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Posts Tagged: Windows Mobile 5

Game Changers – HTC Home

September 19, 2011   By:

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The recent XDA TV article by Azrienoch & cajunflavouredbob reminded me of the old days, when the HTC logo looked like this. Because of this, I was reminded of some of the old things released that really changed how we use and view our devices and also changed what we came to expect from the device manufacturers.

The first game changer I want to look at is HTC Home. This was the first incarnation of what would eventually come to be HTC Sense. It ran on windows mobile as a plug-in for the home screen and instead of displaying widgets that can be freely moved around to suit the users needs, it displayed one of 5 or 6 things on half the screen.

The first was the “home” tab, this displayed a large digital style clock, below this was sms, emails and missed calls notifications, This was way before the flip clock style animation we know and love today was dreamed of.

The next tab was the “people” tab allowing you to have 10 contacts available via shortcuts.

Next was “weather” displaying a non animated logo from a limited range of places. If I remember correctly, it was tied into the Accuweather service and you could eventually add cities by using the accuweather city codes.

Following this was a “program” tab allowing ten application shortcuts. Funny how that seemed enough back then. These also allowed easy access to settings like connectivity as well. Then, there was a page entirely devoted to sound (and no not music, I’m taking about volume levels and ringtone levels).

At the time, this was THE thing to have, just like modern sense is now. This was because it showed the things you needed to see in one place, and it did it in a more aesthetic way than the existing plug-ins did. But I find it interesting to see how a simple today screen plugin has evolved to become a integral part of the Android operating system on HTC phones.

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If you haven’t checked out Xianpeng’s Game Boy Advance emulator for Windows Mobile, XDA forum member #LG# has brought our attention to this great freeware.

The XDA member states that the without sound enabled, it works almost perfectly on his BENQ E72 with 230 MHz OMAP processor and approx 20MB of RAM. On how Blue Angel, his exact words were ‘amazing’!

Advantages of the emulator include:

  • Fast ROM emulation
  • Runs slower on PDAs/ smartphones
  • Portrait, landscape left/right + fullscreen, fit to screen, vga screen view modes
  • Frameskip
  • *.sav files support
  • Touch controlled pad
NB The emulator does not appear to work on the HTC Kaiser.
Requires Windows Mobile 5.0 +
For more information including download links, head on over to the forum thread.

 

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Windows Mobile owners might be interested to learn about XDA forum member zorc’s YouTube downloader application for Windows Mobile devices.

The application allows users to search and download videos from YouTube in different formats and qualities, including mp3.

The app has been tested on the Topaz WVGA running Windows Mobile 6.5, but the dev says it should work fine on other devices.

Features include:

  • Shows thumbnails in the search results.
  • Ability to download multiple videos at the same time.
  • Ability to pause/resume downloads after you exit and run the application again.
  • A very nice UI and cool transitions between different screens of the app.
  • Ability to expand search results.
  • Ability to choose video format/quality including mp3.
  • Improved QVGA screens support.
  • Ability to switch between full screen and normal mode.
  • Ability to copy download URL.
  • Overall performance tweaks.
  • Now supports keeping the device awake while downloads are running, so the WiFi connection is not lost.
For further information and to download the cab file, head on over to the application thread.
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This just goes to prove that development of apps for Windows Mobile is not dead just yet. XDA member genec just released a weight and body mass tracker for Windows Mobile devices running 5 and up. This app will allow you to keep daily tabs on your growth (height, weight, or both) and can compare to the BMI (body mass index) if you are into health and body management. The BMI is a rather useful to keep you in check and to ensure that you are within what is considered healthy.

The app requires CF 3.5 to run. Please leave some feedback for the dev, so he may be able to improve future versions.

