September 7, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan returns to cover all the news you need to know to keep you updated. Jordan talks about the highlights from the Nokia and Windows Phone Event and Motorola Event. Jordan mentions the other great videos released this week from other XDA Developer TV Producers. Lance released his second episode of how to build a Windows Phone App and TK released his latest app review for Around Sound.
In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the AOKP nightlies for the Nexus 7. And in CyanogenMod news, Jordan mentions Xperia Acro S device getting CyangenMod 10 and 9. Also, mentioned is the Epic 4G getting CyanogenMod 10 nightlies. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 4, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
We recently began a series showing you around Windows Phone application creation. Part One talked about using NuGet. Now, XDA Developer TV Lance is here to start you off by showing you how to use OAuth.
OAuth is a security method used to ensure a secure connection to an API using a third party service. Did we mention it is secure? Using OAuth permits the end user to see or agree to a specified third party request and what type of access they need for the service or app to be functional. Typical uses would be to post your high score to Facebook or Twitter in a game or access your friends list in an application.
August 21, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
If you are an avid viewer of XDA Developer TV, you know that we have been releasing some videos regarding building apps for the Android operating system. Also, according to a recent article, Windows Phone market share has grown from 1.6% to 2.7% over the past year. With that phenomenal growth in mind, we present our series on building a Windows Phone app.
Newcomer to XDA Developer TV Lance is here to start you off by showing you how to use NuGet with Visual Studio. NuGet is a package manager with a repository that allows you to type and click to install any specified project or package into your app. So get your white collared shirts on, and watch this video.
August 14, 2012 By: Pulser_G2
Here at XDA, we tend to use the Portal to help you discover some of the amazing development that goes on which you may not have noticed. On this occasion, we’re going to take a quick deviation from this to bring you some thoughts on the impact that smartphones have had on wider society, outwith the confines of the development community.
Lately, no matter where you get your news from, chances are you’ve noticed an increase in the amount of photographs and videos taken from smartphones. In days gone by, journalists would use their network of contacts and associates to try to find out what was going on in the world. If nothing was happening, they’d look for news and report back to their office. However with the advent of the smartphone, things have taken an interesting turn. The public is more readily connected than ever before, able to supply footage and photographs from events around the world.
While events in Syria unfold, the first pictures available came from activists on the ground. Using smartphones to capture photographs and videos, smartphone users then made them available for the world to see via services we are all familiar with including YouTube, Picasa. and Flickr. These photos can find their way into the mainstream news within a matter of hours of being posted! In a sense, it’s much harder now to prevent the truth (in the form of photographs and video) from leaving a country, despite tight controls on the conventional press (such as in the case of Syria).
In a somewhat similar but less dramatic series of events, the mainstream media has been heavily criticised from some corners due to its reluctance to cover the recent protests in Mexico over the presidential elections. Videos have been removed from services such as YouTube at the request of governments, and the “conventional” media within Mexico and the United States appear to be unwilling to cover stories surrounding these protests. In fact, the media “blackout” has been so effective that this may well be the first that many readers will have heard of these protests.
According to an article by GlobalPost, the message coming from those protesting is that the mainstream media is less useful. Instead, the best way to communicate and stay informed is via online social media sources, where media companies have much less control over the flow of information between people.
When something we take for granted is threatened, mankind has found a solution, often through technology. Will the smartphone prove the next item to be threatened, with more and more restrictions on Internet access? Or is the smartphone beyond censure? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
[Thanks to BB for the tip.]
A while back, we told you about the Lumia 710 getting its first custom ROM. Well today we have even bigger news: the Nokia Lumia 800 (the 710′s more expensive sibling) has received its first custom ROM, courtesy of XDA Forum Member lucifer3006. Known as RainbowMod and based off of Windows Phone 7.10.8773.98 (Tango), the ROM promises such exciting features as:
Full Unlock from UltraShot
Removed OEM applications (Nokia Drive, Maps, etc.)
Search key remapping
QuickLaunch menu for quick switching state of WiFi, 3G, Flight mode, Power save, etc.
