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egzthunder1 · Jun 22, 2012

WP7.5 Breakthrough—Run .EXE Code Natively on Stock, Unlocked Roms

We recently saw the announcement of the newest contender in the market for mobiles---WP8. However, do you think that the short-lived WP7+ would be left for dead before it could begin taking off in the underground development scene? Lots of devs who are still loyal to the Microsoft brand are working hard to try and make the best out of this newly endangered species. Even with Microsoft's insane and quite possibly over the top restrictions and locks to their WP7...

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egzthunder1 · Jun 1, 2012

Final Frontier – Check! DFT Releases HSPL for Second Generation HTC WP7 Devices

DFT (Dark Forces Team) has been around our site for quite some time---since the days of Windows Mobile. More often than not, whenever a post of theirs appears on our site, something awesome is about to happen to a device. For instance, back in February they were successfully able to grant HSPL unlock goodness to the first generation HTC WP7 devices such as the Mozart, Schubert, etc. After Microsoft released the Mango update (WP 7.5), lots of things changed---not only...

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Will Verduzco · May 21, 2012

Forum Added for the Samsung Focus 2

Just yesterday, AT&T launched the Samsung Focus 2. Although certainly not likely to win any awards based on specs alone, Samsung has graced the device with a 1.4 GHz processor, a 4" WVGA Super AMOLED display, and 8 gigs of internal memory. In terms of connectivity, the Focus 2 supports quad-band GSM, tri-band UMTS, and dual-band 4G LTE connectivity. The device also preloaded with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. The device also promises to keep you untethered from power outlets thanks...

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egzthunder1 · May 17, 2012

First Custom ROM Appears for the Nokia Lumia 710

About a month or so ago, XDA Forum Member biktor_gj posted an entire unlock and NAND access method for the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 series of devices, which are the next of kin in Nokia's entry into the world of smartphones (being hand held by Microsoft themselves). The complete unlock was accomplished thanks to the collaboration of several devs including XDA Recognized Developer ultrashot. Well, the best thing about having our devices completely unlocked is that it allows them to receive and...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 7, 2012

First Custom ROMs Appear for the Samsung Focus 1.3, Focus 1.4, and Omnia 7

It's no secret that ROM development is considerably more cumbersome on Microsoft's closed source Windows Phone 7 operating system than on its open source competition. Despite the difficulties, developers on our site such as -=Barin=- have made outstanding progress with releases such as a fully functioning kitchen for HTC devices. Unfortunately, however, this is little consolation for Samsung device owners. The sad reality is that in the fourteen months since the Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 were released, not a single custom ROM...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 3, 2012

Wf Phone Tools Lets You Micromanage Your WP7 Device

Unlike its predecessor, Windows Phone 7 was never intended for much freedom. Evidence for this can be found everywhere from the similar device specifications and lack of carrier skins to the way users are allowed to install applications. However, this being XDA-Developers, we constantly develop new ways to take back control of our devices. Luckily, this is where utilities like wf Phone Tools by XDA forum member andreacorti come into play. This tool caters to the power users by allowing you...

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orb3000 · Feb 1, 2012

HTC Titan II Will Hit AT&T´s Shelves on March 18

Hopeful future owners of the HTC Titan II , you are only one month a and a few days for getting it if you are on AT&T. To recap, this phone is sporting: - Single-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 - A 16 Megapixels camera that is curiously only capable of shooting in 720p - Compatible 4G LTE -the first Windows Phone to benefit from this technology Strangely, for such a massive 4.7 " screen, the resolution is still standard...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 9, 2012

Nokia Launches the WP7-Powered Lumia 900

It's no secret that Windows Phone 7 hasn't exactly taken off. Yes, we have a vibrant hacking community in our midst, and the revolutionary Metro interface is nothing short of spectacular; but for some reason or another, the sales figures have simply not kept pace with Google and Apple's juggernauts. While part of this is due to Microsoft's late arrival to the modern smartphone OS party, I wager that the lack of a killer flagship device is also holding back...

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Former Writer · Dec 20, 2011

Windows Phone Device Manager Updated to 1.8.0.0, Open As Public Beta

A few days ago, XDA Senior Moderator imfloflo updated what looks like the coolest program the Windows Mobile side of XDA-Developers (get it, this side of the Mississippi...heh). It's called Windows Phone Device Manager and you can check it out by following this link right here . The changelog for version 1.8.0.0 consists of: Full access to apps isolated storage Show toast notification when an action requires to launch TouchXperience Bugfixes As well as being a Public Release. Now, this...

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liwen · Dec 15, 2011

Bug Crashes WP7 Messaging Hub (And More) Via Text

On Monday, a reader of WinRumors.com discovered a pretty nasty bug in Windows Phone 7's messaging hub: upon receiving a special text, either through SMS, Facebook chat or Windows Live Messenger, the device will automatically reboot, and the messaging hub cannot be opened anymore. Only a hard reset will fix this. For a demonstration, watch this video. Shortly thereafter, Microsoft acknowledged the bug and said it is looking to "take appropriate action to help ensure customers are protected". Meanwhile, Khaled...

