All Windows Mobile – xda-developers https://www.xda-developers.com Android and Windows Phone Development Community Mon, 22 Oct 2018 05:17:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 Looking to Improve the Sound Quality on Your Smartphone? https://www.xda-developers.com/looking-to-improve-the-sound-quality-on-your-smartphone/ https://www.xda-developers.com/looking-to-improve-the-sound-quality-on-your-smartphone/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 10:30:05 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=75315 With all of the (often pointless) sound “tweaks” out there, it’s easy to forget that the true sonic upgrades will almost invariably come from output hardware rather than software. And while some software tweaks do actually make a marked improvement on sound quality without sabotaging clarity and neutrality (Elite Recognized Developer Supercurio‘s Voodoo Sound and

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With all of the (often pointless) sound “tweaks” out there, it’s easy to forget that the true sonic upgrades will almost invariably come from output hardware rather than software. And while some software tweaks do actually make a marked improvement on sound quality without sabotaging clarity and neutrality (Elite Recognized Developer Supercurio‘s Voodoo Sound and the HRTF functionality in DSPManager come to mind), much of the software tweaks are are just glorified bass-heavy equalizers (*cough*Beats*cough*) that would make any true audiophile cringe.

So, what does this mean? Simple. It means that if you’re looking to improve the sound quality of the music coming from your smartphone, you’re going to have to pony up a few bones for a decent output stage. While many are content with simply using the included earbuds, others go so far as to purchase an external USB-enabled DAC, a portable headphone amplifier, and truly impressive transducers. However, this kind of rig is not for everyone. Not only are there price considerations to take into account, but all of this gear will most likely not fit into the already stuffed pockets of your skinny jeans. And let’s face it, not everyone will appreciate an electrostat rig like the $12,900 Sennheiser Orpheus HE90 pictured above or a set of Stax. And if you’re spending serious dough on the output stage, you had better have solid electronics and a well recorded music supply to back it up.

Thankfully, this is where XDA Forum Member jRi0T68 comes in. He shares with us a few tips to help hone in on exactly what it is that you want in the world of mobile audio with his brief guide. Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Why in the world does a headphone buying guide belong on XDA?” Well, for many of us here, one of the key functions in our mobile device, and as such, it is of significant importance to many in the community. Despite being only a primer, the guide covers a decent number of topics that should be considered before making a purchase:

1: Budget
2: Genres/Musical preference
3: Type of headphone
4: Functionality
5: The audio rig as whole
6: Source material
7: Build Quality

I’d also toss in one final criteria: sonic preference. Not everyone wants neutrality (i.e. to hear the recordings the way the recording engineers meant for them to be heard). After all, that’s why many enjoy the warm sounds and even-order harmonic distortions of tube amplifiers, which by all objective means of measurement are inferior to their more analytical and razor-flat transistor counterparts that deliver unpleasing odd-order harmonic distortion when pushed too far. That’s not to say that all tube-based amps are warm and have an excessive amount of even-order harmonic distortion, but that is a general trend caused by the underlying technology exhibited by many models.

As with amplifier technology, certain sets of cans (and loudspeakers, for that matter) are not aimed at being neutral, but still deliver pleasing sound, if that’s what you’re looking for. This is where the traditionally neutral and transparent Canadian (NRC research and work by Floyd E. Toole) and warm British (traditional “laid back” B&W character in many models) ideologies diverge, but that’s far beyond the scope of this article.

Now if you are lazy and want a few quick blanket recommendations, I suggest taking a look into the following cans. I’ve owned, listened to, and/or played around with them as well as dozens of others, and they are some of the best in their respective categories and price ranges for those looking for neutral and detailed sound:

  • Etymotic Research HF2/3/5 and ER-4s* (and P/PT for mobile)
  • Sennheiser HD280 Pro, HD650*, and 800*
  • Shure SRH840
  • As well as a few others, depending on budget

*Keep in mind that in order to properly drive higher impedance cans such as the HD 650, HD 800, and ER-4S (not ER-4P/PT); you’re going to want to have external amplification circuitry such as an Airhead or Bithead. And even then, a proper desktop amplifier is preferred.

However, if you’d like to delve deeper into the world of audio and find out what works best for you, head over to the original thread. Your ears will thank you.

No matter what you end up choosing, though, make sure you heed jRioT68’s advice:

Many popular headphones (ahem Beats, Bose, Skull Candy) are more appearance than quality, and may offer booming bass that overshadows the rest of the music. THERE ARE BETTER OPTIONS AT THE SAME OR LOWER PRICES. Don’t settle for a nice label. Get quality you can hear.

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OSLoader is a Dual Boot Bootloader for Android on Windows CE Devices https://www.xda-developers.com/osloader-is-a-dual-boot-bootloader-for-android-on-windows-ce-devices/ https://www.xda-developers.com/osloader-is-a-dual-boot-bootloader-for-android-on-windows-ce-devices/#comments Sun, 23 Dec 2012 23:00:04 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=68353 Remember the good ole’ days of XDA when life was simple, and Pocket PCs running Windows Mobile were considered state of the art? After Google disrupted the smartphone industry with the introduction of Android, a lot of developers have gotten to work trying to port the popular open-source OS to their Windows Mobile devices, the

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Remember the good ole’ days of XDA when life was simple, and Pocket PCs running Windows Mobile were considered state of the art? After Google disrupted the smartphone industry with the introduction of Android, a lot of developers have gotten to work trying to port the popular open-source OS to their Windows Mobile devices, the most popular result of which can be seen in the form of the immortal HTC HD2.

In 2010, the Gen.Y DualBOOT project was started at XDA, aiming to bring a Windows Mobile and Android dual-boot bootloader to WM devices. However, it wasn’t optimized to be run on landscape-oriented touchscreen devices running Windows CE, including several standalone GPS units. XDA Senior Member jwoegerbauer has rewritten that project in MortScript to extend its support to such Windows CE devices, and the result is OSLoader.

