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Jimmy McGee · Jan 5, 2015

Android, Firefox OS & Windows Phone on One Alcatel Device – XDA TV

Alcatel released a device that can run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is Xiaomi releasing the kernel source for the Redmi 1S and bypassing storage restrictions for the Nexus S! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK showed...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 3, 2015

Alcatel Announces Phones Able to Run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone

Most personal computers can run multiple operating systems right out of the box. However, things get a bit trickier when considering smartphones. Only a few devices can run more than one OS and this is usually achieved through some really advanced reverse engineering and hacking. Alcatel, which recently acquired the Palm brand, has started the year with a big announcement. The OEM is going to release its new Pixi 3 phone series able to run three operating systems independently: Android, Windows Phone, and...

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Samantha · Aug 10, 2014

Project and Record Your WP8 Screen to your PC with Open Source Client

A couple of months ago, Microsoft released Project My Screen for Windows Phone devices. This app, as its name suggests, lets you project the screen of your WP device onto an external display, such as your PC monitor. Requiring you to connect the devices with a USB cable, this was offered as a solution for those who were not able to do the same wirelessly. Project My Screen is a welcomed app for anyone who wants to view their phone’s screen on...

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Conan Troutman · May 25, 2014

View Additional Fonts on Windows Phone 7.x

We've all seen that little empty box before. You know, the one that signifies a missing or unsupported font on your current device. This might not be quite so common for those of you out there with English as a first language, but for others with less commonly used native languages, this can be a frequent and frustrating issue. This problem seems to be quite an issue for many Windows Phone 7.x users including XDA Forum Member adeen-s. But rather than sit back...

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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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Will Verduzco · Dec 11, 2013

Microsoft Considering Free Versions of Windows Phone and RT: Too Little, Too Late?

It's no secret that despite their previous successes in both the mobile and traditional computing spaces, Microsoft's market performance as of late has been lackluster. And while sales for all of their platforms are currently suffering to a degree, it's really only Windows Phone and Windows RT that are in serious trouble. Why have these two OSes struggled to gain any sort of traction? Part of this is due to the confusion of simply offering too many different versions. But that's not...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 4, 2013

Leading Online File Host HotFile Shut Down Permanently

HotFile.com is one of the most widely used file sharing companies, and one that has proven popular among various XDA users to distribute development works. Now, it has been shut down permanently, and their owners have to pay $80 milion, as part of a settlement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Hotfile was initially accused of piracy in 2011, when the trial begun. The MPAA requested Hotfile to pay $500 million in compensation to the movie industries affected by warez hosting....

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Samantha · Nov 26, 2013

Microsoft Doesn’t Want Three Windows OS Versions

Which company has not one, not two, but three operating systems being actively developed at the same time? Microsoft does, and they're getting tired of it. The strongest suggestion of this comes with Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green's statement that "We [Microsoft] have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're not going to have three," at the UBS Global Technology Summit last week. The straightness of the statement strongly hints at a potential axing...

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jerdog · Nov 14, 2013

XDA Partners on Developer Economics Survey with VisionMobile

Trends in any industry are very important, from identifying which hamburgers people are buying to how quickly until the next pop star goes insane on international TV. The mobile app development industry is no different, with many important metrics helping to provide developers with the information necessary to shape their attention for the upcoming months. XDA was founded for developers by developers, and we take our developers seriously. It is for this very reason that we have partnered with VisionMobile...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 10, 2013

Interop Unlock for Samsung Windows Phone 8 Devices

A few days ago, we wrote about the interop unlock achieved by XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie on his Samsung Ativ S running Windows Phone 8. At the time, however, there was no guide / procedures thread for users to follow in GoodDayToDie's footsteps. However, good things come to those who wait, as the product of GoodDayToDie's and Senior Member -W_O_L_F-'s work is now clearly described. If you're new to Windows Phone, you may be wondering what exactly you can do with interop-unlock....

