Windows Phone 7 is often looked at as a lesser-OS by those with Android devices, and many times that is because the WP7 devices lack the full Google integration found on Android handsets. And with the growing reliance on all things cloud, apps like Google Music can be a daunting task through the mobile browser.
CloudMuzik is a Google Music player made to work specifically for WP7 phones. I got tired of trying to listen to Google Music through the browser since the interface is ugly and it doesn’t know how to switch to different tracks while locked.
Features for CloudMuzik Beta
- Max 1000 songs
- Search for individual song, artist or album
- Background art for each artist
- Seeking through songs
- Ability to play songs in the background
Follow the link to the forum post and discussion about the application and make sure to thank the developer for their efforts.
If you travel a lot and use a Windows Phone, this application may be of interest. XDA Forum Member EgoMaximus brings us news of the Nokia Transport for Windows Phone, a complete and powerful tool for those on the move. While originally intended simply for Nokia devices, it should work on interop unlocked devices as well.
You will find detailed information with integrated data for traveling by foot or mass transit. It covers 46 countries, 512 cities, and 24 languages. Some of the features available are viewing route ETAs and the option to check the timetables to see your scheduled departure and arrival times.
Nokia Transport aggregates information from over 700 of the leading public transit agencies, such as BVG and VBB in Berlin, Rejseplanen in Denmark and DeLijn in Flanders. So you are guaranteed to have the best-in-industry information. Working on all Windows Phone devices
It’s important to mention that this app has better coverage on the cities in Europe mentioned on the original post.
March 15, 2012 By: David Watt
It almost comes as no surprise that once again, the HTC HD2 has received yet another major development update, this time along with the Samsung Omnia 7. Development team XDA-Devs Europe brings us a world exclusive—the first custom ROMs based on the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 update, codenamed ‘Tango’, officially knows as ‘Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh’. Tango is said to bring a number of improvements to Windows Phone 7.5, including lower RAM requirements and MMS improvements.
The two custom ROMs are based on Tango RTM build 8773.98, which will soon be shipping to OEM manufacturers. Both ROMs are almost fully functional. However, according to the devs, a number of limitations exist. The official Market is currently blocked on both devices, due to Tango not being publicly available at this time, though an alternative app is included. The ROMs are also not updatable at present, but this will be remedied in due course.
The HD2 custom ROM is brought to us by XDA Recognized Developer HD2Owner and can be found in the HD2 ROM thread. XDA Forum Moderator ceesheim has released the Samsung Omnia 7 custom ROM, which can be found in the Omnia 7 ROM thread.
March 7, 2012 By: orb3000
Are you a heavy shutterbug, but find your Windows Phone’s camera software somewhat lacking? XDA Forum Member mydiscogr hopes to alleviate this with Camera Easy, which promises to bring a bunch of added functionality to your camera phone. With this Metro UI-styled app, you can adjust all the essentials like resolution and zoom with ease.
The developer also mentions that by not immediately displaying the images taken, Camera Easy is optimized for taking multiple images in rapid succession. In the words of the developer:
Camera Easy is a “easy to use” and practical camera application.
No complicated settings, no unnecessary menus and submenus, all settings are fast, minimal, easy to understand, and mains of these are on camera display, to avoid unnecessary clicks.
One important feature is that once a photo is taken, camera will not display image just taken, but continue to display camera image stream, so is fast to take multiple photos. These are the main features:
- Resolution, flash, self-timer, are all on camera display
- Digital Zoom
- Local photo gallery, with multiple rename, delete… to
- Save to phone gallery button
- Sound on / sound off
- Help screen
- Metro UI
Continue on to the application thread to get started.
Windows Phone 7 development around XDA has been steadily increasing, and that’s a really good thing. XDA Recognized Developer dotcompt has added a couple of much needed tools to the Windows Phone 7 application arsenal.
The first is a super tool that gives users various shortcuts to tools and the other is an alternative market for home brew apps, XDA apps, etc. The super tool application, aptly named DS Supertool offers its users:
. Connectivity shortcuts.
. Favorites contacts speed dial.
. Quick web search tool.
. Easy find your local weather and news.
. Notes application.
. Reminder application.
. Easy launch camera shortcut
It is a free application and offers quite a few useful tools for WP7 owners. The application isn’t available in the market, so you’ll have to side load it after downloading but, as mentioned, it’s free, so no big deal.
