One of the most requested features of Windows Phone is a file explorer which would allow users to directly access and manipulate files on their phone.
If you have a Samsung ATIV S, which due to a Samsung-induced vulnerability has now been fully interop unlocked, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Hjc4869 on XDA-Developers is developing a file explorer for the device which can already move, copy and delete files, and importantly open files from the memory card, including opening video files stored on the card.
Now XDA-Dev members have developed two methods of setting their own notification sounds. AlvinPhilemon has found the registry keys needed to point to his own wma’s, while Silvestro1 has found a way to add his own sounds to the list offered in the settings menu.
Both hacks require:
1. Interop Unlock 2. Registry Editor (use SamWP8 Tools) 3. Full File System Access (use SamWP8 Tools) 4. Your Notification sound (mp3-, wav- and wma-format)
An XDA-Dev Hacker Good Day to Die has managed to finally succeed in Interop Unlocking his Samsung ATIV S.
The hack relies on a vulnerability introduced by the Samsung Diagnostics app, meaning it is not yet transferable to other handsets, but of course the XDA-Dev hackers are hard at work trying to extend the crack in the Windows Phone defences.
Theoretically the hack will allow hackers to run unlimited number of pirated apps, but the hack also allows developers to access part of the operating system and APIs normally reserved only for Microsoft and its OEMs.
WPArea.de reports that the Samsung ATIV S may be the first device to have the GDR 2 Windows Phone update pushed out to it, as a user in Germany has reported receiving the 8.0.10327.77 update on their unbranded Samsung ATIV S today.
The build version is the same as on the Nokia Lumia 925, which ships with the update in place already, but of note is that it lacks the Datasense feature and also the FM Radio function.
Of course the vast majority of Windows Phones 8 handsets are Nokia’s, and they are expecting a fuller update than the meagre GDR2 update promises with Nokia Amber.
Have any of our readers received the same update today? Let us know below.
Sprint MVNO Ting has been saying for some time that they will be offering two Windows Phone handsets in the summer, and Sprint has also announced they will be releasing a Windows Phone handset from HTC and Samsung in the same period.
On their blog Ting has now helping narrow down the time scales for the release of these two handsets, writing:
We’re still on track to offer Windows Phone devices from Samsung and HTC in late June early July, at or very nearly the same time as Sprint offers them up.
The two devices are expected to be the mid-range HTC Tiara and a variation of the Samsung ATIV S.
We can therefore expect two Windows Phones to arrive on Sprint and Ting within around 4-6 weeks. Are our readers excited? Let us know below.
One of the advantages of having a removable battery is the ability to replace it with a larger, extended version.
Mugen Power is now offering a massive 4800 mAh extended battery for the Samsung ATIV S, which more than doubles the regular 23000 mAh capacity and would mean you will never have to worry about running out of power, no matter how hard you work your phone.
The battery, which significantly increases the thickness of the device, also comes with a new back.
The accessory costs $89.50 and will be shipping on the 7th June.
If there is any doubt Samsung is clearing their stock of unsold Samsung ATIV S Windows Phones the latest offer by Expansys should put that all to rest.
The handset is now on sale for only £269.99, down from £499.99, with the dealer expecting more stock to be incoming.
For those Windows Phone fans who prefer a larger HD screen over the other cheaper Nokia Lumias at the same price point it is a real steal, but of course you will not get the benefit for great Nokia support.