Do note that OSLoader does not in itself install Android on the device, and still uses HaRET to boot Android. Furthermore, to actually get Android running, you will still need an Android build that works for your device. That said, OSLoader offers a convenient way to choose which OS to boot into at startup.

As always, more details, the download link and installation/usage instructions can be found in the forum thread.

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Share Your Favorite XDA News Stories of 2012! https://www.xda-developers.com/share-your-favorite-xda-news-stories-of-2012/ https://www.xda-developers.com/share-your-favorite-xda-news-stories-of-2012/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 01:15:56 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=66639 There’s still a little over a month left in 2012, but we’ve already had quite the eventful year. This year saw the launch of Android 4.1, Android 4.2, and several flagship devices. We featured plenty of ups, plenty of downs, even more downs, and few stories that made us all ask if the whole world around us had gone slightly mad.

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There’s still a little over a month left in 2012, but we’ve already had quite the eventful year. This year saw the launch of Android 4.1, Android 4.2, and several flagship devicesWe featured plenty of ups, plenty of downs, even more downs, and few stories that made us all ask if the whole world around us had gone slightly mad.

On the XDA Developer TV front, we saw various XDA Unboxings and a series on app production by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. We were kept up-to-date on the latest and greatest in mobile development news thanks to XDA TV Producer and News Recap Extraordinaire Jordan Keyes. We also saw various interesting app reviews by TK, we were given answers to questions we’ve all asked by Erica, and were made aware of several key issues thanks to Azrienoch and his legendary rants.

Now here’s where we need your help!

We want you to select your favorite XDA Developer TV videos and XDA news stories from 2012. In case you need a refresher of some of the other stories we’ve covered, head back over to the XDA Portal homepage, watch a few XDA Developer TV videos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Once you have a few favorites picked out, let us know by going to the discussion thread and sharing what stood out in your mind.

As always, if you’d like to provide some more detailed feedback regarding what you’d like to see in 2013, my PM box is always open. Finally, I’d like to offer my sincerest thanks to all of you for giving us a reason create content. It’s been a pleasure. 🙂

-Will Verduzco

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Texas Instruments “Shift of Focus” (Read: ABANDON SHIP!) https://www.xda-developers.com/texas-instruments-shift-of-focus-read-abandon-ship/ https://www.xda-developers.com/texas-instruments-shift-of-focus-read-abandon-ship/#comments Sat, 29 Sep 2012 03:30:39 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=60556 Yesterday news surfaced across the web, which we found thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor evil_penguin, that Texas Instruments was going to “reduce their efforts” on the production and development of their not-so-popular-anymore OMAP chipsets. This report by Reuters sent a shockwave across the mobile world as one of the big chip manufacturers was thinking about getting up

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Yesterday news surfaced across the web, which we found thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor evil_penguin, that Texas Instruments was going to “reduce their efforts” on the production and development of their not-so-popular-anymore OMAP chipsets. This report by Reuters sent a shockwave across the mobile world as one of the big chip manufacturers was thinking about getting up and leaving the market to pursue other more lucrative opportunities in other up and coming markets such as automotive and industrial applications. However, today they released a statement saying that they are not actually killing the platform, and in fact, they are working towards releasing the long awaited 5th generation OMAP chipsets, which boast the powerful Cortex A15 processor. Reports of this kind are hardly ever unfounded however, and there is good, strong reason to believe that this came out to light because someone essentially blew the whistle.

The response that was released by the chip manufacturer and published by GSMArena regarding the continued development efforts on the platform is a classical diffusive PR response to keep investors happy, since a move like that could easily send TI shares plunging into a downward spiral, which is a very, very bad thing for the company. Moreover, regardless of how much market share they posses when it comes to the mobile devices segment (including tablets and phones), it would be a very bad tactic to announce something like that as competitors (Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm, etc) could easily use this as an opportunity to go to manufacturers asking them, “Are you sure you want to continue using a platform about to go under?” Definitely a bad move for business.

Now, lets analyze their statement a little bit more in depth. The shift in focus being quoted refers to a reallocation of resources to push development in certain areas a little more. For example, as mobile technology gains more root into our every day lives, the company likely is trying to tap into this booming market. Just imagine having the kind of power of a PC or even today’s tablets and smartphones on your car dash board. This is what TI is allegedly aiming for, and of course other markets of interest such as manufacturing environments where mobile computing (particularly for large factories) is an absolute must and can be widely used for things such as Q&A, production, and inventory practices. Certainly appealing markets, and definitely profitable, right? Well, yes but there are always two reasons for making a move like this and both of them relate to money. On one side, you still make a pretty penny on a new market, but on the other side you are losing your socks off on the other.

