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Posts Tagged: Windows Mobile 6.5.x

Well-Note For Windows Mobile

November 2, 2011   By:

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We like to feature Windows Mobile apps from time to time on our Portal. After all, they are precursors of what we have today on most devices. Note taking apps has been a primordial breed of apps that has spawned countless variants of itself across all known platforms. Many vary in style, design, and functionality, and this one that was created by XDA Recognized Developer TangoChen seems to somewhat fuse newer styles with older technology. Well-Note for Windows Mobile is a Windows Phone styled note taking app, which features the side scrolling screens, big letter, and hidden menus, that every WP7 fan loves to hate (or hate to love, depending on the point of view). The dev posted a video demonstration of the app in action. In there you can see the smoothness with which this app runs.

Well, if you were waiting to replace WM 6.5′s native Notes app, now is your chance. Please leave some feedback for the dev in case you run into any bugs or if you simply have any suggestions.

  1. Run more smooth while viewing files list of a category.
  2. After clicking to a file from What’s New, clicking the [Back] icon will take you back to What’s New list but not files list of that category.
  3. Fixed some bugs.
  4. Added features of Copying/Pasting text.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks TangoChen for the tip!

DynamicsSimpleGrid

It seems that lately we have seen a surge in activity from what was believed to be a dying area on XDA, Windows Mobile. If you have ever wanted to get rid of the weird arrangement of icons on the start menu for 6.5.x Roms, XDA Recognized Developer ultrashot has something that you will likely enjoy. This does not require you to install any third party launcher or anything of that sort, it is a plain and simple mod to the already existing Start Menu. So, if you were longing to get rid of what is left of the honeycomb idea that Microsoft tried to implement a few years back, now is your chance.

Pay close attention to the dev’s warning as this will not work on anything other than a custom Rom. Give it a shot and see if you like it. Also, please leave some feedback for the dev if you can.

P.S. don’t install it on stock roms. It won’t work. You’ve been warned

You can find more information in the mod thread.

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Quietly-nothing.  It's just brilliant.

The HTC HD2 is the most developed device in the history of XDA-Developers.  Over 1 million posts on more than 45 thousand threads across 17 sub-forums covering five operating systems, the HD2 remains in the top 25 most active devices on XDA almost two years after its release. Its success spoke to all manufacturers about what a smartphone should be like.

I sat down with a friend’s HD2 to hear its story.  I asked about where it came from, the struggles it faced growing up in a Tawainese factory, and how it overcame those struggles to become such a smart phone.  The HD2 blankly stared at me a moment, then said my friend received a new text message from his mother.  No help there.  So, I decided to get the HTC HD2’s story from its developers.

XDA member Cotulla first heard rumors about the HTC “Leo”  around mid-2009.  “Back then, nothing was known except its 4.3-inch screen with a [Qualcomm Snapdragon] 8250.”  Its unprecedented specifications caught XDA member DarkStone1337‘s eye, too.  “My previous phones were other Windows Mobile-based phones such as the HTC Touch Diamond and the HTC Touch HD, which was infuriatingly slow, and several Nokia handsets. This was a fast phone with good looks that could compete with the iPhone [3GS]. The big screen screamed COOL to me.”

The first iteration of the HD2 was loaded with 512 MB of ROM storage and it was released in Europe around November 2009. A few months later, a version with 1024 MB of ROM arrived for T-Mobile US (TMOUS) in March 2010.  Suppliers couldn’t keep up with the demand.  Sprint saw the movement of supplies and jumped on the opportunity, leaking specs of the HTC EVO 4G before T-Mobile made the HD2 available in the US.  That’s when I (azrienoch) started looking around for ways to put Android on the HD2.  The first step toward that meant developing a new SPL.

“The idea of developing HSPL for the LEO first came to us around 11 October 2009.  We thought it would be so easy,” said Cotulla.  It was actually very hard, “because HTC added additional protection to the LEO.”

XDA Recognized Developer dcordes described that “additional protection” to me.  “The actual difficulty about making Linux run on the HD2 was a tiny ‘switch’ in the device that will change how the CPU acts. This must be set during bootup. Else no go for ARM Linux.  The difficult and long process of analyzing this ‘crash problem’ by narrowing down all sources of error is logged in mailing list (ML) archives.”

The first hurdle was getting the screen to tell the developers anything at all, as dcordes explained, “The only way to interact with the device when there is no debug bridge like ADB or USBnet is reading from the display.”

Cotulla commented, “We almost lost bepe’s device once.  We restored it two days later.  Also, I created a special SPL emulator which allows testing our HSPL installer on a PC for a deep look inside.”

