Both XDA members degake and hazzahex have separately developed modifications for the popular Volume Control app found on recent HTC ROMs, which allow you to change the colour of the volume bars and buttons to something more interesting.
Degake’s modifications (as seen on the right) include metallic shading and lighting and also feature an interesting ‘dot’ effect for the volume bars, which brings a very different look to the control. These modifications are available in any colour you like.
Meanwhile, hazzahex has also included skins for the Comm Manager switches to match the Volume Control themes, along with a different colour for its title bar too.
We have a slew of options available to personalize our Windows Mobile devices. In an effort to add more tools to customize our devices, XDA member drew2000 updated his great icon collection thread with more than 250 icons to choose from. This time, he has included transparent icons with resolution of 128×118, which is meant to give the device a more simplistic look without any high-end graphics.
You can also find GTX Style, iReflect Cubed, and TouchPal Keyboard Skins as part of this huge collection.
This icon set has been reported to be working in Windows Mobile 6.5 and above.
Originally posted by drew2000
Transparent Simple Icons
There are 270 to start off with, the light background is to show what they look like for those who like the GTX theme.
IF YOU WANT MORE ICONS REQUEST THEM IN THE THREAD AND I WILL GET TO THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Donations are not necessary, I will add a donation button sometime in the future but as for now I am just trying to learn. I will have the new icons done tomorrow but if you need more than your request just add it to the list and I will get them done as soon as possible. They do not seem to be catching on but hey I like them and you like them so at least they are getting used! LOL………..Everyone has their own flavor and I guess it is hit and miss.
You can find more information in the icons thread.
With the introduction of the new Windows Phone 7 OS, certain applications have been popping up throughout the different XDA forums. Now, XDA developer xda2_haseeb has created a lock screen for Windows Mobile that mimics the look of the WP7 lock screen. Although it’s in beta stage, the application already has some nice features, including support for all resolutions.
Originally posted by xda2_haseeb
- Animations on Locking and Unlocking
- Bluetooth & Wifi On Notification Icons
- Displays Time, Day & Date.
- Shows Unread SMS, Missed Calls Count & Unread Mail Count
- Phone Operator Name & Signals are Displayed
- Supports all resolutions (Tested only QVGA & VGA, but is build to support all resolutions, try and tell us, Thnx)
You can find more information and download it from the applicaton thread.
May 20, 2010 By: ElCondor
Many users prefer the more complex user interface plugins, such as HTC Sense and SPB Mobile Shell, you might just enjoy a light-weight today plugin, which can perform just as well. This new today plugin enables you to launch applications directly from the Windows Mobile today screen.
The application was created by XDA member loffactory, and it is compatible with most touchscreen Windows Mobile devices.
Originally posted by Loffactory
Easy Today Launcher is a today Plug-In lets you add shortcuts to their favorite aplication on the today screen.
All bug reports, fresh ideas and recommendations are welcome.
He has updated it to version 18.104.22.168, which adds some extra functionality:
You can find the application, feedback, as well as more information in the application thread.
TrashKalmar‘s very popular anti-theft app, CrimsonLock, has very recently been updated. Along with critical bug and error fixes, the most important addition to the already mature application is support for the HTC HD2 – a much begged-for addition since the phone became one of the most popular Windows Mobile devices on the market.
If you haven’t already heard of it, CrimsonLock is designed to maximize the chances of your phone being returned to you in the case of theft. Through sending a specific code to the phone via SMS, it is possible to regain control of the device. If this doesn’t happen, it will at least make using the phone a nightmare for whoever was stupid enough to steal it.
The application tracks phone calls, SMS messages, soft resets and switching off GSM phone bands, and will detect when a different SIM card is inserted into the device (multi-SIM users needn’t worry as support for several cards has been integrated).
Once control is regained, the original owner can choose to block texts and calls to and from the phone or to switch the phone module off completely. Additionally, you can have fun messing with the alarm, SD card formatting and keypad lock settings to make the thief’s life a living hell. After the app recognizes the original user’s number as a trusted number as set during setup, it is possible to force-call the thief and even to switch the speakerphone on. The owner can also request for GPS co-ordinates to be sent to their replacement phone if the original device supports it.
These are only a few of the features available through the app – the rest can be found along with the download link in the application thread. All resolutions except square QVGA are supported, and any device running WM5+ should work fine with the app.
Since xda-member tronikos took over the development of iPhoneToday, which was originally created by MiToNiOeS, it has received many fresh updates which greatly improved the usability and speed of this application. The recent updates include:
Continue on to the application thread for a full changelog and the download.
If you’re a fan of the original Dusk theme for Manila, or have just started using the Dusk EVO theme for WVGA devices, it might irritate you that not everything on your device is skinned the same way.
Luckily, some of our members have developed themes for popular applications that mirror the Dusk look and feel.
Spigot has created a 3G-enabled WVGA dialer that integrates fully with Manila 2.5. There are several versions available with different color schemes, (a higher version number doesn’t mean an improvement on the first, just that it’s a different theme) including one designed to match the look of the Dusk theme exactly. Have a look in the thread for more details.
