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Posts Tagged: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Details-crypted

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 a simple app for storing usernames, passwords, links and descriptions for various accounts.
You have the option to have the passwords encrypted.

Other info:
This app might be sold to a corporation later on.
I had my first meeting with the corporation and they wanted me to get some feedback, so here I’ll post the XAP for you XDA members.

Try it out and return with some feedback and suggestions.

Proceed to the application thread to download a copy for yourself before it’s too late and you forget all of your passwords once again!

[Thanks andyharney for the tip!]

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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 top leagues. It also makes great use of the innovative WP7 interface by giving you a live tile with your current 1v1 rank. If you’re a WP7 user currently addicted to SCII, continue over to the application thread to get started.

[Note: XDA will not be held responsible for 12-step program fees caused by your StarCraft addiction.]

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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 your comments and thanks for reading.

Originally posted by bigtime1
Advanced Configuration Tool for WP7 allows you to customize themes, sounds, tiles, icons and to tweak your phone.
It is currently compatible with HTC, Samsung and LG WP7.
New in version 1.5.0.0:
Improved support of Mango
Fix unexpected errors and crashes
(now shows up in apps)

thanks again Julien Schapman your hard work is appreciated.

Continue on to the application thread to find more information.

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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, HTC and Microsoft started pushing out build 7740 to their WP7 line of devices (Schubert, Mozart, etc) in order to bring their builds up directly to Mango, which happens to be a really good improvement from the NoDo release. Well, as most releases from Microsoft, this one is not without its bugs. Shortly after the update a few users started noticing something weird regarding their internet connectivity via Wifi. A lot of these people use a security measurement for their wifi networks that is called MAC filtering, which basically will not let any computer/wireless device with a MAC different from the ones registered to access the network or the internet. As it turns out, the update has a bug in the ICS (no, not Ice Cream Sandwich, but Internet Connection Sharing) feature that essentially resets the MAC address of the device after the device gets rebooted.

There are several confirmed cases of this being a bug and it seems that while not an excruciatingly bad issue, it is something that HTC may want to look into as it affects most of (if not all) of the most recent updates being released/pushed. Again, if you don’t use WiFi connections an awful lot, then you likely have nothing to worry about, but this can be an annoyance for people who need to register their devices with a network administrator prior to being able to surf the web.

If you are experiencing this issue as well, please make a post in the proper thread (link before) and we will try to put HTC on alert so that they can take the proper actions on this to get it fixed.

Just updated my HD7 to the update with internet sharing. After this, I can confirm that every time I reboot my phone, I get a new mac address.

You can find more information and testimonies in the original thread.

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Thanks xHausx for the tip!

Arabic Keyboard

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, XDA forum member Dr.Dev has decided to create Abjad Keyboard. Unfortunately, Abjad is a standalone app, which means that it cannot replace the stock keyboard entirely. However, thanks to the fast application switching and elegant copy/paste support in Mango, you can type what you wish and switch back at a moment’s notice.

Here’s an App I have created for WP7 Mango. It gives you the ability to write in Arabic, English and Hebrew.

This is a standalone app which means you’ll need to switch to it every time you need to write in Arabic. However, thanks to Mango’s fast switching capability which made the whole thing a lot easier.

If you’re interested in getting multi-lingual, be sure to continue on to the application thread.

StopTheMusic

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 allow for replacement of the lock screen or volume bar, there are other means to the same end. Luckily for us, XDA forum member Budniu has stumbled up0n a great app that does exactly this on the Zune Marketplace. In the words of the original developers:

Ever wanted to remove the active song from the volume bar without rebooting your phone? Now you can!
Just open the application and your music will be stopped. The Volume Bar will be cleared and the music controls removed from the volume bar and the lock screen. No more accidentally pressing the play button.

Continue on to the original thread to take back your lock screen and volume bar!

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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 far from optimal, however, as a native app is simply more convenient than a browser bookmark.

Luckily, this is where the hacking community comes in. Thanks to some impressive work by XDA member JustinAngel, we now have the proverbial app for that. Given its diminutive size of just 43 KiB, we can only assume that this is a web app wrapper rather than a fully native client. However, this still beats actually trudging through favorites any day.

As expected, there are some relatively major issues with this release, including the inability to run in the background, the lack of lock-screen controls, and the inability to stream while the screen is off. However, this is certainly a good start! From the thread:

I haven’t seen this talked about on here. Justin Angel has created a .xap that streams pandora and acutally works very well. The only thing it doesn’t do is run in the background and show the now playing media on the lockscreen. If he could get that working, it would be amazing.

