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 of Sharp7Eighter is to bring older devices that (have not yet been updated to WP7.8) up to speed and . . . READ ON »
A little over a year ago, a thought began to permeate among some of the staff here at XDA: “Why doesn’t XDA create its own conference?” After much exploring and discussion, and maybe even a few group hugs (inside joke), we’re pleased to announce the first XDA:DevCon on August 9th to 11th.
We want to offer a conference where developers from across the spectrum can gather, collaborate with other developers, learn something new, and hone their existing skills. So we are bringing in some of the biggest names in the mobile development space to teach on app development, UI/UX design, . . . READ ON »
Mobile technology has taken quite a leap in terms of evolution. As technology advances, we are able to put more and more power into these handheld beauties that we “used” to use to make calls, which are now used to do virtually everything, including serving as a credit card thanks to the wonders of NFC. Dual cores, quad cores, and recently announced octo-core devices seem to be a dream taken straight out of The Jetsons, where technology is powerful enough to interact with us and become a day to day necessity, almost like an electronic extension of our bodies. . . . READ ON »
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 video out.
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 any) between the apps. So if you ever wondered what the difference was, check this video out.
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, and the application will then read it back to you in the chosen language. The translation takes . . . READ ON »
Microsoft announced earlier this week their plans to officially stop supporting both Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 in the second half of 2014. Due to some rather unfortunate release dates and the fixed eighteen month product life cycle, it seems that the more advanced WP8 will actually cease to be officially supported before 7.8. Now, when I say that Microsoft “announced” their plans to end support for the two operating systems, that’s not entirely accurate. What they actually did was to quietly slip the information into their support page.
The resulting news created a certain amount of . . . READ ON »
If you’ve seen XDA Developer TV Producer Steve’s last couple of videos, than you know he’s been using Windows Phone. He reviewed an app for Windows Phone for Google Music called CloudMuzik, and then he reviewed an e-reader called Freda.
However, his satisfaction with Windows Phone has waned, and he is switching back to Android. Steve takes the time to explain why Windows Phone is not the operating system for him. He shares his frustration and quirks he experienced with Windows Phone. Check this video out.
It is truly great to see that the United States has a rather active Government that worries about its people. Its people have opportunities to speak their mind and make requests to all the branches of this bureaucratic machine, and they are bound to get a response in one shape or another. This seems to be the case for the “little petition that could,” in which over 114,000 people expressed and shared their concerns with the US Government regarding network unlocking of devices legally purchased. This petition received official replies from the White House and the Librarian of . . . READ ON »
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 video, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve reviews the Windows Phone application Freda. Steve shows off the application and . . . READ ON »
Windows Phone has a small, but present market share. The market share is unfortunately not enough to garner the attention of a lot of large app developers, including Google. So if you have music from Google Music how are you going to access it on a Windows Phone Device?
XDA Recognized Developer snickler has an app that allows you to access your Google Music on a Windows Phone Device. In this video, newcomer and XDA Developer TV Producer Steve reviews CloudMuzik. Steve shows off the application and gives his thoughts on its functionality and uses. Be sure to check . . . READ ON »
February 21st was a rather interesting day for those of us in the mobile scene. What seemed like an ordinary day for many, was the day that marked the beginning of a real fight to regain our freedom to unlock SIM cards. That day 100,000 signatures were reached in the petition started over at We the People website. The latest installment in the saga, after almost 2 weeks of silence, was that earlier today, the White House issued a statement, as promised, regarding the petition. Now, before we get to the nitty gritty, we will have to make one . . . READ ON »
You may recall that not too long ago, we published an article regarding a few amendments made by the Librarian of Congress to the infamous DMCA. The short summary is that one of the exemptions in DMCA which protected consumers who wanted to keep their handsets if they switched carriers was wiped out by what can only be described as good, quality lobbying courtesy of CTIA, a group formed by most major carriers and manufacturers. The exemption removal essentially results in it becoming illegal to SIM unlock a GSM phone purchased after January 26th, 2013 without carrier’s explicit approval and . . . READ ON »