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liwen · Dec 13, 2011

Customize Your Live Tiles With Themes for WP7

Recognized developer Jaxbot, who also brought us folders for Windows Phone, has released a new interesting tool which basically recreates the standard live tiles with custom images, thus allowing for sophisticated theming. However, since this only recreates those tiles, they're not actually live, that is, they won't display any data like those counters for unread messages. Still, it's a nice little hack, since it opens up a lot of theming possiblities. Customize any tile (system or third party, including Marketplace)...

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admin · Dec 13, 2011

Forum Added for Samsung Focus S

The original Samsung Focus was one of the best Windows Phone 7 devices because it was fast, had a beautiful screen, and was very thin. As a follow up to the original, Samsung has created the Focus S, an improved version that adds Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, a faster 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU with 512MB of RAM, a larger 4.3" screen, and an even thinner design. Now this great device has a spot on XDA. Click on to the Focus S...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 9, 2011

Keep Those Brain Cells Alive With Bump Out

Sometimes the simplest games are the ones we spend the majority of our time playing---after all, just look at Angry Birds. It may not have the latest in 3D graphics, but it offers simple and intuitive game play that keeps you hooked for hours days weeks years FOREVER. Today, we bring you news of one such game from XDA forum member farhadabas. Bump Out for Windows Phone 7 is a puzzle game in which your goal is to bump out all of the...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 7, 2011

Forget Your Passwords No More With PassKeeper

Do you routinely forget your passwords? If you're anything like I am, entering your password usually involves resetting your password. Luckily for Windows Phone 7 users, however, XDA forum member IzaacJ has created a simple application to help us safely store our commonly forgotten keys. Currently the application only offers local password storage. However, future versions of PassKeeper will likely boast some seriously impressive features such as password syncing, password-protected decryption, and user-specified encryption. In the words of the developer: This is...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 3, 2011

Manage Your StarCraft II Ladders and Career Progress from WP7

Occasionally, we are reminded that there's actually life outside of the mobile hacking world. Absolutely shocking, I know. Rather than being held hostage to a 4-inch screen, some of us are enslaved by far larger screens---such as that 27-inch monster constantly feeding your StarCraft II addiction. In a quest to make both of your screens work in perfect harmony, XDA forum member ATomiH created a StarCraft II ladder application for Windows Phone 7. The app allows you to view match history, career statistics, and your...

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orb3000 · Nov 28, 2011

Windows Phone 7 Advanced Configuration Tool

It is always appreciated to have tools that let you adjust more into deep your experience with your device, and this is an example of that. Advanced Configuration Tool presented by XDA member schaps features the option to customize panels and widgets with interactive backgrounds, including a launcher for applications and games, a file explorer and contact manager, among other interesting things to play with. The latest version 1.5 supports Mango HTC (first generation only), Samsung, and LG devices. Please leave...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 21, 2011

Have You Recently Updated Your HTC WP7 Device To 7740? If So, Check This Out…

By this time, you are probably aware that my picture manipulation skills are less than par, but if you take a quick look at the image on this article, right below the MAC address, I placed a small refresh icon. Weird as it may seem, I do have a valid reason for having done this to a network adapter. However, I am getting a bit ahead of myself, so let me take a quick step back. A few days ago,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 14, 2011

Get Multi-Lingual With Abjad Keyboard for Mango

Say what you will about the importance of mobile entertainment, smartphones are ultimately about connecting people. It doesn't matter where you're from or what language you speak, our mobile devices should allow us to relay our thoughts to our friends in the simplest and most efficient manner. While this works as planned for those proficient in English, native speakers of other languages are sometimes left out in the cold. To help remedy the situation for Arabic- and Hebrew-speaking WP7 users,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 4, 2011

Free Your Lock Screen and Volume Bar with Stop the Music!

Sometimes, we all just want a little break from the clutter, and any step towards minimalism becomes a good thing. To this end, wouldn't it be great if the Windows Phone 7 lock screen and volume bar music controls could be temporarily disabled without having to restart your device? More than merely for aesthetic benefit, such a modification would also prevent inadvertent music playback! While Windows Phone 7 is simply not as modular as the Android operating system, and does not readily...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 4, 2011

Pandora for WP7 Proof of Concept Released!

The concept of services such as Pandora, and internet radio in general, is simply amazing. The ability to create your own personalized radio stations to suit your mood is truly a revolutionary concept. Unfortunately, however, until recently there has been no way to enjoy this from the comfort of our Windows Phone 7 devices. With the release of Windows Phone 7 Mango and its fully HTML5-compliant browser, WP7-devotees are able to get their fix straight from the web app. The solution is...

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