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Posts Tagged: windows mobile 6.0

Game Changers – HTC Kaiser

October 1, 2011   By:

kaiser

The HTC Kaiser. Before I could get it, I remember I wanted it. I used to keep looking at the full specifications’ page at gsmarena and staring at the specs of it in utter disbelief. It was aesthetically pleasing, it had an awesome camera, and it had a slide out keyboard. And if that wasn’t enough the screen tilted upwards. This feature was a major selling point of the phone.

The first rumours of the handset arrived late 2006. Whispers of GPS were swirling making people want more info. Gradually, as news arrived that it was realized that this was a flagship device. HTC was giving a lot of love to the advertising and releases of shots.

The specs by today’s standard weren’t amazing but back then, everyone was amazed. The device was sporting a 400 MHz ARM 11 processor, 256 ROM, 128 RAM, Micro SDHC support, a 320×240 QVGA resistive touchscreen, GPS, and a 3.15 MP Camera. Everyone lusted after this device and it was quite sturdy as well.

The only major drawback was a driver issue, which made videos and displays very choppy. Despite this, I loved it and so did many others as it was usable.

I am quite fond of this device because it was the first one I had ever flashed. I had a Universal before but wasn’t aware of its full potential, but I knew that this one could do more. I remember doing so much to this device, changing the radio, adding things the carrier had left out, and flashing a new rom every other day.

I only had this phone for about a year before I was allowed to upgrade. I sold my kaiser to someone who was astounded by its capabilities and moved on. But still to this date, I have never forgotten the chunky beast.

Game Changers – HTC Home

September 19, 2011   By:

htc-home-plugin

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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For those of you running Windows Mobile, XDA forum member Nullstring has attempted to create a Windows Phone 7 Lock like application for WM6.x and 6.5.x.

The unlock feature is a horizontal-slide-and-unlock because the dev thought it would be more finger friendly and wanted to avoid applying the initial hard pressure on a specific slide to unlock area.

Features of the app include -

  • being skinnable
  • customisable image or text
  • customisable font
  • reposition objects
  • supports all resolutions
  • supports a variety of languages
  • suspends or turn the backlight off when unused or unlocked for n seconds

JWMD SlideUnlock is available for free – to download and for more information, head on over to the forum thread.

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Still have a Windows Mobile device and finally got tired of the same keyboards? XDA member mirolg presents these keyboard alternatives for your joy. You´ll find a nice Toshiba keyboard, a useful Toshiba pad with fast access to most common keyboard functions, Finger-keyboard, the HTC one (including languages), compact qwerty, phone pad, and a full qwerty one. Keyboards can be found in English, German, French, and Italian, all working on WM 6 and up with WVGA resolutions.
If you liked this work please leave some feed back to Developer.

Originally posted by mirolg
miROM_WVGA_keyboard collection

HTC KEYBOARD 1.5
FIX no overlap the bottom taskbar in 6.5.x ROMs miROM_Toshiba_Keyboard.cab install, reset look and NEW update 05.03.11 missing icons added
TOSHIBA FREE PAD

Toshiba Free_Pad.cab TO start the pad slide quick from bottom screen to upper. if will not works_ maybe need a toshiba dll also to works on other devices. i will look over that!

Continue to application thread

TRITanium Weather for Windows Mobile

January 18, 2011   By:

Today

XDA member arealityfarbetween presents this nice Titanium weather plugin for your Windows Mobile device. The app has been completely re written to solve those bugs on the stock weather application and making it faster between updates. The latest version includes an added forecast limit option, added default theme and units option, toggle option will enable/disable page, not just registry switch, and today image replacement method modified. The application also has improved iPhoneToday and s2u2 support.
Changes are finely integrated, so you may even not notice but performance and functionality will improve.
Please leave feed back to the developer.

