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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 .