Ability to access file system via WiFi/USB
Integrated Live ID, DppImplant no longer needed, but new key can also be banned
Added many color themes (screenshots)
Easy installation xap from browser or file manager
The developer has made it extremely clear that this ROM is for devices with Qualcomm bootloaders only, and that failure to follow directions could very well result in your phone becoming an expensive paperweight. Also of note is that the developer created this without actually owning the device.
If you’re looking to get in on the action, head over to the original thread and let the good times roll.
Just yesterday, AT&T launched the Samsung Focus 2. Although certainly not likely to win any awards based on specs alone, Samsung has graced the device with a 1.4 GHz processor, a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, and 8 gigs of internal memory. In terms of connectivity, the Focus 2 supports quad-band GSM, tri-band UMTS, and dual-band 4G LTE connectivity. The device also preloaded with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
The device also promises to keep you untethered from power outlets thanks to its 1750 mAh battery, which delivers a claimed 6.5 and 10.4 days of standby on 4G LTE and 3G, respectively. Perhaps most importantly though, AT&T’s third LTE-enabled device rocking the Windows Phone OS comes in at a value-conscious $49 on-contract package.
What are you waiting for? If you just purchased one for yourself and are looking to get in on the discussion, visit the newly created forum.
April 3, 2012 By: jerdog
Yahoo built the framework as part of its Yahoo Cocktails suite of tools, and has now made Mojito available to be used and improved upon by all. As Yahoo states on their Mojito development page:
This framework would seem to be a great resource for low-end devices, which struggle to deal with increased application memory requirements and heavy network traffic. This enables developers to create apps that can run in any situation, regardless of the OS. The list of Yahoo apps currently utilizing Mojito are:
Once upon a time, the Internet was ruled by Orkut, mIRC and ICQ. Times have changed, but these services still live on, although they are nowhere near as popular as they once were. It’s still nice, however, to see when these services are up to something now, as is the case with the recent release of the official ICQ client for Windows Phone 7.
While many former users have moved on to other messaging programs, the Mango client looks good and can hold its own against most messenger apps on the platform. One of the best things about the app is the integration with the People hub, which makes it possible to chat with your Facebook, GTalk, and Mail.Ru friends as well. Some of the features you will find on the app are:
Works with the microblog
Collection of emoticons
Enable additional accounts
Manage your contacts
The app is free and can be found in the Marketplace. Head over the original thread to get started.
[Thanks to ONDR4SH3K for the tip.]
Mobile World Congress 2012 has now come and gone, and we would now like to share with you some of the highlights from Barcelona this past week.
HTC seems to have stolen much of the attention surrounding the event, with the introduction of their new One line of devices. The One X, One S, and One V will hit the UK first, and will be available in SIM-free form in April. The ONE XL, contrary to what its name implies, is not the One X’s larger American cousin. Rather, the XL dons LTE-enabled attire and swaps out the Cortex A9-based quad-core Tegra 3 for an A15-based dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. The new product line will all launch with Beats Audio, Ice Cream Sanwich, and Sense 4.0. Find out more about the One line and HTC’s plans for the future in our XDA TV interview with Jeff Gordon and watching HTC’s MWC presentation.
Sony’s KalleD, the man who brought us Ice Cream Sandwich for various Xperia devices, introduced us to the Xperia P and U that are slated to hit shelves in April. Toshiba also made a showing with an all new, Tegra 3-based 7.7-inch tablet. It’s thin, it’s fast, and it looks good. Asus presented the highly-anticipated Padfone and the Transformer Pad Infinity, which refines on the Prime with a higher resolution screen and redesigned chassis. Fujitsu introduced a Tegra 3-powered waterproof phone prototype. Samsung has you covered if you want a phone under 4-inches with the Galaxy Ace 2. And finally, the LG Optimus 4X HD is available in UK and they’re taking pre-orders now
On the Windows Phone side, the long awaited Tango update will arrive sometime in the Spring, and will improve SMS functionality. Windows Phone Marketplace will expand to 23 new countries. And coinciding with the event, Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was met with 1 million downloads on the first day.
