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!]
We always enjoy the concept designs that pop up from time to time made by regular users showing what they would like to be produced, although we know this will never happen is nice to have different and amazing options of futuristic devices.
This design made by Mithun Darji from Ahmedabad, India demonstrates an interesting concept that would look very cool if ever came to reality.
The concept is about a Windows 7/8 device with WIFI and Phone functionality on a watch strap which includes Bluetooth headset, four music transport keys, two volume keys and 4 other keys (Maybe phone keys).
Although this is only a concept design would be nice for Microsoft to have an operating system which could be ported onto different platforms like mobile devices, tablets and more.
Please leave your a comment with your thoughts about this cool design and thanks for reading.
February 3, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Unlike its predecessor, Windows Phone 7 was never intended for much freedom. Evidence for this can be found everywhere from the similar device specifications and lack of carrier skins to the way users are allowed to install applications. However, this being XDA-Developers, we constantly develop new ways to take back control of our devices.
Luckily, this is where utilities like wf Phone Tools by XDA forum member andreacorti come into play. This tool caters to the power users by allowing you to perform tasks such as install, update, and kill applications with ease. Additionally, if your device supports SMS Backup, wf Phone Tools can even download your SMS data from your device.
In the words of the developer:
It allows to (in this version)
- Install new application on device
- Update existing application on device
- Show the list of installed applications (only developer installed)
- Launch, Kill and uninstall applications
- Explore isolated storage of applications
- Download files and folders from isolated storage
- Download SMS from device (in combination with smsBackup XAP)
If you’re a Windows Phone user looking for more control, this just might be up your alley. Freedom is yours in the application thread.
[Thanks to XDA forum moderator andyharney for the tip!]
There are so many sites out there now that offer that “daily deal” that it is hard to keep track of them all. Even if you do keep track of them, most of them aren’t going to interest you every single day. Very few people go the length that XDA Member RevisionZero has: he built a Windows Phone 7 app.
Called Quixby Deals, the app is designed with the penny pincher in mind. It compresses all of the major one deal a day sites into a single interface, including New Egg’s ShellShocker. According to RevisionZero it has:
- Access to the Quixby Daily Deal, the various Woot deal sites, and the Newegg Shell Shocker
- Pin the app or any deal tile to your live tiles
- Turn certain deals on or off according to interest
The app is great for those Windows Phone 7 users looking to score the next big deal, so head on over to the thread here or the download page here and give the beta a run through it’s paces. The developer is looking for feedback on this one so let him know what your looking for in future updates.
I love a good challenge. Like many I game in my free time not just for the content, but to push my brain to the limits of what it’s capable of. So when I saw XDA Member ldokov’s latest creation for Windows Phone 7, Jigsolve Me! I knew I had to give it a whirl.
According to ldokov:
Jigsolve Me! is a simple and fun jigsaw puzzle game. Unlike other games, Jigsolve Me! uses the whole screen for the puzzle – no ads, buttons or menus are displayed during gameplay.
You can quickly start a game by choosing one of the predefined difficulty settings. You can also start a customized game where you can adjust all available settings.
There are 30 images included with the game and we are working on a feature that will allow you to download more images from within the game.
To improve the gameplay we have created some special in-game features, like snapping to edges and locking puzzle pieces.
This is quite a fun time killer, so head on over to the thread here and test drive it.
It’s about that time of year again, as hardware manufacturers prepare to descend upon Barcelona to unveil phones we will collectively drool about but not see for another couple of months.
Today HTC started to send some invitations to HTC’s press event for February 26th, by “chance” only one day before Mobile World Congress Starts in Barcelona. According to the source, the invitation doesn’t reveal any details about what HTC will be unveiling this year, but we have enough rumors and leaks to have a clue.
HTC will be showing many devices in WMC and we hope they include the aforementioned HTC Endeavor/Supreme, HTC Ville, and the mid speced HTC Primo -which will be presented before WMC starts- on the Android side, and HTC Radiant on Windows Phone platform.
Needless to say they should show some new tablet as we have not seen anything new since the Flyer and Jetstream.
Apparently HTC Primo will be presented with the rumored Sense 4.0 on the press event day.
Tell us what you think or what would you like to see as the new flagship of HTC.
January 24, 2012 By: Former Writer
For awhile now, the 4-in-1, 5-in-1 or even 6-in-1 reboot menus have been apropos for Android ROMs. The ability to reboot the phone on a whim instead of having to turn the phone off and back on is an essential function that is often underrated.
Now, Windows Phone 7 has an app in progress that gives Windows Phone 7 users the ability to do this very thing without any difficulty. The developer of the app, XDA Senior Member sh4d0w86, has released the app to make the process more streamlined and easier for users to perform these basic functions, along with a function to hard reset the phone, which is the same as a factory reset.
You can find the first release of the app in its original thread. Thus far, the reboot and power down options work just fine, but the hard reset is still being worked on. The only requirement? An unlocked Windows Phone 7 device. If you’d like to check it out, follow the thread link above for additional information, download links and screen shots. Also, sh4d0w86 encourages anyone who tries the app to stop by and leave some feedback to help with future releases.
January 23, 2012 By: Former Writer
All good things must eventually come to an end and for owners of Windows Mobile phones, this is something that has happened to them recently.
