Julien Schapman, the developer of TouchXperience, just hit our inbox with some interesting news on his latest project. He’s created a file explorer, called TouchXplorer, for Windows Phone 7 that supports standard file operations, such as open, edit, copy, move, delete, rename, and search, with “full access to the system.” It almost reminds us of the file explorer from the last generation of Windows Phone, but with a makeover. There is a catch, though, your device needs to be unlocked, as Microsoft disallows programs like TouchXplorer from entering the Marketplace. [...]
In recent months, smartphones with more than capable processors seem to be getting boosted with various overclocking utilities, but what about handsets with less firepower, like the widely released HTC Touch Pro2 and its 528MHz CPU? An overclocking tool would be a perfect compliment, along with software tweaks like CHT 2.0, in keeping the faithful Windows Phone relevant while users gauge the market for either a Windows Phone 7 or possibly an Android. We covered one such utility before, called Msm7kCpuSpeed, but that seemed to be more proof of concept than practical application, as it [...]
If you’re not running Android on your Windows Phone, but like and want the vanilla lockscreen found on devices like the Nexus One and Nexus S, there’s a CAB for that. Zephnath, from XDA, has created a mod for the standard Windows Phone 6.5 lockscreen that decks it out in Android-like attire. It includes the familiar unlock slider (pulls from left to right), similar font for the time/date, and custom notification icons. Future versions will include: varied styles, advanced features, support for Energy ROM, and support for more resolutions. Wouldn’t it be cool if the [...]
HTC HD2 users on XDA know the name DarkStone1337 very well, due to his mixed bag of tricks with getting Android to play nicely with Windows Phone. He recently had to discontinue development and depart from the scene, but now he’s back with arguably his best work to date. He’s actually managed to run the Android OS from RAM in his latest SuperRAM FroYo build.
So you may be asking, why is this any better than other builds floating around? In DarkStone1337’s own words, “the entire Android O/S filesystem is stored in RAM before it is booted. What does this [...]
Back in June, we covered an artistic looking theme for HTC Sense 2.5 (and CHT 1.8.5) that was inspired by the popular Buuf icons created by Paul Davey, also known as Mattahan. The theme was packed with colorful icons, widgets, and wallpapers that were styled in a unique, hand-drawn manner. It was a refreshing step away from the skins and themes we usually come across. Unfortunately, development soon faded while CHT evolved, leaving users with a disjointed experience, at least until now.
Sponge_worthy, from XDA-Developers, has picked the project back up by enhancing it with CHT [...]
Windows Phone 7 isn’t the only mobile platform capable of accessing robust Bing search features. Today, Microsoft updated their Bing for Mobile Android and iOS applications. The update brings some much appreciated features to both apps.
On the Android front, the update gives users the ability to bookmark images, expand search capabilities through a widget that can ping third party apps, share plans with friends, make restaurant reservations with OpenTable, and even order takeout with GrubHub. Bing will also detect “what’s nearby” and list full category [...]
The CDMA Windows Phone 7 launch saga continues, as a new, unnamed source has stepped forward to confirm a January 2011 launch window for Sprint and Verizon. According to Neowin, a trusted source claims that we can finally expect Windows Phone 7s on both CDMA carriers next month. Of course, this lines up nicely with a recent rumor stating that the HTC Trophy will be heading to Verizon at the start of the new year, as well as the leaked pamphlet to Microsoft employees. Sprint’s plans have been kept relatively quiet, although they did tease us with an unfinished product back in [...]
Yesterday, we reported about the surprise emergence of nullDC, a Dreamcast emulator, for Android. Flash forward a day later and it looks like the developer of the project, drk||Raziel, already has games booting up.
With the last post simply showing a BIOS test, these latest videos certainly have us encouraged that development is progressing much faster than most probably anticipated. That being said, we’re not quite there yet, folks, as the frame rate is a bit sluggish at this point. Still, the fact that we already get to see the likes of Crazy Taxi, Shenmue, DOA2, and [...]
Slowly, but surely, Microsoft is showcasing features from Windows Phone 7 in their ad campaigns. We’ve seen ads centered around the People Hub, camera, and even Xbox Live. Well, now it’s time for Bing to shine in this new “Really” ad that takes place in an airport. Like with some of the previous spots, this one starts with a clear view and quick explanation of the Start screen, followed by a demonstration of a neat Windows Phone 7 feature, in this case Bing search. Of course, it all concludes with a funny “Really” moment, which we tend to enjoy. [...]
Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 users have been dealt a disappointing hand when it comes to accelerometer support in applications. While limited instances allow for auto-rotating the screen upon shifting the device from portrait to landscape, the support just isn’t there like it is for other Windows Phones. MonsterMash, from XDA, grew tired of dealing with the hand he was dealt, so he developed a utility, appropriately called X2AccelerometerUtility, to manage the accelerometer on the X2. Now, users can enable/disable the accelerometer and choose which applications should take advantage [...]
If you’re coming from Windows Phone 6.5, you may recall a project called TouchXperience, which we’ve reported on numerous occasions. It was a home screen replacement project that promised highly customizable features and fancy animations. Unfortunately, it took years to develop, so by the time it was finally available publicly as a beta, onlookers were either disinterested or already fixated on attaining the next generation of Windows Phone. Well, the developer, Julien Schapman, has apparently decided to focus his efforts on recreating TouchXperience for Windows Phone 7. [...]
Want to set your home screen on fire? You’re in luck because “KF Flames Live Wallpaper” by Kittehface software, the leading developers in Live Wallpapers in my opinion, gives you this ability with a number of features to boot. Unlike most fiery Live Wallpapers, which I’ve noticed are either poorly rendered or just looped video footage, this new one is fantastic. You can adjust the flame density, noise, and color, as well as change the backdrop behind the fire. If you like what you see in the demo below, head to the Android Market and search “KF Flames Live [...]
