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Posts Tagged: Windows Phone 7

PhoneCommanderScreen

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 more than uninstall apps but don’t want to risk breaking their registry? How about a good, old fashioned file manager! And on the topic of old fashioned, what about one that has a nostalgic air similar to one of the most popular FTP and file browsers from yesteryear. XDA Forum Member Martin7Pro has the solution with Phone Commander. And unlike Midnight Commander and Norton Commander, Phone Commander has quite a bit of planned added functionality, including:

Two-panel filemanager,
SMS and Mail configurator (groups, searching, backup),
Registry editor (editing, export, import),
Taskmanager (working apps dehydrating, resuming, closing, memory increasing),
Tiles configurator (creating, grouping),
MultiMedia manager (searching, playing etc.),
Applications configurator (uninstalling, grouping),
Keyboard Shortcuts configurator (HTC 7 Pro, Gold, Prime),
and another next by plugins system.

Even more impressive is what Martin7Pro has in mind for the next version:

Next version will have (still in development):

Opensource plugin system (like desktop TotalCommander). First plugin will support registry keys (as ‘directories’ ) and values (as ‘files’). Second plugin in development is FTP, where one panel will contain normal WP7 filesystem, second panel FTP site filesystem, all commander directions will works in this configuration. Third plugin will support HWND Windows, processes and threads. Another plugins you can code yourself with pre-defined plugin interface (tiles/installed/running apps, Hardware drivers, URL protocols, system services, mailboxes, SMSBox, Calls, Schedulers etc).

So what are you able to do with it now? Good question. In the words of the dev:

To manage all files very quickly include multioperations (like TotalCmd).
To copy mp3 files to any phone directory by desktop TotalCmd, create playlist on phone and hear music.
To do the same vith movies, photos etc.
To copy e-books from my desktop and read them in phone (formats: doc, RTF – the best reading, pdf etc).
To edit all files in phone (the same formats, include binaries).
To import .reg files to Registry

Those wishing to get started should head over to the application thread to snag a copy of the XAP.

orboxc

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 app requires users to move the “Orbox” around a level and complete objectives. The controls are quite simple. The Orbox can only move in a single direction until it reaches something that will stop it. Using the level design, players have to move the Orbox around without flinging it off the screen. Here are some more details for the Play Store description:

The game has variety of missions. Find exit, blow all the bombs, activate sensors, collect stars, break ice, and any mix between of these.
It is a fun coffee break game, you will not have to over-think yourselves, the various missions and the different objectives are what will make you keep playing.

So if you’re a little burned out slicing fruit or flinging ill mannered Neornithes around, then this is definitely a game to pick up. For download links and a trailer video, check out the original thread.

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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 it’s been tested on seems to have a different issues. With some, the call blocking works, but users can’t get contacts saved to it. Some can’t get the call blocking to work at all. It all depends on which drivers your phone has.

There was a version released that actually does work for at least a couple of devices, but it is entirely in Chinese. So if this is a function you absolutely have to have, you’ll have to deal with a little Chinese to get it. It likely won’t be long until the members and devs fix the English version, though.

For more details,check out the original thread.

Windows-Registry

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 hackers alike. On desktop PC’s, backing up the registry before tweaking has long been possible. However, on WP7 this has not been the case. Thanks to XDA Forum Member EaterOfCorpses, WP7 users can now easily backup their registry, thanks to his latest application (the appropriately named) Reg Backup.

How easy is it? Simply open the app, and choose sections of the registry and output file name. Then hit the “Backup” button and presto: your registry has been backed up to a .reg file. It’s really simple and intuitive for even the newest of users. Head on over the original thread and give this beast a spin.

audiobook conception with headphones and books

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 piece without having to read it. In other words, audio books are a non existing feature for this self touted media powerhouse. Or at least this was the case until XDA Forum Member Elastep decided to do something about it.

ElWPAudiobooks (long name, we know) is essentially an app that allows you to listen to an audio book with all the options that you’d expect (i.e. pause and resume where you left off). The idea behind this is rather simple: once installed, the app creates a folder in the device. In that folder, you drop whatever audio files you need, and this folder in turn is converted into a local/fake podcast, essentially tricking the OS into thinking that you are actually streaming a podcast onto your device. Once the podcast is created, all the audio files are synced. And presto, you’ve got yourself an audiobook!

The dev has provided a very clear set of instructions on how to create these podcasts, where to save the files (and in what format), and much more. The process is simple and easy to follow. So, if you were thinking about using your device as an audiobook reader, now is your chance. Please leave some feedback for the dev.

