August 11, 2014 By: Samantha
One of the biggest setbacks Microsoft is facing with Windows Phone during a time when Android dominates the landscape is their adamant, yet honorable, willingness to resist anything Google-related. Microsoft influenced devices such as the Nokia Lumia, and even the heavily modified Android-based Nokia X family, are void of any and all Google services–with Microsoft and Nokia counterparts filling in the space. For the busybodies who rely much on Google services such as Google Tasks, this can be quite the inconvenience.
Thankfully however, XDA Senior Member mckoo has developed an app for WP8 called GTasker that allows you to manage your Google Tasks on your Windows Phone 8 device. Its features are extensive, including:
Of course, being a WP8 app, not all Windows influences have been removed. Instead, the app features the rather pleasant Metro design language that WP users have come to love. And if you don’t like how the app looks, there is support for dark and light themes as well. Additionally, GTasker comes in English, Chinese, and German, but you are free to translate the app into another language with the spreadsheet provided in the application thread.
If you would like to give GTasker a try, be sure to head over to the GTasker app thread for more information.
August 9, 2014 By: Samantha
Grocery shopping isn’t the most riveting activity one can think of. You grab your list of things you need to purchase, drive to the nearest supermarket, and buy your groceries. Perhaps you have your shopping list on your phone, written in a simple notepad app, or maybe you prefer a certain app because of its features and functions. If you’re an owner of a Windows Phone 8 device and are looking for shopping list app, you may want to check out Speech Shopper.
Developed by XDA Recognized Developer sensboston, Speech Shopper is shopping list app with one main feature that makes it stand out from the rest of the market: speech input. Having to simply dictate what foodstuffs and other groceries are needed as they come to your mind is perhaps much easier and more convenient than having to type them out when shuffling through your fridge and cupboards, although text input is still an option. Additionally, Speech Shopper’s user interface is both logical navigation and easy on the eye with its simple and clean look. Due to limitations of Microsoft’s speech, however, some words and names may not be recognized, so you may have to type in some of the more ‘creative’ product names.
If you’ve been looking out for a capable app to serve as your shopping assistant on your WP8 device, definitely give Speech Shopper a go. Head your way over to the Speech Shopper application thread for more information.
August 8, 2014 By: Samantha
The Modern UI design aesthetic seen clearly in Windows Phone has been subject to substantial amounts of both criticism and praise. The UI is a little unconventional in its method of navigation and aesthetics, and many felt it a bit strange when Microsoft introduced it onto PCs. However, it offers extremely clean visuals and a stylish appearance. In terms of aesthetics and customization, there’s really not much going on when compared to Android–monochromatic squares, rectangles of pre-selected shades, and a couple of default themes. But as we saw at the Build conference earlier this year, steps are being taken to make WP8.1 more customizable.
XDA Forum Member xiaoshatian seeks to change this look for the better with OneStart, a Windows Phone 8.1 app he developed, which packs a number of beautiful polychromatic themes and background customization options for your device’s Modern UI. It’s features include:
Windows Phone 8 users looking for a bit more customization will definitely appreciate the customization options of OneStart. If you are one of these users and are interested in checking this app out, head over to the OneStart app thread for more information.
April 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Once you start mucking around with a device’s firmware to add all your favorite tweaks and whatnot, you’ll almost undoubtedly need to restore to stock at some point in the future. Luckily, there are various device- or OEM-specific tools out there for to help people accomplish this task. Samsung devices have Odin and Heimdall, Sony devices have Flashtool, and Nokia devices have a few different options including Nokia Care Suite.
So how do you use Nokia Care Suite to download and flash your Lumia device to its stock WP8 firmware? XDA Recognized Contributor anaheiim wrote a comprehensive guide detailing the exact process. The guide starts off with how to find and download the appropriate stock ROM using Nokia Care Suite. Once you’ve downloaded the right files, the guide then shows you how to use the Care Suite’s Product Support Tool to flash the file you just downloaded. The guide has plenty of screenshots to guide you along the way, as well as a couple possible error messages and what to do when you experience them. It even mentions how to de-brand your Lumia WP8 device and remove carrier-specific software—though it must be noted that this doesn’t SIM-unlock your device.
