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.
Read more about the hack at XDA-Dev here.
It seems XDA-Developers, built on a culture of sharing, has recently become a very different place, with ROM cooks holding on to the base ingredients for their ROMs instead of making it available to the rest of the community.
In a small sign of change, the RTM version of Windows Phone 7.8 has finally been made freely available and can be download from HD2Ownerâ€™s thread on XDA-Developers here.
sys contains all 24 langs and is in "osb-multibuild-format"
Prospective cooks can find the ROM here.
WP7 Root Tools reports that if you are the brave sort, you do not have to wait for an official Windows Phone 7.8 update to be pushed to your phone, as Custom ROMs for multiple handsets, including the popular Nokia Lumia 800, is available on XDA-Developers already.
The build number of these ROMs are 8858 and the build tag "WM7_Main_Ship" , is believed to be the final Release to Manufacturers version of the ROM.
The ROMs vary in feature list but all have at least:
- Full unlock v4 – now with root access notifications.
- Ringtones from your personal music collection.
- Clock tile.
- High quality WP7.8-compatible tiles.
- USB2Video driver.
- XAP deployer built in.
- Windows Mobile Device Center Launcher.
Of course flashing a Custom ROM is a lot more risky that waiting for an official update, and will result in your data being lost, so its not recommended, but it is nice to know the option is there for those that just cant wait.
While Windows Phone 7.8 has still not been officially released, enough of the OS has leaked out for ROMs for many Windows Phone 7.5 handsets to be cooked.
The latest to benefit from this effort is the Samsung Focus, who on installing the ROM are now able to take advantage of the new start screen and accent colours.
The ROM features:
- 6 Common Language (German, French, Italian, Spanish, EN-US, EN-UK)
- Full Keyboard
- Access to the Nokia Catalogue.
- USBVideo out
- Vibrate when the other party accepts your call.
Read more about the ROM and how to install it at XDA-Developers here.
Thanks Phil for the tip.
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.
The Windows Phone 7.8 ROM packages has leaked, allowing ROM cooks on XDA-Developers to create custom ROMs for a variety of Windows Phones.
The latest to pop out from the over is a Windows Phone 7.8 custom ROM for the HTC TItan.
The ROM by Azzelio features:
- Background Colors
- Google Search
- Update to 8779
- Nokia / Lumia App (Counters..)
- WhatsApp 2.0.0
- USB 2 Video out
Due to legal concerns Azzelio is not releasing the 7.8 ROM yet, but intends to do so shortly.
Keep an eye out for it at the XDA-Developers thread here.
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.
Those lucky enough to have unlocked handsets still have the task of hunting around on developer websites to find their XAPs.
DotCompt has now re-launched DevStore8, previously DevStore7, an app store which collects homebrew XAPs posted on XDA-Developers.com.
New in this latest version is:
- New design Layout, clean, faster and simple.
- White Theme
- Transitions and tilt effects
- Start Screen Tile notifications about new updates
- Details, Screenshots and Video reviews added to each app details section.
- Homebrew apps updated to their latest versions
The app of course requires a fully unlocked Windows Phone. Read more about it at XDA-Dev here.
When we posted yesterday about video out being leaked for Windows Phone 7 by MarsRogers, the disappointment was that he was not releasing the hack for others, due to endangering his sources.
Something must have changed, as XDA-Dev member ceesheim has now released the full package, including the Windows phone part, the Windows drivers and the desktop client which will receive the video stream. The app will for the first time allow proper screen shots of XNA games on Windows Phone.
The app needs to be cooked into a ROM, as HTC has made some changes to their BIOS which makes it impossible for the USB video out to work, but for many first generation Windows Phones this is no problem.
Read a lot more detail at XDA-Developers here.
There has been a long-running project on XDA-Developers, spearheaded by user MarsRogers, to enable a feature in Windows Phone which Microsoft uses with ease every time they present with Windows Phone â€“ that is enable Video Out to a PC.
After working at it for nearly a year, and with the help of an unnamed Microsoft employee, he finally managed to extract all the files needed from an early LG Panther 7003 ROM, and as can be seen from the shots above has enabled it on his Samsung Focus.
The app requires a special app on the PC side to work, and MarsRogersâ€™s sources say Windows Phone 8 will support remote desktop natively, making the project somewhat redundant in the future. Unfortunately also releasing the software would reveal his internal sources, so the app will not in fact be released.
It does leave us to wonder however why Microsoft chose not to make this useful feature available to users a long time ago if it does not require special hardware. It would have solved the â€œno screen shot capabilityâ€ moaning immediately for example.
Read more in the XDA-Developers thread here.
Dotcomptâ€™sÂ Deepshining custom ROM for the HTC HD7 with extra Nokia bits is now available for download on XDA-Developers.com.
The ROM is fully unlocked, meaning users will be able to install all manner of homebrew apps.
The ROM also comes with many Nokia apps, including Nokia Camera Extras, Nokia Counter and Nokia Contacts Share fully working .
The new ROM includes:
- WP Extended tool
- Battery tweaks
- Connectivty tweaks
- Camera tweaks
- Internet tweaks
- Lockscreen tweaks
- OEM Marketplace changer
- Perfomance Tweaks
- System Tweaks
- UI Tweaks
- Profile Setup
- Nokia Camera Extras, Nokia Counter and Nokia Contacts Share fully working
- Ultrashot FulUnlockv3, XAPDeployer, QuickMenu and Search Key Remapper
- New Start boot screen
- New set of wallpapers
- Removed some apps that can be installed through Devstore8
- Minor Reg tweaks
Find the ROM and read more about installing it at the XDA-Developer thread here.
In the golden days of Windows Mobile there used to be a variety of apps which allowed one to control your phone from your PC, including ones created by Microsoft themselves.
Unfortunately this is far from the case with Windows Phone, with no officially sanctioned way of even taking screen shots from your handset.
W.I.N.C.O. however did not let that stand in his way, and created W.I.N.C.O. PhoController, an app which exists both on your PC and phone, and which allows full remote control of your phone, and also the ability to easily take screen shots or even copy files to and from the handset.
As usual this level of fun is restricted to unlocked handsets. If you are in that fortunate position read more at XDA-Dev here.
Via XDA- Developers.com, thanks Lautaro for the tip.
Windows Phones with Custom ROMs have been able to run native code executables like Opera Mobile (right) for ages now, but Heathcliff74 from WP7 Root Tools fame has now managed to crack the puzzle of providing this feature on stock, unmodified Windows Phone 7 handsets.
The task is achieved by loading custom certificates into the Windows Phone 7 certificate store, but the process still remains convoluted, so the method has not been released yet.
When it is Heathcliff74 promises to integrate it in his WP7 Root Tools unlock app, which should make it easily available for all.
Given that Windows Phone 7 development will come to halt soon, and tens of millions of Windows Phone 7 users will still be left with no further updates, maybe most if us will soon be looking to the homebrew arena to add features such as Bluetooth file transfer to our phones, making this development pretty important.