The latter of the two is what likely triggered this “leaked statement” from TI. Currently, the smartphone and tablet market is dominated by Apple (with their iOS devices) and Samsung (mostly with Android phones and tablets). Apple designs their own chipsets (A4, A5, etc), and Samsung has their own chipsets as well (Exynos, Hummingbird, etc). So, right there, about 50-60 percent of the market is already gone. Next up, you have HTC, Sony, and the rest of the Android device manufacturer gang. For the most part, HTC uses Qualcomm Snapdragon series of processors and the same goes for Sony and a few others. So, there goes another 10-20 percent of the market. Asus (which somewhat dominates the tablet market) uses Nvidia Tegra (also present in some of the HTC One series as well). Another 10 percent or so goes flying out of the window, and speaking of which… next up comes Microsoft’s Windows Phone series. Now, mind you that Windows enabled devices have always used either Intel XScale processors or TI OMAPs (all the way to the Vogue and the Kaiser, which is roughly when the Qualcomm was introduced to the WM lines). There are, however, a few Windows Phone devices that still carry OMAPs, but it is easy to see that Windows devices have also drifted away from the platform. Amazon’s and B&N Android powered e-Readers are likely about the only popular devices left that are powered by the current OMAP series. And just to put the cherry on top, guess who is making a comeback into the world of mobile chipsets? Yes, you guessed it…. Intel, which has been said to be in the process of developing a new platform for mobile devices that is far more energy efficient than anything currently available on the market (I know, typical sales pitch). So, having said all this, we see a MAJOR dominance of the market by other manufacturers and the impending return of one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world. Still wondering if it is a profitable venture to continue? I do believe in niche markets where you can easily survive by providing something that is a little more unique than the competition, unfortunately this is not the case with TI. They are being overrun in sales by their competitors, who seem to be offering much more complete packages with integrated on-board radios such as LTE, whereas the OMAP series requires anyone willing to add radios to use a different chip, thus increasing manufacturing and design costs.

The only real shame about all this (from our little-world perspective) is the fact that TI is relatively developer friendly in the sense that their documentation is not always closed source as Nvidia’s (despite their recent change of heart which came after Dr Torvalds’ convincing “message”). But unfortunately, and as much as it pains me to say this, developers and people who could actually benefit from these things do not really represent the missing 60% of the market that they would likely need to reconsider their position. That segment is dominated by Apple (/runs and hides for cover).

So, summing up. TI will release the OMAP 5 soon (likely beginning of next year), but make no mistake that it could very well be the last iteration of that series of chips to ever come out of the Texas based company. You can expect to see more of them in other things, but definitely do not expect to see them in the mobile industry for much longer as that part of their business section seems to be going under. Who knows? Maybe we should consider hacking cars once they make the shift completely….

Thanks for reading.

 So no more OMAP chip!!!!
I wonder what next nexus will have than ??

You can find more information in the original thread and in the updated original article.

[Thanks xHausx for the tip]

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HTC HD2 Android ROMs Reinvented: Introducing NativeSD https://www.xda-developers.com/htc-hd2-android-roms-reinvented-introducing-nativesd/ https://www.xda-developers.com/htc-hd2-android-roms-reinvented-introducing-nativesd/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:30:14 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=59413 The HTC HD2 is one of those devices that has made history on XDA due to the durable and long lasting body, great hardware, and its incredible versatility. Since it was originally ported back in the 2010-2011 time frame, Android has only been getting better and better, not to mention faster on the device. It

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The HTC HD2 is one of those devices that has made history on XDA due to the durable and long lasting body, great hardware, and its incredible versatility. Since it was originally ported back in the 2010-2011 time frame, Android has only been getting better and better, not to mention faster on the device. It went from running from the SD card to running from NAND in a short period of time. However, people wanted more responsiveness and smoothness out of the device. They wanted a closer experience to an actual Android device, without losing the flexibility of Windows Mobile. After thinking about it long and hard, XDA Recognized Contributors securecrt and Xylograph put their heads together and came up with a new way of flashing ROMs onto the device (be it WM or Android). Introducing NativeSD.

The concept behind this new method is actually quite interesting. The whole idea came from the fact that when choosing a flashing method on the HTC HD2, there is a trade off. NAND is faster than regular SD, but SD gives you more storage. The premise behind this is to combine the benefits of both. It turns out that speeds on some of the higher end class SD cards are actually faster than those of NAND (4 MB/s on NAND as opposed to about 10 MB/s on a Class 10 SD card). So, the devs devised a way to flash onto an Ext4 partition (which provides great performance enhancements on I/O). As an added bonus, your data partition becomes MUCH bigger than anything you could possibly achieve by flashing on NAND. All in all, a win-win situation for HD2 owners.

As an added bonus, this allows you to possibly flash multiple ROMs on the same device for multi-booting. Windows Mobile ROMs can be flashed as well, but it is still experimental. What are you waiting for? Take it for a spin and let the devs know if it works well by dropping some feedback and get your ORD going.

This is an idea to make the HD2 faster and fancy, I worked with Xylograph to make it more usable and easy to implement by common users.

You can find more information in the original thread.

Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.

[Thanks timmymarsh for the tip!]

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The Smartphone: Cornerstone of Democratic Society? https://www.xda-developers.com/the-smartphone-cornerstone-of-democratic-society/ https://www.xda-developers.com/the-smartphone-cornerstone-of-democratic-society/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:00:22 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=55753 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

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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.]

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One-Click and the Simplification of Technology–Is This a Good or Bad Thing? https://www.xda-developers.com/one-click-and-the-simplification-of-technology-is-this-a-good-or-bad-thing/ https://www.xda-developers.com/one-click-and-the-simplification-of-technology-is-this-a-good-or-bad-thing/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:00:25 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=43052 Here on XDA-Developers, we tend to cater to everyone’s needs and wants. From the most experienced developer to the newest user, who literally just picked up his/her smartphone exactly 25 minutes ago and is curious about what it can do, anyone can find something that will get them hooked on xda and smartphone modding. The

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Here on XDA-Developers, we tend to cater to everyone’s needs and wants. From the most experienced developer to the newest user, who literally just picked up his/her smartphone exactly 25 minutes ago and is curious about what it can do, anyone can find something that will get them hooked on xda and smartphone modding. The latter of the two groups normally tends to either be too busy to try and sit down and read or simply is not interested on how things work, only caring about the final outcome (I can haz root?!). Funny enough, half of these people will likely never understand what they are truly asking for when they are asking for root and likewise will never open SU as they see it as a perfect way to break the devices, almost taboo if you will.

