WPWorld.pl reports the that the Huawei Ascend W1 has become the first Windows Phone 8 handset to be bootloader unlocked, allowing hackers to load custom ROMs with unique features.
Apparently one of the first Custom ROMs for the handset features the ability to use a Static IP, which is useful for some users, and the ability to load maps on the memory card, a feature that is already supported by Nokia’s mapping apps.
Of course with an unlocked boatloader the sky it literally the limit, and given that Windows Phone 8 shares the same codebase as Windows RT I think Huawei Ascend W1 users can expect a rather crazy hacking scene in short order.
WinPhoneViet reports that hackers have defeated Nokia’s Bootloader security, and just like with the Nokia Lumia 800, has now enabled custom ROMs for the handset, as can be seen in the screen shot right.
The process is currently not for the fainthearted, requiring the phone to be taken apart and the use of an ATF Box, but may eventually result in a simpler software-only method.
It seems XDA-Developers, built on a culture of sharing, has recently become a very different place, with ROM cooks holding on to the base ingredients for their ROMs instead of making it available to the rest of the community.
In a small sign of change, the RTM version of Windows Phone 7.8 has finally been made freely available and can be download from HD2Ownerâ€™s thread on XDA-Developers here.
Label=WM7_Main_Ship ParentBranchBuild=8858 TimeStamp=20121105-2048 Builder=mojobld sys contains all 24 langs and is in "osb-multibuild-format"
WP7 Root Tools reports that if you are the brave sort, you do not have to wait for an official Windows Phone 7.8 update to be pushed to your phone, as Custom ROMs for multiple handsets, including the popular Nokia Lumia 800, is available on XDA-Developers already.
The build number of these ROMs are 8858 and the build tag "WM7_Main_Ship" , is believed to be the final Release to Manufacturers version of the ROM.
The ROMs vary in feature list but all have at least:
Full unlock v4 – now with root access notifications.
Ringtones from your personal music collection.
High quality WP7.8-compatible tiles.
XAP deployer built in.
Windows Mobile Device Center Launcher.
Of course flashing a Custom ROM is a lot more risky that waiting for an official update, and will result in your data being lost, so its not recommended, but it is nice to know the option is there for those that just cant wait.
The first custom ROM with USB video out has now been released by DotCompt on XDA-Developers. The ROM includes the necessary drivers and software to allow the user interface to be transmitted via USB to a special app on a desktop, making presentations and screen shots very easy.
Dotcomptâ€™s Deepshining ROM also include both HTC and Nokiaâ€™s special apps, such as Nokia Camera Extras / Nokia Contact Share and Nokia Counters, and also the latest version of the homebrew marketplace Devstore8.
The ROM supports English, Czech, Danish, Greek, Finnish, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Portuguese Brazil, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Melayu and Turkish .
It seems the Nokia Lumia 710 custom ROM scene is hot, as another ROM for the mid-range Windows Phone has shown up.
The Tango ROM uses OS version 7.10.8773.98 and supports Spanish, French, Hungarian, Swedish, Czech, German, English US, Italian, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Portuguese (Portugal & Brazil), Danish.