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Posts Tagged: Windows Phone 8

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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, connect to LAN, run the application, and point the client web browser (on the same LAN) to the phone’s internal IP address. Once in the index page, enter your desired path into the text box and click Get Files to access the file list. After you have the file list, click any file to download it.

The app is still under heavy development, and as you would expect, there are a few quirks that users must deal with if they want to play with this as it’s being developed. For instance, there is currently no way to tell the difference between a file and a folder in the list view. Also, occasional errors and exceptions are to be expected while GoodDayToDie finishes adding polish. However, for those who can’t wait and wish to give this a try, there is no reason why not.

Want to know the best part? GoodDayToDie has made this fully open source, with the sources available in the thread OP. Head over to the original thread to get started.

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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 did was to quietly slip the information into their support page.

The resulting news created a certain amount of confusion and in some cases anger among users of the platform, especially those who may have recently purchased a device on a two year contract, only to find out that their device will no longer be supported after three quarters of the new contract’s duration. Even so, this is an improvement on their announcement of the lack of upgrade path from Windows Phone 7 to 8.

Chances are that more recently purchased devices will have already been upgraded to a newer version of Microsoft’s mobile offering by the time the support officially ends, and the initial concerns voiced by some are unfounded. It’s already known that there is no clear upgrade path from Windows Phone 7 to 8, with the rather awkwardly named 7.8 being something of a stopgap to curb the resentment of early adopters who would need to purchase a new device to see the full benefits of WP8, but little is known about the plans to advance on the latest version of the OS. It would be highly surprising though to find out that current devices will be receiving few or no updates.

I guess it’s possible that MS will throw in the towel when it comes to mobile operating systems, but let’s be honest, that is highly unlikely. It surely won’t be long now until we begin hearing speculation of which direction the latest incarnation of WP will take. When we’ll actually hear from Microsoft themselves though, is another thing altogether.

 

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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 Windows Phone. Check this video out.

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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.

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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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