Now, at this point you are all likely wondering what the title of this article has to do with my little opening rant. Well, because of the meteoric rise in numbers of the second class of people stated above, we have seen a large increase in production of tools to simplify the processes that we carry out in this site. Rooting a device, which can be a rather tedious process depending on how well protected things are has become as simple as opening a batch file that you download from a thread on XDA. However, please do not get me wrong, making things easier has been paramount in allowing humanity to advance to more interesting projects, but as with many of these advancements, there is something to be learned, something that should be taking place inside of the user’s head, creation of neural connections that will allow him or her to later retrieve this knowledge if it ever becomes required for other activities. Sadly, this is not the case due to most processes being automated and the end user simply being interested in the final outcome as previously stated.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen some very awesome mods and developments from people who have spent countless hours reading, researching, and risking their investments in the name of science (sort of). One of the most crucial ones was the HBOOT downgrade process for the EVO 3D and the Sensation (I will focus on the 3D one as I am more familiar with it). Out of that thread, if you follow every step as directed by the dev, you will leave with:

  • A downgraded device capable of flashing radios, roms (without the need of fastboot), kernels, and more;
  • Some basic command knowledge for Linux;
  • Experience in flashing images from the bootloader;
  • Increased Googling skills;
  • and more…

This was as of last week. This week we see that there are a few tools that somewhat automate a big chunk of the process, effectively killing the opportunity to learn very valuable information out of the thread. I am not saying that this will make you a developer overnight, but learning bits and pieces of processes like these certainly will aide you in the future. On top of that, if you rely too much on processes like these, what will happen when one of these fail and you end up with a brick? Will you have the necessary know how to fix your device, or even to understand what went wrong? Don’t you think that understanding how things work before proceeding could potentially save you from a quasi-certain catastrophe? Think of it this way, I will release a tool tomorrow that is supposed to give you S-OFF on your device. All you need to do is turn off the PC and boot it back up from MS-DOS and type the following command (having your device connected):

c:\format c:

Then simply reboot your computer. If you had previous knowledge of this, you would understand that I just gave you clear instructions to wipe your computer hard drive as opposed to giving you root on your phone. Did I do this on purpose or simply because I didn’t know what I was doing? Obviously, the example is a tad too obvious, but the point I was trying to illustrate is that tools without knowledge can lead to disaster.

So, this takes us back to the original title and point of this article. If automation is a thing that eventually will allow us to be more efficient and smarter, why is it that when you look at the general level of knowledge it is much lower than when things were manual? Do we simply need to step back and sit down to read how we got to where we are? If you go by the ethos of our site, the answer is “yes”. You are here because you are interested in learning about development and how to expand the capabilities of your devices and not simply to make your phone “kewl” (thanks kyphur). If you don’t learn the path that you are following, you are likely going to get lost.

Thanks for reading and please use your time on XDA wisely.

[Thanks to XDA News Writer PoorCollegeGuy for the image!]

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Windows Mobile Running on Windows Phone 7 https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-mobile-running-on-windows-phone-7/ https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-mobile-running-on-windows-phone-7/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:22:38 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=38808 What a simple tweet can do with ones heartbeat is incredible. XDA Recognized Developer Cotulla tweeted a link to a Youtube video showing what appears to be an HTC HD7 running Windows Mobile. It seems to be some kind of emulator which runs Windows Mobile 6.1 on top of Windows Phone 7. Using virtual buttons to

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What a simple tweet can do with ones heartbeat is incredible. XDA Recognized Developer Cotulla tweeted a link to a Youtube video showing what appears to be an HTC HD7 running Windows Mobile. It seems to be some kind of emulator which runs Windows Mobile 6.1 on top of Windows Phone 7. Using virtual buttons to imitate hardware buttons, the Dark Force Team (DFT) shows us that actually almost all functions work, even games play fine.

By simply pressing the back button, you can go back to Windows Phone 7. Windows Mobile will show up as a program in the task manager, so you can simply switch back when you want. There isn’t much information about this yet, but we expect to hear more from DFT soon. You wonder why anyone would ever want Windows Mobile again? Well we’re asking ourselves that too, but it does give some nostalgic feel to the modern and clean Windows Phone UI.

 

 

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Give Your WM Device A Taste Of ICS https://www.xda-developers.com/give-your-wm-device-a-taste-of-honey/ https://www.xda-developers.com/give-your-wm-device-a-taste-of-honey/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:00:31 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=31666 There are several devices blessed with Windows Mobile out there that have the capability to run ports of Android with ease. These devices have severe hardware limitations when it comes to trying to simulate the user experience (no G-sensor, non-functional gps drivers, etc). Well, for those of you who have not made the jump over

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There are several devices blessed with Windows Mobile out there that have the capability to run ports of Android with ease. These devices have severe hardware limitations when it comes to trying to simulate the user experience (no G-sensor, non-functional gps drivers, etc). Well, for those of you who have not made the jump over to a newer generation Android device and would like to have a similar experience to those who will get ICS, then check out the package that XDA member lesscro put together for you. ICS 4.0 combines not only visuals but also some functionality that will make you believe that you are no longer using a Windows Mobile device, but something that really closely resembles Android 4.0. This skin comes loaded with several features such as a 3D task switcher, a very nicely laid out launcher, and much more.

You need to keep in mind that this will only work on devices that are equipped with WVGA devices only (Touch Pro2, HD2, etc). You also need to understand that the new UI is still a work in progress and because of it, you may experience a bug or two. In any case, this is coming out nicely and if you still have a WM device, we strongly recommend you to try it.

25 /10 / 2011 
– lockcreen ‘date, time, weather, notification bar)’
– home page 1 ‘widget weather (unique), all standard shortcut with easy mapping, notification on each icon (SMS, EMAIL, MISSED CALL)’
– home page 2 ‘calendar widget with auto update’
– wireless control from top bar sliding call feature
– top bar ‘press any statut icon to display a popo with extended info (new)’
– launcher ’30 free spaces, support custom icons’

You can find more information in the original thread.

