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 [...]
After releasing a Daylight Saving Time official update for the HTC HD2 and HTC Touch2 last week, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer did the same for the popular HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC HD Mini handsets.
The description looks to be the same and the update for both devices “readjusts your clock to account for the hour gained during Daylight Savings”. As far as installation goes, download the proper EXE file for your handset, copy it to your smartphone and apply from there. Since this is a software patch, you will need to reapply after a Hard Reset or a ROM upgrade. [...]
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 [...]
HTC has just released an official update for both the HTC HD2 and the HTC Touch2 Windows Phone 6.5 devices and it is related to Daylight Saving Time.
Without going into many details, the manufacturer describes the update for both devices in few words. It is supposed to “readjusts your clock to account for the hour gained during Daylight Savings”. In order to apply, download the proper EXE file for you handset, copy it to your device and apply. Since this is a software patch, you will need to reapply after a Hard Reset or a ROM upgrade.
Source: HTC (1),(2)
Flipping through the January edition of Consumer Reports (that’s the one that slammed AT&T), there’s an interesting phone that has been placed in a rather artsy collage of phones for the cover story. The phone in question has the body of the iPhone 4, and yet it’s running Windows Mobile 6.5 (an early unreleased version, too, with hexagons around each program entry), or at least partially, since there are iOS-like buttons at the bottom of the screen capture. Someone at Consumer Reports probably was having a bit too much fun in Photoshop.
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 [...]
Developers on XDA have apparently managed to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread booting on an HTC HD2, just a day after the OS was launched and the SDK released. Several members had independently been working on a port since user spbeeking uploaded a copy of the Gingerbread system.img file extracted from the SDK, but it was DarkStone1337 who provided the final piece of the puzzle in the form of a modified inti.rc file. However, since DarkStone is unable to release any actual builds due to time constraints, he is leaving further development up to the rest of the community — meaning that [...]
After Microsoft updated its Bing for Windows Phone 6.x application back in May to add turn-by-turn voice prompting navigation in the new 5.1 version, Redmond has stopped supporting non U.S. users of the application.
The above message is displayed when trying to run the cooked-in stock application on the HTC HD2, which is one of the most recent Windows Phone 6.5 devices. Microsoft is aware of the issue as it was the Company’s call to turn the switch off; they “decided to optimize the Bing app for the newer Windows Phone devices to ensure the best mobile search [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
The default browser on Windows Phone 6.x operating systems is Internet Explorer but some manufacturers, like HTC for instance, are shipping their devices with other browsers defaulted, in this case Opera. Similar to Android, where the default browser is up to most of the expectations, so is Internet Explorer on Windows Phones but other developers managed to nicely integrate additional features and include them as proposed alternatives for Internet browsing, let it be better interface, tabbed browsing or speed. Find some we found interesting below and please note that they are rounded [...]
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 [...]
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An eBook, or an Electronic Book, is a digital publication containing text, images or both readable on computers or digital devices. In the last couple of years, eBooks got more and more popular as our lives get busier by the second. Finding time to read a book is getting more and more difficult and with the technology age, most people prefer reading books in electronic format which they can easily stash on their devices for those traffic jam, commuting, travelling and so on times. Regardless of the platform of your choice, well show you how to read eBooks on you [...]
A firm called Distimo generates monthly reports on the current state of the (now many) application stores that we can access from our smartphones and tablets. They analize a wide variety of metrics such as number of apps, cost of apps, categorization, and more. Their November 2010 report has just been published (available for free to anyone), and it has some interesting findings, most notable that Windows Mobile apps continue to be the highest priced of any other platform, despite the platform’s declining popularity. Here are some other hightlights from the report:
Toshiba’s Windows Mobile-powered TG01, one of the first devices to sport Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor, has been gifted with its first working builds of Android. As is usually the case with these early ports, most of the handset’s functionality is untapped, because drivers have yet to be written/modified for the phone’s particular hardware. Still, users are reporting that several kernels are now bootable thanks to the work of coder Markinus, who managed to get basics like the touchscreen, USB port, and SD slot working; however, with no wireless [...]
Nine months have passed since we last reported that Microsoft updated its dedicated Facebook application for Windows Phone 6.x to version 1.2 (internal version number 18.104.22.168) and looks like the application received another update.
If you have the previous version installed, entering the Marketplace app will notify you of an existing Facebook update. If you don’t have it installed, the notification will appear only after you install version 1.2 as the update seems to not (yet) be directly accessible. There are three version references to this update: heading to the [...]
You might remember our post about AMOLED vs. traditional LCDs from the picture viewing perspective and then the comparison between Super AMOLED, AMOLED and LCD in direct sunlight.
Different devices employ different screen types and different technologies. In the video below you can see some high magnification pictures of various screens employed by different manufacturers, namely LCD on the HTC HD2, S-AMOLED on the Samsung Galaxy S, AMOLED on the HTC Desire (later they switched to SLCD and we showed you how to spot the difference), SLCD on the HTC Desire HD and AMOLED on the [...]