There was a time when all of us at Pocketnow craved for the HD7, and as it turns out, now it seems that not even HTC wants to have a piece of it. Recently one of the proud few that still own a device asked HTC on Twitter if there are any specific dates as to when Windows Phone 7.8 will reach his device, and even though we were expecting the usual “it’s coming soon”, the response wasn’t that nice.
HTC responded that there are sadly no plans for the company to deliver Windows Phone 7.8, and the obvious “we’ll get back to you if something [...]
Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the official release of iOS 6 and what you can expect from it. Then we go through some recent leaks of Windows Phone 7.8, which sadly got pulled as early as they made the news. Then we talk about the iPad mini and the recent leaked images of the full device assembled. The Cyan version of the Nokia Lumia 920 is next because apparently we will get that color variant. We end today’s show by talking about both the LG Optimus G event and the HTC Windows Phone event, which are scheduled for later today, and which we’ll be [...]
In Microsoft’s Smoked By Windows Phone campaign you’ll see a lot of informal speed tests that make Windows Phone out to be faster than other platforms. Most of those things are due to Windows Phone being designed to have less steps required to perform certain tasks, but what about very basic tasks like launching an app or getting to the home screen? Can Windows Phone on an ancient processor really be faster at those simple things when compared to the latest dual core Android phone?
It turns out Windows Phone employs a few little tricks that make it seem faster to the [...]
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 [...]
Raise your hands if you remember Windows Mobile 6.1! More than a year ago Windows Phone 7 was ported to a Windows Mobile legacy device — the HTC HD2 — and it looks like the tables have turned. Windows Mobile is now running on a legacy Windows Phone 7 device: the HTC HD7.
It is emulated alright but it seems to have every working bit inside there, from the Start Menu to setting, video playback and even gameplay. Because it’s running on top of Windows Phone 7 in an emulator, hitting the Back button will take you to your Start screen but you can easily jump back to [...]
A few weeks ago, we learned of an update on its way to several Windows Phone models, including the HTC HD7 in Europe. Although we thought the release would be geographically restricted, some HD7 owners on T-Mobile in the States did report successfully being able to update. If you weren’t among them, and have been waiting for your own chance to get at the new software, a leaked screenshot from T-Mobile’s computers reveals plans to deliver updates to both the HD7 and Radar 4G, starting tomorrow.
The big news for the HD7 is the addition of support for Internet Sharing, [...]
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 [...]
It’s always good to have software updates for current hardware because you know that on one hand, your OEM and/or carrier are still supporting your device and on the other hand, new functionality is added and/or bugs are ironed out.
The HTC HD7, HTC Mozart and the Samsung Focus all recently got software updates. While the update for the first two phones is available in certain European regions, the Samsung Focus is of course an American phone and U.S. users should receive the notification. What’s in the package? According to reports, it’s Internet Sharing for [...]
Windows Phone Mango is probably the most anticipated platform (refresh) for mobile devices coming out of Redmond. Those lucky (brave) enough already got a taste of Mango using Beta or RTM versions and, while we showed you how to downgrade to NoDo, it appears that Microsoft will make an upgrade path available that doesn’t need you to revert. Here’s the status of the Mango updates for the U.S. carriers, according to current reports:
Sprint will most probably start the roll-out process of Mango for its Arrive Windows Phone. If the information on its own support page is [...]
We are still expecting to hear something official from Microsoft to confirm those September 15 Mango announcement and launch rumors and, while we wait, it appears that the platform refresh went live in Taiwan.
It wasn’t supposed to happen until tomorrow, as previous rumors indicate, but it looks like it is now official (and we need to consider the current time in the zone, which is evening already). Those having an HTC Mozart or HD7 will need to head down to an HTC store to have their operating system updated. This, most probably, because Zune is not working in the [...]
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 [...]
In between Windows Phone Mango and Apollo should come, according to rumors, Windows Phone Tango and we’ve already seen one of the features shown off: Content Search. There are also rumors circulating according to which Tango should be there to support budget (Nokia) Windows Phones but there’s nothing certain at the moment.
The same place on Earth, Slovakia (from where the previous Content Search information surfaced) seems to be the source of this sighting: Windows Phone Build 8200 on HTC HD7 and, according to reports, was allegedly on sale over at Facebook [...]
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 [...]