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XDA TV WebApp https://www.xda-developers.com/xda-tv-webapp/ https://www.xda-developers.com/xda-tv-webapp/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:22:40 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=30071 It´s no secret that XDA TV is becoming more popular every day. We love everything from seeing SassiBob showing a new app, Samcaplat reviewing things with his nice British accent, or azrienoch´s editorials telling what others don´t dare say. In order to compliment the full experience, XDA member nathanpc presents a web application to see XDA

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It´s no secret that XDA TV is becoming more popular every day. We love everything from seeing SassiBob showing a new app, Samcaplat reviewing things with his nice British accent, or azrienoch´s editorials telling what others don´t dare say. In order to compliment the full experience, XDA member nathanpc presents a web application to see XDA TV.

As it uses WebKit, it should work on any operating system including Android, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, modern desktop browsers, and iOS.
The developer is waiting for your reports, so please let him know about any malfunction or bug present on version 1.3.

Originally posted by nathanpc
XDA TV v1.3

Now you can have all the XDA TV videos wherever you go using this web application.
After that tweet from azrienoch this sunday I’ve started to work on a webapp version of the XDA TV application. It uses WebKit, so in theory Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7, modern desktop browsers, Symbian will handle it correct, if it doesn’t please report me the problems/bugs with screenshots(if needed) and a good description.

I’ve tried to get the app in the App Store, but Apple rejected it

The technologies used on this application:
iScroll
jQuery
HTML5
My knowledge

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CPU Overclock Tool WiMoSpeed Updated https://www.xda-developers.com/cpu-overclock-tool-wimospeed-updated/ https://www.xda-developers.com/cpu-overclock-tool-wimospeed-updated/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:00:54 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=27645 For Windows Mobile lovers, XDA member iwfratz posted an update to WiMoSpeed, a good tool to over clock your CPU. As mentioned by the developer, the application lets you change the CPU-speed by manipulating the values WM uses for clock control, which makes the app work reliably on battery and AC without any scripting or

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For Windows Mobile lovers, XDA member iwfratz posted an update to WiMoSpeed, a good tool to over clock your CPU. As mentioned by the developer, the application lets you change the CPU-speed by manipulating the values WM uses for clock control, which makes the app work reliably on battery and AC without any scripting or active components. It´s important to understand that by using this tool, you may damage your device, so make sure that you know how to proceed.

To download this app, go to the original thread and download the cab.

Originally posted by iwfratz
[APP] WiMoSpeed: [2011-06-22] V1.08

CAUTION !!!
– USE THIS TOOL AT YOUR OWN RISK !!
– Overclocking your cpu may damage your device.
– Before autostarting the app be sure that your device will not hang.
– backup is always recommended !!
DESCRIPTION :
WiMoSpeed lets you change the CPU-speed. In opposite to other tools, even to the predecessor OverClockTool (OCT), it manipulates the values WM uses for clock control. So it works reliable on battery and AC without any scripting or active components.
USAGE :
– WiMoSpeed needs .NET CF 3.5
– Download and install the CAB
– Start WiMoSpeed.exe. If it reports that it cannot identify your ROM: read LIMITATIONS/PROBLEMS
– Select Speed
– Set Speed
– Exit WiMoSpeed.exe
– Your device still runs with speed you set

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Windows Mobile iSCSI Initiator https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-mobile-iscsi-initiator/ https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-mobile-iscsi-initiator/#comments Sun, 24 Jul 2011 13:50:29 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=27443 XDA member Matt_Williams told us about iSCSI Initiator for Windows Mobile devices. The application will let you connect your WM device to your hard drive whenever you are over WiFi or mobile connection. It can be installed on any Windows Embedded device or Windows Mobile phone. Upon installation, it can be connected to already existing iSCSI

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XDA member Matt_Williams told us about iSCSI Initiator for Windows Mobile devices. The application will let you connect your WM device to your hard drive whenever you are over WiFi or mobile connection. It can be installed on any Windows Embedded device or Windows Mobile phone. Upon installation, it can be connected to already existing iSCSI Targets and to increase security, using a CHAP user authorization is recommended. You can see a video preview of how this app works.

You will be able to use it to access your hard drive when not at home, copy data directly from mobile device to a backup drive, and automatically save pictures from your phone to your hard drive, among other features.

The developer will be pleased to get some feedback from you.

Originally posted by Matt_Williams
Windows Mobile iSCSI Initiator – Connect to your HDD no matter where you are!

Hello all!

I would like to tell you that there is an app that allow you to connect to your hard drive whenever you are over WiFi or 3G/4G. Thanks to that you can get huge storage boost (even 2TB) in your Windows Mobile 4.x to 6.x phone. Best thing is, you can do it for free!

First this software is KernSafe WinCE iSCSI Initiator and it works for both, Windows Embedded CE and Windows Mobile. It uses iSCSI technology to attach new storage to your phone. You can connect to your drive using either WiFi or 3G/4G.

Continue to the application thread to find more.

