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cloudmuzik

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. Steve shows off the application and gives his thoughts on its functionality and uses. Be sure to check out this app review.

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Guide to Unbranding Your HTC 8X

February 15, 2013   By:

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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 bugbears that power users have with the Windows Phone platform is the lack of custom firmwares for many devices. Some are effectively stuck on whichever carrier branded ROM the phone is shipped with. Thankfully for 8X users though, XDA Elite Recognized Developer xboxmod has devised a way to unbrand the device and install an unmodified stock HTC firmware. The process is applicable to all PM232***/c620e devices with a bootloader of version 162966 or below. This method bypasses the CID check and can also fix a bad flash or bootloop, so it may be handy to know even if you have no intention of unbranding.

You’ll need a few things before you start, namely a Y cable, SD card or flash drive, and the appropriate .nbh files provided in the guide thread. After that, it’s essentially a case of flashing the right thing in the right order. Once complete, you should have a fresh ROM free of any carrier enforced bloatware.

Check out the forum thread for more information.

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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, this release is much more complete with much fewer bugs. The features include:

The application supports the following:
Full Library support
Full Refresh of music library
Refresh of latest songs uploaded
Playlist support
Social sharing of current song
Repeat and Shuffle capabilities
Pinning of Artist, Album, Playlist and Genre to Start
Background Audio
Local song caching

So if you have a Google Music account with a whole bunch of songs, then this is the application you’re looking for. There have already been a couple of updates, so many of the initial bugs and issues have already been fixed, and a few extra features have been added. Just like the release for WP7, the WP8 version is also available in the Windows App Store.

For more info, check out the CloudMuzik thread.

NewsSpot

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 of any good Google Reader app, like two-way syncing and offline reading options. Here are some of the other features:

- Gorgeous live tiles with headings and images
- Full lock screen integration
- Read whole articles in a beautiful Readability™ view
- Open YouTube or Marketplace links from within the application
- Change the read or starred status of an article within a list by using our quick actions
- Swipe or tap while viewing article to display the next or previous one
- Choose from three different themes: light, dark and golden white

The app has received fantastic reviews so far, and there haven’t been any bugs reported. If you’re an avid Google Reader user who has a WP8 device, this is definitely an application to check out.

For more details, go to the NewsSpot thread.

quakeisawesome

Quake is one of the quintessential shooters of the 90s. Pretty much everyone with a computer who was into gaming played it, one of its sequels, or at least knew a lot about it. The biggest LAN party of the year is named after Quake. Now, the shooter classic is available for Windows Phone 8 in the form of a port that was built from source and uses OpenGL graphics library.

The open source glQuake is essentially like the original Quake, except it’s built to take full advantage of OpenGL hardware acceleration. Of course, the proprietary paks have been removed and replaced with open source variants, but the experience is still pretty similar. XDA Recognized Developer sensboston compiled it for Windows Phone 8 devices based on the work done by jmarshall23 over at the Microsoft forums.

The game is a little buggy, and things aren’t 100% just yet, but it is very playable for those who want to enjoy Quake on their WP8 devices. There are also a lot of quirks. For instance, if you want to play the first level, you must add map e1m1 to the autoexec.cfg before playing, then change it to map e1m2 to play the next level. So the average gamer may wish to hold off for a little bit. Those who own the original game may replace the open source paks with the original, full version ones for the complete level set.

To learn more, check out the glQuake thread.

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Not too long ago, we named the HTC Windows Phone 8X our Windows Phone of the Year for 2012. However, at the time, the device didn’t yet have its own home on our forums. Now, the Windows Phone 8X and its smaller sibling, the 8S, both have their own forums on XDA.

The Windows Phone 8X is HTC’s latest flagship Windows phone device. Packing a 720p 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a gig of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage, the device keeps pace with other flagship phones available at launch. Aside from the specs, the device features an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and an aesthetically pleasing casing coming in at just 130 grams and 10 mm thickness.

Coming in as the little brother to the HTC Windows Phone 8X, the 8S shows its lineage by packing a powerful punch in an aesthetically appealing package. The device features a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4-inch WVGA display, half a gig of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a 5 MP camera, and a 1700 mAh battery.

Eager to join in on the discussion? Head over to the newly created forums to get started!

