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Will Verduzco · May 27, 2013

Relive File Management of Yesteryear with Phone Commander for Windows Phone 7

Some time ago, we covered a tool aimed at micromanaging your installed apps on Windows Phone 7 devices. While full app control is nice, it won't quite satisfy the obsessive tweakers. We also previously saw a plethora of registry tweaks courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer xboxmod. However, registry tweaks are often a tiny bit too risky for novice users who aren't ready to take a deeper plunge into device tweaking. What's a good middle ground for those who want to do...

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Former Writer · Jan 15, 2013

Challenging Puzzler Orbox C for Android and WP 7

There seems to be an inexhaustible number of simple games in the Google Play Store and the Windows Phone App Store. Thankfully, there are just as many coffee breaks during which these games can be played. As both Android and Windows Phone have grown, so has the quality of the simple games released. There is a new puzzler for both platforms called Orbox C. XDA Forum Member progamix, who also created the prior iterations of Orbox. Like its predecessors, the...

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Former Writer · Nov 22, 2012

Samsung WP7 Call Blocking App Ripped and Shared

Even though the release of Windows 8 has come and gone, there is still some life left in Windows Phone 7. Samsung recently released a call blocking application for WP7, and now everyone can get their hands on it. The XAP was posted by XDA Senior Member sutt359 for everyone to try. Surprisingly enough, there has been a flurry of discussion as to how to make it work. A number of users and developers have re-released modded versions. However, each device...

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FallenWriter · Nov 9, 2012

Keeping Your Windows 7 Phone Safe with Reg Backup

The Windows Registry: It's the heart and soul of machines running a Microsoft operating system. Whether you're using a Windows Phone 7 device or a Windows 8 PC, the registry stores configurations and settings for everything from the OS to any number of third party applications. Without it, Windows would be crippled and unable to perform even basic, everyday tasks. Yet despite its importance in the function of Windows devices, tuning the registry is a favorite pastime of tweakers and...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 26, 2012

Turn your WP7 Phone into an Audiobook Player with ElWPAudiobooks

Even if Microsoft would like to tell you otherwise, there are a lot of things that you cannot (natively) do with WP7 devices. Among the long list of frustrations, which includes not being able to install a file explorer or side load apps easily (without paying $100 a year for a developer account), one of the more basic things that devices running the OS are unable to do is to help those who want to listen to a good literary...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 22, 2012

Move, Pin, and Send PDF Files on WP7 with PDF Move

Windows Phone 7 was a strike of pure beauty when it came out---fast, smooth, and highly responsive (even more so than Android and iOS depending on the device). However, Metro UI had a few (to put it in light terms) issues that prevented it from truly being a great interface. For example, the tile system does not really allow you to pin any individual files to them. Would it not be great to be able to open your PDF documents...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 22, 2012

Easy Fix for Jiggly Ports–USB, That Is

One of the most important and vulnerable parts of our devices is the connection port. Be it proprietary or through USB, it not only serves the very important purpose of allowing us to gain root, sync, and transfer files to and from our PC, but it also (in most cases anyways) allows you to charge the device. As time goes by, the ports themselves may start to "lose grip" simply because of all the mechanical strain of pushing the connector...

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FallenWriter · Sep 20, 2012

BlueManager: Showing WP7 Some Bluetooth Love

One of the most fascinating things about XDA is how so many different operating systems and devices have a home here. Whether it's a fix for the latest Nexus phone or breathing new life into a Windows Mobile device the outside world has long since forgotten, the developers on our site are creators of innovation. Windows Phone 7 is one such operating system that has found a place among the forums. Feature rich and possessing a unique user interface, WP7...

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Former Writer · Sep 7, 2012

Contract Killer and Copy and Paste Dialer for WP7

One common complaint among many Windows Phone 7 users is the lack of application and video development. It is there, but not in the volume that many users would like. This is especially true for those coming from other platforms that have a few more applications at their disposal. Now, WP7 has at least a couple more applications to help fill those gaps. The first is a dialer app released to our forums by XDA Forum Member monotheist. A big...

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egzthunder1 · Aug 29, 2012

Not Dying Without a Fight! WP7 Gets Video Out Capabilities

Most people who jumped ship to Windows Phone 7 after the demise of its predecessor were happy and thrilled with the change. For the most part, we were led to believe that WP7 was the Windows XP of mobile phones (due to its success and very extended life span). However, we are a little less than 2 years into the life of this "iPhone killer" OS, and we have already been given the sad news that this OS will be...

