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 places and a number of XDA members and development teams.
To start, it is recommended that users downgrade their SPL before debranding the phone. In the words of pbp8ntballer:
*There is a possibility trying to debrand the phone without downgrading your SPL first may or may not work. When in doubt, it would be better to first flash this image first on your phone before proceeding any further. If your SPL is 1.10.xxxx.xx or lower, you may skip this process.
From there, users are to create a Gold Card, which is pretty standard for most Windows Phone 7 hacking. There are also instructions on how to create a Y-cable, as it is also required. Finally, once everything is said and done, users go through the process of enabling HSPL. From there, the sky is the limit.
Despite the simplicity of the step overviews, the process actually takes quite a bit of time. For additional information and a how-to video, check out the original thread.
July 12, 2012 By: Former Writer
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(thank dft for buletooth driver)
can run any file in wp7 that definition in registry
can install xap file
can processing script file (.PROVXML)
can Extract zip file in to a folder
can manage file/folder (copy cut paste delete rename)
can view any file as text
The XAP does come with a disclaimer: Users will have to be running a fully unlocked ROM in order to use all of the features. Otherwise, it’s a very clean and efficient file manager, so any WP7 user looking to add to their app list would do well to give it a try.
To get started, check out the original thread.
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 mobile operating systems, it’s definitely a good start.
It’s a very simple application to use. Once installed, the app will track your movements and display the results in list form or on a map, if users prefer. The data isn’t sent anywhere, so users need not fear for their privacy. While the app works as is, darthveda is working to incorporate a way to export the data so users can keep track of where they’ve been.
For more information, head to the application thread.
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 without having to actually touch the phone. This application is a must have for anyone looking to integrate their phone(s) and PC.
Head on over to the original thread to give this app a whirl.
July 2, 2012 By: FallenWriter
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:
- Google Directions
- Google Places (Geocoding, Reverse Geocoding)
- Google Places Autocomplete
- Google Static Maps
WP7 applications in the future will be able to take advantage of the above information, thereby improving the quality of the ecosystem as a whole. So head on over to the original thread and give it a go. If you’re a developer, head over to the CodePlex project page to help improve the API further.
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 thousands of forums within a single application. While it isn’t quite ready yet, there’s a beta released scheduled soon and there’s beta testers needed.
With release imminent, users are requested to sign up with their Windows Live ID, their country of residence, and which WP7 phone they’ll be testing the application with. Until the beta release, users can check out screen shots and a YouTube video demoing the app as it stands.
For additional info and more, head to the original thread to get ready for the beta.
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 blocks from the bottom and place them on top to make the tower as tall as possible in the shortest time possible but its gameover if the tower TOPPLEZ! Dice and Match3 modes each raise the difficulty and fun by adding a puzzle and strategy element to the game. Try to top our online scoreboards!
Not only can you play yourself, but you have the opportunity to pit your high score against others from around the world!
Head over to the original thread and enjoy yourself. It’s the little things that are most satisfying.
Last year, we wrote about Windows Phone 7 finally getting a registry editor. Now the next generation of registry editors for the platform has arrived, thanks to XDA Senior Member Nickg. Called WinTT, the application is designed to save the user the hassle of having to manually edit the phone’s registry. According to the developer:
This application allows to apply a registry tweak more quickly and more easily than the traditional editing method, also giving the possibility to restore the value and reboot the system from the app.
WinTT works on all interop unlocked phone with WP7 Root Tools, and it supports customization thanks to theme support. Furthermore, the application is open source, and the developer welcomes others to make modifications as long as proper credit is given.
Head on over to the release thread and show your WP7 device some much needed registry love. If you’re feeling really handy, download the source code and see if you can make some improvements.
In this modern world, we tend to forget that the primary function of the mobile devices in our pockets is to serve as a cellphone. Their most basic feature is the facilitation of rapid communication with people in the world around us.
XDA Forum Member esword, has made it his mission to ensure that users of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform can dial others with ease. His application, known as RapDialer, does just that through the inclusion of features not normally found in the OEM dialer, including:
Extremely fast launch and search speed.
+ Fast search with T9 keypad (or system keyboard as you like)
+ A contact profile page (open it by tapping contact photo)to share contact’s info easily.
+ Support speed dialing.
+ Support prefix dialing.
+ Support favorites.
+ Support outgoing call history.
+ Plenty of custom options, including three keyboard styles, key tone, keypress vibration and so on.
+ The SMS mode helps you to quickly select multiple people to send a group text
+ Phone number location display, including global country calling codes and localization supports for United States, Canada, UK, Australia, China Mainland and Taiwan.
The list goes on, and the developer actually included several YouTube videos to detail all of the functionality that he built into the app. So head on over to the application thread and give it a spin.
A while back, we told you about the Lumia 710 getting its first custom ROM. Well today we have even bigger news: the Nokia Lumia 800 (the 710′s more expensive sibling) has received its first custom ROM, courtesy of XDA Forum Member lucifer3006. Known as RainbowMod and based off of Windows Phone 7.10.8773.98 (Tango), the ROM promises such exciting features as:
Full Unlock from UltraShot
Removed OEM applications (Nokia Drive, Maps, etc.)
