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.
Nokia has updated their their Camera Extras and City Lens Augmented reality app for Windows Phone 7.5.
WPWorld.pl reports the City Lens app mainly appears to be bug fixes, and also adds the HERE moniker to the app. Camera Extras on the other hand adds Smart Picture modes and also the ability to remove unwanted objects from pictures.
The popular client, Mehdoh, normally $0.99, is now free on the Windows Pone Store.
The app for hardcore twitter users,Â supportsÂ multiple accounts, and also integrates with Soundcloud and Instagram, and has features like inline media support, and support for voice commands and the lock screen on Windows Phone 8.
The app is free only for a limited time, so if you have ever been interested before it may be a good idea to nab the app now.
We posted earlier about the increasing market share of Windows Phone in UK. Adduplex data has previously revealed that the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 610 are UKâ€™s most popular Windows Phones, and this weekâ€™s data by USwitch has underscored the increasing popularity of the handset, with the Nokia Lumia 610 rising 5 places from the 9th spot last week to the 4th place in USwitchâ€™s list of UKâ€™s most popular mobile phones this week, ranked by deal popularity and sales.
The statistics are derived from uSwitch.com and their network of mobile phone comparison partners.
Hopefully the Nokia Lumia 610â€™s more competent successor, the Nokia Lumia 620, running Windows Phone 8 and with microSD card expansion, will have a similarly welcome reception in February 2012.
Adduplex, who run in-app ads in the main, and who therefore are a pretty good measure of what the general population is doing, found a very similar 43% of US Windows Phone users are using Windows Phone 8 handsets, vs 57% Windows Phone 7.x.
This suggests either half of Windows Phone 7.x users upgraded to Windows Phone 8 (which seems unlikely because most will still be locked into their two year contracts) or the Windows Phone population has nearly doubled over the last 2 months.
Adduplex will be releasing a full reports next week, and we hopefully let us know if it the change was associated also with a volume increase rather that simply changing the composition of the group.
Do our readers think Windows Phone 8 is attracting new users, or are WP7.5 users merely upgrading early? Let us know below.
I guess we missed the declaration, but it seems the cold war between Microsoft and Google has really warmed up.
Google has previously already said they will not be making apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8, but now they have taking things a step further by blocking Windows Phones (both 7.5 and 8) from accessing maps.google.com.
If you try you are automatically redirected to Googleâ€™s mobile search page, even if your phone is in desktop mode, which of course does not give you access to Google Maps.
Strangely enough, for now, maps.google.co.uk works perfectly fine, indicating some switch somewhere did get flipped.
The latest PayPal for Windows Phone update did not seem to bring too many changes, but for those down-under it was pretty important, as for the first time it brought support to Australian users.
Besides the normal functions however it also brought along PayPal Here support, according to 1800PocketPC.com.
The company has partnered with point of sale company ERPLY to allow one to buy goods in person at supporting stores. The feature crucially needs one to add a profile picture, so the merchant will recognize you when you attempt to pay.
Then when you wish to pay you check into the store and tell the merchant you want to pay via PayPal. He will then match you to the photo, and the funds will be instantly transferred from your PayPal account to the retailerâ€™s account and you get an email with the proof of purchase.
The Nokia Weather app, which is their custom Weather Channel App, has been updated from version 2.0 to 2.6.
As is often the case, there is no changelog, but Windows Phone Italy compared the old and new apps side by side, and found a number of UI tweaks, and also the ability to pin the weather of a specific city as a secondary live tile.
The app has been updated for both Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 and can be found for free in the Nokia Collection or via this link.