Lately we’ve been doing some comparisons between mobile apps of the same name and how they differ on a variety of different mobile platforms. You might expect applications of the same name to be pretty much the same on any platform, but frequently you’ll see some surprising differences. This time we’re going to take a look at Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger and how it works on Nokia’s Symbian OS, Apple’s iOS, Windows Mobile 6.5, Blackberry OS 6, Microsoft’s Zune HD and Windows Phone 7.
For a couple other comparisions, see [...]
We knew that Opera was going to launch two new products at this year’s CTIA — namely Opera Mini for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian/Series 60 and J2ME phones plus Opera Mobile 11 adding MeeGo in addition to Android, Symbian and Windows 7 — and they just did.
In a recent post on the Opera Community forums, dagolav underlined that the new Opera Mobile 11 is and will not be available for Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.x platforms. The reasons are Microsoft who has “moved their efforts away from the Windows Mobile operating system”, no more new devices being [...]
If you want your Facebook pictures to sync, don’t turn on HTTPS! Facebook has a new security feature that lets you use secure HTTPS protocols when possible in order to help keep your private data private. However, if you turn this option on, some Facebook app connectivity may be broken. For example, on Windows Phone 7, if you turn on HTTPS you may notice that your friends’ photos no longer update, you will no longer see any images in your “What’s New” Feeds, and you won’t see Facebook photo libraries update in the Pictures hub. The same is true [...]
It’s kind of surprising to see the HTC HD2 increasing in popularity according to Krusell’s Top 10 selling phones for August 2010. The HD2 moved up to the number 3 spot, just above the Apple iPhone 4, and just behind the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S. It seems the Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC HD2 smartphone is still selling even though it’s been around for so long. Although, the iPhone 3G is still in the top 5 smartphones despite being around for a long time as well. It’s also interesting to note that the number 1 top seller in Krusell’s list is the Nokia 3720 Classic; [...]
We have another App Store in the game but this time it comes from Opera and this time it’s a multi-platform software market which supports Android, BlackBerry, Java, Palm, Symbian and Windows Mobile powered devices.
Opera announced today — through a strategic partnership with Appia, the leading provider of open application marketplace technology — the opening of the Opera Mobile Store to be found at http://mobilestore.opera.com available in more than more than 200 countries. The content of the store is uniquely customized for the device used to access it so you [...]
The HTC 7 Pro is the latest in keyboard sliders with tilting screens. The HTC TyTN II (Kaiser) was the first keyboard slider with a tilting screen. How do they compare? Check out the video below to find out.
Obviously, the HTC 7 Pro is not remotely designed to work well with a landscape-style keyboard. Many parts of the Windows Phone 7 operating system don’t even rotate to landscape mode. The old HTC TyTN II from 4 years ago running Windows Mobile 6.1 on the other hand works VERY well with a large horizontal slider keyboard. In fact, the old version of [...]
Last month, we showed you how to spruce up CHT 2.0 for HTC Sense on Windows Phone 6.5 with some sweet looking Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb themes. Well, now you can compliment those themes with matching skins for the standard Windows Phone lock screen, thanks to Wajk from XDA. The “HoneyLock 3.0” skin is shown above and “GingerLock 2.3” is posted below.
If you’re looking to switch up your lock screen graphics a bit, head over to XDA-developers and grab the proper CAB files and wallpapers (currently for WVGA only). Please keep in mind that [...]
Last September, HTC’s integrated Twitter client Peep stopped working because Twitter’s switch to a new authentication method called OAuth. Three days later the app started working again, being allegedly fixed by Twitter itself (we believed it was making an exception in Peep’s regard).
Last week reports of a security leak surfaced concerning Twitter passwords being leaked and a fix, at least at that time, was offered by HTC on-demand in the form of a secure Peep application.
The Taiwanese manufacturer released an update for the HTC Touch Pro2, HTC HD2, [...]
With all of these different mobile platforms around, it can be tough for a mobile application developer to get their software on every device. Microsoft’s Bing Mobile team is certainly trying though. In the video below, we take a look at 6 different versions of the Bing Mobile app on everything from Windows Phone 7 to the iPhone. We’ll also look at the Blackberry, Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional & Standard, and Android versions.
You’re probably think that this would be pretty boring since they should all be pretty much the same, right? You might be [...]
Yesterday’s “Motorola – Empower People” Superbowl commercial left me with one of those sarcastic smiles you only get when you feel somebody is exaggerating reality. The commercial was all about the Motorola Xoom in comparison to an iPad world. Surely we don’t cover tablets at pocketnow.com, but I’d like to talk about the main idea behind the ad. It’s something current Apple competitors still haven’t gotten right, and it’s called releasing true breakthrough products. Have a look at the Ad before we [...]
HTC makes great hardware, they have ever since the Pocket PC days. They make Windows Phone devices. They make Android devices. Although they do customize some of their devices with their own home-grown UI, they pretty much just make devices.
Some of their devices look very similar to one another, for instance, the HD2 and the EVO 4G. Sure, they run different operating systems, have different innards, and run on different carriers, but you can’t help but notice some similarities.
The HD2 was a little ahead of it’s time. Microsoft’s latest operating [...]
CHT 2.0 for Windows Phone 6.5 has been receiving various graphical tune-ups lately via themes from XDA. Well, Dunc001 has put together a theme that not only brings forth fresh graphics, but also new widgets and links for the popular HTC Sense mod. According to the creator, Blue SK-i is not your typical theme, as it’s actually meant to showcase the flexibility of CHT. To enhance the user experience, he added new widgets, quick links and free links; he also edited core CHT widgets, lua and mode9 scripts. If you dig the look and adjustments, head over to XDA-developers for the [...]