The popular BattClock app had an update to 3.8.2 a few days ago and that’s when the app maker, who is XDA Recognized Developer ZuinigeRijder announced that it would be the app’s final version and that development will be stopped.
Here is part of his statement:
I thank everyone supporting me and for the donations I got. But now is the time to really stop development for Windows Mobile and focus on HTML5. I can spent my scarce free time only once, especially because I am developing software as a professional as a full time paid job. That is where I earn my money
Hope you keep enjoying the *free* BattClock and if you also move away of Windows Mobile phone you will remember/miss BattClock as a very cool Swiss Knife App
Anyone who wants to read the full statement can here in its original thread, where you can also get more information on the BattClock app if you happen to still have a Windows Mobile phone.
January 20, 2012 By: Former Writer
Thanks to XDA Member fscode for linking other members to a recently released YouTube app, called YouTube Pro, that allows for users to do a bunch of things. Most notable of which is download YouTube videos onto their phones.
Here’s a complete list of features straight from the Zune Marketplace:
1 Download YouTube videos (supports resume broken downloads)
2 Record and upload videos to YouTube (Resume broken uploads support)
3 Sync the downloaded videos with your PC by installing a client on your PC. (Link of the client and documentation: http://supertube.codeplex.com)
4 Background downloads
5 Play the sound of the video under lock
6 Set channel to push notification
7 Playlist, Inbox, My Video
8 Choose and order the sections in the main page
9 Inbox push notification
10 Fast App Switching (FAS)
11 Subscriptions, favorites and search support
12 Map Tube: view the videos near your location
13 Comment in small screens while playing videos; Full screen in 16:9 or 4:3
14 Custom backgrounds
15 Local player enables you to play a custom playlist or play all videos
16 Video sharing via Facebook, Twitter, SMS and Email
17 Multi-Language and Multi-region support
For those toting a Windows Phone 7 and want to give this app a shot, you can find the links to the Zune Marketplace in the XDA thread. There’s a paid version, but there is also a free, ad-supported version.
Prospective Windows Phone 7 developers don’t have the vast options available to Android users yet in terms of kitchens, but the wheels are turning to get more people involved in Windows Phone 7 development. XDA Recognized Developer -=Barin=- has developed a kitchen that will, as he says:
can port/rebuild XIP (NK) and build IMGFS partition file for Windows Phone 7 with real registry recompiling and relocations according to WP7 memory model.
It can also build NB (D000FF container only) and NBH files for HTC WP7 devices (tested on HTC HD2, HTC HD7 and HTC Mozart).
This kitchen is an extension from -=Baron=-’s OSBulder for WM, a kitchen for the original Windows Mobile operating system that has been adapted for Windows Phone 7.
For more information, change log, feature list, screenshots and download links, you can find the Windows Phone 7 thread here and you can find additional information and discussion in the original WinMo thread, which has been modified to include WP7 material as well, in its original thread. Keep in mind that this is for development purposes, so make sure to read up on Windows Phone 7 framework before attempting to use it.
January 5, 2012 By: liwen
While Windows Phone 7, being a Microsoft product, obviously features Office integration so you can view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files right on your phone, transferring those files from your PC to your device isn’t that straightforward. You can neither copy-and-paste, nor does Zune sync them. Instead, you had to either email them to yourself, or upload them to SkyDrive.
That is, had. Forum member Thunder_ now developed an application with which you can simply transfer office files directly from your PC to your dev-unlocked Windows Phone. All you need to do is to double-click BookUplaoder.exe on your PC, make sure your phone’s screen is turned on and unlocked, choose the files – and they’ll appear in the Office Hub. Pretty straightforward, and as a bonus, the desktop app also looks really nice and fits in with the design of the Zune client.
So, go ahead and download the Office File Uploader in the forum thread, and be sure to leave the dev some feedback!
If you’re a student and have to keep track of your homework and assignments, you can of course use a standard calendar and task manager. However, dedicated homework planners are much more powerful, since they allow you to categorize your homework into classes and add useful information like teacher names and schedules.
But because forum member ace10134 didn’t find such an app on Windows Phone 7 that was good enough for his own needs, he developed his own, called Power Planner. It comes with some nice features, like live tiles that show your due assignments, and even automatically creates reminders for you.
The app has a fully functional trial version with no ads, and adds a few more advanced features like grading if you buy it. Sounds good enough? Visit the forum thread for download links, and be sure to leave some feedback!
January 5, 2012 By: Former Writer
For those toting Windows Phone 7, you haven’t had too many options in the anime department and your only option on your phone was to stream it from a website from the browser.
Until now, that is.
Enter Anime Online, an anime streaming application that’s already available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. It’s a simple app with a friendly and pretty interface that allows you to stream some anime goodness on your Windows Phone.
The functionality is reminiscent of the Android anime streaming app, Crunchyroll, and the reviews on both apps have been generally positive. There’s always a bug or two to work out, but that shouldn’t keep you from taking advantage of this free app!
Of course, if you’d just like to check out the app, you can find ithere.
There are a few drawbacks, as jjqt will tell you in the app descripion:
Note:There is no heavily licensed anime like Naruto, Bleach,One Piece in this app.
So if you’re looking for the latest InuYasha, you will very likely not find it in this app but if you’re looking just for something good to watch to sate that anime craving, then it’s definitely an app worth checking out!