September 6, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
It is no secret that development on Windows Phone 8 is but a shadow of what it once was on Microsoft’s older mobile operating system. Be it because of smaller market share, more security features, or simply less of a need to modify the OS thanks to the already streamlined and speedy interface; Windows Phone development has taken somewhat of a backseat to Google’s juggernaut.
Luckily, things are about to get exciting, as XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has just achieved interop unlock on his Samsung Ativ S running Windows Phone 8. For those who don’t remember, Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has an extensive history of Windows Phone development. Thus, it should come as no surprise that some of WP8′s limitations would fall at his hands.
Unfortunately, GoodDayToDie’s method currently relies on the Samsung diagnosis app. What this means is that for interop unlock to work on other (non-Samsung) devices, either this app must be loaded onto the device somehow or a similar vulnerability must be found. However, this is still an encouraging start, and given GoodDayToDie’s extensive track record, Windows Phone 8 users are clearly in good hands.