HTC couldn’t let Nokia win it all with its free turn-by-turn offline navigation solution bundled with Lumia Windows Phones. Some HTC Locations users on Android had the opportunity to download maps but now there’s a new version available for Windows Phone users rocking Taiwanese phones.
Now the new version of HTC Locations allows you to download maps and use them for offline navigation. The new description reflects just that: “find your way with directions or voice guidance. You can download maps to your phone for offline use, or search and browse online maps [...]
We’ve heard of the 8107 update for Windows Phone at the very beginning of 2012; it is supposed to bring both fixes to privacy as well as the keyboard which in certain scenarios disappears. Microsoft announced that the 8107 update will be available “to all carriers that request it” but the build number was the highest we’ve officially heard of.
The database of the popular WP Bench application — used for basic Windows Phone benchmarking — now features a build number 7.10.8745. It first surfaced in the app some four days ago and is reportedly [...]
There’s a weird problem that’s been appearing on more and more HTC Windows Phone devices lately. While we’ve seen some reports of it that date back earlier, a whole new group started noticing its effects after installing the recent 7740 update. On affected phones, owners find that every time they reset their device, it comes back on with a new WiFi MAC address.
If randomized MAC addresses don’t sound like a big deal to you, then you can go right on not worrying, but if you connect to a WiFi network that registers MAC addresses and uses them as a component [...]
Been waiting patiently for Mango updates to arrive? If you’ve got an HTC-made Windows Phone 7 device, you may be in for quite the treat, as official Mango releases for many of its models have just been leaked.
ROMs are available for the Gold (Pro), Mozart, Spark (Trophy), and Schubert (HD7). The only one missing appears to be the Mondrian (Surround). Most of these ROMs are for the European versions of the handsets, though there is one for the Trophy on Verizon. All are Mango 7720.68, the final version released to manufacturers.
If you’re going to try your hand [...]
This week we heard about the first RSPL/HSPL project for Windows Phone 7-powered HTC devices, which should open up the gates for future customization and even custom ROMs from the underground developer community. In case you doubted it, here’s the first ever second custom Windows Phone 7 ROM.
It comes courtesy of the Dark Forces Team (DFT), the ones behind many Windows Phone ports and the HSPL itself. It is reportedly suitable for first wave Windows Phones made by the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. According to the description, it is suitable “for all HTC operator [...]
A month ago we saw how you could update your Windows Phone to the latest Windows Phone Mango Beta but since then Redmond updated the build and released the Beta 2 of Mango which brings quite a lot of changes.
In this video walkthrough we’ll show you how to update basically any Windows Phone to the latest build 7712 of Mango, the Beta 2. The prerequisites are quite the same: you have to have a NoDo-powered Windows Phone and make sure you’ve got plenty of battery juice left!
1. Download the tool found at step 1 at the link below, version 0.3.2. Download and [...]
If you’ve been a Windows Mobile user you definitely remember the old days of flashing custom ROMs. You were able to do that with the help of Hard SPL, a custom bootloader that allowed for flashing of unofficial (custom) ROMs to the phone. Some HTC Windows Phones are supported by a new tool that reportedly brings HSPL to Windows Phone 7.
With Microsoft and its new, locked down platform, the question for custom ROMs and deep customization wasasked by almost every Windows Mobile power user. DarkForces Team have released a tool that supports five HTC Windows Phones: Gold (HTC [...]
HTC launched its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone on Sprint this past spring as the HTC Arrive, the CDMA version of the 7 Pro. Prior to the phone’s release, we had heard the phone referred to by the codename Ruby. After the Arrive, well, arrived, Ruby chatter died off and we were content to believe that the smartphone was indeed this new Windows Phone 7 device. Well, that might have been premature, as now the HTC Ruby has popped back on our radar, and it’s not quite what we were expecting.
The photos above and below are marked as being taken by an HTC Ruby, catching [...]