If you wish to restore your WP8-powered Nokia Lumia device to stock and are looking for an easy-to-follow guide on how to this, head over to the guide thread to learn more.
April 2, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Today in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Microsoft kicked off its annual Build developers conference. Up until now, many had been questioning Microsoft’s continued relevance in this new mobile-friendly age. However, today’s keynote clearly shows that Microsoft doesn’t intend on letting Google and Apple have all the fun.
Does Windows have what it takes to be your platform of choice in 2014? Read on to find out more about what Microsoft has in store for Windows and Windows Phone. READ ON »
February 26, 2014 By: Samantha
If you’re nice, you’ve probably lent out something of yours to someone. If you’re really nice, you might have lent out a couple more things to some people. And if you’re really nice, you probably need an app to track all the things you’ve lent out to people so you don’t forget them. But you’re not that nice, because otherwise you’ll just give these things away. So to all the really nice folks who also happen to use a Windows Phone 8 device, there’s now an app that will actually keep track of all the personal belongings that you’ve lent out to other people.
Developed by XDA Forum Member poken1151 for the WP8 platform, Who’s Got My Stuff? (WGMS) is a simple and well-designed app that lets you keep tabs on who owes you what. The main screen displays all active ‘time capsules’, which are records of information that include:
You can also set a return date and details of when your friend finally returns your item. Additionally, you have the option to display a countdown, search contacts, add shortcuts to creating “time capsules”, and backup and restore your WGMS data to and from SkyDrive (now rebranded as OneDrive).
If you would like to find out more, visit the application thread for more details.
December 16, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Just one week ago, we talked about how Microsoft was contemplating axing licensing fees on its Windows Phone and Windows RT OSes in order to help spur adoption and exposure to Microsoft services and advertising. As it turns out, that’s not the only big shakeup Microsoft has in mind with regards to its mobile OSes. While no details have yet been officially released, sources have revealed to The Verge that the next version of the OS will pack some major (and much needed) additions.
The most long overdue feature addition that is likely to appear in Windows Phone 8.1″Blue” is a notification center. Unlike Android and iOS, Windows Phone currently has no centralized place for notifications to be read, acted on, and dismissed. But in internal Windows Phone 8.1 betas, a new notification system is present. This notification system is two part: a short swipe from the top exposes quick device settings, whereas a longer swipe from the top displays your full notification history.
In addition to the notification center, WP8.1 is also rumored to feature the “Cortana” digital assistant. Allegedly, this has already been in testing for months, and it is set to replace the current system-wide Bing search. It will also likely feature location-aware automatic reminder capabilities such as what’s already present in Google Now.
Finally a few other small tweaks are set to appear in WP 8.1 such as on-screen navigation buttons (seen in the mockup image courtesy of Evleaks and TheVerge), smart search results similar to what is already present in Windows 8.1, VPN support, independent volume controls for media playback and ringtone volume, and the separation of Xbox Music and Xbox Video. The company is also reportedly planning on allowing social media apps to interface with its People hub to an even greater degree.
Microsoft certainly has some rather large tweaks in store for Windows Phone. Regardless of what happens with the licensing fees, Windows Phone looks like it is about to catch its second wind. Do all these new tweaks make the prospect of owning a Windows Phone more appealing to you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
XDA is known for its excellent Android device development. From custom ROMs to great apps, XDA is one of the largest Android development sites in the world. However, we aren’t a one trick pony. There are members of the XDA community who toil away in the challenging landscape that is Windows Phone 8.
In the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem, there are three primary OEMs producing devices: HTC, Nokia, and Samsung. The benefit (or drawback) of large manufacturers is that they always have their own set of proprietary apps. Sometimes these apps are useful, and sometimes they are not.
The drawback with all apps though, is they need to be updated. Sometimes you don’t always get your update notifications, or you may have to jump through hoops for the OEM apps. XDA Retired Moderator herg62123 has a solution for your Nokia or Samsung Apps. His apps (Nokia App Updates and Samsung App Updates) make quick and simple work of making sure that your OEM provided apps are up to date. This simple process should be called “herg-a-fying” your apps.
To get your copy of these apps or to learn more, check out the application thread.
September 13, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Suddenly, a potentially leaked image of Windows Phone 8.1 appears. Jordan uses skepticism. It’s super effective. Jordan also covers all the important stories from XDA this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about the interop unlock for Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices and news about Xposed Framework being updated.