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Profile Switch for Windows Mobile updated https://www.xda-developers.com/profile-switch-for-windows-mobile-updated/ https://www.xda-developers.com/profile-switch-for-windows-mobile-updated/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 01:00:00 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=27235 With up to 99 different settings, Profile Switch for your Windows Mobile is an effective tool that will let you create shortcuts to manage your WIFI, Data, sound, and more settings in an easy way. XDA member rlmouse just updated his application to version 1.17 and it features: Switch phone, bluetooth, WiFi and data connections

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With up to 99 different settings, Profile Switch for your Windows Mobile is an effective tool that will let you create shortcuts to manage your WIFI, Data, sound, and more settings in an easy way. XDA member rlmouse just updated his application to version 1.17 and it features:

  • Switch phone, bluetooth, WiFi and data connections
  • Auto run on two different times every day or only on selected days
  • Check your appointments if there is a category to disable auto run
  • Switch back to another profile in a given timespan
  • Start up to 3 programs
  • Close up to 5 processes
  • Change the system and ringer volume

Amongst many more. Additionally, you can also disable data in roaming, switch to a profile if the phone comes back to the home network, run a profile once after a given timespan, disable all auto-runs up to a given day and time, and start a profile if a pc-connection is detecred or lost.

If you like it, please let the developer know about your experience with it.

Originally posted by rlmouse
Profile Switch is a small program that stores up to 99 different settings for Phone, WiFi, Bluotooth, Data-Connections, vibrate, silent, eg. and create shortcuts to switch directly. Up from 1.3 you can switch automatically at certain times and days. The complete profile will be changed only with one click.

Every profile can
change the system and ringer volume
change the ringer script
change the backlight settings for batterie and ac power
add a shortcut in startmenu to itself
disable auto starts of profiles if one ‘all day event’ with selected categories is found, you can select up to 3 categories
start a profile if a appointment with selected categories will start or end, you can select up to 3 categories

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WebCamera Plus for Windows Mobile https://www.xda-developers.com/webcamera-plus-for-windows-mobile/ https://www.xda-developers.com/webcamera-plus-for-windows-mobile/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=27099 Hey Windows Mobile users out there! You are still using the second most used operating system around this big community and thus, we have not forgotten about articles for the grandfather of all OS´. This time, we’ll talk about WebCamera Plus by XDA member manhab. Now you can transform your device into a to high-resolution web-camera.

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Hey Windows Mobile users out there! You are still using the second most used operating system around this big community and thus, we have not forgotten about articles for the grandfather of all OS´.

This time, we’ll talk about WebCamera Plus by XDA member manhab. Now you can transform your device into a to high-resolution web-camera. The application features capture device screen and transmit video to Desktop PC, FTP-Camera feature, transmit pictures directly from device on your FTP serve, and transmit FTP-camera in real time from any place, amongst more. The app will work through any connection: USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G, LAN, WiMAX, and is available in 19 languages.

Please let the developer know about your experience with the app.

Originally posted by manhab
WebCamera Plus 2.1.1

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/2000 PC ActiveSync or other data connection program.
features: Transforms your PDA or Smartphone to high-resolution web-camera.

– Use your PDA/Smartphone as microphone!
Even through Wi-Fi!
– FTP-Camera feature. Transmit pictures directly from device on your FTP server.
– You and your friend can see in any browser what picture transmit FTP-camera in real time from any place.
– Can work through any connection: USB ActiveSync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G, LAN, WiMAX.
– Compatible with almost all modern Smartphones and PDAs (Windows Mobile 6.5 included!).
– Can be used as web-camera in many programs: Skype, MSN Messager, Yahoo Messager, ICQ, Virtual Dub and many others.
– Can capture device screen and transmit video to Desktop PC.

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Instant GPS Fix – US & International https://www.xda-developers.com/instant-gps-fix-us-international/ https://www.xda-developers.com/instant-gps-fix-us-international/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 07:00:39 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=27101 How many of you are having problems with the default GPS application on your device? I bet there are several of us having some issues. XDA member AngelDeath took upon the task to work on current GPS issues and got a script that will improve your actual location. It´s available for 62 countries around the

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How many of you are having problems with the default GPS application on your device? I bet there are several of us having some issues. XDA member AngelDeath took upon the task to work on current GPS issues and got a script that will improve your actual location. It´s available for 62 countries around the globe and promises to make satellite locks much faster. The developer mentions that the results you get with this script may depend on your ROM, which can make a big difference, as well as your location, and weather. This is working for several devices like Inspire 4G and not only the HD2.

Please let us know whether is working or not for you. This will be helpful to fix bugs.

Originally posted by AngelDeath
VERSION 1.2 FINAL RELEASED!

USA & International CWR 4.25.2011

UPDATE:

1.2 will be probably the last update. This due to the fact that aside from having our GPS driver not having support for true AGPS (HD2 users) this is probably the best we will be able to get our gps’s to work, I dont think anything past this point will make any difference. I may play around with removing some lines to see if it might just be taking space, but based on the various gps drivers I have tried and looked thru, I dont expect that there is any other command that could be used to improve the outcome. I am looking into a phase 2 of 1.2, but so far its very alpha, and I dont think at this point right now that it will make a difference. If we the HD2 users ever get True AGPS support in our GPS drivers, I would say it will only make our gps’s better 100x with this last release. I tested this by having HTC Inspire 4g users try 1.1 and they had amazing results (Native Android phone with AGPS support), I also had HTC Aria users try the 1.1 (Native Android Phone with AGPS Support) and they had amazing results, so it would only lead me to believe that if and when we get AGPS support, this script will make our GPS better then it is now.

And I believe this file based on my tests in the HTC Inspire forum, and the HTC Aria forum, will work and have the same SUCCESSFUL results on ANY Android Native phone with AGPS Support, if those two are any indication.

I would like to thank everyone that has tried this, most of you have had very good success, and some of you have not, do understand that a rom can make the difference, as well as your location, and despite popular belief; weather.

Continue on to the discussion thread.