What if HTC released a triple-boot Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile 6.5, and Android all-in-one phone? We already know that the HTC HD2 is one of the hacker dream phones. It can run pretty much any build of Android, Windows Mobile 6.x, and now even Windows Phone 7. Of course, officially it was only ever released running Windows Mobile and running Windows Phone 7 on it can be very limiting since you can’t legally get all of the great Live services associated with that OS. What if HTC made a phone that included multi-boot partitions and an OS-choosing bootloader where you could [...]
DFT (Dark Forces Team), the ones behind the NAND Android solution for the HTC HD2 — among other remarkable stuff — are preparing some more interesting things for all you Leo owners out there.
According to a recent tweet, the team is working on a solution that would allow the smartphone’s native operating system, Windows Phone 6.5, to run from an SD Card. The tables could turn: if previously, you could run Android off of an SD Card while your handset was running legacy Windows Phone 6.5, you could now run Android from the device NAND and Windows Phone 6.5 off of [...]
The HTC HD2 has massive appeal these days for being able to boot various platforms with ease. Of course, when all the dust has settled, we imagine many users are rolling with either Windows Phone 7 or Android on their versatile HD2s. If you’re finding it difficult to decide which OS to boot, why not opt for a dual-boot solution? Darrengladysz, from XDA-developers, has provided a lengthy tutorial on how to do just that.
For starters, you will need an SD card adapter/reader and partition software. Also, two microSD cards are necessary – 8 and 16GB, for example. The [...]
Weather Underground is a popular online source for worldwide weather information. Thanks to XDA member i_konst, Windows Phone 6.x users can now access that data through a handy application called Mwunderground. The app delivers current conditions, forecasts, and alerts by using data from Personal Weather Stations (PWS) and airport stations. The settings menu offers a variety of options and is designed with an HTC Sense style scheme. Head over to XDA-developers for the free download.
Note: the latest version should work for most resolutions.
We’ve covered SPB Mobile Shell for Windows Phone 6.5 plenty of times, especially when it comes to customizing the popular UI with creative themes. With Windows Phone 7 gaining momentum with each passing day, we’re kind of surprised to see very few Metro UI-like themes for Mobile Shell up to this point. Thankfully, MS 3.5.5 users, who are also fans of WP7, are in for a treat, as XDA member iseewon has released version 1.0 of his new theme. As the generic project name, “Windows Phone 7,” suggests, the theme tries to reconstruct the new breed of Windows Phone for [...]
SPB Migration Tool makes it very easy to switch from Windows Mobile and Symbian to the Android platform in case you are jumping ship and purchasing a Google powered device.
When setting up a new device after migration, it’s always a hassle to transfer all those things you need in order to go on seamlessly. Except if you have an Exchange account to handle your Email, Calendar and Contacts, SPB Migration Tool easily transfers call history, text messages, contacts and bookmarks from Windows Mobile and Symbian to Android.
The transfer can be done in two ways: you can [...]
Back to some old-school skinning (it’s been a while): XDA Developers have released a Windows Phone 7-like dialer for older smartphones sporting QVGA (240 x 320) screens and running earlier versions of Windows Phone (6.X).
If you own such a device and you are attracted to the minimalistic look of Windows Phone 7, you can grab the cab from the source thread and install it to your QVGA smartphone. While it’s a complete dialer (and not only a skin), you have to install this to your Device’s memory and not the SD Card. It will overwrite your default dialer and show [...]
Good news for HTC HD2 owners: a program has just entered private beta testing that will soon allow the Windows Mobile 6.5-powered handset to boot directly into Android and, possibly afterwards, Windows Phone 7 as well. In the works for over three months, Dark Forces Team’s MAGLDR 1.09 actually allows Android builds to be flashed directly to NAND ROM (see video embedded below), the same place where the stock WinMo build normally resides. So unlike current Android-on-WM solutions, which require a WinCE-based bootloader called HaRET to run, MAGLDR loads the system image without ever [...]
Dust off those older Windows Phones, folks, they’re now capable of running the latest version of Android, which is Gingerbread for those who havent been keeping track. That’s right, the HTC Vogue (Touch), Touch Diamond, and Touch Pro are surprisingly still players in the development game. We’ve seen these devices rocking various builds of Android before, but it’s remarkable to hear that they can actually run Android 2.3 already. The Vogue, in particular, has shown quite a bit of life over the years when it comes to booting Android. Of course, the more modern [...]
Not satisfied with the official Facebook app for Windows Phone 6.5? Well, you’re not alone, as some folks at XDA have been developing a totally new Facebook app for those looking for another option, and it’s finally getting closer to RC status. Called XDAFacebook, the app offers a different perspective and even includes some features not found in the official app. Since it’s still early in development, you can expect some bugs or incomplete features. Check out the feature-list for XDAFacebook 4.5.1 beta below and then head to XDA-Developers to test it out. [...]
Remember the old days of resistive screens and styluses? Before capacitive touchscreens were the norm, multi-touch input was just a pipe dream, as those resistive screens could only detect a single touch contact at a time. Not content to let old technology simply die, one of the coders at the XDA-Developers forums has put together a hack that allows for multi-touch input on resistive-screened Windows Mobile devices.
Before you get too excited, this is more of a tech demonstration than a usable program, but it shows there’s definitely potential for the technique. The [...]
HTC’s HD2 is hacker’s dream. From its Windows Mobile 6.5 roots, hobbyists have expanded the phone’s abilities to running Android and even a passable version of Windows Phone 7. Now those coders are looking to the past for new projects, and have managed to get Windows 95 and 98 running on the smartphone.
Admittedly, getting assorted mobile operating systems to run on the same phone hardware is a very much different task than trying to run an operating system built for another type of CPU altogether. The Windows 95 hack uses a QEMU distribution to emulate a PC [...]