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Have you ever seen those horror films, where the monsters simply refuse to die regardless of what is thrown at them? They simply keep getting up and up and up, and refuse to stay down. That is kinda the story going on with the last Windows Mobile device from HTC, the ever lasting and eternal HTC HD2. This device has seen more OS types and versions passing through it than most other devices on XDA combined. The ports have gone from Android to Ubuntu and other Linux distros as well, Meego, and all versions of WP7, including 7.5 and 7.8, which happened just recently. Much as the saying goes, the sky is the limit. So our devs keep pushing the boundaries of this not-so-little device, just to see how far it will go. The latest result for this push is no other than Windows Phone 8 booting on it.

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla once again proves that there is no such thing as limited power in hardware, when you have the right code. He, along with many other devs, managed to get Windows Phone 8 to run on a device that was not meant to go past WM6.5. As you may expect however, the port is barely functional, meaning nothing works. The dev simply posted pictures of the screens as a proof of concept, and not an actual release. So if you were thinking about running this on your HD2 anytime soon, you can more than likely scrap that idea. Lots of work is still required for anyone to even be able to run this properly. Moreover, since most of the latest RUUs from Microsoft have very high level encryption, the process is much harder now than it was with the leak that they have working on the device.

Please do not lose hope, but on the same token, don’t ask for ETAs. We all know how unwelcome that can be.

For now it’s actually just a proof of concept.
I honestly dunno how far it can goes forward; a lot of problems appear and not sure will be it’s possible to solve them.
And not only to solve them, but get an acceptable user experience 

It was implied as “a crazy experiment” at the start up time 

For now it’s implemented only few functionality like SD card, screen output, touch screen input.
All other things are not working. I won’t add “YET” it can be very hard to get some things to work.
and DFT didn’t yet decided about future developments in that direction.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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[Thanks poynesa and JimmyMcGee for the tip]

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If you use a Windows Phone 7 device, chances are you’ve heard about XDA Senior Member eizsoft’s Amazing Weather application. Having used it myself, I can attest to the quality of the application and its intuitive design. However, it seems eizsoft isn’t resting on his laurel, as a new beta has opened for Amazing Weather HD on Windows Phone 8!

Even though it’s in Beta, the application is full featured and includes:

- Support for WIDE, MEDIUM, SMALL live tiles.
- Beta Arabic support, still not LTR.
- Enhanced Animations.
- Added new clear Animations.
- HD Animations.
- Enhanced Live tile realistic images.
- Re Designed settings.
- Bug fixes.

Granted you’ll have to email the developer in order to gain access to it, and feedback/input is requested, but if you’re looking to up the ante on your newly purchased Windows Phone 8 device, head over to the original thread and give this a spin.

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Earlier today, we announced that the world got its first glimpse/leak of Windows Phone 8. As a result, WIndows Phone enthusiasts all over the world are revving up and anxiously awaiting for the release of the hardware. However, since existing developers want to get a head start on porting the old WP7 apps to WP8, and creating new ones as well, Microsoft has decided to release its SDK for this platform. Now devs have something to play with until the new devices are available to the outside world.

Having seen this pop up on the web, XDA Recognized Developer pdaimatejam decided to create a new thread describing this new SDK, what it can do, what is used for and more. This comes in a DVD-burnable ISO, which can also be mounted on a virtual drive (in case you do not feel like wasting a perfectly good DVD). The dev also goes on to state that it is not required to uninstall older WP SDKs due to the way this installs on your PC.

One thing worth mentioning is that the new SDK requires a PC loaded with Windows 8 as well as a processor equipped with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). If you meet the requirements and were waiting for this to come out, now is your chance to dive in. Make sure you check out the documentation as well.

The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 8.0 provides you with the tools that you need to develop apps and games for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Not too long ago, we witnessed the surfacing of the first WP7.8 leaks on XDA. As a result, virtually every WP7 device featured here that could be flashed with a custom ROM (due to being fully unlocked, HSPL’d, etc) enjoyed a slew of new ROMs. Many devs have not been swayed away at the thought of WP7′s impending demise, and have stayed behind trying to make the best out of the very capable HW used for WP7 phones. Since we are getting very close to WP8′s actual release, we cannot help but wonder: Will our current devices be able to unofficially enjoy this new OS, or will we have to “bite the bullet” and go along with Microsoft’s wishes for you to buy new hardware to enjoy the new OS?

