Heathcliff74 from WP7RootTools has released a new tool to unlock both 1st and 2nd generation Samsung Windows Phone 7 handsets, including new handsets such as the Samsung Omnia W and Samsung Focus S.
The unlock tools work on fully updated handsets and will help you fully Interop Unlock them and run homebrew apps.
Heathcliff74 also released new versions of the WP7 Root Tools 1.1 with a new Accent Color editor and WP7 Root Tools SDK 1.0 with new functions for setting the Power State and also a few important bug-fixes.
Read more and find the downloads at WP7 Root Tools here.
Windows Phone Hacker is working on a Notification Centre for Windows Phone 8, and unlike most of his other applications this one may hit the Windows Phone Store.
He is currently running a closed beta to test the app, which appears to also use his servers.
The beta is only open to those who have donated to his website and the amount is up to the contributors.
If you are interested in having access to the much wanted app, read more at WindowsPhoneHacker here.
Windows Phone Hacker have posted an update to their new project, a Notification Centre for Windows Phone.
The app will now pop up the original toast message, allowing users to go directly to the app which sent the notification. The app now also has its own double-sided Live Tile.
Jaxbot hopes to have the app in early testing soon, but the best news yet is that he hopes that the app will be able to be published in the Windows Phone Store, which increases the addressable market for the hack several hundred times.
Read more at Windows Phone Hacker here.
Samsung Windows Phones have a neat feature which is not often replicated â€“ the ability to block some phone numbers.
The software was ripped from their ROM ages ago, but did not work when added to other ROMs, likely due to driver issues.
It seems some Chinese hackers have now solved the problems, and homebrew WP7 users can now download the needed XAPs from XDA-Developers here.
See the original thread for more detail on the hack.
We heard Microsoft ran out of time in developing a notification centre for Windows Phone 8.
Its however amazing what a motivated hacker can achieve. Above we have a demo of a new app being worked on by Windows Phone Hacker Jaxbot. He does not explain the underlying mechanics of the hack, but notes that it does not require root access to the phone, presumably only needing the phone to be developer unlocked.
The app is still in the early stages of development, and he is taking input on his site here.
1800PocketPC posted this video of the hacking app Wp7RootTools, which allows a variety of tweaks to be applied to unlocked Windows Phones.
The app now allows:
- Internet Explorer Search Provider, with a choice of Bing, Google or Yahoo.
- Show 3G toggle
- Allow apps in background,
- Prevent Relock,
- Allow remote debugging,
- Camera shutter sound,
- Soft camera shutter sound,
- Lock Screen,
- Allow infinite lock screen timeout,
- Bluetooth Audio.
The app is not available yet, but should hit wp7roottools.com shortly.
If you enjoy making your Windows Phone look very, very different, Windows Phone Hackerâ€™s Themes app has been upgraded to version 2.0.
The app is now fully contained on the device and can download and apply themes directly from the WPA server.
The app however also brings major limitations, such as Live Tiles being disabled.
For unlocked devices, read more at Windows Phone Hacker here.
Dynamic BackgroundÂ homebrew app got updated to v2.0. This homebrew app allows youÂ to change your lock screen background dynamically on your Windows Phone 7.x devices. Windows Phone 8 will have this as a native feature.
- Automatically changes the lock screen wallpaper periodically
- Create a slideshow to cycle through, or
- Use the Bing daily wallpaper
- Customizable time intervals
Interop unlock with root privileges
Source: Windows Phone Hacker
WindowsPhoneHacker has updated his Dynamic Background app for Windows Phone, which allowed users to automatically update their lock screen wallpaper to the latest daily Bing background. Readers will recall this will be a new feature in Windows Phone 8 also.
The app now supports updating your wallpaper as frequently as every few minutes to a selection of images from your own phone also.
Jaxbot notes the app should be ready in a few days, so if you have an unlocked your phone, keep an eye on his site here.
Even though Adobe Reader on Windows Phone had a recent update, it still did not solve the biggest problem with the app â€“ the inability to forward downloaded PDFs once they are on your device.
XDA-Developer member Bruce_X_Lee has the solution, as long as your device is unlocked.
His XAP, PDF Move, allows users to pin individual PDF files to the Start screen, move them to the Office Hub, where they can be emailed and even to upload them to SkyDrive.
The app also allows batch uploads to SkyDrive, and basically brings features to the PDFs which Microsoft should have built in from the start.
The XAP can be found at XDA-Developers here.
If you like living on the edge and the word warranty is meaningless to you, you may appreciate the latest Windows Phone 7.8 ROMs that have been cooked up for a wide variety of handsets.
Unlike other ROMs, these ones are said to be suitable for day to day use, are fully unlocked and comes with Nokia goodness.
Of course we recommend only the mostÂ adventurousÂ go this route, and the rest (like us) wait for the official update, which cant be too far away right now.
Thanks Linh for the tip.
Windows Phone 7.8 Beta ROM for HTC HD7 Windows Phone device got released today. XDA-Developer forum member dotcompt has created this ROM with OS version 7.10.8835.35. The released ROm only on HD7, but Windows Phone Hacker has already been able to port it to the Samsung Focus.
Jaxbot from WindowsPhoneHacker has confirmed that this build is working and has the new start screen, but remains very unstable and is not really suitable for every day use.
On his investigation the only new features was the start screen and a new accent chooser (right), but given the mixed nature of the ROM this is not a reliable indicator of what Windows Phone 7.8 will consist off.
If you are ready to give this beta ROM a try, check out the source link for more details.
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 .
Read more about it and find the download at XDA-Developers here.
Thanks jayjojayson for the tip.
Windows Phone 7 drops your WIFI connection when the handset is suspended, which is in fact a waste of battery life, as push services then use the 3G connection, which is not only more expensive, but a much bigger battery drain.
To solve this issue Windows Phone Hacker created a home brew app, Keep Alive, which uses a variety of background services to maintain a connection to his server, which stops Windows Phone from dropping the WIFI connection.
Jaxbot has now for the first time submitted the app to Marketplace, and it appears to have sailed though certification as a CPR app (which is probably an issue all by itself).
In any case the app is now available to all, not just those with a developer unlocked device.
The app is free and can be found in Marketplace here.
Read more about the app and service at WindowsPhoneHacker here.
There is a consensus that keeping your WIFI going 24 hoursÂ a day (for push email updates for example) in fact uses less battery life that accessing your 3G connection.
Unfortunately Windows Phone is in the habit of disabling your WIFI connection soon after your phone is suspended unless you are plugged in.
Now WindowsPhoneHackerâ€™s Jaxbot has released a experimental XAP which will keep your WIFI connection alive constantly, likely by polling a server.
When combined with another previously rather trivial hack, Wireless Charging and AC Power in WPH Tweaks, which makes it appear as if your phone is plugged in when its not,Â the app will also allow Wireless syncing with the Zune desktop client even without being plugged in.
Read more about the XAP, which does not require a fully unlocked, but of course still developer unlocked, handset here.
Bluetooth Chat by OP on XDA-Developers gives us a taste of what will be possible in Windows Phone 8 when developers will finally have access to the Bluetooth API.
His Windows Phone 7 app for developer-unlocked (not fully unlocked) Windows Phones allow users to send text messages over the Bluetooth Serial Profile. Using PUTTY on the desktop it is possible to send text messages from Desktop to Windows Phone also.
Of course Bluetooth is a pretty short range technology (around 10 metres) making the application really just a proof of concept, but OP intends to extend the application to file transfer via Bluetooth without requiring a fully unlocked handset, which is much more useful.