WP7 on HTC HD2 v/s HTC HD7 : HD2 Wins!

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in HTC HD2, HTC HD7, Videos, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 03-02-2011


The HTC HD2 was launched more than a year back around October 2009. It was succeeded by the HTC HD7. Both the devices have almost the same specs with the major difference of the latter one supporting Windows Phone 7.

Now that Windows Phone 7 has been fully ported over to the HD2 check out the comparison video below showing a year old HD2 beating the recently launched HD7 in terms of speed in both 2D applications as well as graphic intensive 3D apps!

Microsoft posts Windows Phone 7 Update page

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 02-02-2011


The next Windows Phone 7 update is expected this or at the most next week.

Just today Microsoft sort-of confirmed that news by posting up a page giving us a sneak peek at what the next update will actually bring.

Here’s what Microsoft has posted:

Copy and paste

Soon you’ll be able to copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type.

Using copy and paste is easy and intuitive. In many cases you just tap a word, slide your finger to highlight any additional text, then tap the Copy icon. To insert this text in a message or app, just tap the spot where it should go, then tap the Paste icon.

Copy and paste is a handy way to quickly send someone’s latest Facebook update, turn-by-turn directions from Maps, or a must-see link from Internet Explorer Mobile. Once you’ve copied something, you can paste it again and again.

The new feature adds to the list of time-saving shortcuts already built into Windows Phone, like the ability to tap an address on a webpage to map it (US only).

Faster apps and games

Nobody likes to wait. That’s why we’ve whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It’s all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.

Better Marketplace search

We’ve streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the apps or games section of Marketplace and you’ll see only apps or games in the results.

Press Search in the music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.


First Windows Phone 7 Custom ROM for HD2 Released

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in HTC HD2, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 02-02-2011


Many HD2 owners have already installed Windows Phone 7 on their HD2′s. There were several issues like Very loud volume, the need to manually modify certain registery keys, no 3rd party keyboard language support, Unused RAM.

Its been almost a month since the release for WP7 for HD2 and finally there seems to be some activity in this area. Some Russian folks over at 4pda.ru have released 2 Custom variants of the Windows Phone 7 ROM.

Take a look at what ROMs they’ve made available :

HD2 1.00.00.WP7

Change log:

  • Added new theme from HTC
  • Activated system (seem to doesn’t work always need serial!!)
  • Activated Chevron
  • Reduced sound volume
  • Added Russian keyboard
  • Added new security policy
  • Added profile MMS
  • Added the software section of HTC market

Download Link : http://www.multiupload.com/UGXVOC3VBG

Moon light HD2 Rom

Change log:

  • The latest build of Windows Phone.
  • Built-in Russian keyboard (Replace Spanish).
  • Built-in jailbreak ChevronWP7.
  • Registry Patch to ChevronWP7.
  • New security policies from HTC.
  • Set as HTC HD7 T9292.
  • Registry Patch to improve performance.
  • Reduced the maximum volume level.

Download Link : http://www.multiupload.com/JWGH9N8C6E

Thanks to MagLite,Football,AnDim and the DFT team.

The procedure to install Windows Phone 7 on your HD2 is the same as we’d posted before. Follow that and you’d be good to go!


Free Angry Birds Clone for WP7 : Chicks and Vixen

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Software, Videos, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 02-02-2011


Rovio, the company behind the highly popular game ‘Angry Birds’ has launched its game for almost all major Mobile platforms. There were rumors of Angry Birds for WP7 but till now they seem to be just that and there’s no Official word on when we’ll be able to blow up some pigs on our Windows Phone 7.

An Angry Birds clone titled Chicks and Vixen was just released on the Marketplace. The gameplay is very similar to Angry Birds with exception that instead of Birds and Pigs this game is about the feuds between Chicks and Vixens.

Also the Developer further adds that it took him only 1000$ to develop this game from scratch. He also says that its just a matter of a weeks time for Rovio to port this game over to Windows Phone 7 but they are delaying the release purely for economic reasons rather than technical.

So for now, enjoy Chicks and Vixen. Its pretty fun too and best of all – It’s Free!

Download it from the Marketplace now.


