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Posts Tagged: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

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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 platform, people like XDA Recognized Developer Heathcliff74 still like to tinker with the idea that there is far more than meets the eye, and are willing to go the extra mile to find out.

For approximately 1 year, Heathcliff74 had been looking at ways to try and get programs to run on WP7+ without the need of Silverlight—by running them directly on the device. To put a bit of background on this, most Windows Phone apps are coded with Silverlight as a “launching pad.” By this, I mean that the apps themselves in their raw executable forms cannot be launched simply because they cannot be signed due to not having a valid certificate and as a result, the OS will not recognize them as valid WP7 applications. Having said that, WP7 does have the ability to run code without the need of Silverlight, as it can be seen from native exe’s from Microsoft, which run perfectly well on the device. The dev saw this and figured, “why not?”

The previously mentioned certificates are stored somewhere in the device, and in order to convince the device to sign the homebrew app, it must find the corresponding certificate. Creating and adding the certificates to the correct place was the complex part as this is heavily protected against write access. However, after lots of research, trial and error, and some help from XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla, the dev was finally able to add the certificates that he required to run code in the device. Now, please note that Custom ROMs already have this capability. Heathcliff’s main goal was to be able to do this for devices that would not be loaded with anything other than stock ROMs.

While not yet released, Heathcliff74 says that he will implement it in his WP7 Root Tools suite—so keep your eyes peeled for these, as they should become available soon. In the meantime, please do not ask the dev for ETAs.

On Custom ROMs with Full Unlock it was already possible to run homebrew executables. For stock ROMs with Interop Unlock there is WP7 Root Tools which allows Policy Unlock for Silverlight applications. But running homebrew executables like Opera Mini was still not possible.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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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 in the OS part but also in other areas of the devices. HTC spent a monumental amount of effort making sure that this time the exploits used to hack their devices were leak tight. They added things such as INTEROPLOCK, and they modified drivers to the point that the OS became completely leak tight, or so they thought.

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla and XDA Recognized Developer mwang have come through once again for the community (or at least the portion using WP7 devices) by bringing in HSPL for second generation devices such as the Titan and the Omega. Please note that this method does not work for the recently released Titan 2 due to it having a different SPL. In case you are not aware of any of this, the SPL is the Secondary Program Loader, which once bypassed allows you to flash roms onto the device. However, bypassing this is not a simple feat due to the fact that messing up the SPL can and will lead you to a full brick. Also, this change can easily be reverted by a software update. Hard SPL or HSPL is a custom SPL that overwrites the stock SPL on the device, thus allowing you to flash custom firmware, a.k.a. ROMs! The method is not for the faint of heart, and you will need a special Y-cable to flash the device’s HSPL.

Another warning from Cotulla was the fact that this method is only for certain CID numbers, meaning that depending where you got your device, the device could spit out a Country ID error if it is not part of the “list”. If this is your case, then you must use the ever popular Gold Card Method, to get things going. Last but not least, make sure that you do not update your devices to any kind of FW 4.x, as the SPL is newer and the devs are not aware of any method to flash it back. Please proceed with extreme caution as this can brick your device if you are not careful on what you do.

If and when you are done with the unlocking procedure, mwang has been nice enough to provide the first custom roms available for both the Titan and the Radar. Also, please leave some feedback for the devs to look at in case the procedure doesn’t work.

Do not update your device to 4.XX ROMs via RUU or Zune!
It’s not known if possible to revert that SPL versions back.

Supported WP7S devices

*Omega (HTC Radar C110e)
*Titan (HTC Eternity X310e)

HTC Radiant (Titan II) IS NOT SUPPORTED!

You can find more information in the original thread.

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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 to its 1750 mAh battery, which delivers a claimed 6.5 and 10.4 days of standby on 4G LTE and 3G, respectively. Perhaps most importantly though, AT&T’s third LTE-enabled device rocking the Windows Phone OS comes in at a value-conscious $49 on-contract package.

What are you waiting for? If you just purchased one for yourself and are looking to get in on the discussion, visit the newly created forum.

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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 accept unsigned code such as—oh, I don’t know—custom ROMs!

Thanks to the hard work by XDA Forum Member vova1609, we now have the very first custom Mango ROM for the device. For those of you who have never laid a finger on a WP device, they are locked down beyond all reasonable comprehension, and as such you are very limited in what you can do with it and to it. This custom ROM will allow you to do things such as install XAPs directly from Internet Explorer (for easier side loading than PC-tethered solutions), use various available fixes such as DFT’s Bluetooth file transfer and much more.

As it is the case with most custom work, particularly so on Windows Phone, there is always the chance of bricking the device, so make sure that you have a backup of your device in Zune in case of emergencies, and make sure that you follow the OP’s instructions completely to avoid problems. Please leave some feedback if you do run into bugs.