“After the initial SSPL & HSPL releases, we released several new HSPL versions, including HSPL for LEO1024. The main issue there was that LEO1.XX ROMs won’t support flashing to the internal memory.  Flashing ROMs or HSPL makes it soft brick.  So a special HSPL version was created to protect users from mistakes.”

Meanwhile, Darkstone1337 bought the device, wanting to develop apps for Windows Mobile, and soon after discovered Microsoft’s plans for Windows Phone 7.  “It would of had been a wasted effort. So I stuck with the phone and began flashing all sorts of custom ROMs and installed all kinds of programs to occupy my time all the while keeping in mind that developers were working on booting Linux on the HD2.”

”Then we saw mPlayer run on the HD2.  I remember dcordes uploading a proof-of-concept build with a video of a rocket launching in 720p.”

So, developers began work on a Linux kernel flash using HSPL.  They gathered together on dcordes’ #htc-linux IRC channel.  “Weeks passed with lots of effort by many and the problem persisted. We really tried to not overlook anything.  We even compared the different QSD8250 chips out there for different revisions by looking at the prints on the chips.”

Frustrated and out of ideas, dcordes led the team to Linux-Arm-MSM and found help.  “The lead developer Daniel Walker kindly helped us to narrow down the problem.”

“With all the analysis information at hand, the situation well described on the mailing lists, and all developer information easily available,” says dcordes, “it was about time that somebody would look at all this with a fresh thought. Cotulla was that guy and he came up with the brilliant bit to solve this.”

Cotulla says, “After looking at the SPL of HTC Desire and few other devices, I was able to find a fix for the kernel.  And android development begins.  Actually, [Android‘s early development on the HD2] was done by several people, like me, Markinus, LeTama, and others.”  Such as cr2 and XDA Recognized Developer NetRipper.  “Of course, a lot of people contributed by testing, etc.  I did the touchscreen driver and sound driver in a few weeks.”

“One memorable bug,” Darkstone1337 says, “was the Android OS running at hyper-speed, causing the phone to hang.”  This is when he hopped on-board.  “I guess my aim at the time was to try and stabilize the build so that it could run longer without crashing.  I managed to do this by tweaking some configuration in Android and uploaded a build that didn’t crash nearly as much as the first proof-of-concept. From there I kept playing with Android to see what I could do.”

And we will see, in the upcoming second part of this article, how operating systems build a stable home first on the SD card and then in the HD2’s NAND memory.  Thanks to Cotulla, dcordes, and Darkstone1337 for telling us your stories, and of course all of the developers and testers that made the HD2’s story what it is.

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Last year, XDA member doanvanvinhtho showed us the first release of dV2t Translator for Windows Mobile devices. Since then, the dev has released version 5 which includes some visual changes and some extra functionality such as:

- Text-To-Speech)
- Auto-detect language
- Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Select All

It also supports the using of the interface “Sense HTC’s UI Look ‘n Feel”, which enhances the look of the application.
As all Windows Mobile stuff used to be, you can find the link to download the .cab file and source code for free.

If you liked it, please leave some words for the developer.

Originally posted by doanvanvinhtho
Hi everybody!

dV2t Translator provides bi-directional translation of words and phrases between languages (using BING or GOOGLE translator)

Features:
Free and open source (hosted at Microsoft Codeplex and Google Code)
Translate between languages: integrate 2 services (GOOGLE, BING) into one program.
Users can select translation services, can compare the results of them.
Support pronounce text (text-to-speech)
Auto-detect language (*)
Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Select All
Using interface “Sense HTC’s UI Look ‘n Feel” (thanks eboelzner – support localization (*))

Requirements:
.NETcf 3.5
Internet connection (GPRS/3G/Wifi)

Continue to the application thread.

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If you think Windows Mobile is dead, you are far from the truth. WM still the second most used operating system amongst our members and because of that, we still see a lot of development around.

XDA member soma900 presents the latest update of XTask, a great RAM cleaning system that features the option to switch windows, close tasks or system process, rotate screen orientation, automatic fix the bottom tool bar overlay in WM6.5.x, automatic change X-botton to close, automatic terminate Active-Sync, and the possibility to manage files, amongst many more.

The application can be found on the original thread. Please leave your feedback.

Originally posted by soma900
[APP][UPDATE 10.6.2011]XTask ver. 2.33 – task manager for WM5/6/6.5.x

Small update to ver.2.33
Small update. Details unknown.
Scoll down to download.

