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 [...]
Earlier this week we’ve seen LG deliver its “tethering” update to Optimus 7 wave-one Windows Phones proving that the hardware capabilities are there and just need to be enabled. On a similar note, HTC is reportedly rolling out an Internet Sharing update for the HTC Mozart.
The region for the roll-out seems to be India, according to reports, and it adds that certain “Internet Sharing” option in the Settings page, allowing you to turn your Windows Phone in a portable hotspot. In contrast, there were some Mozart updates that did not include the [...]
Japan got its first taste of Mango with the release of the Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T, but how will Mango be revealed to the rest of the world’s markets? Instead of that sort of single-device launch, will we see a glut of WP7.5 handsets released at once? It may not be the grand launch we were hoping for, but it looks like Europe has actually gotten its first Mango device already, and it’s definitely not what we expected.
Instead of a new built-for-Mango-from-the-ground-up smartphone, the first one that’s being sold with Mango installed in Europe turns out to be our [...]
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 [...]
Windows Phone Mango is getting close and everyone is feeling it with the RTM build being leaked and new devices, like the HTC Radar and Titan being launched. There will be official ROMs for existing Windows Phones in order to get them up to date with the latest Redmond mobile platform.
What appears to be an official Windows Phone Mango ROM for the European unbranded HTC Mozart has been leaked over at XDA Developers. It apparently is Windows Phone Mango build 7720.68 and, according to reports, those using HSPL/RSPL should hold back. The package contains OS Version: 7.10.7720.68, [...]
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 [...]
Early this morning, we told you about how the Samsung Focus was finally getting all its software brought up-to-date, with the release of pre-NoDo, NoDo, and the subsequent security patch for version 1.4 of its hardware. At the time, Microsoft also mentioned some other phone-specific updates that were in the works, but didn’t have much in the way of details to share. Now we’ve learned a little more about what models can expect to see new code on the way.
So far, updates have been spotted coming to the HTC Mozart, LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7. None of these claim [...]
Here’s a mysterious one for you: it seems that some HTC Mozarts are receiving notices that an update is available for the phone. Just what that code entails, though, has yet to be revealed.
We’re assuming non-carrier-branded models are getting hit first, but there’s so far been no confirmation either way. We can see from the screenshot WMPoweruser got its hands on that at least some German users appear to have access to the update, but again, details are unavailable.
Neither HTC nor Microsoft have released statements regarding the update, but we expect [...]
Get ready for some new additions to HTC’s lineup on T-Mobile; a recently-uncovered job posting has confirmed that T-Mobile is planning an event to launch three new HTC smartphones on June 8.
The posting is eliciting those with a knack for smartphones to help the company show off these three unnamed HTC models at an event taking place in Houston, TX. We learned a couple weeks back that T-Mobile was planning to launch the Sensation 4G on June 8, so that’s likely to be the highlight of this event. Heck, there have been signs of a June 8 launch for the Sensation going [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Monday is winding down and we’ve yet to see the double-shot update for the Samsung Focus we heard rumored, combining both the pre-NoDo and the full NoDo release. While that leaves Samsung users disappointed for the time being, another avenue to NoDo has opened up, as what looks like an official ROM upgrade has been leaked for the HTC 7 Mozart.
Posted on the XDA-Developers forum, the update includes WP7 build 7355-89 and users have successfully installed it to update their Mozarts. From their reports, the software returns the phone to a clean installation, removing any [...]
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 [...]
Just a couple of days ago we were reporting that a release of the HTC Mozart, a Windows Phone 7 device with a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU and 512MB of RAM, would happen for T-Mobile in the very near future. Adding credence to this story is a passing of a the Mozart over at the WiFi alliance. The model is listed as PD67110, which isn’t dissimilar than the PD67100, which is the European HTC Mozart. Rumor has it that the Mozart will hit T-Mobile with both a 8GB and 16GB model. We’re still not sure if T-Mobile is going to drop the “7” labeling from the Mozart (as you might [...]
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 [...]