Description:
MyWeight is a mobile application for those of you who want to keep their daily weight records under control. Comparing them against Body Mass Index (BMI) you are immediately informed if you are doing good or bad with your mass.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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NotepadWS for WM updated

November 8, 2010   By:

tabsp

XDA member xdaid presents an update to NotepadWS for Windows Mobile devices. The application is a great note pad option with tabs, web search, and not memory hungry. Features like edit up to four different text files in the same session, switch from one tab to another with just one click, external clipboard functions added and the ability to add or remove tool bars at any time are some of the changes found on version 2.7.
Each tab has its own font type, size, style and color, background color, start folder and other properties you can configure through the settings page individually.
Working on WM 5 and up and multi resolution from VGA and up.

Originally posted by xdaid
NotepadWS ver 2.7

NotepadWS is a notepad-like application with TABS feature and some interesting tools such as the WEB SEARCH.

The Web Search (context menu) allows you to get google, wiki or dictionary contents about the word or text selected from NotepadWS,
it could be a good way to perform your search quickly and easily!

You can find more information in the application thread.

flick

XDA member antru has developed a very cool app for Windows Mobile. The app is a 3D task manager that is comparable to switching between active windows on Windows 7 or Vista. The app allows you to flick through running windows and open them with a single tap. It runs very fast as shown in the video and is still experimental.

You must have WM >= 5.0 to run it and hardware accelerated 3D Graphics. It uses 1 MB per window task also. The list of currently tested devices is:

1. HTC Max 4G
2. HTC Touch Diamond (to slow yet)
3. HTC Touch HD
4. Dell Axim x51v
5. Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2

If you would like to contribute and try it out yourself, feel free to join the discussion thread and download it. Report your feedback and bug reports to the developer as usual!

litetrack0.5

You may remember a few months ago, we released an article about a tracking software for Windows Mobile called LiteTrack, developed by XDA member xdaid. In case you are not sure what this those, basically the app runs in the background while using the GPS in your device (assuming it has one) and tracks all your trips. Basically, it maps whatever routes you take to wherever you go. This is particularly useful for people who tend to look for shortcuts from traffic and then simply forget them.

This new version of the app has been loaded with new features and a few critical bug fixes as well. So, if you were using it before, upgrade to 0.5 and find out what else this app has to offer. Feedback is always appreciated.

what’s new in 0.5 version (big update ever)

New features:

  • statistics for your track (distance, duration, top speed, average speed, top altitude, lowest altitude)
  • power saving: gps sleep & wakeup mode to track walk paths
  • user monitor over cpu, memory and battery status
  • two points distance calculator
  • switch between km/meters and miles/feets units
  • file dialogs and sat viewer improved
  • send your gps location via SMS
  • export tracks (LTF files) to GPX and KML
  • Bugs fixed:
  • several bugs fixed, now LiteTrack is much stable
  • compatibility issues fixed, now LiteTrack supports all kinds of soft-keyboard

You can find more information in the application thread.

Easy Mortscript Writer for WM

September 9, 2010   By:

Screen001

Are you creating your own scripts? MortScript interprets a (quite) simple batch language. XDA member imbunned presents this super easy Mort Script writer for Windows Mobile devices. It will open a note pad where you can create your script on a very simple way.
If you are a beginner, then this application is perfect for you.

Originally posted by imbunned
Easily Mortscript Writer(cab)

1- click start-programs-write (notepad will open automaticly)
2-write your script
3-close notepad
4-go to \My Documents (your script here)
5- if you want rename script, click rename

For a beginner like me, not bad

You can find more information in the application thread.

10KmRotatedWithSpeed

This application, created by XDA member Ooije, keeps track of your movement with the help of a GPS receiver. If you practice sports, this app can be your perfect companion to keep track of your movements. Audible alarms with previous selected information can “speak” to you during your exercise.
You can record information such as time, distance, speed, and your altitude change. If you have more friends using the application, you can share information with them on a map and see various rankings against others.