Source Code Release
Click here to download =>> [xTask_2.3_EVC_Source.rar].

Program summary

A task manager for Windows Mobile PDA phone. It does, not only the most wanted job of cleaning system RAM by closing unused tasks, but with many more features. For example, it can correct the overlay problem of the WM6.5.x buttom bar for any programs such as Resco Explorer, also automaticlly set button-X to Close instead of minimizing a window.

Compatibilities
Support all WM versions (WM2003, WM5, WM6.1, WM6.5, WM6.5.x).
Support all screen resolutions (QVGA, SQVGA, VGA, SVGA, WVGA).
Support multi functions (process management, task management, document management, control panel, etc.).

Continue to the application thread.

exct2ss2

Most of you Windows Mobile ex users (and current ones) have likely flashed your device a few times over (else, you’d likely not be in this site). One of the most annoying things about flashing roms is the fact that you must reconfigure your settings, re-install everything is nothing short of a pain. There are various methods out there to automatically reconfigure your phone post flashing such as Sashimi, XDA_UC, and a few others. However, XDA Recognized Developer M3PH decided to make his own, exclusively to integrate and work well with NRG roms. EXCT2 is the second incarnation of this tool and among some of its major improvements, it will allow a user to enter all of their desired settings without having to go through xml, registry editors, or any of the good stuff that most WM users are accustomed to. Moreover, this UC offers a nice UI to make it as simple as just selecting a few things here and there.

The tool is still under development but if you still use WM and sport NRG roms exclusively, you will certainly want to take this for a spin. Please leave some feedback.

EXCT2 expands on EXCT by adding a basic User Interface and allowing for a large amount of automation for settings gathering from the system registry. No registry editors required, no Third party XML file writers needed. EXCT2 will detect exchange server settings, audio manager storage paths, Windows Live and palringo settings and so much more all at the touch of a button.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks M3PH for the tip!

SuperMarioBros Run Windows Mobile Game

Not all in our mobile life is about Android or WP7. Even though Windows Mobile is no longer people’s favorite OS, we have thousands of members who still love it. For them, XDA member zarpy presents SuperMarioBros game. You can move along the levels by making Mario jump taping anywhere on your screen, the game is same as the one you used to play many years ago…collect coins, stomp on goombas and turtles, and continue trough levels. Only for WVGA.
The developer also includes the link to download the full version of game editors for free, so now you can make your own game!

Originally posted by zarpy
SuperMarioBros Run (Excellent Endless Runner game) WVGA Only

The controls are simple ,tap anywhere on the screen to make SuperMario jump. Mario runs automatically to the right , jump to collect coins, stomp on goombas and turtles. As time passes Mario runs faster and the Music is intensfies!! The game is endless and also has a highscore feature to save your highscore. A must have for any die-hard SuperMarioBros fan. Feel free to share this game on any site that features windows mobile games.

Also if you dreamed of making your own game , right now you can download the full version of game editors easy to use tools for free. Here the link

Continue to the game thread.

HD2-Gingerbread

The now aging HTC HD2 is still considered by many to be one of the best devices to come out from HTC. Its incomparable versatility (thanks to the efforts of countless people) allows a user to switch between most widely used OS systems including its native Windows Mobile, Android, Windows Phone 7, Ubuntu, MeeGo, and more.  On top of that, in order to run Android you have several different methods of accomplishing this task, and one of them is by running from NAND, which basically completely wipes out Windows Mobile from your system. XDA member boonbing has put together a series of scripts based on the work of many people including XDA member DarkStone1337 and his work on RAM roms. In essence, Port-A-Droid will allow users to use, test, and replace Gingerbread roms that should be install on NAND, but that will load from the SD card and run via RAM. In essence, you will get the full NAND experience by still keeping your Windows Mobile OS completely intact. This is a very versatile tool that will provide any user with the means to run everything they want without the hassle that normally goes attached to it.

Please leave some feedback for the dev if you liked this tool.

What is Portadroid SuperRAM GB?
- Portadroid (a.k.a Port-a-Droid) SuperRAM GB is NOT A ANDROID ROM!
- It is a tool whioch I build mainly with scripts that enables SUPPORTED Gingerbread HD2 NAND or HTC Desire ROMs to be booted via SD card into RAM on the top of your stock WM6.5 ROM.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks Szczepanik for the tip!

