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: Former Writer
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
Prospective Windows Phone 7 developers don’t have the vast options available to Android users yet in terms of kitchens, but the wheels are turning to get more people involved in Windows Phone 7 development. XDA Recognized Developer -=Barin=- has developed a kitchen that will, as he says:
can port/rebuild XIP (NK) and build IMGFS partition file for Windows Phone 7 with real registry recompiling and relocations according to WP7 memory model.
It can also build NB (D000FF container only) and NBH files for HTC WP7 devices (tested on HTC HD2, HTC HD7 and HTC Mozart).
This kitchen is an extension from -=Baron=-’s OSBulder for WM, a kitchen for the original Windows Mobile operating system that has been adapted for Windows Phone 7.
For more information, change log, feature list, screenshots and download links, you can find the Windows Phone 7 thread here and you can find additional information and discussion in the original WinMo thread, which has been modified to include WP7 material as well, in its original thread. Keep in mind that this is for development purposes, so make sure to read up on Windows Phone 7 framework before attempting to use it.
December 25, 2011 By: Former Writer
The game is called Flying Santa and the premise is quite simple. You play as Santa Claus and deliver gifts to all the good girls and boys out there. Sounds boring? Oh, it gets better. While delivering gifts you must be on the lookout for the monster who’s out to steal Christmas gifts. When you find this not-really-the-Grinch-but-the-game-plan-is-similar creature, you must thwart their attempts to take the gifts those kids spent all year working hard at not being brats to earn (and that you worked hard to deliver!).
If you’d like to know more and check out some screen shots, follow the link above to the Flying Santa game and check out the details. If flying Santa Clauses, bats, super happy smiley sun faces and whooping some monster booty seems like your thing, then by all means go grab it from the market. Have we mentioned, it’s totally free too!
December 20, 2011 By: Former Writer
A few days ago, XDA Senior Moderator imfloflo updated what looks like the coolest program the Windows Mobile side of XDA-Developers (get it, this side of the Mississippi…heh). It’s called Windows Phone Device Manager and you can check it out by following this link right here .
The changelog for version 220.127.116.11 consists of:
Full access to apps isolated storage
Show toast notification when an action requires to launch TouchXperience
As well as being a Public Release. Now, this may not look very impressive, but I dare ya to read the changelogs from versions 18.104.22.168 up to the most recent shown update, 22.214.171.124. I’ve seen shorter novels. Also, sadly, this isn’t the fully updated changelog. The only place to find that would be to follow the links to the Touch Xperience website and check out their updated changelogs there. That’s also where you’ll find the download links. The 126.96.36.199 release is public for anyone to try, but the fully updated 188.8.131.52 is still for donors only (sadface). If you want to check out some screenshot goodness and even a few review videos, check out the 2nd post. It’s all there.
The list of phones supported can be found on the thread as well and it seems to be most of the Windows Phones available right now. I have an Android phone so I can’t test this personally (another sadface) but if you happened to be one of the people who have a Windows Phone and felt bold enough to experiment, we’d love to hear your comments on what it’s like. If you’re one of the generous donors who get to test the fully updated 184.108.40.206 private beta, we’d love to hear from you as well.
December 13, 2011 By: Russell Holly
One of the major points of contention that Android users tend to hold over the heads of all the other platforms is the glory of “The Cloud”. It’s not for nothing, Google’s plan to make your mobile experience almost completely reliant on the combination of an Internet connection and their services yields some pretty great results. I never have to worry about my photos, documents, contacts, or much of anything else for that matter. For users who aren’t rooted, the only thing not in the cloud is the data you save when in a third party app. If you are playing a game or using a service that requires you to manually upload to another backup of some kind, that information is likely lost if anything happens to your phone. With all of Google’s might in the cloud, it’s even more interesting to see that Microsoft was the first of the two companies to grant third party app developers access to their cloud service.
Microsoft has made adjustments to its SkyDrive REST API’s to allow third party developers to upload files of any type and share them just like you can in One Note or Office. Any user with a Windows Live ID has access to SkyDrive for free, and can access the data from Skydrive across a myriad of other platforms. So far, the only third party app found to have already implemented the API’s is Handyscan, but we anticipate developers will flock to the new tools at their disposal. Personally, I think it will be interesting to see if game developers are willing to allow users to save game data to SkyDrive, much like is being done now with the Xbox 360 update last week. It’s an impressive step for Microsoft in clear competition with Google’s services and Apple’s iCloud, and it will be interesting to see how developers take advantage of the new API’s.
December 8, 2011 By: Russell Holly
Of the three major smartphone operating systems left, Windows Phone is in third place by a pretty wide margin. It makes sense, since it is by far the youngest of the three and hasn’t had the warmest of welcomes because of its youth. Microsoft had to wipe the slate clean and start all over with their play in the smartphone world and they have yet to catch up in terms of software or hardware. Now, with the Mango update they have come quite a bit closer in terms of offering comparable features and services, but still no impressive hardware to back them up. At least, in the US anyway, since Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft there’s been a longing for the smooth curves and soft touch of a Nokia smartphone. With a press invitation that started to hit mailboxes today, that wait might soon be over.
One week from today Nokia and T-Mobile are holding a press event to unveil something “special”. Given that the design of the invitation is very much like the Windows Phone Tiles UI, its possible that this could be the release of the first Nokia Windows Phone in the US. The only curious thing here is why Microsoft wouldn’t be involved in the unveiling of the first in this line of devices, though that could be posturing to make sure it doesn’t look like Nokia is the favorite OEM. Either way the possibility of a Nokia device running Windows Phone is an exciting thought, especially with all the possibilities that lie in the XDA community gets their hands on them. The Nokia hardware is some of the best in the industry in terms of design, I’d love to see what happens once these get played with.
It’s easy to develop a sort of tunnel vision when it comes to your phone. You make that purchase, and you need to justify the experience sometimes by defending that choice against an alternative. When you see something that you like, it might even be visually appealing enough to cause that twinge of jealousy, it’s common to dismiss that because you can’t have it. Yes, friends, welcome to the imaginary and sometimes overly aggressive world of the fanboy. I’m sure we’re all guilty of it, I personally take pleasure in it sometimes. However, it never hurts to look when no one else is watching, right?
Such is the case with Windows Phone. It’s hard to not be lulled in with the sharp colors, simple navigation, and growing developer circle. Making the jump to Windows Phone from another platform, however, is a pretty significant move to make. For those of us unfortunate enough to have a phone that has been violated in every possible way by XDA’s finest, we’ve been left wondering until now. Microsoft was created an interactive website that will allow anybody with a modern mobile browser to head to http://aka.ms/wpdemo and experience Windows Phone Mango.
For a mobile rendering, the experience is very smooth on every device I tried it on. If you try to use the site on a tablet, you will need to do some brief pinch resizing so the web app wits your screen, but then you can enjoy the same functionality. Microsoft has added tutorials for each major tile, walking you through how navigation would flow as you complete basic tasks like placing a phone call or adding an email account. Unfortunately there’s not a “sandbox” for you to play in, when you navigate to one of the tiles, the walk through begins. Still, it’s an impressive tool to encourage those interested in trying out Windows Phone to see how the other side lives.