Although much of our news here on the Portal revolves around the Android ecosystem, there is still a healthy development community catering to the needs of all things Windows. Whether it’s RT, Windows Phone, or even Windows Mobile; people are using these platforms, people are developing for them, and they will continue to do so long after the OEMs and Microsoft cease to. A prime example of this is a utility called Sharp7Eighter by XDA Forum Member lesmo_sft.
The purpose of Sharp7Eighter is to bring older devices that (have not yet been updated to WP7.8) up to speed and give them the update they deserve. It should work on any Windows Phone device running version 7740 or above to the latest version of 7.8 (8862). It does this by acting as a frontend for Microsoft’s own updateWP.exe tool, which of course means that it uses official MS cabs to update the device. Updates can be paused and resumed at will due to their incremental nature. And according to the developer, it’s very unlikely that any harm will come to your device using this tool, which is always nice.
You’ll need a PC running Windows 7 or 8, as Sharp7Eighter isn’t currently compatible with Windows XP. You’ll also need the .NET framework 4.5 installed. Fulfill those two prerequisites, and you’re good to go. If you have an older WP device that could use a little refresh, this tool is definitely worth checking out. You can find more in the original thread.
March 19, 2013 By: Conan Troutman
Microsoft announced earlier this week their plans to officially stop supporting both Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 in the second half of 2014. Due to some rather unfortunate release dates and the fixed eighteen month product life cycle, it seems that the more advanced WP8 will actually cease to be officially supported before 7.8. Now, when I say that Microsoft “announced” their plans to end support for the two operating systems, that’s not entirely accurate. What they actually did was to quietly slip the information into their support page.
The resulting news created a certain amount of confusion and in some cases anger among users of the platform, especially those who may have recently purchased a device on a two year contract, only to find out that their device will no longer be supported after three quarters of the new contract’s duration. Even so, this is an improvement on their announcement of the lack of upgrade path from Windows Phone 7 to 8.
Chances are that more recently purchased devices will have already been upgraded to a newer version of Microsoft’s mobile offering by the time the support officially ends, and the initial concerns voiced by some are unfounded. It’s already known that there is no clear upgrade path from Windows Phone 7 to 8, with the rather awkwardly named 7.8 being something of a stopgap to curb the resentment of early adopters who would need to purchase a new device to see the full benefits of WP8, but little is known about the plans to advance on the latest version of the OS. It would be highly surprising though to find out that current devices will be receiving few or no updates.
I guess it’s possible that MS will throw in the towel when it comes to mobile operating systems, but let’s be honest, that is highly unlikely. It surely won’t be long now until we begin hearing speculation of which direction the latest incarnation of WP will take. When we’ll actually hear from Microsoft themselves though, is another thing altogether.
October 5, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions Gidder, the Git server for Android. Jordan mentions the mobile FTP server. Jordan mentions XDA Developer TV videos for this week including: XDA Developer TV Producer Erica’s discussion of mobile device screen technology and XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s review of AnyTAG NFC Launcher.
In Open webOS news Jordan mentions the articles, talking about Open webOS and the Port to the Galaxy Nexus. Also, mentioned is the release of Windows Phone 7.8 for the HTC Trophy, Arrive, and 7 Pro. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
October 1, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Want to keep track of all the wonderful development news that happened over the weekend here at XDA? XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions that the HTC Radar joins the Windows Phone 7.8 ROM club. Jordan mentions NVFlash for the Asus TF300. Jordan mentions simultaneous USB OTG and changing on some Xperia devices.
In CyanogenMod 10 news Jordan mentions the unofficial release for the Samsung Galaxy S. Also, three flavors of CyanogenMod are available for the Sony Xperia T. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Ever since Windows Phone 7.8 was spotted running on phones in the wild, Windows Phone development has been more active than it has been for quite some time. The reason? Porting Windows Phone 7.8 to as many phones a possible, of course. Already on the short list is the HTC HD7 and the immortal HTC HD2. The HTC Radar recently got its own Windows 7.8 port, joining its Windows siblings.
XDA Forum Member sianto1997 has released the port for the HTC Radar. It is surprisingly stable, as users haven’t reported any overwhelming problems yet. The features include:
-Nokia Counters, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music Camera extras (NOKIA MARKETPLACE)
-USB Video out
-DFT Bluetooth transfer
-Windows Phone 8 startscreen
-WP7 Root Tools
Of course, it is a port—and an early one—so there are a few things not working properly. These include:
Picturetile: if you make it small you can’t make it full big again
xbox and music and video don’t change accent (make tap the little icon a few times (everytime))
Marketplace icon sometimes has windows logo, sometimes not
if you pin a site and make it really small its grey, and you can only pin one thing to start
These problems seem very minor, so there’s no reason why Radar owners can’t put this ROM on their phones and leave it there until the next iteration. Included is also a link to some compatible language packs for those who need something other than English. To learn more, check out the original thread.
September 28, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week on the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions the issues with having the wrong fonts in Windows 7.8 ROMs causing problems and the AnyTAG Near-field communication app for Android. He also covers XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s video Android Augmentation and Electronics Mod 101: Hacking a Relay into a Circuit, XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch’s Samsung, What Did We Do to Make You Hate Us? video, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s app review of App Manager.
In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the official release for the International Galaxy S III. Also, mentioned is the release of the unofficial CyanogenMod 10 downloader for finding nightlies easily. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 27, 2012 By: Former Writer
Windows 7.8 has been a pretty big deal since it was first shared on the site. In just a couple short weeks, there have been successful ports to the HTC Titan, the venerable HTC HD2, and the HTC HD7. Developers and users alike have been able to play with the newest version of Windows for their devices. Of course, leaks and ports do have their issues, and Windows Phone 7.8 is no different.