If you’re a fan of the Swype keyboard, you might also want to take a look at tacchan23‘s Dusk Skins for Swype. As the name suggests, these go very well with the popular theme, and are available in blue, green, red, pink and black variations. These skins should work in portrait mode on any VGA or WVGA device with Swype pre-installed, although support for WVGA and QVGA is improving, only one skin color has been released for these so far, you can find them in this thread.
Avs777‘s very cool real-time weather monitoring app, GPS Weather Radar, has just received an update. The application detects the user’s whereabouts using either GPS data or by calculating the location from nearby cell towers, then downloads the most recent satellite and radar images of the weather in that area, giving a real-time prediction of how the climate will change in the next few hours.
The information shown by the app can now be set to update regularly, ensuring that it is constantly up-to-date to provide the most reliable weather data possible. It’s also possible to pan and zoom through the map and to search for locations other than the one the user currently resides in.
GPS Weather Radar can integrate with the Showaco TitaniumWeather 4.2 Plugin, for access to the most recent weather updates through Windows Mobile 6.5’s updated home screen.
To use the app, your device must be running Windows Mobile 6.0 or higher, and .NET Framework version 3.5 must be installed. Two versions are available; for devices both with and without touchscreens.
You can find the download link and more information in the application thread.
March 30, 2010 By: admin
Usually, launching applications on your phone involves scrolling through lists, if you have many apps installed it’s usually difficult to find them unless you organize them in folders. As a solution Microsoft added a search box in the Start menu of its desktop OS since Windows Vista, but Windows Mobile, even with the much-improved honeycomb menu in version 6.5, lacks this feature. Fortunately, wojciechka developed ZLaunchy, which provides exactly this kind of functionality.
Originally posted by wojciechka
ZLaunchy was written mainly for those who like the way Windows Mobile dialer allows searching for contacts in a T9-like way – so that finding Adam means choosing 2326 in the phone application. ZLaunchy uses the same idea to run programs on your device. What it does is gives you a dialer keypad and when you type in a series of digits, it searches for all programs that match – for example to start Internet Explorer, start typing 4683 – Internet Explorer and Internet Sharing should show up in the result list.
Application performs a search using all items in the Start Menu. It also skips showing application icons, which causes it to work faster than usual application launchers. This makes ZLaunchy a perfect candidate for an application that’s bound to a hardware key (using system settings) and have it always handy when you want to find an application quickly.
Seems useful? Try it out by visiting the application thread.
If you travel a lot and knowing the weather is a must for you, or you just like to check up from time to time and know what the weather radar looks like, then you should take a look at this app. Created by avs777 a little while ago, this app is a great addition to your WinMo app list.
The app supports a wide variety of WinMo phones only requiring that you have WinMo 6 or higher and NETCF 3.5. Don’t have a touch screen, WM Professional, GPS? You don’t need them! It will work with TouchScreen, Non TouchScreen, WM Professional, WM Standard, and non GPS enabled phones (using cell towers instead to get a good estimate on your location).
- Gets weather radar for current GPS location or using cell towers
(to get location using cell towers uncheck “Use GPS” in Settings)
– Ability to manually enter location
– Click anywhere on the map to move to that location
– Different zoom levels
– Animated radar loop
– Multiple resolutions (VGA,QVGA,WVGA,WQVGA) Portrait/Landscape/Square
– Integrates with Showaco TitaniumWeather 4.2 PlugIn
Check out the application thread for more information.
Whether you like the iPhone or not, the application icons do look great, as they all have the same squared shape with rounded corners and a nice gloss effect. So, xda-member bluemetalaxe has created a nice set of iPhone-style icons, consisting of 469 individual, hand-made icons, thus covering most of the more popular apps.
Continue on to the forum thread for the download and instructions on how to implement the icons.
The first race of the season has just finished in Bahrain, but don’t worry, you can follow the rest of the Formula 1 season on your Windows Mobile phone with zorro1981’s F1 Pocket 2010 v2.0 app! (Graphical interface by chinubrio).
Currently available in English, French, Italian and German, you can select your language preference when you start the app, zorro1981 has hinted at 4 new languages in the next version.
The opening page of the app shows the location and time until the next race. Further screens show the driver leaderboard, points to date as well as current race or qualifying results for a specific circuit. There is also the option to view the construction team leaderboard too. No time results are available yet, although zorro1981 has suggested that this could be released in a future update. F1 Pocket 2010 also provides information on each race circuit, driver and construction team.
Additionally zorro1981 has added an update utility to the app, which when clicked will inform the user if a new version of the app is available. Requires a data connection and .NET CF3.5 to run.
March 11, 2010 By: admin
As an alternative to Google Maps, xda-member Cipher is developing a new, finger-friendly app called OpenMobileMaps.
OpenMobileMaps uses data provided by OpenStreetMap.org, an opensource initiative which is made by people like you and me and allows you to use a free, editable world map.
Originally posted by Cipher
- showing map in fullscreen
- finger friendly user interface
- map tiles are automatically downloaded if internet connection is available
- map tiles are stored locally for offline use
- GPS support and GSM triangulation
- show actual position on map
- follow-mode to automatically scroll the map
- search addresses (testing)
- calculate routes (not yet implemented)
- gps and gsm tracking (not yet implemented)
- choose between different OSM servers (not yet implemented)
Continue on to the application thread.