XDA member lyriquidperfection‘s Touch Tools 2.0 Suite is a staple piece of software for HD2 owners as it contains almost everything you need to make your device as user-friendly as can be.
Included in the package are:
The application has recently been updated with new bug fixes and features such as a revised user interface, faster loading and two-way in-call recording. You can find the Touch Tools package in the project’s thread.
The release of much press-coverage of the imminent Windows Phone 7 operating system has spawned many look-a-like themes and applications, which allow older devices to imitate the look and feel of the new software to please their tech-hungry owners.
One of the more popular of these modifications was WP7UI by XDA member ashiqiqbal. Recently, the project has been terminated and reborn as ‘the Host’ – ashiqiqbal’s new WP7-like home screen replacement.
‘The Host goes one step further than WP7UI ever did, by offering additional customisation tools to its users. For instance, animated tiles are now available as well as finger-swipe navigation and support for landscape mode.
‘The Host’ is a standalone application and, unusally for such a release, is compatible with almost all resolutions found on Windows Mobile devices. If you would like to add a little bit of WP7 to your device, simply download the .cab from the application thread.
Many owners of Windows Mobile devices have bemoaned the official Facebook application provided by the Marketplace and hoped for an alternative other than using the basic and finger-unfriendly mobile web version.
Despite being the second most-visited website in the world, Facebook applications for Windows phones have been notoriously slow and buggy, with many iterations not even allowing users to send video clips or complete messages to one another through the service.
This has led XDA members Sopis, joe_coolish and Fredz to develop a rivalling Facebook client. Since building up support for the project, the trio have worked hard at providing another option for those who would like to keep up with their friends will on the move.
Currently up to version 3.0 beta, the app focuses on being faster and user-friendlier than the one by Facebook themselves. You can install the application on your device by downloading the .cab file from the project thread.
October 2, 2010 By: Ben Elliott
Microsoft have always tried to establish a separation between non-touchscreen Smartphones and touchscreen PocketPCs. By doing so, they have allowed themselves to also segregate the two groups’ software and to give that of each different features. Smartphones were branded separately to PocketPCs when they first arrived – they were more suited for communication, and were more like a cross between a PocketPC and a traditional feature phone. The PocketPC was capable of more due to its more advanced hardware and higher popularity and was seen as a phone for the business environment.
As a result of this rift between the two lines of products, their operating systems are quite contrasting. While PocketPC owners regularly received the newest builds straight from Microsoft, which include the most recent additions and fixes, Smartphone owners were always somewhat left behind.
This is particularly obvious in the case of Windows Mobile 6.5: Microsoft have marketed the Smartphone version of the OS as ‘Standard’ and the PocketPC as ‘Professional’. However, in many cases the internal hardware of the Smartphones are up to scratch with the requirements of the Professional version of WM6.5, with only their lack of a touchscreen holding them back.
To highlight this, XDA member tj_style has managed to get one of the more recent builds of the popular Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operational on a non-touchscreen Samsung GT-6625. Although developmentally young, the project is very interesting and a downloadable ROM should hopefully be made available to the XDA community soon.
Included in the port of WM6.5.3 are the instantly recognisable buttons-at-bottom layout and the Titanium home screen interface (a cursor is used) along with other improvements Microsoft have made. In porting this previously exclusive operating system to a Smartphone, tj_style opens the door to a vast number of possibilites for non-touchscreen chefs. To find out more about this project (and to view an evidential video of the port at work), take a look at this thread.
Credit for this tip goes to XDA member Thekn. Thanks! If you have anything you would like to see featured on the front page, why not drop us a line? Simply send a private message to any member of the News Writer Team and we’ll see what we can do.
Are you into flashing ROM´s frequently? Then you will agree that creating shortcuts to your favourite programs or applications should an be easier or automated task for every time you flash a new ROM. XDA member dubidu took care of this and created CplLinks. This application goes through the registry key which holds the settings items and creates a .lnk file for each of the entries. Once installed, there are no messages, it only runs and creates the links.