TodayXLiveXDA01

There are many people who argue that WM is indeed dying out slowly as most people who were developing for it have jumped ship either to Android, WP7, or even to iOS. However, for those of you still rocking this OS, you will be happy to learn that not everyone has left for green pastures and that there are still people who see the potential that this OS once had. XDA member loffactory brings that concept and tries to marry it with the most current of events by releasing TodayXLive, which is a UI replcement that will make any device sporting Windows Mobile 6.1 and up look and feel like a Windows Phone 7 device. Transitions and animations are quite smooth and are bound to give your device a renewed, minimalistic look without having to use and skin other UI replacements like SPBMS or others of its kind. It is fully configurable, so you will be able to change things around if you don’t like the stock layout. This is still in beta, so you may run into a couple of bugs here and there. One last thing is that the dev does not mention anything about resolution requirements. However, one member reported success with it running it in a HTC Touch aka Elf, so QVGA and likely VGA are supported.

Please leave some feedback if you feel that you can help the dev somehow.

TodayXLive is a today screen plug-in look like windows phone 7.

The next generation user interface to windows mobile…

You can find more information in the application thread.

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Super Meat boy windows mobile

If you are tired with so many Google-Android news, heres a breather. Our friend, XDA member zarpy presents another option on his series of simple graphic games for Windows Mobile. Just think of SuperMeatBoy:Saws of Death as a crossover between any classic Nintendo/Sega 2D platforming game. This is not your typical new video game, where everything is based on how well a polygon or a pixel looks. This game goes back to basics and brings you back to a 2D cartoonish world that makes you feel like you are playing a retro-based video game. You need to save SuperMeatBoy´s girlfriend from various dangers across 5 regular levels and a final boss stage. The game only works for devices with WVGA resolutions.
If you liked it, please leave some comments.

Originally posted by zarpy
SuperMeatBoy finally hits Windows Mobile WVGA mobile devices!! You play as SuperMeatBoy saving his girlfriend from various dangers . Travel through multiple levels each one harder than the last one. Discover tricks along the way , with differnt routes to beat each level.
New control style , you have jump left and jump right buttons that solve the multi-touch issue. Enjoy and post feedback or if you need help in any of the levels.

This game was made using Game Editor , which you can download for free now. Make games and export them to your windows mobile device for free

Continue to the game thread.

Supergames Mobile

Have you been hoping for a finger-friendly way to get your favorite flash games in one place? Look no further, as XDA forum member Proteusmega has exactly what you’re after with Supergames Mobile. This Windows Mobile app serves a graphical front end to access all of your locally stored .swf files.

I’ve created a little app to play flash games on WM devices.
With Supergames Mobile you can made your flash games collection simply.

Features:
Finger friendly
Portrait and Landscape mode
Audio Volume On/Off
Customizable skins
Supports QVGA (240×320), VGA (480×640) and WVGA (480×800) resolution

The requirements to run this app are that you own a Windows Mobile 6.x device loaded with Flash Player 7 and .NET Compact Framework 3.5. If your device meets those requirements and you are looking to get all your favorite Shockwave Flash files in one convenient location, be sure to continue on to the original thread!

angry birds windows mobile adventure WVGA

Ok, this is nothing similar in graphics to the original game but it´s a first attempt to have an action game for our Windows Mobile devices. XDA member zarpy presents Angry Birds Windows Mobile Adventure, a simple graphics side-scrolling where you play as the red bird. The goal is to avoid the pigs and collect the birds, if you can survive collecting 100 birds you get to see the ending. No doubt a fun game worth trying, only for WVGA devices.
Please leave your feedback.

Originally posted by zarpy
Angry Birds Windows Mobile Adventure WVGA only ( Platform action game)

In this side-scrolling action game you play as the Red Bird. Collect the black and white birds and avoid the pigs. If you can collect 100 birds , you will restore thier color back.Your bird auto-matically jumps , and you control his left and right movement via onscreen controls. If you can beat the game you be treated to seeing a cute ending.

Only for windows mobile WVGA devices.
I really worked on this game hard and I hope you guys like it!!

In zip format so just click on zip file and select extract all.

In cab format just click and install.

Continue to the game thread.

tiny wings windows mobile game

Although many of the site’s games developers have now turned to Android when planning their latest releases, there are still some going strong on the Windows Mobile front.

One such developer, XDA member zarpy, has recently released a brand new game for the platform – Tiny Wings Bounce. The addictive adventure sees you in control of a bird who’s too fat to fly properly, and instead relies on its ability to bounce in order to get around.

Tiny Wings Bounce was developed for Windows Mobile devices with a WVGA resolution screen. It features background music and sound effects, along with the option to save your high score so that you always have a challenge.

You can pick the game up for yourself by downloading the .cab from the game thread.

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