head over to the original thread and let the good times roll.
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.
January 29, 2012 By: liwen
While Nokia’s first Windows Phone, the Lumia 800, has been critically acclaimed for its unique industrial design, it has had its fair share of issues regarding battery life and audio and camera quality. In a statement posted on its official support forums, Nokia says that the recent 1600.2483.8106.11500 update indeed fixes all problems related to battery life, according to internal testing.
For those that are still complaining, Nokia suggests that they should stop using the diagnostics tool that can be opened by dialing ##634#, since it was designed for testing purposes only and can show lower battery capacity even if the battery life isn’t negatively affected at all. Instead, the battery saver found in the system settings is said to provide “more useful information”.
Concerning audio and camera issues, those will be addressed in future updates – note the plural here. No dates were provided, though.
January 19, 2012 By: liwen
Back in December, Nokia acknowledged that the Lumia 800, one of its first Windows Phones, had a firmware issue that rendered it unable “to access the full battery capacity”, and promised a fix for early 2012. In a blog posting, the Finish phone maker has now announced the promised update that brings the firmware version to 1600.2483.8106.11500 and, besides fixing said battery bug, also improves WiFi performance.
As usual with such updates, they will not roll out for everyone at once. Instead, this update will be phased over the next two weeks, with about half receiving it in the first week and the other half in the second. If you’re really impatient and want it immediately, you can try forcing it.
Should you experience any problems with the update, or if you want to share your experience, especially regarding the battery performance, visit the forum thread.
January 10, 2012 By: liwen
Just about a year ago, Nokia announced that it would be going with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS as its operating-system-of-choice going forward. The resulting devices have been quite impressive, with the first being the Lumia 800, now shipping in Europe, and now the Lumia 900, available as the first Windows Phone Mango device with LTE in the coming months on AT&T. XDA TV spent some time with both of these new devices at CES 2012 and found build quality to be top-notch and performance to be impressive thanks to the single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz CPU with 512MB of RAM. Click on for the video! READ ON »
December 15, 2011 By: liwen
Former Microsoftie Justin Angels, now working for Nokia evangelizing Windows Phone 7 development, is personally (that is, not on behalf of Microsoft or Nokia) giving away five new carrier-unlocked Lumia 800 to homebrew developers. Here’s his post:
My goal is to give this hardware out to devs who will use it for either:
- Port existing homebrew apps/features/hacks to Nokia Lumia 800.
- Create new Nokia Lumia specific homebrew apps/features/hacks.
- Anything else that you can convince me makes sense.
“I want one of these free phones, what’s next?”
Respond to this forum post with the following information:
- What will you use the Nokia Lumia 800 for? The more specific the better. (see the aforementioned list of goals)
- Up to 3 links (+ explanation) showing that you have the previous experience required to meet your development goal.
- Anything else you think will help you get one of the Lumia 800 phones.
Head over to the forum thread to explain why you deserve one of these phones. And, from our side, major props for this generous giveaway, which will hopefully encourage more awesome homebrew apps.
November 1, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Our not-so-little-anymore family keeps growing, and at a fast pace, I might add. We have added 3 new forums to our beloved xda-developers: Nokia Lumia 800, Motorola Atrix 2, and Motorola Droid Razr. The latter was added this past weekend, but it is still worth mentioning it as it is the first device that will be released with the infamous “Razr” branding on it since its flip phone counter part. This device is rumored to be loaded with ICS as Moto is now “partnered” with Google, but the official specs claim that it will come with Gingerbread. Other outstanding specs from this device are its ridiculously thin profile of 7.1 mm, 4.3 in Super AMOLED screen, and dual core 1.2 GHz OMAP processor. It also weights a mere 126 gr with the battery on, just as much as the ham and turkey that you would get in a sub at Subway (and probably just as thin when stacked).
The second device is the Atrix 2, which as its name rightfully implies, is the continuation of the not-so successful-yet-revolutionary Atrix, which came with a laptop as a docking station. The device is not that much different from its predecessor but we are trying to keep up with the times. Last but not least, we say “welcome” to Nokia into our forums. As you may have heard, Nokia finally gave up and decided to partner up with Microsoft in attempts to try and promote the WP7 platform in this iOS/Android dominated market. The basic difference with other devices running WP7 out there is that this one has a much beefier processor, clocking at 1.4 GHz, which still is not the highest clock speed (Titan clocks at 1.5 GHz). Yet, it should provide enough oomph for the money.
Well, if you have any of these, please share your success/horror stories with the rest of our members as well as the tips, tricks, and hacks that you may find along the way.
You can find the Lumia home on xda here.
You can find the Atrix 2 home on xda here.
You can find the Razr home on xda here.
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