The developer’s app only takes 11.5 kb and must be installed on main memory.
Originally posted by dubidu
[APP] Control Panel Settings to Links (.lnk)
I know it’s a 10 seconds job to create a link for items inside the control panel (settings) such as “Usb to PC” or “Power” but I’m too lazy to do it every time I try a new rom,
also I found some of the values change from rom to rom, so I create a really simple app that goes through the registry key which holds the settings items (KLM\Security\Shell\StartInfo\Start) and creates a .lnk file for each of these entries.
Having a direct link allows me to add that option as a quick link which is handy 8)
Anyway, here is the tool in case someone wants it.
The exe must be installed in “\Program Files\CplLinks” (Device). It only takes 11.5 kb. The only reason the .exe is needed after the lnk are created is to provide an icon.
When you run it, it reads the HKEY mention above and creates .lnk for each item in the “Settings” menu. The lnks are created in “\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\CplLinks” so are directly accessible through the Programs menu.
There are no messages, it runs and creates the links, no interaction whatsoever so do not expect any nice popup window 8)
Next version will use specific icons for each item, right now, all the links use the same icon from the cpllink.exe executable.
The icons for most of the Settings are .png files rather than .ico, and WM doesn’t have an easy way to convert from .png into .ico, the idea for a “future version” is to collect all the .png files,converted to icons and create a dll on the fly with the icons as resources, so they can be referenced from the .lnk files
Couple of screen shots from the emulator.
You can find more information in the application thread.
Well-finished icons can bring a finishing touch to a well-themed device, but it’s often hard to find a corresponding icon for a relatively unknown application.
Created by XDA member poksh, IconHelper is a building tool that replaces and generates icons for your favourite shortcuts.
The application, which is available both in English and Russian, allows you to apply effects such as transparency and reflection to a start-menu icon simply by holding your finger down on the icon you want to change.
IconHelper is currently only at version 0.14 as its initial release was only a few days ago, but the developer has some interesting features planned for the application’s future. If you would like to try the app out, it is available in the original thread.
Due to being some of the most-read books in the world, applications that allow you to read religious texts on your mobile phone are becoming increasingly popular. One of the most recent electronic conversions is Quran for WM by XDA member kopraljono, which grants the user access to the Islamic Holy book while on the move.
The developer promises the application to be finger-friendly (it is designed for use on large touch screen devices) with support for several languages. There are also search and zoom features, along with night mode when you don’t want to disturb others. Quran for WM will even read out verses for you to listen to.
The final addition to the application is a special mode intended to help you to memorise the texts yourself.
If you are interested in using the program, you can find it in the application thread.
Profile Switch was recently launched by XDA member rlmouse as an application designed to change the status of multiple settings such as WiFi, Bluetooth, volume, and data at just the press of one button. In addition, it can program the phone to change profiles automatically at certain times of the day.
Since its initial release, the developer has been constantly updating the application with new features. Recently, Profile Switch was updated to version 1.7, with the capability to add separate icons to the start menu for each profile and to select the roaming status of the phone while changing a profile introduced along with fixes for numerous bugs and errors.
Try Profile Switch out for yourself by downloading it from the app thread.
One of the main perks of owning a Windows Mobile device is the relationship between it and your Windows-running computer. By taking advantage of the interconnectivity between the two, you can put the phone to good use even when you have something larger to work with.
BigMani‘s Remote Control App for Windows Mobile is one of numerous good examples of this. The application, which is available in English and German, uses a WLAN or an ActiveSync connection to allow you to control various functions on your PC through your Windows Phone.
Included is the ability to control media players (including VLC), mice, keyboards, presentation software and Windows Media Center.
The application should work on all WVGA-resolution Windows Mobile devices provided that they are running Windows Mobile 6.0+ and .NET Compact Framework version 3.5. You can find the download link in the application thread.