Search key remapping
QuickLaunch menu for quick switching state of WiFi, 3G, Flight mode, Power save, etc.
Ability to access file system via WiFi/USB
Integrated Live ID, DppImplant no longer needed, but new key can also be banned
Added many color themes (screenshots)
Easy installation xap from browser or file manager
The developer has made it extremely clear that this ROM is for devices with Qualcomm bootloaders only, and that failure to follow directions could very well result in your phone becoming an expensive paperweight. Also of note is that the developer created this without actually owning the device.
If you’re looking to get in on the action, head over to the original thread and let the good times roll.
April 30, 2012 By: Former Writer
With the large number of ways Android users can modify their Marketplace Settings, it was only a matter of time before Windows Phone 7 users figured out a way to similarly unlock their Marketplace and download applications they wouldn’t typically be able to download. In addition to the region restrictions we’ve seen tackled on the Play Store, WP7 devices face an additional problem, as their Marketplace changes depending on what OEM they have. Well, not anymore.
XDA Forum Member ken52787 has released an application that will switch the settings of the Zune Marketplace and provide WP7 owners with better and unrestricted access to any OEM- or carrier-specific applications. The app is pretty simple to use and install, and the prerequisites are pretty easy. Users require an unlocked WP7 device. Upon installing the application, the application needs to be made a trusted application. Once that’s done, users will have access to a number of features, including:
Change OEM marketplace – Included are Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and ZTE (although only HTC, LG, Nokia, and Samsung have accessible marketplaces)
Change MO marketplace – Included are AT&T, Orange, Sprint, and Verizon (I had a hard time finding other marketplaces. If you are on a carrier other than these, please send me your settings so I can include them, the program will automate this for you with your permission)
Change the maximum file size cap over 3g – Download larger apps and podcasts over 3G without needing a wifi connection
Lock the settings – Prevents your settings from reverting back in a day or two when the marketplace updates itself
This can and likely will solve a lot of issues for many users. The max file size over 3g will allow users to download what they want without needing a WiFi Hotspot, and users who’ve jumped ship to other carriers or OEMs now have access to their previous applications. In a world where things are slowly melting into one giant, compatible software pot, this app certainly does its part to help. It should be mentioned that this app is still in beta, so there may be a few bugs left to iron out. Otherwise, it’s still a fun app to try.
To get started, check out the original thread.
April 27, 2012 By: Former Writer
Apparently, for some older Windows Phone 7 devices, especially on Sprint, there are certain limitations on SMS and MMS. To be limited to the standard 160 characters in SMS is not fun, especially when trying to get a full thought in before someone texts you back. MMS limitations have never popular either. While most devices on most operating systems can bypass the 160 text limit rather easily, the MMS limit is usually boosted as high as possible, but there’s still a limit.
For those on the HTC Arrive, you can now have unlimited SMS characters and essentially unlimited MMS size thanks to XDA Senior Member mapaz04. This will most likely also work on other Windows Phone 7 devices, but it untested at the current time. The mods require different methods to implement, but neither is very complicated. For the SMS to go above 160 characters, users simply need to change a value from 0 to 1. Says mapaz04:
1.) Go to HKLM\Comm\Cellular\SMS\Router\CDMA and change the Contantenation entry from a 0 to a 1
2.) *** Very important thing (as of now)*** Select the EXIT from the Registry Editor (DO NOT BACK OUT of the app, press MENU then EXIT)
Then test to be sure it worked. Nothing too hard.
For the MMS it’s much the same process but a different value.
The MS entry should have a “Value Data” of “2000″, change this to “51200″ press “OK”
Now granted, saying that the MMS is unlimited maybe stretching it a bit, but is does appear to be set at 512MB as opposed to 2MB.
One of the beauties of being able to tinker with our devices is how it allows us to have flexibility. Most countries around the world have several choices when it comes to mobile service, and among them you have the ones that will welcome you with open arms and that ones that simply do not want to let you go. How do the latter accomplish this? They lock the phones to their networks so that they cannot be used on others. Because of this, ever since XDA has been XDA, we have striven to do away with this ridiculous concept that is the carrier lock. The reason is simple, you pay good money for your device, you should be able to use it wherever and with whomever you see fit. XDA Forum Member fatclue had this idea as well and after searching far and wide he came across a guide, which he posted on xda-develoepers about how to get the Samsung Focus onto the no-contract carrier Straight Talk in the US.
The procedure is very well explained and goes into very deep detail regarding what tools are needed to get the device working on the network. The only real block on this is the fact that the procedure will require the device to be Interop-unlocked due to the low level tools that are required for this operation, such as WP Root Tools as well as access to the registry. The Focus is a device that can be unlocked by following this guide by XDA Recognized Developer Heathcliff74.
So, if you feel like getting out of an expensive contract and still be able to use your beloved Focus while saving some money in the process, please follow the steps in the guide, and leave some feedback for the dev as well.
This is a reprint of a working solution I posted on WPCentral.com
Okay, I’m going to try to list the steps to get internet sharing and MMS working with Straight Talk, Please bear with me since I’ve only been playing with WP7 for a couple of weeks, I’m a webOS refugee and I seek asylum within the Windows world.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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