There are many possible angles to attack these questions, but historically, the only limit to the imagination of our developers has been ridiculous differences in hardware requirements. And even still, some oldies are still fighting the good fight. For those devices that are not meant to die just yet and want to try the new OS, XDA Recognized Contributor Football leaked the brand new HTC 8X RUU. The system, of course, is far from being a useful ROM to flash on any device not meant for this. However, once a few devs get their hands on this software, this may very well change.

Please make sure that, unless you absolutely know what you are doing, you do not try to flash this on your current device or else you run the likely risk of killing your phone. Other than that, for those of you who stayed behind with your unlocked WP7 devices, your patience has just paid off!

Here available RUU for HTC Accord aka 8X

You can find more information in the original thread.

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shutdown

In this day and age, talking about registry changes and modifications on XDA sounds like a flashback to the very, very distant past. After all, unless you are fully unlocked or at the very least interopunlocked, WP7 will not let you anywhere near close this magical pool of resources to make your device better. With the advent of Windows 8, people have been working hard throughout the net to make the new upcoming computer and tablet-friendly OS more usable and to customize it to everyone’s liking. If you are into modding your Windows 8 wielding laptop, here is a fun tweak that you can try.

XDA Forum Member SkyKOG posted a very easy guide to add a very important missing option to the right click context menu: the ability to shut down or reboot the device. This will actually save you from having to navigate yourself through the “Charms Bar.” As if the guide were not easy enough to follow, the dev was kind enough to upload a .reg file with the change already made for those of you who are not familiar with regedit or who are simply too lazy to actually do it yourselves.

We strongly recommend that you make a backup of your current registry, just in case you decide to go around messing with the computer’s internals without knowing what you are doing. This will definitely save you from having to go through a time consuming OS repair process should something go wrong. Please leave some feedback if you have any.

Shutdown and Restart in your right click context menu

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Nokia Microsoft Windows Mobile Event

Yesterday was a major day for the smartphone industry, as Microsoft and Nokia teamed up to reveal Windows Phone 8 and the newest Nokia Lumia devices running the platform. Missed out on all the buzz? We’ve got you covered!

The Windows Phone event was more about Nokia than about Microsoft, with key focus being on Nokia’s contribution to the Windows Phone platform.  However, throughout the event, a lot of new features being introduced in Windows Phone 8 were revealed. So let’s begin with the platform first, and move on to the devices after.

Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8

The latest version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system boasts an impressive array of features, including:

  • New small tiles
  • Tiles are resizable into large, medium and small
  • People Hub aggregates text messages, Facebook messages and Facebook posts
  • C0mmon code base with Windows 8 for easy app development and portability across PCs, tablets and phones
  • WP8 will run all WP7 apps
  • Better tab support in IE10
  • Better HTML5 support, including the ability to pin web apps and even their parts to start screen
  • Native screenshot support using Home+Power keys
  • Easy sharing via email, messaging, social networks and cloud storage
  • Pinch-to-zoom in camera replacing the old zoom bar
  • Deeply integrated Lenses apps for camera to expand upon its capabilities
  • Auto-upload of full-res photos to SkyDrive
  • Skype integration
  • Arabic (and probably other right-to-left) languages support
  • Full encryption and DRM support

As you can see, many of these features confirm what had planned for Windows Phone 8 earlier in January. Perhaps the most impressive announcement made about the Windows Phone platform is the availability of over 100,000 apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The rest of the Windows Phone 8 features are to be revealed over the course of the coming month.

Nokia Location Services

Nokia Location Services

Full, deep integration of Nokia’s location and mapping platform into Windows Phone 8 was announced. The features include:

  • Fully offline voice navigation out of the box,
  • Indoor maps
  • Nokia Drive and Transport
  • Nokia City Lens offering names of restaurants, cafes and similar public places around you on your map
  • Augmented Reality mode, providing address and phone number information on-screen for public places

It wasn’t made clear whether these features will be fully integrated across all Windows Phone 8 devices, or remain exclusive to Nokia’s WP8 devices.

