WindowsPhoneHacker have uploaded this video demonstrating the DFT hack which allows Bluetooth File Transfer on Fully Unlocked Windows Phones.
As can be seen, while the transfer process seems relatively simple, the file system on Windows Phone seems to be quite messy and never intended to be seen by mere humans, making the whole process seem less than desirable.
In the end this is a problem which Microsoft needs to solve, and one I hope they realize is a very real problem, especially as they plan to advance Tango phones into emerging markets where Bluetooth file transfer is the norm.
In a hack which is pretty close in magnitude to booting Windows Mobile on Windows Phone, the Dark Forces Team have managed to implement Bluetooth File Transfer on Windows Phone 7.
The app will automatically install XAPs transferred and add REG RGU to the registry.
The app is far from perfect, but can send and receive files from other phones, desktops and even other Windows Phones.
The app has been tested on the Samsung Focus R1.3, HTC Trophy, HTC Mozart and HTC HD7 and needs a fully unlocked ROM.
Known issues include:
- If send operation was cancelled, other side device will save the already received part of file instead of show "cancelled" message.
- Sometimes it’s impossible to receive files without opening Bluetooth settings.
Seems Bluetooth go to some low power mode while state is still ON and CONNECTIBLE.
- To send from one WP7 device to another WP7 device you may need keep the destination phone in Bluetooth settings page. Otherwise the first phone can’t see the second.
- Already paired devices list isn’t implemented.
Read more about the XAP and find it at XDA-Developers here.
The Dark Forces Team are teasing on their forum a new build of Windows Phone 7 with number 8750, which is believed to be the Tango branch of the operating system.
They have released the screen shot to the left, which, if genuine, suggests that Tango will continue to be marketed as Windows Phone 7.5.
Tango is meant to expand the addressable market of Windows Phone 7 with support for more languages and geographies and lower price points.
According to previously leaked road maps we can expect to see devices running the OS by the middle of the year, and it is widely expected that Microsoft will be talking about the OS at Mobile World Congress which starts on February 27th.
Of course there is no way to know if the screen shot is not simply faked, and so far, besides teasing the build number, no more information was forthcoming on the DFT forum.
Feel free however to have a sniff around in the 15 pages of the topic here.
If you have a hankering for the freedom of Windows Mobile but still want the slickness of Windows Phone 7 the Dark Forces Team seems to have your back.
In their latest Freedom Mango ROM, which is developer unlocked by default, users can download and install apps directly from the browser.
Their changelog notes:
You need just enter the URL to XAP file and it will download and install it.Â
Note, the start and the end of installation signaled by sound Beeps, no UI provided yet.Â
It’s recomended to turn sound before installing it.
This obviously breaks the security model of Windows Phone 7, where all applications enter via a curated app store, but I suspect DFT Freedom users could care less about this.
If thatÂ describesÂ yourself you can read more at XDA-Developers here. Just watch out for the auto-dialers and premium SMS senders.