Jordan also talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video talking about unlocking your screen with LockScreen One Touch, TK gave us an Android App Review of SoundSeeder, and later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Showtime. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 9, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
If you’re an aficionado of Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, you are more than likely waiting on the edge of your seat for Windows Phone 8.1 Blue. To whet your appetite further, XDA Forum Member when im gone “found” an SD card with a blurrycam image of what appears to be Windows Phone 8.1 Blue running on a Nokia Lumia 620. From his original post:
i found a SD Card and this photo was in it
who can confirm if this is wp8.1 or GDR3 ??
If you look closely, you’ll see an interesting asterisk in the status bar and mail tile, corresponding with rumors of a notification center in 8.1. Unfortunately though, when im gone hasn’t been able to recover any additional data. And the EXIF data has been wiped from the JPG image. Furthermore, it’s incredibly easy to fake a shot like this. However, given what we’ve seen in the GDR3 leak, anything’s possible.
Head over to the original thread to get in on the discussion and share your opinions.
[Thanks to User Experience Admin svetius for the tip!]
September 6, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
It is no secret that development on Windows Phone 8 is but a shadow of what it once was on Microsoft’s older mobile operating system. Be it because of smaller market share, more security features, or simply less of a need to modify the OS thanks to the already streamlined and speedy interface; Windows Phone development has taken somewhat of a backseat to Google’s juggernaut.
Luckily, things are about to get exciting, as XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has just achieved interop unlock on his Samsung Ativ S running Windows Phone 8. For those who don’t remember, Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has an extensive history of Windows Phone development. Thus, it should come as no surprise that some of WP8′s limitations would fall at his hands.
Unfortunately, GoodDayToDie’s method currently relies on the Samsung diagnosis app. What this means is that for interop unlock to work on other (non-Samsung) devices, either this app must be loaded onto the device somehow or a similar vulnerability must be found. However, this is still an encouraging start, and given GoodDayToDie’s extensive track record, Windows Phone 8 users are clearly in good hands.
August 8, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Back when Windows Mobile ruled the roost in the pre-iPhone days of yesteryear, registry modification was quite a common means of device tweaking. This should come as no surprise, as such modifications have been commonplace for quite some time on the Windows platform on traditional computers. This process then continued onto Windows Phone 7.
Thanks to efforts by XDA Recognized Developer snickler, this is now possible for Nokia devices running Windows Phone 8. A couple of important notes to keep in mind, however, are that in the current release only HKLM (HKey_Local_Machine) is accessible. The other limitation is that currently, users cannot change dword values. Because of the dword limitation, changes to MaxUnsignedApp will not be saved. That said, progress towards that end can be made through Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie‘s WP8 Native Access project.
Using the registry editor is extremely simple, as described by the developer:
To Read Values:
1) Put the Registry key in the first box (ex. SOFTWARE\Classes\MIME\Database\Codepage\1254
2) Put the Registry Value in the second box (ex. 1254)
3) Press Get Value.
To Set Values:
1) Put the Registry key in the first box (ex. SOFTWARE\Classes\MIME\Database\Codepage\1254
2) Put the Registry Value in the second box (ex. 1254)
3) Put the new registry value result in the Set Value box.
4) Press Set Value.
Head over to the original thread to get started with the registry tweaking.
Objectively, there’s no question that Microsoft’s latest and greatest faces less app and feature fragmentation when compared with everyone’s favorite green robot. That said, the ecosystem isn’t entirely the same across devices. One such example is in OEM-supplied proprietary apps. While Nokia Maps (or HERE, if you wish) is now available on all Windows Phone 8 devices, not all OEM-specific apps are so universal. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re forced to live with that.
Thanks to XDA Senior Member xdevilium, you can now easily install all Nokia, HTC, and LG Apps on any WP8 device. How does it work? Xdevilium’s contribution is a simple app that configures the free web debugging tool Fiddler2 to change your device’s apparent brand to one of the built in options, including LG, Nokia, HTC, and Samsung.
However, one thing to keep in mind that you should stick to applications meant for your device’s native resolution, as straying away from that could cause issues with installation or further down the line.
Getting started is just a few clicks away in the original thread.