Change log:

  • Full unlocked
  • You can install XAP from Internet Explorer
  • Bazaar has already installed
  • Bluetooth File Transfer by DFT has already installed
  • Exclusive wallpapers “metro ROCK”
  • Added tethering
  • Deleted Nokia’s apps, like Nokia Music
  • Added Google and Yandex as search engine
  • And more…

You can find more information in the original thread.

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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 has been cooked. However, thanks to hard work by XDA forum members Cotulla and mwang, this is no longer the case. Based off Windows Phone 7.5 Mango build 8107, the Freedom series of ROMs gives first generation Samsung device owners what they’ve wanted from the very beginning.

As with any major OS modification, users should proceed with caution and read all available documentation. Those interested in loading up custom Mango goodness on your Samsung First Generation device should proceed to the Sammy Rainbow thread to get started with the MAGLDR. Once this has been done, fast forward to the Focus Rev1.3Focus Rev1.4, and Omnia 7 ROM threads.

[Thank you very much to XDA forum moderator Ceesheim for the help and heads up!]

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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 to perform tasks such as install, update, and kill applications with ease. Additionally, if your device supports SMS Backup, wf Phone Tools can even download your SMS data from your device.

In the words of the developer:

It allows to (in this version)

  • Install new application on device
  • Update existing application on device
  • Show the list of installed applications (only developer installed)
  • Launch, Kill and uninstall applications
  • Explore isolated storage of applications
  • Download files and folders from isolated storage
  • Download SMS from device (in combination with smsBackup XAP)

If you’re a Windows Phone user looking for more control, this just might be up your alley. Freedom is yours in the application thread.

[Thanks to XDA forum moderator andyharney for the tip!]

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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 WVGA (800 x 480)
Additionally, the phone appears exclusively US bound for now.
The Titan II will be available at a price of $ 199.99 with a 24 months contract.

After its announcement at CES, nothing further has been said about when an equivalent version will be launched in Europe

What do you think of this device?
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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 the OS. After all, Google has the Nexus line and Apple obviously has its iPhone.

Stephen Elop believes that Nokia can change all this. To that end, Nokia has just launched the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-powered Lumia 900, which mates a large 4.3″ ClearBlack AMOLED screen with a powerful 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor. In addition, this svelte device will be compatible with AT&T’s nascent 4G LTE network, and will feature a gargantuan 1830 mAh battery to back it up. For those who aren’t lucky enough to live in an area graced by AT&T’s LTE, the Lumia 900 also features HSPA+ connectivity. The camera’s no slouch either, featuring f/2.2 Carl Zeiss optics and a wide-angle 28mm focal length backing up an 8-MP sensor. And of course, all of this is wrapped in a deliciously designed poly-carbonate casing that only Nokia could whip up.

Are you salivating yet? Judging by the sheer awesomeness of its predecessor, the Lumia 800, Nokia’s latest offering brings much needed device lust to the Windows Phone ecosystem.

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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 may not look very impressive, but I dare ya to read the changelogs from versions 1.0.2.0 up to the most recent shown update, 1.8.0.0. I’ve seen shorter novels. Also, sadly, this isn’t the fully updated changelog. The only place to find that would be to follow the links to the Touch Xperience website and check out their updated changelogs there. That’s also where you’ll find the download links. The 1.8.0.0 release is public for anyone to try, but the fully updated 2.3.0.0 is still for donors only (sadface). If you want to check out some screenshot goodness and even a few review videos, check out the 2nd post. It’s all there.

The list of phones supported can be found on the thread as well and it seems to be most of the Windows Phones available right now. I have an Android phone so I can’t test this personally (another sadface) but if you happened to be one of the people who have a Windows Phone and felt bold enough to experiment, we’d love to hear your comments on what it’s like. If you’re one of the generous donors who get to test the fully updated 2.3.0.0 private beta, we’d love to hear from you as well.

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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 Salameh, who originally discovered it, has investigated this issue further and found that it applies to lots of other Microsoft applications as well – including Windows Live Messenger, Visual Studio and other desktop software utilizing Silverlight or WPF.

However, rest assured since the special text causing this bug hasn’t been made public, and it isn’t in any way security-related.

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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)
  • Use your image as a background for the tiles
  • Use an accent color for overlay transparency
  • Import themes
  • Export themes
  • A bundle of joy with easy personalization ;)

Head over to the forum thread to learn more, and if you’re a themer/designer, be sure to share your custom themes with us!

Forum Added for Samsung Focus S

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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 forums!

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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 soccer balls from the field until just one remains. While simple in concept, the game’s difficulty progresses quickly, keeping you entertained for an extended amount of time. There are two game modes, which are best described by the developer:

LEVEL MODE:
-150 levels preselected levels of increasing difficult.
-Start with the easy ones and work your way up to the incredibly difficult levels.

TIMED MODE:
-Solve puzzles of increasing difficulty in the alloted time.
-The quicker and the more puzzles you solve, the more points you earn.
-With the THOUSANDS of unique puzzles, you will never play through the same combination of puzzles.

If you’re looking to give the ol’ noggin a little bit of a workout with this addictive puzzle game, proceed to the application thread.

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