The other application, called DS Marketplace, allows users to download applications that may not be approved by the Windows Market. Says dotcompt:
All .xap files are stored in Deepshining Mobile Server and when Homebrew .xap files are updated from XDA Devs, I will upload this files again to my server so you can download it again.
Aftermarket Market applications are always fun and can offer a variety of applications that aren’t on the official market.
February 29, 2012 By: egzthunder1
One of the worst mistakes that Microsoft could have made (and really one of the first things that drove people away from WP7 even before it came out) was the fact that the well known and established ActiveSync and Windows Mobile Device Center PC programs would no longer work for syncing our devices with our PCs and instead we would have to fall back on Zune, which is the PC manager that can only be deemed as Apple’s iTunes counterpart. Zune itself does not allow you to do much other than syncing media, pictures, and apps and because of the lack of RAPI (remote API), you cannot access your files from your PC like you used to with Windows Mobile with a file explorer style window or access registry. Thanks to the efforts by XDA Recognized Developer ultrashot, accessing your files and registry in WP is once again possible thanks to WMDC launcher.
The app itself aims at bringing bac RAPI support for WP7 devices without disabling the WP7 functionality. This means that the PC will recognize the device as a WM device (so that ActiveSync and/or WMDC can use it) or as a WP7 so that Zune can use it as well. There are several limitations to this like the fact that the phone must be completely unlocked (not interop unlocked or developer unlocked, but full security unlocked). Also, it seems that it lacks the ability to sync things like calendar and contacts. However, the true reason for this app is to be able to access the forbidden areas such as registry and others.
If you have a WP7 device, please take this for a spin and leave feedback for the dev.
Windows Mobile Device Center/ActiveSync are legacy applications made by Microsoft. They provide an access to file system, registry, … let’s say, they provide full remote access to connected phone’s features.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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The internationally known application Skype already has stable, working applications for iOS and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 users have been asking for their dose of Skype love for quite some time as well. Well, Skype has been working on getting their product out to the Windows Phone community, and the beta has finally gone live.
The application, which is available in the Windows Phone Market, is still in its bare bones stage. The features include:
• Make and receive voice/video calls and instant messages to anyone else using Skype, whether on a Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Mac, PC or television.
• Use your Skype account for free at home, at work, or on-the-go (WiFi connection or mobile data plan required).
While the current release is missing major features such as contact sorting based on status, it will surely improve in time. As stated, this is a beta release, so expect other features to be missing as well. Thanks to XDA Member samsabri for the tip. You can check out samsabri’s thread for additional info, download links, and discussion.
While many have their eyes set on Apollo, the next iteration of Windows Phone, the platform still manages to get stronger every thanks to our developers. Based on the built-in Internet Explorer browser, XDA Forum Member roqstr presents the IE+ browser, which adds the following modifications:
Remember this is the first beta version of the app, so expect some bugs. Just make sure to do your civic duty by reporting them in order to help improve future versions. In the words of the developer:
Okay folks, i think it’s time for the open beta. Please do not mind that I did not updated the Help, will be done soon + refreshing the old attached pictures.
I hope everything is self explaining, if not: PM ME! Follow this thread for further updates and changes!
Continue on to the original thread to get started with the open beta!
If you are a Windows Mobile or Windows Phone user, you have undoubtedly already heard of XDA Recognized Developer Cotulla. If not, you should have. He is responsible for some of the biggest developments on both of these platforms, and shows no signs of letting up any time soon. His latest offering is an application that adds functionality to WP7 devices, which many have been calling for since the platform was launched.
DFT BT File Transfer V1.01 does exactly as its name implies, and allows you to transfer files via Bluetooth to and from your WP7 device—either to another device or to your PC. As if that weren’t enough, the application can also install REG, RGU and XAP files to the device as soon as they are received.
Installation is as simple as deploying the XAP in one of the usual methods, running the application, and then rebooting the device. The application has been officially tested on the HTC Leo, Gold, Spark and Schubert as well as a Samsung Focus R1.3. Members are also reporting that it works on numerous devices from other manufacturers.
However, Cotulla does state that there are still a few bugs to work out, so your feedback really would be appreciated. It’s also worth mentioning that application requires a full device unlock, as developer or interop unlocks will not suffice.
So if you own a WP7 device and have been missing this function you can find the application here.
