POSTS TAGGED: Windows Phone 7

Not Dying Without a Fight! WP7 Gets Video Out Capabilities

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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 M. . . READ ON »

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Delete the Not-So-Temporary Temporary Cache with CacheClearer

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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 ca

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Microsoft Flips the Switch on XAP Encryption

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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 application. . . READ ON »

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MetroTube for WP7: Back and Better Than Ever

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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 . . . READ ON »

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Debranding and HSPL Guide for the AT&T HTC Titan

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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 their own.

AT&T HTC Titan owners now have a guide pieced together by XDA Forum Member pbp8ntballer to help users debrand their devices and install HSPL (Hard Secondary Program Loader). The guide pulls information and methods from a variety of credited place. . . READ ON »

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First File Manager with Bluetooth Transfer for WP7

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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 given to the Dark Forces Team, the file manager is the first for Windows Phone 7 that is capable of Bluetooth transfer. A list of additional features include:

send any file via bluetooth(

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Windows Phone 7 Users Can Now Track Themselves

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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 battery consumption. Popular uses include keeping track of where you are while hiking or in a large parking lot. Plus, it can be fun just to see where you go during the average day. Despite the work still needed to make the app compete with similar apps on other mo. . . READ ON »

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

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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 phone, plug your device in, and follow directions. Provided you did everything right, you can now import and export files, control device settings, and even take screen shots—all w. . . READ ON »

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Open Source Google Web Service API for Windows Phone 7

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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 for Application Programming Interface. It is (in the most basic of terms) a file that can contain custom class definitions, protocols, and standards for interactions between other files. This specific API contains information for:

– Go

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