As expected, two new Lumia series Windows Phone 8 devices were revealed. Let’s take a look at them:

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

The much-anticipated Lumia 920 is finally official, and here are the specs:

  • 4.5″ curved glass PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack 1280×768 pixels display
  • Synaptics Super-sensitive touch screen, enabling use through gloves
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Wireless charging using the Qi standard
  • NFC
  • 8.7 Megapixel PureView camera:
    • Carl Zeiss optics
    • Eider aperture
    • Increased shutter exposure time
    • Optical image stabilization using springs around the camera assembly
    • 1080p video recording
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • Scratch-proof screen and body
  • Integrated NFC
  • Slate gray, red and yellow, white and black color options

Several exclusive Lumia apps were also announced. These include:

  • Nokia City Lens
  • Smart Shoot lens: Takes multiple pictures and removes moving objects automatically or with taps
  • Cinemagraph Lens: Lets you make animated images using sequences of photos
  • Angry Birds Roost: A hub for Angry Birds games, ringtone and wallpapers

Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 820

The smaller sibling of the 920, the 820 is powered by the same processor and RAM as the 920, but differs in some others pecs

  • 4.3″ 800×480 WVGA OLED display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 8 Megapixel camera
  • Nokia location services
  • NFC
  • 1,650mAh removable battery
  • 3 types of swappable skin shells: cosmetic, protective and wireless charging

Lumia 820 will also receive Lumia exclusive apps, though it wasn’t made clear if all of those mentioned for the 920 would be made available for it. No launch dates or pricing were announced for either of the devices, though it was mentioned that they will be released in select markets in Q4 2012.

There were also several wireless charging accessories announced for the devices including a Fatboy pillow charger, JBL Speaker Stand with both charging and NFC, and wireless charger night stand. A few partners offering wireless charging facilities were also announced, including Virgin Atlantic, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the latter offering charging plates on tables at their outlets. The NFC enabled Nokia Music app is now available in Windows Phone Marketplace, though it isn’t clear if it is intended for Nokia devices only, or all Windows Phone devices.

The event’s full video can be found on Nokia’s website, although it seems to be undergoing technical difficulties at the moment.

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Back in October of 2010, Microsoft unleashed the latest chapter in its mobile strategy with the release of Windows Phone 7. A dramatic departure from the look and feel of its predecessor, Windows Phone 7′s radically different Metro UI was widely regarded as well ahead of its time.

Nearly two years later and despite recent their recent alliance with Nokia, Windows Phone 7 hardware has in some regards grown a bit long in the tooth. Still featuring single core processors and relatively low resolution WVGA displays, Windows Phone 7 devices were having difficulty competing in the (often pointless) specs race against the Android Army. To help alleviate this, Windows Phone 8 will feature support for multi-core processors and 3 screen resolutions—WVGA (800 x 480), WXGA (1280 x 768), and 720p (1280 x 720). Furthermore, Windows Phone 8 will finally support removable SD storage. However, hardware specifications are only a piece of the puzzle.

While the user interface was wildly different from what Microsoft had done previously with Windows Mobile 6, Windows Phone 7 was still based on the same core OS—Windows CE. Windows Phone 8 changes this thanks to a shared Windows Core. This means that all versions of Windows will feature the same kernel, and thus have much of the same networking and multimedia support. This should also enable more consumer choice in terms of hardware and attached devices.

Applications also stand to improve thanks to the shared Windows Core because porting existing Windows software to Windows Phone 8 will supposedly only require minimal code changes. In fact, the Shared Native API Set includes Graphics, Audio, Media, File System, Networking, Input, Commerce, Base Types, and Sensors.

The clean break with Windows CE is not without its own casualties, however. Unfortunately for current Windows Phone 7 users, Windows Phone 8 will not run on legacy hardware.

On the software side, Windows Phone 8 will ship with Internet Explorer 10, Nokia Map technology, and Microsoft Office. Windows Phone 8 will also support an integrated wallet experience using NFC technology and an ISIS back-end. The home screen will also sport a few changes, bringing increased customization to end users. Multitasking has been upgraded as well, allowing background location for navigation apps and deep integration for VoIP. And finally, all current Windows Phone 7.5 apps will run on Windows Phone 8.

Can’t wait to get your hands on one? With Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface also on the horizon, we don’t blame you. Join in on the discussion in our newly created Windows Phone 8 forum!

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