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Former Writer · Aug 26, 2012

Delete the Not-So-Temporary Temporary Cache with CacheClearer

As was mentioned in a recent episode of XDA TV, the Windows Phone market is growing---not by a lot, but it's growing. Does this mean there will be more development for Windows Phone 7? We can only hope so. As WP7 matures, developers are finding issues and are fixing them. So at least current WP7 devices can be made to run better. One such application helps clear out the phone's temporary cache. Called CacheClearer, it was developed because the so...

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Former Writer · Aug 20, 2012

Microsoft Flips the Switch on XAP Encryption

Often when companies incorporate anti-piracy updates, they tend to leave the app more or less alone and focus on preventing its spread. Sometimes, though, companies flip the switch on a new anti-piracy feature, and it breaks many things for the development community. This happened recently with Windows Phone 7, as it has been confirmed that Microsoft has turned on XAP encryption. Brought to our attention by XDA Forum Member LastBattle in this discussion thread, this new protection for XAPs is already...

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FallenWriter · Jul 19, 2012

MetroTube for WP7: Back and Better Than Ever

It's unfortunately not often that we get to talk about Windows Phone 7. It's not that we don't like it; it's just that OEM's (and Microsoft in general) don't give it the proper attention it deserves. For instance, as any WP7 fanboy will tell you, using YouTube on a Windows Phone is like pulling teeth. Most of the applications out there just don't function properly. However, a lone application has, for the length of its storied existence, survived the odds...

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Former Writer · Jul 13, 2012

Debranding and HSPL Guide for the AT&T HTC Titan

Hacking a Windows Phone 7 is usually a little bit harder than hacking most Android phones. Where most Android users have a whole development kit worth of tools to tap into---not to mention the various OEM tools such as Odin or RSD Lite---Windows Phone 7 users have fewer options at their disposal. In some cases, tried and tested methods may not even work. When they do, however, the burden is lifted for those who want to make their devices truly...

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Former Writer · Jul 12, 2012

First File Manager with Bluetooth Transfer for WP7

Some time ago, we brought you news of a Bluetooth file transfer application for Windows Phone 7. While it was quite a simple application, the Dark Forces Team app was also pretty powerful. With Bluetooth transfers achieved, it has given application developers another feature to include in their own applications. Unique File Manager provides WP7 users with all the standard features of a good file manager, plus the added bonus of being Bluetooth transfer-capable. Developed by XDA Forum Member MOHSEN-UNIQUE, with credit...

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Former Writer · Jul 9, 2012

Windows Phone 7 Users Can Now Track Themselves

With Windows Phone 7 playing catch up with Android and iOS in the app game, it was only a matter of time before there would be an application that utilized GPS technology to help users track their own movements. The app, dubbed TrackUrSelf, was developed by XDA Forum Member darthveda in an attempt to use the background GPS agent in WP7 to track user movements. The interval is currently locked at 30 minutes which allows for the optimal tracking with minimal...

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FallenWriter · Jul 2, 2012

W.I.N.C.O. Shows WP7 Some Remote Control Love

For many, the Windows Phone 7 platform is a love-it-or-hate-it affair. While many Windows Mobile enthusiasts were skeptical of yet another closed source mobile operating system by Microsoft, others embraced the new ecosystem and viewed it as a chance to challenge themselves. XDA Forum Member W.I.N.C.O. is one such person. His latest application, W.I.N.C.O. Phone Controller is a unique, third-party method to remotely control a WP7 device from your PC. Simply download and install the applications for both your PC and...

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FallenWriter · Jul 2, 2012

Open Source Google Web Service API for Windows Phone 7

Unlike Android, in which any user can make and/or commit changes to the source code, Windows Phone 7 is a closed source operating system. As such, its source code is only available to Microsoft. This in turn makes development for Windows Phone very difficult. Thanks to XDA Member 2hdass, WP7 is finally seeing some open source love with his porting of Google's web services into the eponymous Google Web Service API. For those of you who don't know, API stands...

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Former Writer · Jun 30, 2012

Multi-Forum Client for WP7 Seeking Beta Testers

For Android, there are quite a few applications users can use to browse forums. With general forum browsing apps like Tapatalk to specialized forum apps like our very own XDA-specific version of the Tapatalk App, Android users have many options when it comes to forum browsing. So what about Windows Phone 7? Not so much, but that could change in the near future. XDA Senior Member SimzzDev is developing an application that will allow WP7 users the joy of surfing...

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FallenWriter · May 29, 2012

Topplez: 3D Block Stacking with a Twist

Growing up in suburbia, I often played tabletop games with my family. One game of particular fondness in my household was Jynga. As an adult, I often wonder what it would be like play on a cell phone. Thanks to XDA Member kingofmyworld324 I've had that opportunity. Called Topplez, kingofmyworld324 has taken the original wooden game and made it available with 3D graphics on WP7-based devices. What's more, he's taken things up a notch with: Classic mode has you take...

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