One of the quickest ways to change the look and feel of your Android device is by swapping out the launcher. The flexibility of Android allows the switch to be either subtle or more involved, depending on the launcher style. We’ve posted several choices before, including LauncherPro, ADW.Launcher, Zune Home, Gingerbread, and Netfront Life Screen. Well, now there’s one to mimic the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI.
“Windows Phone Android” will replace your home screen with a grid of tiles on what’s called a Start screen. The home screen replacement is still [...]
Yesterday, we showed you how to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread keyboard on rooted devices running Android 2.2 Froyo. Today, we’ve come across another piece of the Gingerbread puzzle, the launcher, courtesy of Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo. This is rather bare-bones in nature, but if you’re going for that stock Gingerbread look, green accents and all, it may be of interest to you. It even has the conveniently placed “manage apps” option when pulling up the menu on the Home screen. Is this launcher a worthy replacement for whichever option you’re currently [...]
Jumping from Windows Phone 6.5 to 7 may feel somewhat claustrophobic to some, since the level of customization has been significantly reduced. That’s why it’s refreshing to see users come up with clever methods of personalizing their new Windows Phones beyond traditional means. For example, we previously posted about a user-created custom wallpaper that compliments the information on the lockscreen. Well, another user decided to test the waters with a transparent wallpaper.
As you can see in the video below, the Start screen can be seen through the [...]
It’s hard to believe we’re already approaching December 25, which is Christmas for those who celebrate it. In case you haven’t noticed, we did our part in spreading some holiday cheer by decorating near the top of the site. Why not do the same with a Christmas theme for Co0kie’s Home Tab 2.0 on Windows Phone 6.5? Thanks to Dunc001 from XDA, users can now treat their phones to familiar Christmas sights and sounds. Check out what’s included below and then head over to XDA-Developers for instructions on how to set it all up. Knowing the folks at XDA, [...]
Tom Codon, a developer on XDA, just released a tool to cut out some of the steps involved when sideloading apps on Windows Phone 7. Although not terribly difficult, more of an annoyance really, users had to previously open the Start Menu, run Application Deployment using the Windows Phone Developer Tools, and then choose the XAP file in order to install homebrew apps to their phones. Well, Tom’s new XAP Installer allows you to skip that process by only requiring a click or two of the XAP file in question to get the same result.
For those who haven’t jumped into this [...]
If you’re running Windows Phone 6.5, without HTC Sense, there’s a good chance you’re rolling with SPB Mobile Shell 3.5.5 as your go-to UI. It’s a popular choice due to robust features and options, and weve always appreciated its flexibility when it comes to custom themes. Well, two of the best Mobile Shell theme makers, doc3000 and mskip, have decided to team up to produce a new, highly customizable theme. Called Droid Pro+ 2, the Android-inspired theme allows users to change skins and adjust actions on the fly using a special managing tool. This includes [...]
In this video, we take a look at the latest version of Fireslave’s Windows Phone 7 theme for Windows Mobile 6.5. WP7 2.0 is actually a theme for the highly customizable ThrottleLauncher UI. It features the familiar Start screen with animated tiles, specialized pages (for music, people, games, pictures, Bing search, settings, calendar), customizable theme colors, a bottom menu bar, and more. Check out the video walk-through and then get the details on how to install the theme on your device below.
– Download and install [...]
Windows Phone 7 has been out for less than two months and already it’s being used as a vehicle to control everyone’s favorite Star Wars droid, R2-D2. After a WP7 developer successfully created an app to handle a miniature missile launcher late last week, he joined forces with a friend to create another app to remotely control an R2-D2 Lego Mindstorms NXT. The R2-D2 robot and missile launcher can both be moved in four directions. The former can also come to a halt as it chirps familiar sound effects, while the latter can launch short-ranged missiles. Most consumers probably [...]
Gameloft has partnered with Sprint to offer a “buy one, get one free” promotion on their Android games for HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G users. Follow the instructions below to take advantage of the deal, which will last through the holidays. If you’re not familiar with Gameloft’s Android games, you can learn more about them on their website.
Make sure to follow these steps to get in on the deal:
1. Connect through 3G. Please note WiFi and 4G will not work.2. Using your HTC EVO or Samsung EPIC phone, check into the Sprint Zone.3. [...]
A new widget for Co0kie’s Home Tab 2.0 final is now available and it’s one many Windows Mobile users have been anticipating for a while. The new widget gives users a 5-day overview of the weather forecast right on the Home screen, which is similar to the information listed on the Sense 2.5 weather tab. The current version only supports degrees in Celsius, but a Fahrenheit option is already in the works. The developer hopes to add extended data, such as pressure, wind strength, wind direction, UV level, and more in the future. Head over to XDA-Developers and install the BL [...]
If you’re a fan of uTorrent, arguably the most popular BitTorrent client out there, then you may want to check out Torrent Buddy for Windows Phone 7. The app allows you to remotely manage torrents on your computer through your Windows Phone. This includes being able to start, stop, pause, and delete torrents. However, what separates this app from the alternatives is the ability to add new torrents from websites and RSS feeds directly on your phone. See Torrent Buddy in action below and pick it up from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for $1.99. The ad-supported “trial” [...]
Since most of the “Really” ads are simply teasers for Windows Phone 7, it’s refreshing to see one that actually shows a feature or two. Like the Soccer scene we posted about last week, this latest ad demos a feature before playing out the humorous part. Of all places, the setting is up in the clouds, where two men are trying to take pictures with their phones while skydiving. The guy with the Windows Phone 7 shows how quickly he can take a snapshot and upload it to Facebook, while the other skydiver fumbles with his device. This is pointing out the convenience factor [...]