So as I like to listen to audio books very much and as I bought WinPhone I decided to write this app.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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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 directly from the home screen without having to open adobe (or a file manager if you are interopunlocked)? If you are still planning on staying along with WP7, then you should check out what XDA Forum Member Bruce_X_Lee made for our devices.

PDF Move is an app that allows you to manipulate the pdf files located in the device’s Adobe Reader isostore. With this, you can easily pin any pdf document you want to the home screen, making it a very simple one-click task to open your favorite docs. On top of that, the app also allows you to move the files to the Office Hub itself. Having them stored there enables you to share the files via services such as Dropbox, Email, or even via WiFi and Bluetooth. This is particularly handy for those who are not able to install a file explorer on their phones.

Please take this for a spin if you normally use pdf files as part of your daily routine, and be sure to leave some feedback (and suggestions to make it better) for the dev.

Hi All I made this simple app that make it very easy to move PDF files from Adobe Reader’s IsoStore to Office Hub, from where they can be emailed as attachements.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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usb port

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 in and pulling it out afterwards. When you buy a new device, it may actually be hard to unplug the connector, but it gets quite easier after some time. After the some more time has passed, the connector may not be able to hold the cable in place anymore. If this sounds like something you are going through, XDA Forum Member telmosousa has posted a guide which may help you with your issue.

The dev was fell victim to the aforementioned fate, where his Micro USB was no longer staying in place. So, instead of sending the device out for service, he took the device and checked that what was truly preventing the connector to stay in place was in fact dirt and lint accumulated inside the port, mainly due to keeping the device in his pocket. With the help of a brushed and sharp wooden toothpick (to avoid using metal in the connector area), the dev picked out the garbage out of the inside of the connector. The results were immediate, and the device once again held the cable in place while charging it.

If you are in the same boat, take this for a spin and see if the procedure works for you. Please do remember that the toothpick must be sharpened as it likely will be too thick to fit in the port otherwise. Using metal objects (like needles) is NOT recommended, but if you must use them, ensure that you remove the battery before starting.

 A while ago I noticed that my micro USB cable does not fit well on my U8800 and when I picked up my phone the cable the cable always fall out without doing any force.

You can find more information in the original guide thread.

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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 is a love it or hate it operating system. Thankfully for those who love it, XDA Member navisluni brings us his latest application: BlueManager. Unlike Android where Bluetooth file transfer is a common feature, Windows Phone has not been so lucky. However, with BlueManager and an unlocked device, users can transfer pictures, music, and even contacts through Bluetooth with other WP7 or even Android devices. Simply pair, select your item, and send. It’s really that simple.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the original thread and give this a go.

ContractKiller

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 and well known issue with WP7 is the inability to copy and paste phone numbers from various places to copy them into the dialer. The Copy/Paste dialer fixes that feature directly, and even adds a few other features, including:

Copy and Paste Numbers to Dial or Text
Search Phonebook directly from the dialler
T9 based address book name search from dialler keypad
Phone number search from dialler keypad
Ability to Edit number before call
Send Contact Number via Text
History of 500 dialled numbers

This can be quite beneficial for those who use their dialer often, and is a welcome addition to WP7–especially for those who have switched to WP7 from other platforms and miss these features.

The other application is a first person shooter called Contract Killer. Posted by XDA Senior Member Bidniu, the game is also free in the Zune Marketplace. Centered around the life of a contract killer, the game has pretty decent graphics and the polished game mechanics. There are a few other FPS floating around, but in the world of mobile gaming, more is always better. With these two additions, WP7 have at least a couple more applications to help reach application parity.

For more info, check out either the Contract Killer thread or the Copy and Paste Dialer thread.

video out

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 canned shortly after Windows 8 hits the shelves. The worst part of all this is that current devices will not be upgraded to the new OS. As infuriating as this sounds, this is typical of Microsoft. We could potentially count on one hand how many devices were given official upgrades to newer versions of Windows Mobile back in the day.

We really should have nothing to look forward to in terms of advancement of this platform as it will fall into oblivion shortly, but for all the developers who have spent countless hours trying to hack and reverse engineer the platform, that is unacceptable. For this reason alone, you have people like XDA Forum Moderator ceesheim and the XDA Dev Team who simply put out one awesome mod after another, increasing the functionality of the devices running the doomed OS to above and beyond their conventional capabilities. This time around, they were able to enable video out through the USB connector to a PC. The hack that they wrote essentially disables the Zune driver on the device, which makes it undetectable by Zune on the computer (read: syncing disabled) and allows you to “mirror” what you have on your screen onto your computer. This is a particularly useful feature for presentations as well as watching videos on a larger monitor without having to transfer the videos onto the PC.