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Interview with Recognized Developer Faryaab https://www.xda-developers.com/interview-with-recognized-developer-faryaab/ https://www.xda-developers.com/interview-with-recognized-developer-faryaab/#comments Sun, 17 Jul 2011 04:00:05 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=27441 Welcome to another episode of XDA-Interviews, where we try to talk with those members that have been developing on XDA to bring us great ROM´s and applications. This time, we will talk with Faryaab, a 14 year old Chef who is actively working on the XPERIA X1, the HTC Desire, and on the Samsung Galaxy

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Welcome to another episode of XDA-Interviews, where we try to talk with those members that have been developing on XDA to bring us great ROM´s and applications.

This time, we will talk with Faryaab, a 14 year old Chef who is actively working on the XPERIA X1, the HTC Desire, and on the Samsung Galaxy S.

orb3000: Thanks a lot Faryaab for giving us some time for this interview. So, you are 14 years old, I dare to ask how long have you been developing and how did it all start?

Faryaab: It all started from my HTC Wizard. I wanted Windows Mobile 6 on it and was searching a lot in Google and came on this site first i was blown away with the work the developers had done. Then i started flashing my Wizard I was a really happy user. The same thing also happened to my HTC Artemis but when i got my XPERIA X1 i was the happiest KID EVER. Then i started to learn how to cook Windows Mobile ROMs and started cooking them for my X1. Later on I found out that my X1 can run Android. I was really amaze that a phone can run 2 OSs. Then I became the Android developer of the X1 and since then i bought two more devices the HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S and the compatibility of the phones were out of the world and then also started cooking for them.

orb3000: Why is it that you chose the Xperia, the Desire, and the Galaxy S for cooking? Was it just because you have those devices? Or perhaps you saw something special on them?

Faryaab: I only had those mobile phones and in my opinion they were the best phones at their time.

orb3000: What advice would you give to the members who are willing to learn the art of cooking?

Faryaab: Just don’t give up and keep trying and searching and you will definitely succeed.

orb3000: What is your opinion about Windows Phone 7? Will you consider cooking for that platform?

Faryaab: I think Windows Phone 7 OS is has real potential but it needs more productivity. Maybe I will cook for Windows Phone 7 OS but not soon.

orb3000: Do you have plans for cooking for more devices? If so, which ones?

Faryaab: I will be cooking for the Samsung Galaxy S II device when I buy it later this year.

orb3000: What do you do for living?

Faryaab: I’m a student so I study.

orb3000: Why is the name for your ROM´s F1?

Faryaab: I name my rom series F1 because I love formula one so my every Android build name start’s from F1.

orb3000: What is the main problem you have faced cooking for Galaxy S?

Faryaab: Bugged stock Samsung base firmwares.

orb3000: Are you planning to expand your work to other devices or operating systems in the future?

Faryaab: Yes after Android I might start cooking for WP7.

orb3000: Thanks a lot for your time and we hope to talk to you later on.

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Modify the Look of Your Windows Mobile Keyboard with Dusk Keyboard Skins https://www.xda-developers.com/modify-the-look-of-your-windows-mobile-keyboard-with-dusk-keyboard-skins/ https://www.xda-developers.com/modify-the-look-of-your-windows-mobile-keyboard-with-dusk-keyboard-skins/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2011 01:00:11 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=27464 Are you a Windows Mobile user who has grown tired of the lackluster looks of the stock onscreen qwerty keyboard? Luckily, you are able to try different layouts. However, if you’ve ever tried to download a keyboard theme, you have surely found that most only modify the QWERTY layout. Luckily, XDA forum member aedon has created a

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Are you a Windows Mobile user who has grown tired of the lackluster looks of the stock onscreen qwerty keyboard? Luckily, you are able to try different layouts. However, if you’ve ever tried to download a keyboard theme, you have surely found that most only modify the QWERTY layout.

Luckily, XDA forum member aedon has created a theme that modifies every layout. This theme is available in three versions, all of which deliver a much needed touch of love to the aging OS so many still swear by. In the words of the developer:

 So you’ve tried looking for keyboard skins before and were excited about the great new look it gave your phone right?

BUT You were dissapointed to find that it only skinned the very basic onscreen qwerty right? I know I was.

SO I did something about it.
If your familiar with the Sharkie rom, you might have noticed that his 5.0 rom featured a full keyboard skin in wich every single keyboard in the phone had been skinned in Dinik’s iconic anastasia theme.
That was my first keyboard skin.

But after the fact I had noticed a themeI liked better then the anastasia glass.

The DUSK!

So I colaborated a bit more with sharkie to make this new full keyborad skin.
We decided that a traditional black and white look would be best and I went to work on this Dusk keyboard.

Stock green is just that, a stock green version
Sharkie theme was made to match the sharki roms aqua blue them.
Crimson Red was basicly for my use but I’ll share

Continue on to the original thread to get your replacement keyboard action!

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The Weekly Q&A: Week 43 https://www.xda-developers.com/the-weekly-qa-week-43/ https://www.xda-developers.com/the-weekly-qa-week-43/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 03:11:01 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=27132 Every week, we select five questions and answers, found on the forums. Even though some of these questions and answers might not be of help to you, they might still be interesting to read. Q‘My phone constantly runs out of battery when I need it the most,what can I use as a backup?’ A Try

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Every week, we select five questions and answers, found on the forums. Even though some of these questions and answers might not be of help to you, they might still be interesting to read.

Q‘My phone constantly runs out of battery when I need it the most,what can I use as a backup?’

A Try Power Fort portable battery chargers, charges one full cycle on the Desire.

  • Q&A originally posted in the HTC Desire thread.

Q‘Does anyone have a video player that’s working on this build that’ll play .avi files? I keep getting a message “The file cannot be played with the System Player” when I use RockPlayer?’

A Try MoboPlayer, it has played avi files successfully in the past.

  • Q&A originally posted in the Samsung Mesmerize thread.

Q‘Is there a way to remove branding on the LG P920? I bought the phone outright but it is filled with useless stuff from Optus here in Australia and I am with Vodafone?’