Originally posted by arealityfarbetween
Never Heard of it! – TitaniumWeather was an application for WM6.5′s Titanium homescreen (WM6.1 Users, read on) which displays weather location using Accuweather. It provides much more detailed weather information than HTC Sense.
Yeah, I remember that! – Maybe you remember some common experiences with it:
You might have had to modify it as often as Accuweather disabled/re-enabled their APIs…
You might not have been able to find out what your location code was, despite help in the forums…
You might have never managed to get the panel to show in Titanium…
When it did work, every now and then you’d get a pretty cryptic error message and weather wouldn’t update.
You could only ever have one location and one panel.
Panel’s would stop updating mid flow, leaving an ugly Titanium layout.
You could never tell what went wrong with it.
It was too complicated (subjective, yeah…)

Continue to the application thread.

scale

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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XDA member FryWalker presents an updated version of myPlayer for Windows Mobile devices, with it you can have access to Live TV and On Demand content directly without using your browser. The new version 2.0 lets you choose your own media player (CorePlayer v1.3.6 is recommended) and includes features like full streaming integration, live TV channels and live international radio stations amongst many others.
Working on WM 6 and up on resolutions QVGA, VGA or WVGA.
The developer also includes a version for Android devices.

Originally posted by FryWalker
Features:
> Choose your own media player – define how each stream is played (CorePlayer v1.3.6 is recommended‡)
> Full streaming integration – browse the content as you would from any other supported device
> Live TV channels – watch the popular terrestrial channels live (ITV, Channel 4, Five, etc.)*
> SBS Australia – content from the Special Broadcasting Service**
> Extensive TV feed index – hundreds of live TV feeds from around the globe
> Live Radio stations – a selection of International broadcasts
> Custom TV / Radio stations – add your favourites

* CorePlayer is required to watch the high quality live TV channels (please use this config.xml for the best experience)

** The SBS channel requires a Flash player, the Adobe Flash Lite application is recommended

Requirements:
> A media player that supports RTSP streaming and the mpeg4 codec (CorePlayer v1.3.6 is recommended‡)
> The .NET 2.0 Compact Framework (which is bundled with Windows Mobile Professional 6.0 and above)
> An internet connection that is based within the UK (for the terrestrial TV feeds)

‡ HTC’s bundled StreamingPlayer and Windows Media Player should also work for users with faster devices (for example the HTC HD2)

Continue to the application thread.

NotepadWS for WM updated

November 8, 2010   By:

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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!

WinStart

If you thought creativity for WM 6 and above was about to die, think again. XDA member petititi has developed a very interesting Start Menu replacement. In fact, because of the animations and transitions used in WinStart, you will be able to appreciate the 3D effects that your devices were meant to use. This particular start menu sort of resembles the app drawer of LauncherPro for Android because of the effects used. The app is very easy to customize and gives the user plenty of freedom and flexibility to rearrange the icons to your liking.

WinStart is still in beta stages, but according to the video that was posted by the dev, it looks pretty solid. The best part is that it will work for any resolution. However, if you find bugs with your specific device, let the developer know.

As you can see in the video, my application is a start menu replacement!
For all screen resolutions (WVGA, VGA, WQVGA, QVGA, square…) and all windows version (after 6.0). You don’t need to have Manila on your phone, but the design is a Manila’s like…

Please report any problems !

You can find more information in the application thread.

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Avian Player for WM

October 27, 2010   By:

Avian Player

XDA member thx1200 just released a new kind of media player for WM. Avian seems to specialize in audio rather than anything else and you can use it for podcasts, streaming radio, or as a regular music player. The app differs from others of its kind in the fact that it has a different set of controls for each kind of content you are trying to play. On top of that, the dev has created this with the latest and greatest codecs available to ensure smooth and good quality playback.

The app is fast, slick, and skinnable too, in case you want to integrate it with your device’s look. As always, feedback is very much appreciated.

Features

  • Intuitive, finger-friendly user interface, with seperate control surfaces for each audio file type (music, podcasts, internet radio) with multiple layout scenes per surface
  • Advanced SQL library of music files on your device with customizable queries
  • Tag reading/parsing and tag derived information from paths (\Folder\Artist\Album\Track.mp3)
  • MAD audio codecs
  • Large fonts and titling and large buttons for “car friendliness”
  • Playlist editor
  • Streams can contain multiple alternate URLs in a single entry
  • Immediate list filtering/searching
  • Customizable skins and languages
  • It’s FAST
  • Much more!

You can find more information in the application thread.

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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.

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