Originally posted by Ooije
[App] Marathon – GPS measure / tracking software

Latest version: 1.3.1.5.
Changelog

Information
Marathon is a Windows Mobile application which keeps track of your movement with the help of a GPS-receiver. It’s the perfect companion for sporting activates such as running and bicycling. You can configure Marathon to announce various statistics in the headset or speaker while you’re recording. This gives you the advantage of always knowing your performance and is a great morale boost to reach your goals. You can compete with yourself by setting the goal time comparison settings to one of your previous results. This will allow the announcements to tell you exactly how many seconds ahead or behind you are. You may also use the generic time goal in case you haven’t recorded anything to compete against. The application records and displays data such as time, distance, speed and your altitude change. You can also choose to display your speed and altitude as bar or line charts, as well as showing a map of your recording. As a complement to the application, Marathon is compatible with a free online service, which allows you to see more detailed information about your performance. You can view your result on a map as well as see various rankings against other users of the service.

You can find more information in the application thread.

rescocontact

Mersad 7, creator of  the Mersad Persian & Arabic Pack, began the Persian2World project last week in an attempt to provide Windows Mobile users who speak Persian as their first language with applications in their own native language. With the help of other members of the site, the first applications in this project has now been released.

At the time of writing, the applications available in Persian through Persian2World are Talkonaut (a VoIP application), Resco Contact Manager (an easy-to-use SMS, calls and contacts application) and GekoTask (a to-do list creator).To use the applications, you simply need a Persian language pack (such as Mersad 7’s own, in the link above) and to download the relevant .cab file for your application.

You can find the .cabs and more information about the project in the Persian2World thread.

wp7_anim

The excitement (amid other emotions) about the imminent release of Windows Phone 7 has inspired a vast range of themes and skins, which give your device the look and feel of the new operating system. As the developer’s first contribution to the site, XDA member Nevralgeek has created both a static splash screen and boot animation in the style of Windows Phone 7, which will either help you to theme more of your phone’s software in this style or to complete the illusion of having a Windows Phone 7 device when showing it off to friends.

To enable the modification, users need only download the attached .zip, which contains both the .png and the .gif. Using a program such as Advanced Config, you can then proceed to replace the animation and/or the splash screen accordingly.

The files are available in the original thread.

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These days everyone could use a little help to shop smart. Last month, XDA member zaijian released AmazonIt!, a useful barcode application that shows Amazon.com prices and ratings.

This application makes it easier to compare prices and enables researching while away from a computer. Since then, zaijian has been working hard to develop AmazonIt! into a better application.

This latest version features more user-friendliness, touch-scrolling, manual barcode input, and a slew of bug fixes.

Originally posted by zaijian

Requirements

  • Windows Mobile 5 or greater
  • .NET CF 3.5 or greater
  • Unlimited Data plan (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

1.1 changelog
Bugfix/new feature release

ENH support for international amazon sites
ENH ability to manually input barcodes (if it has trouble decoding pics)

MOD now displays barcode capture hints
MOD user setting to launch mobile/full product links
MOD now deleting captured barcode pics after use
MOD duplicate items prevention
MOD sort bar now resizes on orientation change

FIX ArgumentException on list update
FIX OutOfMemoryException on bitmap decoding
FIX ArgumentNullException when the product link is launched before amazon info has been fetched

What’s great about this version is that it is really beginning to shape into an application that could be a useful tool for any shopper. Check out the application thread.

Tetra Master Game Update

August 19, 2010   By:

tetra

XDA member zyphuris55 released an update for this nostalgic mini-game found in the popular role-playing game Final Fantasy IX. This card game consists of cards that depict various characters with values on them, whereby the values on the card determine the winner.

Originally written by zyphuris55

Updates:

v0.79.7

  • Added Wager window (cards only)
  • Added ability to queue duels
  • Added the feature for “Skilled” and “Random” wager skill levels
  • fixed re-duel option
  • removed the “free money” glitch

Currently working on:

  • menu for the duel
  • menu for the card selection
  • save duel queue list
  • Wager selector (Money, Card/ Money, and Card & Money)
  • Ability to delete profile blocks

The game only supports Windows Mobile 5/6 with a touch screen with WVGA resolution. The developer is open to requests, so try the game out for free and see how you can help improve the game. Continue to the game thread.

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