There are a few caveats on this. For starters, you must have a custom ROM on your device (meaning fully unlocked devices via HSPL in the case of 1st and 2nd gen HTC devices). Second, you need to patch the Qualcomm drivers that are blocked from factory from running. The functionality, as previously stated, will disable any and all syncing with the PC until you reboot the device. Moreover, the app will slow down the refresh rate on your phone’s screen, which means that you will feel that the device becomes more choppy and laggy. This is due to a registry entry that is modified to prevent USB traffic from overloading, and thus causing possible issues during usage. This goes back to normal after a changing the mode back to USB.

If you still haven’t thrown your WP7 at a wall from being enraged at the lack of an upgrade path, we suggest that you try this out. Please leave any and all feedback for the team, including what device you are using and what ROM. Maybe this is the beginning of a new life for the WP7 devices out there. Only time will tell.

 With the software in this release it is possible to add functionality to a custom ROM that allows to switch the USB-port of a Windows Phone 7 device to Video Out and back to normal Zune sync.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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[Thanks to ceesheim for the tip!]

WP7

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 called temporary cache is not so temporary. XDA Senior Member Magpir posted the application to XDA along with an explanation on why users actually need it. As Magpir explains:

every Windows Phone application that accesses the internet has a temporary cache folder. Essentially, these are temporary internet files folders for the individual application, which make it faster to pull stale data that the application has already downloaded. Unfortunately, these are apparently not-so-temporary in nature, and from what we’ve found, can’t actually be purged without some homebrew magic.

Thus, a homebrew magic solution was born. The application is pretty easy to use. Simply side load the XAP, open the application, and follow the onscreen prompts. This will help clear out the cache that was supposed to be cleared on its own.

For more info and an informative video, check out the application thread.

Xap

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 causing a lot of issues for those who are unlocked. While some devices have remained unaffected, many devices are currently suffering from minor issues, such as not being able to update certain applications. For now, Bing Translation and Whatsapp have been confirmed as apps that are causing problems, but there could very well be more as proper testing hasn’t been conducted yet. For those who are not developer unlocked, though, there should be no noticeable changes in the day-to-day operations of your device.

The XAP encryption is very much a catch-22 for the WP development community. On one hand, theming paid apps is now off limits and decompiling them via normal means for code study is no longer possible. On the other hand, developers are now much more protected from piracy than they were previously. Overall, though, the XAP encryption is a positive step forward for developers, who can now have a little more faith in releasing their works for WP devices and not worry about them getting pirated. This may even help drive more applications into the Zune Marketplace, which is something WP users have been clamoring for.

For additional information, check out the discussion thread linked above.

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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 and given us YouTube in all of its blazing glory. This app is called MetroTube.

The Past

Back in 2010, Windows Mobile was in its death throws. Despite the astronomical success of the HTC HD2, Windows Mobile failed to appeal to the burgeoning new smartphone market. Rather than overhaul it, MS decided the best option was to scrap the old system and start again from the ground up. They called this new incarnation Windows Phone 7.

Despite the buzz surrounding its launch, Microsoft had a hard time selling WP7 devices. OEM’s were slow to build hardware, and independent developers were wary of the options available for loading custom ROMs. Despite this, XDA Forum Member LazyWormApps decided to bring some goodness to the fledgling operating system with his application LazyTube.

Lauded as being the best YouTube application on the market, LazyWormApps quickly developed a cult following amongst its users. Eventually, the application was even rebranded as MetroTube. However, in January 2012, it all came apart.

From the beginning, one of the goals of the LazyWormApps was to have MetroTube become officially supported. In fact, because of the workarounds used to obtain HD content, the application was pulled from the market by the development team. Repeated attempts at contact were made to both Microsoft and Google over the past seven months to gain official support. Pulling the application was met with much outcry from users who had become accustomed to enjoying it as part of their daily lives.

The Present

After many months of wrangling for support, the team at LazyWormApps were met without success. According to their official announcement they’ve investigated every possible alternative channel to try and gain better documentation for the Google YouTube API and official support. Howevere, because they still desire to share their application with the world, MetroTube is back and it’s free.

That’s right, the team at LazyWormApps has brought back the top rated YouTube application on the Windows Phone Marketplace, and made it freely available for everyone to use. So head on over to the original thread and give this a go. Bravo LazyWormApps, you guys are awesome.

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