A Dial ##002# to turn off diversions and dial ##21# to turn off call redirect. This supposedly turns off all Optus services but you may still need to disable them separately.

  • Q&A originally posted in the LG Optimus 3D thread.

Q‘I am looking for a B60K or higher series dock, but all the ones in the stores are only B50K. If you have a DOCK with B60K or higher, where did you get it?’

A Try the Currys website – they never had any in store but had the bundle online. Amazon also had it online.

  • Q&A originally posted in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer thread.

Q‘Following installation of CyanogenMod 7.1.0 RC1 my original Vodafone rom of 1.6 allowed HTC Sync, removed HTC sync from device and its automatically reinstalled it when using the usb connection cable. However i only get a usb storage mode, not a ‘HTC Sync’ now?’

A HTC Sync is a HTC Program that will only work with the stock ROM, because once flashed, your device won’t have any HTC software. It’s like if you wanted to use HTC sync with a non-HTC Android phone.

  • Q&A originally posted in the HTC Tattoo thread.

We certainly hope that you can use these bits of knowledge. This site is full of wonderful guides for virtually every question you could have. Read them and put them to good use.

News Writer Team

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So, Whose Fault Is It Anyways? https://www.xda-developers.com/so-whose-fault-is-it-anyways/ https://www.xda-developers.com/so-whose-fault-is-it-anyways/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:00:14 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=26646 For as long as we have been here, we have always been faced with difficulties, lack of support, faulty hardware, and seemingly locked-beyond comprehension devices. Nine times out of ten, all the blame will go against manufacturers, you know… those multi-national evil corporations that do nothing else but to bring us the very products that

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For as long as we have been here, we have always been faced with difficulties, lack of support, faulty hardware, and seemingly locked-beyond comprehension devices. Nine times out of ten, all the blame will go against manufacturers, you know… those multi-national evil corporations that do nothing else but to bring us the very products that we seem to spend our money, time, and energy on. Apparently, these faceless entities have everything in their control and will give nothing in return to us mere mortals. That is a world wide perception of facts in this technology world of ours, but is it the right perception?

The world as we know it is a global economy with many companies closely tied up in their operations and business practices. In fact, they are so tightly bonded that the demise of one company could send a ripple effect throughout the entire industry. If you don’t believe me, look at what happened when the big 3 US automotive companies started having issues. Every company upstream and downstream from their production plants were having issues and going bankrupt: Delphi, SKF, etc, which were part of the supply chain, and car dealers all over the world. This was mostly because of management decisions at some point or another.

So, where am I going with all this explanation about the workings of our global economy? Simply put, our mobile companies are no different than the example I just put out. Every decision they make has great influence over the market, the future releases, and virtually everything they do. Over the last 4 years, things have sped up considerably thanks to the evolution of mobile systems, maybe a bit too much, to the point that a lot of the decision making has been based on meeting deadlines as opposed to releasing more quality tested products. Basically, it is no longer up to a single company or individual to say “your device will be receiving regular updates and fixes.” Fact of the matter is that this may actually never happen again. So, when you have situations like what happened a few months ago within our very own forums of people bashing Samsung for not releasing Froyo updates for the Galaxy family, was it really Samsung’s fault? Was it the carrier’s fault? Maybe Google had a say in things as well. Same goes for HTC, albeit, HTC was more blatant in saying that it was the carrier’s request that the Sensation line of devices would be locked like that. There are other companies like Sony, who just have a culture of locking things down and offering limited support and life extension to their products. I put them as an example of an extreme as many of their products have no other company between them and the end customer (Playstation products in general). So, really there is no one else to blame in their case.

Thankfully, it seems that the playing field has been shifting quite a bit recently. HTC and Samsung are getting closer to developers and are beginning to focus more on the end user, as it is them (and not the carriers) who ultimately purchase their products. Motorola and Sony are also beginning to see the light at the end of this dark tunnel that they had been travelling through as well. It seems that the rest of the industry will have to follow suit if things keep up.

So, what are your thoughts? Who do you normally blame when things don’t go the way you expect them with your new $400-$600 toy? And most importantly, are you blaming the correct culprit? Please leave a comment.

 

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Windows Mobile Marketplace and MyPhone Discontinued https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-mobile-marketplace-and-myphone-discountined/ https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-mobile-marketplace-and-myphone-discountined/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.xda-developers.com/?p=25481 Today is a sad day for Windows Mobile users because Microsoft decided to put an end to Windows Mobile Marketplace and MyPhone services. Many threads are surfacing throughout XDA about the same topic and this is because people who were using those services are being notified by a diplomatic e-mail. Basically, both services will stop

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Today is a sad day for Windows Mobile users because Microsoft decided to put an end to Windows Mobile Marketplace and MyPhone services. Many threads are surfacing throughout XDA about the same topic and this is because people who were using those services are being notified by a diplomatic e-mail.

Basically, both services will stop working as per the following schedule:

My Phone back-ups stop 7 August, 2011
My Phone web site closes 6 October, 2011

You may want to backup some of your data because Microsoft will provide automatic migration/backup only for:
Contacts (csv), Calendar items (ics), Text messages (txt), and Photos (jpg, jpeg, gif, png, tif, fit, wbmp, bmp, opl, n3a, ota). Other data such as video, documents, music, favs, and tasks should be backed up manually by you before Oct 6, otherwise that data won´t be accessible anymore.

Do you think Microsoft is doing a wise move by closing these services? Perhaps some of these services should be included on the new platform as it is not really functional yet as the “old” service” was. Let us know what you think.

Here is the discussion thread, which was started by XDA member GSLEON3.

This is the mail all users will be receiving.

Continue to the full article.

Thanks to Simon_WM for the tip:)

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