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.
September 5, 2011 By: mic_888
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:
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.
May 10, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
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.
Portrait and Landscape mode
Audio Volume On/Off
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!
March 28, 2011 By: mic_888
By now, there’s a tiny chance that you might have heard about dual booting between Windows Mobile and Android on the HD2….
XDA forum member Pop45398 certainly has and unfamiliar with other dual booting apps for the HD2, the XDA member decided to create one himself.
RunDroid enables Android to be started on an SD card with a single tap on an icon and should be compatible with versions run with CLRCAD/HARET. The app also features a setup menu, which allows for selecting the default OS, creating Start Up and Start Menu shortcut links and more.
For a lot more information, the rar file and detailed installation instructions, check out the application thread.
On this series of articles, we will be writing about those magnificent applications of the past, we have to remember that not everyone is using the latest device available and many members are still using older devices. This time, XDA member hendrixus presented long time ago an application called PocketToolman, a sys tray utility that gives you quick access to Pocket PC’s functions, programs, and settings. A popup dialog will display useful functions such as suspend, soft reset, easy access to settings, screen off, lock device, and many more. The application is supported for Windows Mobile 6 only and download link can be found on post number 13.
Originally posted by hendrixus
* Suspend – allows you to power-off the Pocket PC without having to press the Power button. You can also add the Suspend icon in the tray for easy access.
* Soft Reset – performs soft reset.
* Settings – quick access to Control Panel applets.
* ScreenOff – switches off the screen. You can create a shortcut to invoke ScreenOff. Great for binding to a hardware button to easy access.
* Lock Device – allows you to lock the Pocket PC when it’s running. Using the same system password for unlocking.
* Stay Alive [Power] – allows you to temporarily stop your Pocket PC from auto power-off.
* Battery Meter – displays the battery life percentage in the systray.
* Disconnect – Disconnects current RAS connection.
* PIN Lock – Invoke the PIN prompt. You must have the PIN prompt enabled for this to work.
* Quick access to toggle Bluetooth on/off by adding a Bluetooth icon into the systray. *Supports Microsoft Bluetooth Stack ONLY.
* Quick access to toggle WiFi on/off by adding a WiFi icon into the tray.
* Quick access to HTC Task Manager by adding an icon to the systray for easy access to provide one hand operation to close running applications.
* Persistently Hides SIM Contacts – On my TyTN II, after a soft-reset, the flag is restored to show contacts on SIM card. With PT, if you set it to run at Startup, what PT does is apply the setting during execution, then applies again after roughly a minute after soft-reset to ensure SIM contacts are set to hide.
* Data Connections – Allows you to disable data connection entries to stop them from connecting automatically. This feature is great when you are roaming and do not want to pay for costly data roaming charges. You can also set data connection entries to be AlwaysOn.
* Disable SMS ‘Message delivered” popup.
* Disable HTC screen off after a call has been connected.
Continue to the original thread.
If you have any older app that you think may be worth featuring in the Portal, please let us know.
Ever needed to find the cosine of an angle while you’re out and about? Worry not as XDA forum member Kation‘s Calc HD App for Windows Mobile WVGA devices has been updated.
Features of the app include -
Requires .Net CF 3.5 and Windows Mobile 6 or higher.
For more information including details of updates and to download the cab file, check out the application thread.
A complete note pad application with nice features like web searching is presented by XDA member xdaid. New version 2.56 has some improvements such as the ability to edit up to four different text files in the same session, switch from one tab to another with just one click, ability to add or remove tool bars at any time, and more.
The application will run on Windows Mobile devices with VGA resolutions and over, running WM 5 and up.
Originally posted by xdaid
[APP] NotepadWS – Tabbed text editor with online Search feature – Big update!
NotepadWS ver 2.55
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!
- Edit up to four different text files in the same session.
- Switch from one tab to another with just one click.
- Ability to add or remove tool bars at any time.
- Configure each tab separately.
- Online search of selected word or text; google search, wiki search, dictionary.
You can find more information in the application thread..
If you´ve been following development of BBC iPlayer, this major update will be of your liking. XDA member FryWalker incorporated the option to watch all the latest Soccer highlights from World Cup. The dev also added an option to keep the device awake while downloading. CorePlayer v1.3.6 is recommended as default player.
As in previous versions, QVGA, VGA or WVGA are supported on devices running WM6 and up.
An Android version is available too.