If you’re interested in giving this a go on your WP7 device, hit up the original thread to get started!

[Thanks, n8huntsman, for discovering this gem!]

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It has been quite a while since anyone (manufacturers) had introduced anything new for the Windows Phone 7 family of devices. There are several that have been announced by LG and Samsung, as well as the impending entry of Nokia into the world of WP7. Well, right now since the coast was clear, HTC decided to take the spotlight for themselves and released two WP7 devices running Mango from the get go. The first one, we did a review on the Portal earlier this week, the HTC Titan. This one literally breaks the mold on when it comes to specs compared to other WP7 devices due to: 1.5 GHz processor, 4.7 inch screen, and 9.9 mm thin. The Radar is more down to the same type of device currently available. The biggest difference with others as well is the fact that the camera that is loaded on both of these devices is equipped with a wide angle lens that results in far better pictures than other devices with similar cameras.

If you already have any of these, we would love to hear and see what you have to share regarding them.

You can visit the HTC Titan on its new home on xda right here.

You can visit the HTC Radar on its new home on xda right here.

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If you are a follower of our little Portal, you may be aware of a few things. The first is that we don’t talk much about Windows Phone, although we don’t completely alienate it; and the second one is that we hardly ever review a device. We have seen a couple of these hardware reviews by some of the guys from xda-TV, and they were very good, so I figured I would do one myself as well, particularly considering what I have sitting on my desk as of last Friday.

You may recall, shenshang as well as Ben_duder getting a bit of hands-on time with HTC’s latest Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) during the unveiling event in London about a month ago. Well, I just got one courtesy of HTC and figured that I would use this time to share my experiences with it so far.

Unlike its predecessor, this incarnation of the Titan actually does deserve the name that it was given and fits it much better than its code name (Eternity). This is one of the only two or three lucky ones which ship with Mango preloaded from factory. And according to early adopters of Mango, it is well worth it. My humble opinion so far (as a hardcore Android user)… very nice work!

The screen is a large 4.7 in Super LCD with WVGA resolution at 800×480. If you think that having something this big would potentially make your ability to carry it a troublesome experience, it isn’t nearly as bad as you’d think. It will put any and all 4.3 inch screened devices that you currently own to shame. As for the body, as you’d expect it is a unibody construction with the back being made of aluminum to give it that much needed smoothness and toughness. The one thing that is great about this is that unlike several devices where you pretty much have to pry the device open to get the battery out (HTC EVO anyone?), this one has a quick release button on the bottom for quick access to the back of the device. My nails will forever thank you for this idea, HTC. Last but not least are the physical dimensions of this device, this does have considerable length and width due to the size of the screen. However, it more than makes up for it by being just 9.9 mm thin and weighting only 160 grams.

Raw power is one thing that this device is not missing. Unlike any of its brethren, the Titan comes loaded with a 1.5 GHz single core processor (unlike the standard 1 GHz one), which makes it the fastest WP device commercially available. It also comes loaded with 512 MB of RAM, which means that you have more than enough oomph to run anything on it. The proof is in the pudding though. The responsiveness and smoothness of this device cannot be compared to anything that I have seen so far (that carries a Microsoft brand, that is), and Sense runs beautifully well in here as well.

The other interesting feature that this device carries, which we hope will find its way onto other devices as well, is the lens being used for the camera. The device carries a wide angle lens that will allow you to take great pictures, even with somewhat bad lighting conditions. This is also aided by the dual LED flash that this device carries. The 8 MP resolution does not hurt either to get good shots. Here is a sample of a picture that I took during night time with low light

Lastly, the one thing that is worth mentioning as well is that battery life is rather decent for a phone this size, considering that the screen will likely eat up most of the power. I have not yet taken the device to the extreme, but after having Wifi on for 2 full days and using the device for mild music and internet surfing, I was still left with approximately 70% battery.

The verdict that I give is that this phone is an absolute must if you are tinkering with the idea of going into Windows Phone. The only drawback that I can see is that you still need to use Zune for mostly everything, but then again, this is not the manufacturer’s fault. I am finishing this one off with a few more shots of the device. I hope you enjoyed it and as I said, if you are considering investing on a WP7 device, this is the one.

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