A month ago U.S. Cellular told the world about its plans to bring seven Android phones and one Windows Phone to its line-up this year. From these, three will be made by HTC and if we take the one Taiwanese Windows Phone out there are only two HTC Android phones left.
According to the image above — which is really a leaked U.S. Cellular rebate form — we know that the carrier is preparing the HTC Desire II and the HTC Wildfire S. The Desire II is really the Desire S, follow-up to the popular HTC Desire, with a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 768MB of RAM, 1.1GB of ROM, and a [...]
Remember U.S. Cellular preparing seven Android-powered smartphones and a Windows Phone for this year? It looks like the Windows Phone is the first to come out and it’s the QWERTY-slider HTC 7 Pro, announced officially by the carrier.
Starting today, the U.S. Cellular HTC 7 Pro is available $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with a data plan purchase and a new two-year agreement. Nothing out of the ordinary hardware-wise, just your typical Windows Phone with a 1GHz processor and WVGA display and that aside, your ordinary HTC 7 Pro. That means the 3.6-inch tilted [...]
Cellular South will be the second domestic carrier to pick up the Windows Phone 7-powered HTC 7 Pro QWERTY slider, following Sprint (with the HTC Arrive), with Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger reporting that a release is scheduled for tomorrow, June 13th. Pricing is said to be $199.99 on a two-year contract, which is the same as most other WP7 handsets on the larger national carriers. We’re also expecting the 7 Pro to hit Verizon at some point as just the HTC Pro, based on evidence from user agent profiles and other public documentation.
Source: Clarion LedgerVia: [...]
The HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 QWERTY slider now appears headed for Verizon, after first being released last month by Sprint as the HTC Arrive. Specifically, the phone seems to be the same MWP6885 which showed up among several unknown handsets on a gaming site which tracks hits from WP7 devices. Also on that list is the similar model number MWP6985, which we know from several sources (Cellebrite, PDADb.net) is Verizon’s upcoming version of the 7 Trophy. We can assume from the naming conventions that MWP6985 and MWP6885 are destined for the same carrier (MWP probably stands for [...]
They say that security through obscurity is none at all, and when it comes to protecting WiFi networks, there’s no substitution for using proper up-to-date encryption with a strong key. That said, there’s no sense in making things easier for anyone potentially trying to tap into your network, so many of us also use MAC filtering or choose not to broadcast the network’s SSID. That latter choice can cause headaches for Windows Phone 7 users, with no way to select a network to join if it’s in this “invisible” state. HTC just came out with a fix, [...]
Dark Forces Team (DFT), a group of smartphone hackers heavily involved with HTC devices revealed in photos today a modified SPL that could potentially enable custom ROMs and the possibility of MAGLDR, which could mean deploying Android to the WP7 platform soon. DFT is known for releasing HardSPL and MAGLDR for a number of HTC Windows Mobile devices such as the HTC HD2 which allows the deployment of custom ROMs and alternative operating systems.
Pictured in the photos are the HTC 7 Mozart (PD67100), and HTC 7 Pro (PC92100), both running a custom SPL created by Cotulla. No word [...]
What exactly did yesterday’s HTC-wide Windows Phone 7 update accomplish? Some users didn’t notice any changes at all. Reader Glueharbour reported a fix for camera handling in sleep mode and a general data speed boost when using WiFi for data. With as small as these changes are, we wouldn’t be surprised if there are even more tweaks that just haven’t been spotted yet. There’s a chance, though, that things have changed for the worse, as some owners of HTC smartphones have reported that they appear to now be using a lower bit depth for their [...]
The HTC 7 Pro is known as the HTC Arrive in the US thanks to Sprint — as well as its CDMA support — and the device looks to be landing soon at Cellular South together with the HTC Desire II — basically the Desire S — and the Wildifre S.
The information comes from a screen grab of what looks to be the carrier’s system in which the three devices are listed. Calling the Desire S the Desire II is nothing out of the ordinary — just remember the HTC Incredible S is called the Incredible II with Verizon — which makes us wonder why the Wildfire [...]