Originally posted by FryWalker
A light-weight application that provides access to BBC iPlayer, Four On Demand, Five On Demand, MSN Video and SBS directly – eliminating the requirement for a (flash-enabled) mobile browser.
Requires a QVGA, VGA or WVGA device running Windows Mobile Professional (Pocket PC) 6.0 or higher
myPlayer is also available on the Android platform
- Fixed BBC iPlayer live TV streams
- Added option to keep device awake whilst downloading
- Fixed a bug relating to stream player preferences
- All radio content should now be downloaded as mp3
- TV and radio searches are now segregated.
You can find more information in the application thread.
The World Cup 2010 fever has arrived to Windows Mobile and as a result, several applications to get up to the minute information appeared recently.
This time we will cover the application created by XDA member zorro1981, which can get real time information on the scores via Internet, see how many hours left until that match you don´t want to miss, the list of the teams with country flags, and the points per group are some of the features this finger friendly application comes with.
Working in resolutions vga, qvga, wvga, and wqvga for Windows Mobile 6 and up.
Originally posted by zorro1981
World Cup Pocket 2010 v1.0
- All information about Sudáfrica 2010 Football world Cup.
- Live mode: Advise of more important events during match.
- Internet updatable (with new versions advise).
- Suported displays: vga (480×640) , qvga (240×320) ,wvga (480×800) and wqvga (240×400)
- Improved graphical interface.
- Vibration and sound advises.
- Time remaining until next match.
Developed by Chinubrio over graphical interface, and by Ivan Musa and Ricardo Fraile over writting code.With the collaboration of Ivan de Gracia, Eva Prados, Jorge Patricio Diaz Guzman, Nemanja Bračko, Gidano, Arnold Van de Poll, Luis Monteiro (LFGM)(www.portalppc.com), Alexandr Škaryd, Richard Talatizi, Marcin Wietrzycki, Jan Truschkowski, Dmitry Andreev, Miguel Ángel (anxo1974), Kinto (xda-developers.com)
If you want to help us with more languages, please contac us ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
App detects your time zone, but if you have problem with remaining times o dates, please edit EquiposWC10.xml
0 <———— ….,-2,-1,0,1,2,…
World Cup Pocket 2010 v1.1
- Languages fix and added croatian and greek language.
- Improved live mode
- Other minor fix
- With the collaboration of Beti Mahillo, Dalibor Horvat, geogeo (www.geogeo.gr).
We thank all the forums and web pages to advertise our program, but please do not put download links, link this page directly, is the only way we know to follow how many people are interested in our programs. Thank you very much.
You can find more information in the application thread.
As his first contribution to the XDA community, member xdaid has created a very useful application which makes the most of your Windows Phone’s GPS capabilities.
LiteTrack allows you to record and store paths and journeys as you take them; ready for playing back when you want to take the same route again. Such a function is ideal for someone who frequently travels ‘off the map’ with regard to traditional GPS mapping applications. For example, a much-enjoyed walking route is very difficult to plan on turn-by-turn navigational software.
The application uses the OpenStreetMap repository, so that you can update and add to your library of maps without having to pay a fee. This also means that you can use the application without a data connection provided that you have already downloaded the relevant maps. Some of the information that LiteTrack is capable of recording includes your altitude, speed, heading, latitude and longitude to reassure you that you won’t get lost.
This app will work with your device provided that you it has GPS capabilities, a WVGA or VGA touchscreen, Windows Mobile 5.0 or later and .NET Compact Framework version 3.5.
You can find LiteTrack and more information in the original application thread.
Curs Valutar, created by XDA developer virgilp, is an application that allows you to convert currencies, such as from USD to EUR. It also shows official exchange rates, automatic updating system and more.
Originally posted by virgilp
Curs Valutar – exchange rates and currency converter for Windows Mobile, based on the rates provided by the National Bank of Romania.
- Official exchange rates from the National Bank of Romania
- Currency converter
- Choice of the displayed currencies
- Romanian/English interface
- Automatic/manual update of the exchange rates
- In automatic mode, the update of the exchange rates is performed once a day, Monday to Friday, at the first launch of the application after 1 PM (that’s when the rates are updated by the bank). The data is saved locally and loaded on subsequent launches of the application, in order to decrease the response time and avoid unnecessary traffic.
- In manual mode, the update is performed only by user request
In order to get this working on your device, you need a Windows Mobile 5 or higher platform phone, a data connection and .NET Compact Framework 3.5. All resolutions should be supported.
You can download the application from the application thread.