Some of you with HTC HD7 Windows Phones may have noticed an update has become available in Zune today. No, it is not the final version of Mango. It’s called “HTC Update for Windows Phone” and you probably won’t notice much of a differnce after the update, but this does apply to T-Mobile USA and International versions of the HTC HD7. The update does not seem to be being pushed to the HTC HD7S at this time however.
While my upgrade seems to have stalled at Step 6 of 10, let us know in the comments if you notice anything different.
We’ve only seen Windows Phone 7 Mango running on the Asus prototype as well as on the HTC Trophy-like Mazaa with both the occasion of our Mango hands-on videos as well as Eldar Murtazin’s twelve-megapixel Windows Phone leak.
A video has surfaced on YouTube showing Windows Phone Mango running on the HTC HD7 — or is it the HD7S? You won’t see anything out of the ordinary in this video that you haven’t already known about the upcoming Windows Phone 7 platform refresh but oddly enough these build keep on popping up and we can’t help but wonder [...]
The HTC HD7S on AT&T is very similar to the older HD7 on T-Mobile, however there are some significant differences and improvements. As with most Windows Phone 7 devices, the HTC HD7S is running a 1Ghz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor with 576Mb RAM, 512MB ROM, and 16Gb of storage. The 4.3″ Super LCD screen has a 480×800 pixel resolution and 4 point multi-touch. You’ve also got the usual WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, Assisted GPS, 5Mp camera with dual LED flash, 1230mAh battery, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, and a Micro-USB 2.0 port. The device dimensions are 68 x 122 x [...]
If you’re into buying a Windows Phone-powered smartphone, Microsoft Store has you covered as it has a great deal on some devices running the Redmond-platform and listed on different carriers.
The Verizon Trophy, Sprint Arrive and T-Mobile HD 7, all made by the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, are being sold for $0.01 of course, all with their respective two-year contracts. The offer is also valid for new lines, upgrades/renewal or add-a-line. Strangely AT&T doesn’t have any Windows Phones listed but if you’re into either CDMA or T-Mobile this is your chance to [...]
According to reports, the HTC HD7 on T-Mobile has started getting its Windows Phone update treat, users being able to bump the version numbers to 7392, a build which also brings the security fix for Internet Explorer with relation to SSL certs.
After resuming the update process for the May security update for some Omnia 7 users, Microsoft stated that AT&T Samsung Focus users will have to wait just a tad more until they will be able to install the security fix. Maybe next week will bring build 7392 to the Focus too and that way all Windows Phone-powered smartphones on [...]
Everybody wants the Copy & Paste feature on their smartphones these days, even if they never use it, but how exactly has this feature been implemented on the wide array of mobile device operating systems available today? We’ll take a look at how Copy & Paste works on Windows Phone 7, Apple’s iOS 4, Android 2.2, Symbian S^3, Blackberry 6, and even the extremely old Windows Mobile 5.0. Naturally some designs may make it easier than others. Personally, I think the way Windows Mobile did it from the late 1990’s through 2010 was the most intuitive since it most [...]
Today we catch word from XDA.cn that several developers have been hard at work porting Android to HTC’s HD7, a Windows Phone 7 smartphone who’s hardware closely resembles the HTC HD2. It has been hoped that the HD7 would see similar development, with the HD2 originally debuting with Windows Mobile and now capable of running nearly every mobile OS available.
User “Pepsi” provides us with a video demonstrating the HTC HD7 performing several functions in Android (the build looks to be Froyo). The Chinese-language ROM is demonstrated from initial device [...]
Last December many users of the T-Mobile HD7 were annoyed because there was only one keyboard support on the device and that was English. Turns out that after the latest updates, the device still only supports the aforementioned language according to reports.
Back then, HTC said: “If your Windows Phone 7 does not contain a display language that you would like to use, there is currently no way to get a new language pack installed on the phone. Microsoft makes language packs available (as they’re created) to the device manufacturers (OEMs) at the time of manufacturing [...]
Yesterday we caught wind of a rumor that T-Mobile would begin distributing the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update to HD7 users sometime today. Without any confirmation at the time, nor a particularly convincing source for the news, we really didn’t know what to think and just hoped for the best. Lucky for T-Mobile users, the rumor now appears verified, as the company has started making updates available to not only HD7 users, but Dell Venue Pro owners as well.
T-Mobile customers have reported getting both the February pre-NoDo WP7 update, as well as NoDo itself. We hadn’t [...]