Visit the XDA TV channel on YouTube to watch our own James Bricknell bring us even more from the event. Saying that much has happened this past week would be a massive understatement. What are you most excited about?
February 3, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Windows Phone fans, if you think Windows Phone 7.5 Mango was awesome, wait till you see what Microsoft has in store for you in the next major update of their smartphone operating system – Apollo! The folks at PocketNow got their hands on a video hosted by Windows Phone Manager and Microsoft Senior Vice President Joe Belfiore that gives us a closer look at what to expect in Apollo, including Skype integration, Multi-core processor support, NFC features and more.
Here’s a list of key WP8 features revealed in the video:
That’s more than quite a handful if you ask us and with these features, Microsoft will be in a much better position to catch up with Android. What are your thoughts? Did your favourite features make it to the list? Feel free to let us know in the comments.
Despite their many efforts, Sony has never been especially popular in the Android world. They have some very nice looking devices, but they have never been able to achieve the popularity of HTC, Samsung, or Motorola with their Android offerings. With that in mind, Sony has been branching out in an attempt to gain some of that all important marketshare. One of the more interesting steps they seem to be taking has been a move into Windows Phone space. Recently there have been leaks back and forth of shots of a slider phone from Sony, sporting the Windows Phone 7 button layout to drive the message home. Slider phones are great for some, but to really compete with a phone like the Nokia Lumia 900, Sony needs to bring something big to the table. Something powerful, sleek, and sexy. Something like the Sony Xperia Arc.
An anonymous source reports that what we see here is a piece of hardware that looks almost exactly like the Xperia Arc, but running Windows Phone 7. From the shots, you can clearly see where Sony has baked in some of their own features in their very own Sony tile, which will undoubtedly work like the HTC Sense tile we’ve seen before. It looks like Sony is planning a multiple device launch into Windows Phone territory, and with any luck they will maintain the modder friendly policies that have adopted recently with their Android devices.
UPDATE: Turns out this is fake. Nothing to see here, folks!
January 18, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
There are a few good games available on the Windows Phone 7 platform. More is always better.
It is with that in mind that XDA Recognized Developer danthekilla has created and released a new game called CraftWorld. It is a blockworld RPG much in the style of the already popular Minecraft and, according to danthekilla, features the following:
It has many unique features such as its dynamic book system and scripting console as well as many other things like cameras, trapdoors, paintings, complex crafting and much more.
It also gets updated every single week with new features based on what the community wants.
Best of all it is free to play!
You can’t beat features like “updated weekly” and “free”. Additionally, it’s also an infinite world so you’ll never run out of space to build things.
Fort those who are interested, you can find follow the link to the original thread for additional info and screen shots along with links to the Zune Marketplace so you can download the app. It is also a spot where fans of the game can request new features, so if you check it out and want to see something, the original thread is a spot for you!
Long time contributor XDA´er the0ne shows this vast and colorful collection of wallpapers for your Windows Phone all made in WVGA resolution.
This time you will find two sets, one with eight transparent wallpapers, and the second one with five no-transparent images; themes vary from superheroes to happy faces, for sure you´ll find some of your liking and get that special touch to your shinny device.
Originally posted by the0ne
NEW *** Wallpapers for WP7 .. also avilable via the Windows Phone App
New Series are out Game of Thrones
Keep an eye on 1800pocketpc.com for the latest , you can also download them using the windows phone app
Wallpapers without Transparent Effect : : Forza 4 , Superman , Minimalist Superhero Wallpapers for Windows Phone , pokemon Wallpaper windows phone, Emoticon Series , GlenNZ Funny Wallz, vladstudio wallpaper, Minimalist StarWars Wallpapers
Transparent Wallpapers ( will NOT work on MANGO ) : Transparent Wallpaper Collection with Batman Arkham City Wallpaper , Cartoon Transformers Wallpapers , Transparent WP7 Transformers Wallpapers, True Blood Wallpapers , Harry Potter Wallpapers for Windows Phone
Continue on to the collection thread to see more