May 18, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan mentions the Apple versus HTC patent wars and court battles. In more big, rich companies versus other rich companies news, Jordan updates us on the Oracle versus Google trial. In more Google news, the limit on device deauthorization on Google Music is discussed. The lamentable actions by Motorola and the locking down of their devices is mentioned. Finally, Jordan urges you to go check out XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s Galaxy Nexus tear down and unboxing.
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Welcome to Field Report, I’m Jase Glenn and I’ll be guiding you through this weeks latest innovations by some of the most creative developers in our community. Most of the articles we write about on the Portal have to do with a finished product. Field Report is a step in a different direction, where we discuss the latest innovations as they’re happening, and the thoughts of the developers behind them.
First up is a hardware hack for the venerable Transformer Prime by XDA Member Erusman. As most of us are aware by now, the Transformer Prime has been plagued by non-functional WiFi and GPS since launch, which in fact led to ASUS recalling many of the launch day Primes. Frustrated by these difficulties, Erusman decided to take the initiative, and in true XDA form not only took apart his Prime, but in the process fixed his tablet’s WiFi, GPS, and light bleed. When I asked him about how the idea came about and what his future plans were Erusman said:
“Well, my whole mod started out of fustration with Asus and the prime. I think alot of people were let down when they found out the “Prime” wasn’t exactly as they hoped for. Out of the box my primes GPS didn’t work. It suffered lightbleed and WIFI was very week. I like others was hoping ICS update would fix the issues. It didn’t. By that time I was out of my return window, and I was hearing horror stories from those that were RMA’ing theirs. After all this led to the first opening of the prime on XDA and mods.
I had no idea this thread would go this far. The cool thing is that it led to many people opening their primes and fixing the problems themselves. I just updated the thread with the latest. The antenna I made was my final mod. My future plans are to eventually mod it with some permenant antenna. Fixed to the back using SMA female connectors. Use it for GPS (now that it works) in a vehicle for my courier business. But for now I am just enjoying the Prime at home (fastest android tablet) for movies, bedside surfing and games.”
The great thing is Erusman actually made a play-by-play with pictures in his thread here so that anyone experiencing these issues can take a crack at it. That being said our next innovator took a software approach to solving a problem.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the latest of the Tab lineup. Due to the newness of the tablet, XDA Senior Member eaglerazor123 decided to show the users of the Tab 7.7 some love by creating the first custom ROM for it; without even owning one.
When I asked him about the difficulties he faced and what the future held, he said,
“Difficulties?! Umm..you know making a rom without that Device isn’t simple! My build is ready now! But it seems to be bootlooping! A minor bug! I’m waiting for the logs from Testers! And for [sic] Future Features, I may dig ICS for it.”
So Tab 7.7 users interested in testing this out head on over to the thread here and let him know you care. This leads us to our last (but certainly not least) story: HaRET for WP7.
HaRET for Windows Phone 7
Most of us remember HaRET from the final days of Windows Mobile, but for those of you who don’t, allow me to explain. HaRET (Handhelds Reverse Engineering Tool) is a program designed to allow Windows Mobile smartphones to boot the Linux kernel. HaRET was instrumental in allowing users of devices like the HTC HD2 to load Android and set off a wave of additional development. After WinMo’s demise at the hands of Microsoft, HaRET is back; this time for Windows Phone 7.
Spearheaded by XDA Recognized Developer dcordes, this latest version of HaRET is back, but not without difficulty. According to an update I received from dcordes:
HaRET needs to posess special rights (“kernel mode”) in order to access certain memory regions. This is required in order to load the Linux kernel into memory, flush memory to get rid of unneeded stuff and start Linux.
* HaRET uses a method to go to kernel mode “SetKmode” that was dropped in WP7
* On proposition of (minDark) I patched HaRET to get rid of it. Now HaRET no longer crashes but obviously lost it’s ability to boot a kernel (lol).
* Although it runs and does things that require no GUI, we don’t see anything now, also due to WP7 specific changes. Recomendations have been made how to fix this (ultrashot)
* (minDark) proposed HtcRoot project (GoodDayToDie) as a solution to the disability to obtain kernel rights. GoodDayToDie now showed interest in using his HtcRoot project in order to help us with this.
* This project is not device specific. Aim is to run HaRET and boot Linux on any WP7 device and the patched HaRET was already tested on leo and mozart.
With HD2 we have a special case: We have a known working Linux kernel for it and it runs WP7. Since the aim is to boot Linux from WP7 using HaRET, WP7 flashed HD2 is the perfect test setup.
Progress is moving rapidly, and headway being made, so if you feel you can contribute head on over to the thread here.
So there you have it folks, the Transformer Prime gets chopped, the Tab 7.7 gets its ROM cherry popped, and HaRET is back with a vengeance. Stay tuned for next weeks version. Jase out.
On XDA we tend to post things that are English-centric, simply due to the fact that the forum is in English. However, we need to remember that although English is our defacto language, many of our users have another language that is their primary.
XDA Member sma6871 has done just that with his latest release, Persian Browser for Windows Phone 7. According to sma6871 the app has:
Bing and Google Search providers
Open in new background tabs
Arabic diacritics (Harakat) support
UTF8 support (Automatic and Manual Correction)
Orientation lock enables you to force portrait or landscape browsing
Tab browsing(maximum 12 tabs)
Save images from web pages with a tap-and-hold
Open in new tab links with a tap-and-hold
Powerful auto-completion sorted by your visit counts
and more features are coming soon
So if your a native Persian or Arabic speaker please head on over to the thread here and put the app through it’s paces. The developer would love to hear your feedback.
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.
January 5, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
For those toting Windows Phone 7, you haven’t had too many options in the anime department and your only option on your phone was to stream it from a website from the browser.
Until now, that is.
Enter Anime Online, an anime streaming application that’s already available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. It’s a simple app with a friendly and pretty interface that allows you to stream some anime goodness on your Windows Phone.
The functionality is reminiscent of the Android anime streaming app, Crunchyroll, and the reviews on both apps have been generally positive. There’s always a bug or two to work out, but that shouldn’t keep you from taking advantage of this free app!
Of course, if you’d just like to check out the app, you can find ithere.
There are a few drawbacks, as jjqt will tell you in the app descripion:
Note:There is no heavily licensed anime like Naruto, Bleach,One Piece in this app.
So if you’re looking for the latest InuYasha, you will very likely not find it in this app but if you’re looking just for something good to watch to sate that anime craving, then it’s definitely an app worth checking out!
December 25, 2011 By: Joseph Hindy
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!