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Samantha · Aug 11, 2014

Manage Google Tasks on Windows Phone 8 with GTasker

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...

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Samantha · Aug 9, 2014

Create a Shopping List by Speaking to Your WP8 Device with Speech Shopper

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...

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Samantha · Aug 8, 2014

OneStart Spices Up Your Windows Phone 8.1 UI with Color

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...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 6, 2014

How to Download and Flash All Nokia Lumia WP8 Stock ROMs

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...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 2, 2014

Microsoft Build 2014: Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana and Action Center, Windows to Bring Back Start Menu

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. (more…)

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Samantha · Feb 26, 2014

Track Who Owes What with Who’s Got My Stuff for WP8

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...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 16, 2013

Windows Phone 8.1 to Receive Major Facelift Including Notification Center, “Cortana” Voice Assistant, Virtual Buttons

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 15, 2013

Nokia and Samsung WP8 App Updates Made Simple

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 13, 2013

Fixing 2013 Nexus 7 Button Issues, Windows Phone 8.1 Leaked? – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 9, 2013

Potential Leaked Image of Windows Phone 8.1 Appears

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: Hey ppl i found a SD Card and this photo was in it who can confirm if this...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 6, 2013

Interop Unlock for the Samsung Ativ S on Windows Phone 8!

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...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 8, 2013

Tweak Your Lumia WP8 Device with Lumia Registry Modifier

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 16, 2013

Install OEM-Specific Apps on Any WP8 Device

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,...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 11, 2013

Access Your Mobile File System via LAN on WP8

Back on Windows Phone 7, XDA Recognized Developer fiinix released an interesting web server app that allowed users to browse their mobile file system through a LAN. Following up on this, Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has created a similar application for Windows Phone 8, WP8 File Access Webserver. As with its spiritual predecessor by fiinix, GoodDayToDie's app enumerates files visible to the sandbox, and it also allows users to download them. Getting started is fairly simple. All you have to do is sideload the app,...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 19, 2013

Microsoft to End Support for WP7.8 and WP8 in 2014

Microsoft announced earlier this week their plans to officially stop supporting both Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 in the second half of 2014. Due to some rather unfortunate release dates and the fixed eighteen month product life cycle, it seems that the more advanced WP8 will actually cease to be officially supported before 7.8. Now, when I say that Microsoft "announced" their plans to end support for the two operating systems, that's not entirely accurate. What they actually...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 19, 2013

Why I Switched (Back) to Android? – XDA Developer TV

If you've seen XDA Developer TV Producer Steve’s last couple of videos, than you know he’s been using Windows Phone. He reviewed an app for Windows Phone for Google Music called CloudMuzik, and then he reviewed an e-reader called Freda. However, his satisfaction with Windows Phone has waned, and he is switching back to Android. Steve takes the time to explain why Windows Phone is not the operating system for him. He shares his frustration and quirks he experienced with...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 6, 2013

Windows Phone App Review: Google Music on Windows Phone with CloudMuzik – XDA Developer TV

Windows Phone has a small, but present market share. The market share is unfortunately not enough to garner the attention of a lot of large app developers, including Google. So if you have music from Google Music how are you going to access it on a Windows Phone Device? XDA Recognized Developer snickler has an app that allows you to access your Google Music on a Windows Phone Device. In this video, newcomer and XDA Developer TV Producer Steve reviews CloudMuzik....

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Conan Troutman · Feb 15, 2013

Guide to Unbranding Your HTC 8X

Say what you wish about HTC and their recent shenanigans, but despite their recently announced and frankly staggering drop in profits, they still make devices that many people cannot wait to get their hands on. They usually follow this up by releasing another version with a random letter placed at the end of its name. Jokes aside, their latest flagship Windows Phone device, the HTC 8X, was no exception and proved to be a hit with WP users. One of the biggest...

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Former Writer · Jan 15, 2013

CloudMuzik Ported to Windows Phone 8, Brings Google Music

Windows Phone 7 enthusiasts may remember an application called CloudMuzik. It was a Google Music client for WP7 that was essential for Google Music fans running the platform because there were no other options. It had some limitations, but was overall a very useful and welcome application. Now, Windows Phone 8 users have access as well. XDA Recognized Developer snickler, who also released the app for WP7, released the app for WP8 as well. Unlike the early releases for WP7,...

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Former Writer · Jan 13, 2013

NewsSpot for WP8 Brings Full-Featured Google Reader Experience

There are quite a few Google Reader apps for Android, but this is not always the case on other mobile platforms. It's well know that if Windows Phone 8 is going to succeed, either Microsoft or third-party developers will have to plug gaping holes in its app library---like for instance, limited Google Reader app choices. Now, WP8 has quite a good option. XDA Forum Member FourSpotProject posted about NewsSpot, a Google Reader client for Windows Phone 8. It has the usual features...

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