Since expanding his ROM kitchen to cater for other devices, XDA moderator NRGZ28’s releases have become some of the most highly anticipated in the Windows Mobile forums. His trademark blue-grey colour scheme has inspired icon sets, wallpapers, and many other modifications alike but more recently, XDA member doug3673‘s take on HTC’s ‘YOU’ advertising campaign (for the purpose of creating an alternative boot animation) has incorporated screenshot’s from NRGZ28’s more recent ROMs.
The four-second long animation uses the familiar ‘YOU’ graphic seen on many billboards that advertise HTC phones within the last few months. The HTC Touch Pro2 is the device featured on the animation.
You can try the boot animation out by downloading and installing the .cab found in the project’s thread.
XDA member xaoc747 presents a great work adding one more tab to Manila/Sense 2.5, a full GPS compass with many great features such as record and analysis of tracks, altimeter, G-Horizon (defines the angles, roll and differences with G-Sensor), added speed cams, and much more.
This complete new tab will let you take real advantage of your G-sensor and compass on your Windows Mobile device. WM 6.1 and up compatible, but make sure that you read all instructions before proceeding. You must disable Manila before installing.
Definitely a must have!
Originally posted by xaoc747
Features for today:
- Work with the GPS module without using of third-party navigation software
- Determination of current position
- Determination parameters of motion for the object by dead reckoning between the current and previous points
- Determination of directions and distances to the given calculation points
- Record tracks (routes) in automatic and manual modes in format Yandex and Google maps with further viewing in Yandex Maps and Google Earth
- Analysis of tracks (the specified distance route, maximum and average speed on the route and time of movement on the route)
- Work with the payment points (in the format tags Yandex and Google maps)
- Sending SMS with your coordinates in the automatic and manual modes for a given number
- Set the maximum speed and control the speed while driving with the gradation of the fine
In the 3rd version also includes:
- Altimeter (height above sea level)
- G-Horizon (defines the angles, roll and differents with G-Sensor)
- The output of the visible satellites and calculated
- Introduced support for all languages that are used in Manila (default included Russian and English locale for translation into other languages must be signed in settings select the desired language and click Apply, the file will be created the language, but English text inside of the file name which can be seen at the language take the file transfer to the PC and translate all the resources at the end save and copy back to the Windows folder on your device)
- Introduced support 2 Skins Black and White to support the dark and light themes for Manila.
- Redesign dashboards bookmarks
- Fixed miscellaneous trifles from 1 and 2 versions
- Time synchronization.
The 3 version includes:
- Using GoogleMaps
- Added analog clock making by JamRecords and MoonNah
- The horizon now in a separate tab
- Separated timers separate actions to streamline operations and remove the load on the phone
- Added work with speedcams
- Open the menu item Add your current GPS position to the calculated points. (Payment terms can be viewed in GoogleMaps)
- Added an information screen with maximum and average speed, distance, time, route and accuracy of coordinates HDOP and PDOP.
You can find more information in the tab thread.
Many icon sets can seem similar and unremarkable due to the stereotypical smooth corners and muted colours. However, XDA member minuted74‘s Dev-Fam icon set is designed to look a bit different.
With a breaking-out look and clear, bright graphics, the Dev-Fam set can give a very different look to any start menu. Also included are switch buttons (including controls for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and vibrate mode among others) for use with the quick-links area in Co0kie’s Home Tab.
In addition, minuted74 has also skinned the popular EndKey replacement application in the same style.
The icons can be found in the developer’s original thread in the HD2 forums.
XDA member brandi‘s first application on the site, the Deutsche Bahn App, has become very popular due to its effectiveness when updating the user with the latest information on the German transport system. Being in a similar line, the latest from the developer should prove to be just as useful.
The trafficMate application is a tool which downloads and displays the latest traffic data for major German roads. Although still very early in its development cycle (version 0.1 has just been released), reports by users of the alpha-stage application have been positive.
If you live in Germany and constantly find yourself frustrated by unpredictable traffic jams on the way to work, you might want to give the application a try. The download and feedback are in the application thread.