Up until now, the updates we’ve been seeing for Windows Phone 7 (or not seeing, for those still awaiting NoDo) have been from Microsoft and have eventually made their way to smartphones from all WP7 manufacturers. HTC may be about to step away from the pack, as there are reports right now of an update that’s specific to only HTC models, currently going out to phones.
There isn’t any information available yet as to just what the update contains, but multiple users have reported receiving notification that it’s available. Don’t get too alarmed that [...]
While Microsoft has yet to open Windows Phone 7’s compass API to app developers, handset manufacturers have access to more open programming tools. This allows HTC to release the first WP7 magnetic compass app with the HTC Arrive. The app was simultaneously introduced to the marketplace and it was quickly discovered to be compatible with other HTC WP7 devices.
The app prompts you to wave your phone in a figure-eight to calibrate the sensor, then overlays a compass on a map of your current location. The map allows you to select a destination for walking directions, and [...]
Microsoft has finally started to roll-out its first major Windows Phone 7 update a couple of hours ago but it might take over a week (or two) for the refresh to reach you if you have a carrier branded device.
Chris Walsh, member of the ChevronWP7 team has posted a workaround on its blog letting carrier-branded HTC users emulate a non-branded Windows Phone 7 in order to apply the update immediately. The procedure “un-brands” the HTC device and tricks the system into believing it is carrier independent and good to go for the update. Please note that the hack is for HTC [...]
Some of HTC’s Windows Phone 7 devices got their taste of Microsoft’s NoDo update a little ahead of schedule, as we saw ROMs leak for the HD7, Mozart, and Trophy earlier this month. Now the GSM-enabled version of the HTC 7 Pro is joining their ranks, with a NoDo ROM of its own.
Popping up like the others over at the XDA-Developers forum, this ROM appears to install just the same. That means that in order to complete the flash you’ll need to take advantage of a “gold card”, a specially configured microSD card that will allow your HTC handset to accept [...]
Not convinced by the image of the HTC Trophy on Verizon that popped up yesterday? As if it was answering our demands to get a closer look at it, the Trophy has made another appearance, giving us an even better opportunity to check out the phone’s hardware.
Windows Phone Central brings us this series of pictures, courtesy of an unnamed tipster. Although not visible in some of the renders that we came across earlier, now you can clearly see the Verizon-red hiding underneath the phone’s grills. This is also our first look at a Verizon WP7 app installed on one of its [...]
Mobile analytics provider mtiks has made some Windows Phone 7 related numbers public on its blog regarding app statistics by device, country and usage.
According to the figures, the US market is the number one market for Windows Phone 7 applications with 57.3% — which is to be expected as a home country with a vast population and two carriers to start off the platform — followed by Germany (18.48%) and UK (7.49%).
Both app number and app usage-wise, the Samsung Focus is the most popular Windows Phone 7 device followed by the HTC HD7. From a centralized point [...]
Shortly after the HTC Arrive announcement, the carrier’s first Windows Phone 7, with CDMA support, Sprint has published a couple of pictures on its website featuring the device with the Games Hub in Landscape orientation.
We were speculating on the odds of NoDo bringing further Landscape support to Windows Phone 7 but we were pretty much convinced that it was just a “Photoshop” error. If you head to the Sprint HTC Arrive page now — check the source link — you’ll see that the picture has changed to better reflect reality. The Landscape oriented [...]
If you’ve seen Sprint’s Arrive web page you might have noticed a landscape version of the Windows Phone 7 Games hub. Is this just Photoshop trickery? We know the Sprint Arrive from HTC won’t arrive until after the NoDo update is released because that’s the only way you’ll get CDMA support on this thing. So it is possible that Microsoft may have snuck in some more landscape orientation support into Windows Phone 7. One of our biggest complaints with the European HTC 7 Pro was its lack of landscape support in Windows Phone 7. What do you [...]