How to: Modify Themes in Windows Phone 7

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Tutorials, Tweaks, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 01-02-2011


Windows Phone 7 offers very less in terms of User Customization. The only theming options are to change the Tile Colors and thats about it.

Folks over at XDA have managed to allow us to do even more by making it possible to Change the Background Color as well as use Custom Tile Colors of our choice.

You need a Developer Unlocked Device for this hack.

You can follow this thread over at XDA to Dev Unlock your WP7 Device.

1. Download Registry Editor and Deploy it to your WP7. Download Registry Editor for WP7 from here.

2. Download Advanced Configuration to add Custom colors of your Choice for the Tiles.

Next to use a Custom Background you will manually need to modify some Registry Settings. (Note this is risky and only advanced users should do it)

Use the registry editor to modify the background of the dark theme go to those Keys and change the value to your favorite color in HEX.

Windows Phone 7 Update to be released on Feb 7th?

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Rumors, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 31-01-2011


It’s been quite a while since Microsoft released any updates to Windows Phone 7. WP7 at this moment lacks very basic features which is causing it to lag behind other Mobile OS like Android or iOS.

Microsoft had promised Copy-Paste in this upcoming update. According to several French Sites, the next update will be launched worldwide on February 7th, 2011.

Along with the above mentioned Copy-Paste this update will also bring performance improvements in terms of Application Resuming and Starting up of Applications.

This update has already reached RTM stage and has been codenamed ‘NoDo’. There’s a pretty high chance of this rumor being true since just a week later on Feb 14, Steve Ballmer is going to present a keynote on WP7 at the Mobile World Congress.


Comparison of Various Twitter Clients for Windows Phone 7

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Software, Videos, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 27-01-2011


There are quite a bunch of Twitter Clients out now for Windows Phone 7. Some of them are free and some are paid.

Watch this video below by ZDNet showing comparison between the various Twitter Clients and find out if its better to pay for a Client or stick with the free ones.

Screenshot Function on WP7 to come soon via Homebrew app

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 27-01-2011


Another feature that Windows Phone 7 misses out on is the ability to take Screenshots. Microsoft had recently commented that they are not so keen on adding this feature anytime soon.

Julian the guy behind TouchXperience and whos currently working on the next WP7 Jailbreak has managed to Enable this feature on his HD7. His recent Facebook update mentions that he’s succeeded in taking Screenshots on his WP7.

The software app/hack will be made available soon. We will post it here as soon as it does! So keep checking back for more info.


How to: Install Windows Phone 7 (WP7) on HTC HD2

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in HTC HD2, Tutorials, Videos, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 26-01-2011


The HTC HD2 was launched more than a year back and is still receiving tremendous support from the Developer community. Windows Phone 7 for the HTC HD2 was launched just a couple of weeks back by the famed Dark Forces Team.

I’ve been personally using WP7 on my HD2 for 2 weeks now and I’ve to say that I’m really impressed. This comes from someone who’s vigorously used iOS and Android on a daily basis. Sure, WP7 lacks some features but it makes up for it in terms of User Experience and overall Speed of the OS.

I highly recommend anyone with a HTC HD2 to go ahead and Install Windows Phone 7.

To Install Windows Phone 7 on your HD2 make sure you have HSPL 2.08 or higher installed.

If you don’t have HSPL installed follow this post to Install HSPL on your HD2.

Once you’ve confirmed that you have HSPL, download the following:

Photo Studio : Free Photo Manipulation App

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Software, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 26-01-2011


Samsung released a new application for their Windows Phone 7 based devices called “Photo Studio”.

This application provides some basic photo editing features like sharpen, soften, shading, etc.

Here’s the Official Description of the application:

Photo Studio is an all-in-one solution for taking, editing and sharing pictures though your WP7. Photo Studio allows the user to take pictures with effects such as LomoShot, Beautyshot and PlusMe. All pictures can modified with various photo effects. Users also can also easily upload their pictures to the most popular Social network services including Facebook and Flickr.

  • LomoShot: Users can vignette pictures in the style of softening or shading away the edges of the subject. There are four option modes: Normal, Gay, Warm and Cold
  • BeautyShot: Users can brighten and sharpen the portrait
  • PlusMe: Users can take two pictures separately and mix them together
  • Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, MySpace, Photobucket, Friendster support

You can download this application from the Marketplace now.