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 [...]
The HTC Surround was a wave-one Windows Phone launch device which made its way to AT&T in the U.S. as well as Telus in Canada. It featured a unique concept of sliding out to reveal not a keyboard but a Dolby Mobile speaker system. It appears now that the phone has reached its end-of-life.
Over at AT&T as well as Telus, the dedicated product page for the Windows Phone features some saddening labels. The American carrier webpage returns a “no longer available” message while searching for the phone while the Canadian one simply puts it as [...]
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 [...]
AT&T continuously tries to remain the “premier” carrier for Windows Phone and, after making its Mango line-up public recently, turns out that the carrier is planning to roll-out Mango updates starting September 27.
WPCentral obtained information about the roll-out process for Mango destined for the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, Samsung Focus and HTC HD7S. The first free will reportedly get the updates starting September 27 and the HD7S will get its Mango treat mid-October. As far as the Focus is concerned, depending on your model, you’ll get the updates on [...]
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 [...]
The 7392 build of Windows Phone 7, the latest to date, is the one that comes after the NoDo update and applies some fixes to Internet Explorer’s vulnerability regarding the fraudulent certs affecting some websites.
In its weekly “update on the updates” post, Windows Phone Blog announced that Microsoft is scheduling the 7392 build for AT&T HTC Surround users, with other models to follow. As far as the Samsung Focus is concerned — which gave a couple of headaches to everyone –, Redmond is “actively scheduling the final set of tests” [...]
Are we seeing the beginning of a new day for Windows Phone 7 updates? First, the promised security update, revoking compromised SSL certificates, arrived right on schedule, and now it seems that the HTC Surround is receiving its NoDo-related updates already, about a week earlier than we had anticipated.
Microsoft just changed the status for the HTC Surround’s two updates – the pre-NoDo February update as well as March’s NoDo itself – Wednesday, finally moving forward to the scheduling phase of their release. From that point, the company estimated up to [...]
Free Zune passes from AT&T for Windows Phone 7 is not uncommon, we’ve seen it happen in the past and it’s on again, this time with the help of Amazon Wireless.
Until June 26 you buy any AT&T Windows Phone 7 and get three months of free unlimited music with Zune Pass. The total value of the Zune pass for the period is $44.97 and in case you’re not familiar with Zune, you get “unlimited access to over 11 million songs to stream or download, access to music on your Windows Phone 7, Xbox console or PC, and 10 free songs per month to download and [...]
With so many Windows Phone 7 devices having received their first major update to NoDo, it’s easy to forget that there are still users who have yet to see their smartphones updated. When AT&T gave the go-ahead for the Focus and Quantum’s updates, HTC’s Surround got left behind. We had heard a rumor that the update would finally be out in mid-May, but without any hard date. We still can’t say exactly when to expect NoDo on the Surround, but Microsoft has finally updated its page informing users how the update approval and scheduling process has been going, [...]
After Microsoft last updated its Windows Phone 7 update schedule, it looked like the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus on AT&T might be getting their shots of NoDo this month; we had estimated that they could all go out around the week of April 20. A leaked email, purportedly an insider AT&T document, sheds some new light on the scheduling, and it’s a mix of good and bad news.
Good news first: it looks like the Quantum and Focus will fulfill our prediction, rumored to get their updates on April 19. Both the pre-NoDo and NoDo proper will be going out all [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 T-Mobile WP7 users are enjoying their new NoDo updates, those of you who chose to go with AT&T are still waiting for the official updates to head out. Microsoft’s responded to growing concern amongst the owners of WP7 devices anxiously awaiting for updates by setting up a status page that, while not incredibly detailed, gives some idea of how far along each WP7 smartphone is in the process. Microsoft has just updated the page, giving us some more news about when to expect NoDo on the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus.
Though all three AT&T phones [...]
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 [...]
Canadian smartphone users who are looking to pick up a new model are in for a treat, since Telus has slashed prices on many of it popular models, offering most for free when you sign-on for a three-year term.
While some of the newest models, like the HTC Desire HD, will still set you back $50, the vast majority are available at no cost after subsidies. Android smartphones that are free with this offer include the original HTC Desire, the LG Optimus One, the Droid-like Motorola Milestone, Samsung’s Fascinate, and the Motorola Charm. Some, like the Charm, stuck on Android [...]
If your carrier is called Telus you’ll be happy to find out that several Android, Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry devices will get software updates in the short and medium term, according to information given out by the carrier.
The HTC Desire and the HTC Desire HD will both receive their Android 2.3 Gingerbread treat this spring while the Motorola Milestone will get version 2.2 Froyo in the first part of spring. The LG Optimus 7 and HTC Surround Windows Phone 7 devices will get the NoDo update in the next few weeks while the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 will get BlackBerry OS 6 [...]
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 [...]
Even if you are not a Windows Phone 7 user, you most probably learned by now that Microsoft has started pushing out a first Windows Phone 7 update, a prerequisite if you will for the upcoming NoDo to be out in March. On the same note, you probably also heard that there were some issues involved and Microsoft has made its stance public on the first ever Windows Phone 7 patch roll-out process.
According to Microsoft, 90% of the people who actually got the update notification and started the process have managed to finalize it with success. 90% is a good number if you refer to nine [...]
Microsoft will soon begin to offer Windows Phone 7 handsets directly to consumers and developers through B2B etailer Zones, Inc without a contract, although the phones will still be carrier-locked and, of course, unsubsidized. The three models up for grabs are just what you’d expect them to be: HTC Surround and Samsung Focus on AT&T, and HTC HD7 on T-Mobile. The two HTC devices will sell for $500, while the Sammy will cost $525, when sales begin on the 14th of this month; WinRumors reports that European devices will be offered that same day, although it’s not clear [...]
TmoNews is reporting that that the HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone 7 will land on T-Mobile “really soon,” possibly in a choice of 8GB or 16GB capacities — although that latter detail has not been confirmed. Mozart has been rumored to hit Magenta since pre-WP7 debut, yet so far the only Microsoft handset on that carrier is HTC’s HD7. If this does indeed come to pass, it can probably be seen as a win for Redmond, with the inference being that HD7 is selling well enough to add another Windows Phone model to the lineup.
While Mozart’s specs are obviously [...]