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Jimmy McGee · May 10, 2013

CyanogenMod 10.1.0 RC1 Released, Update Your WP Device to 7.8, FireFox OS on HTC HD2 – XDA Developer TV

CyanogenMod 10.1.0 RC1 has been released for various devices. That story and more are covered by Kevin, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the Windows Phone 7.8 updater tool Sharp7Eighter and FireFox OS making an appearance on the juggernaut device, the HTC HD2. Kevin talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve talked about unlocking the bootlader of the new HTC One,...

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Conan Troutman · May 7, 2013

Update Your WP Device to 7.8 with Sharp7Eighter

Although much of our news here on the Portal revolves around the Android ecosystem, there is still a healthy development community catering to the needs of all things Windows. Whether it's RT, Windows Phone, or even Windows Mobile; people are using these platforms, people are developing for them, and they will continue to do so long after the OEMs and Microsoft cease to. A prime example of this is a utility called Sharp7Eighter by XDA Forum Member lesmo_sft. The purpose...

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Jimmy McGee · May 2, 2013

Popular Third Party Browsers for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Compared! – XDA Developer TV

XDA Senior Member anthonycr has created a great Android browser to replace the standard app. His application is called Lightning Browser. How does his application compare to similar apps on other mobile operating systems like UC Browser for Windows Phone and Mercury Browser on iOS? In this episode XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you these applications side by side by side. He shows you what they look like and he pits them against each other to see which one is the...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 16, 2013

Which Mobile OS has the Best Podcasting App: Android, iOS, or Windows Phone? – XDA Developer TV

XDA Forum Member bambou51 has created a great Android application to handle organizing your Podcasts. His application is called Podcast Addict. How does his application compare to similar apps on other mobile operating systems like WPodder for Windows Phone and Podcasts on iOS? In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you these applications side by side-by-side. He shows you what they look like and he pits them against each other to see what one is the best and will...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 9, 2013

App Shootout: Instagram for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone – XDA Developer TV

Recently, we talked about the differences between the Facebook App and the Twitter App on Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. We looked at their differences and similarities, and if they even have the same functionality. Today, we continue to examine these questions. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you the native Instagram apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. He shows you how they look and talks about the differences, if any. So if you've ever wondered, check this...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 6, 2013

App Shootout: Twitter for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone – XDA Developer TV

Recently, we talked about the differences in the Facebook app on Windows Phone, Android, and iPhones. We looked at the differences, whether they were the same, and if they even have the same functionality. Today we continue to ask these questions. In this episode XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you the native Twitter apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. He shows you how they look and talks about the differences, if any, between the apps. So if you ever wondered how they...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 26, 2013

App Shootout: Facebook for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone – XDA Developer TV

Some people say that the real difference between Windows Phone handsets, Android handsets, and iPhones are the apps. We at XDA know this isn't true; there are hardware differences. However, how different are the apps? Are they the same? Are they completely different? Do they even have the same functionality? In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you the native Facebook apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. He shows you how they look, and talks about the differences (if...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 24, 2013

VoiceTranslator For Windows Phone Receives Both Updates And Some Well Deserved Recognition

Going back what seems like eons in Internet time, we brought you news of a rather useful little application for Windows Phone 7 called VoiceTranslator by XDA Recognized Developer sensboston. In the time that's passed, not only has the application been continually developed, but has also made it through to the final 64 of the Windows Phone Next App Star Contest. The idea behind the app is simple, you talk into it, choose which language you'd like the speech translated into,...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 22, 2013

CASUAL Windows / Mac OSX Major Update and Windows Phone 8 Sunset in 2014 – XDA Developer TV

XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler has updated CASUAL for the Verizon Galaxy Note II and the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the article about the deodexing and odexing converter. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve gives his explanation for switching Back to Android, XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 12, 2013

Windows Phone App Review: Sideload eBooks on Windows Phone with Freda – XDA Developer TV

Some people like to have their eBooks on a separate device, like a Kindle Fire HD. Some people like to use a dedicated e-reader app on their mobile devices. There are many different places to get eBooks. And sometimes, you just want an app that allows you to sideload your own eBooks. XDA Senior Memeber Jim Chapman has an app that allows you to access eBooks from many different sources, as well as side load them to your devices. In this...

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