As you are probably aware, one of the beauties of development, hacking, and reverse engineering code is the fact that you can pretty much look into the guts of anything and figure out ways to make them better. However, in order to do this, knowledge, while useful is not the only thing you will require. You need tools, many of them for that matter (depending on the complexity of what you are trying to accomplish). Those of you familiar with apktool will know exactly what I am talking about. However, what about those poor souls (like yours truly) who own a Windows Phone device? Is there anything remotely similar to apktool to be able to change things in .xap files? Now there is thanks to the efforts of XDA member ash.rain. .NET RAIN is a tool set that, much like apktool, will allow you to decompile and look at the internals of any .xap file. Better yet, the tool set will also allow you to tinker with things like .dlls, edit binary, and much more.
Mind you that if you are not a programmer, you probably should stay away from modifying certain things. However, this is certainly a fantastic tool to learn the ropes and practice those newly found C# and Silverlight programming skills that have undoubtedly set you off to look for something like this. The set is completely free and if you have feedback or comments, please leave them on the thread for the dev to see .
What the TOOL actually does is unpack a xap file, show its content and let you edit them.
As simple as that. It includes some internal editors.
You can find more information in the tool thread.
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February 23, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we talked about how XDA Recognized Developer Cotulla helped first generation HTC Windows Phone 7 owners achieve device freedom thanks to the DFT HSPL and RSPL release. For those who don’t remember, the developer’s release was the first major ground made by the development community for the supported devices.
Now thanks to several months’ worth of curing time, Cotulla is back with a significant update for the DFT HSPL and RSPL package. This update brings support for new device Model IDs, CDMA devices, and much more.
In the words of the developer:
15.02.2012 Updated release. Revision #3.
- Was added support for ‘SCHU1000′ and ‘PD291200′ MIDs
- Removed OTA update inside RSPL and HSPL, this allows to keep HSPL after HTC OTA Zune update.
- Added warning screen about 4.XX and 5.XX
- But still NO support for 4.XX and 5.XX
- Support for CDMA devices: GoldC and SparkW
- Wizard UI: only WWE support remains.
This release supports those WP7F devices:
*Gold (HTC Pro 7,T7575)
*Schubert (HD7, HD7S, T9292,T9295,T9296)
*HTC Gold C (HTC Arrive)
*HTC Spark W (Trophy Verizion)
Naturally, modifying the HSPL and RSPL will void your warranty. However, that’s never stopped anyone on these forums. First generation HTC Windows Phone 7 device owners should head over to the development thread.
[Thanks Ezequiel for the tip!]
What a simple tweet can do with ones heartbeat is incredible. XDA Recognized Developer Cotulla tweeted a link to a Youtube video showing what appears to be an HTC HD7 running Windows Mobile. It seems to be some kind of emulator which runs Windows Mobile 6.1 on top of Windows Phone 7. Using virtual buttons to imitate hardware buttons, the Dark Force Team (DFT) shows us that actually almost all functions work, even games play fine.
By simply pressing the back button, you can go back to Windows Phone 7. Windows Mobile will show up as a program in the task manager, so you can simply switch back when you want. There isn’t much information about this yet, but we expect to hear more from DFT soon. You wonder why anyone would ever want Windows Mobile again? Well we’re asking ourselves that too, but it does give some nostalgic feel to the modern and clean Windows Phone UI.
February 7, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
It’s no secret that ROM development is considerably more cumbersome on Microsoft’s closed source Windows Phone 7 operating system than on its open source competition. Despite the difficulties, developers on our site such as -=Barin=- have made outstanding progress with releases such as a fully functioning kitchen for HTC devices.
Unfortunately, however, this is little consolation for Samsung device owners. The sad reality is that in the fourteen months since the Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 were released, not a single custom ROM has been cooked. However, thanks to hard work by XDA forum members Cotulla and mwang, this is no longer the case. Based off Windows Phone 7.5 Mango build 8107, the Freedom series of ROMs gives first generation Samsung device owners what they’ve wanted from the very beginning.
As with any major OS modification, users should proceed with caution and read all available documentation. Those interested in loading up custom Mango goodness on your Samsung First Generation device should proceed to the Sammy Rainbow thread to get started with the MAGLDR. Once this has been done, fast forward to the Focus Rev1.3, Focus Rev1.4, and Omnia 7 ROM threads.
[Thank you very much to XDA forum moderator Ceesheim for the help and heads up!]