Fortunately, this problem is really easy to fix. XDA Senior Member Budniu has posted a fix to a very annoying and sometimes hard to spot font bug for Windows Phone 7.8. Budniu managed to capture some screenshots of the bug. It doesn’t affect performance or how the phone works, but it is kind of annoying to see letters randomly appear in a different font. The fix, of course, is to change the fonts. As Budniu explains:
If you want to display them properly we need to copy the downloaded fonts to the Windows folder on the device overwriting the old ones and spftreset device. Fonts, whose we need call:
To help out, the thread links users to the font pack, and installation involves overwriting the old files. It’s a silly bug, but at least there’s a simple solution. For more details, check out the original thread.
Looks like all the Windows Phone 7 devices are getting a second wind after their ill fate was announced. Ever since last week when the mysterious 7.8 leak dropped on XDA, people have been going around like crazy, cooking ROMs and updating their devices to ensure that they are not easily tossed aside by the impending release of WP8. Just this past Friday, the mythical HTC HD2 received its very first port of the brand new operating system. One by one, WP7 owners are rejoicing in the fact that their devices will get an extended life span (no thanks to Microsoft). When we looked at the big bad boy, the HTC Titan, we realized that this device was also blessed with a port, and XDA Forum Member Azzelio brought it to light.
The ROM is actually an updated version of the dev’s current ROM and it is loaded with tons of features available for fully unlocked devices, such as USB to video capabilities, registry editor, file explorer, all the Nokia goodness that you can shake a stick at, and of course, the ability to flash a custom ROM. As stated, you will need to make sure that your Titan is fully unlocked via HSPL, which was brought to you by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla.
So if you still haven’t gotten rid of your Titan and you have already unlocked it, do make sure that you visit this thread and try this ROM. Please note that there are a few other 7.8 ROMs already available based on the leak for the Titan, so you will get some selection when you are out there shopping around for custom ROMs. All in all, happy flashing!
Feature and App add:
- Background Colors
- Google Search
- Update to 7.8
- Nokia / Lumia App (Counters..)
- USB 2 Video out
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Just a couple of days ago, we witnessed WP7.8 surface on the HTC HD7. The Internet exploded in happiness (especially those about to slam their devices against the wall for not being eligible for upgrades, courtesy of Microsoft). The ROM became wildly popular within a short period of time and was scattered across the web, and obviously, across XDA. One thing that we have learned over the last couple of years is the fact that if the OS can be ported to anything, the HTC HD2 should be able to run it. Needless to say, this still holds true even for the brand new and unreleased Windows Phone 7.8 operating system. XDA Forum Member pdaimatejam brings joy to all the customers who bought this device back in 2010 who expected nothing less from the talented developers in this area of the site.
The ROM is loaded with tons of tweaks, apps (several from the Lumia series), and more. However, the most important feature to point out is the fact that the ROM is fully unlocked, which means that you will get all the functionality that Microsoft does not want you to have on a Windows Phone (i.e. file explorer, access to registry, theming, customization, and much more). The thread does not have any bugs reported so far, but do keep in mind that it does not mean it will be bug free (it is a port after all, on a device that should have ceased to exist about 1.5 years ago).
Please make sure that if you take it for a spin, that you also report any and all bugs that you may encounter. Also, make sure that you follow all the installation instructions to ensure that you do not ruin your device by flashing it.
By pdaimatejam HD2 v8.5 ROM
Wp7.8 OS 7.10.8835.35
You can find more information in the original port thread.
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[Thanks poyensa for the tip!]
September 21, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan mentions the service manual article for the International Galaxy Note and the Kindle Fire HD family being locked down. Jordan also mentions XDA Developer TV videos for this week including: XDA Developer TV Producer Azrienoch’s discussion of Apple’s iPhone Business strategy, XDA Developer TV Producer Lance’s Part 3 of How to Build a Windows Phone App, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s review of Hidden Eye.
In Jelly Beans news, Jordan mentions the Paranoid Android port for the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. Also, mentioned is the releases of Windows Phone 7.8 for the HTC HD7. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
While Android is the dominant operating system on XDA at the moment, things are finally starting to heat up for Windows Phone users. Even though Microsoft has stated that existing WP7 devices will not be fully upgraded to Windows Phone 8, development has continued to move forward. In particular, the latest iteration of Windows Phone, version 7.8, has now been made available for the HTC HD7, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer dotcompt.
The ROM is still in beta form and only a few modifications have been made. It is also not fully unlocked, meaning that homebrew applications won’t work. However, those wishing to get a taste of the latest Windows Phone greatness that Microsoft has to offer can still give this a go.
Of course, remember that this is still in unpolished form and will need some work before it can be considered a perfect daily driver, but that won’t stop most HD7 users from testing this out.
So what are you reading this sentence for? Head on over to the original thread and give this a go.
Update: The forum link has been removed for the time being, as the original leak contained identifiable information.
Update 2: The link is back!
September 14, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Nokia Lumia 800 owners disappointed at being ineligible for the Windows Phone 8 update, we’ve got some good news for you. A Nokia Lumia 800 has been spotted running what appears to be a leaked version of Windows Phone 7.8.
When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, they also mentioned that the current Windows Phone devices will not get upgraded to the latest version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system. This came as a disappointment to many, but Microsoft was there for the consolation by offering Windows Phone 7.8 for existing WP devices, bringing the new updated home screen with smaller tile sizes and possibly some other features of WP8.
The WP 7.8 leak was spotted by XDA Senior Member Budniu on Polish Windows Phone forum WindowsMania. It shows off the updated home screen neatly organized with the small app tiles, which look quite beautiful and more productive at the same time.
While the ROM isn’t available for download yet, you can join the discussion thread for more screenshots and watch it in action in the video below.