It was in early November that Microsoft released its brand new WP7 based OS along with a bunch of handsets from HTC, Samsung and Dell. It is still unknown whether these WP7 based handsets managed to set the sales chart on fire, but nevertheless the OS has managed to gain the interest of hackers and modders.
The result of this is ChevronWP7 tool. This application allows WP7 users to jailbreak/unlock their handset thus allowing them to side-load content on the device without a developer account.
The step to unlock your WP7 device is a pretty simple one. Users just need to connect their WP7 handset to their PC via a USB cable and run the ChevronWP7 tool. Once the application detects your handset, users just need to press the unlock button to unlock/jailbreak their device.
However, this unlock does not mean that users can install pirated apps on their handset. All WP7 based apps are secure enough so as not to install on any handset without the Windows Marketplace. However, this jailbreak does open the gates to the huge modding possibility of the WP7 platform.
I am pretty sure we will be seeing modders take advantage of this unlock for adding new features to their handset in the future. Please note that certain reports say that using the ChevronWP7 tools can leave your handset unusable, so you might want to proceed with caution here.
You can download ChevronWP7 from http://www.chevronwp7.com/.
It was just yesterday that we wrote about the N8 getting its first camera mod 30FPS HD video recording and nearly 0% jpeg compression. Today, hyperX has made another addition to that list with continuous auto-focus while recording videos.
Below is the video of the N8 recording a video in 720p HD resolution at 30fps with continuous Auto-focus :
As seen from the video above, the mod works like a charm. However, like his previous mod hyperX has not made this mod public as well. hyperX has been a very active member and contributor on the Samsung i8910 modding scene. In fact, hyperX Custom ROMs for the i8910 were and still are considered to be the best in the business. With him taking active part in the N8 modding, I am sure we will see many more miracles like this from him.
Kudos to hyperX!
Nokia has been heavily advertising the N8 for its camera and multimedia capabilities. The N8 sports a 12MP camera with a very big sensor, a mechanical shutter and a Xenon flash. Now, hyperX â€” the guy behind the popular HX Custom ROMs for the Samsung i8910 â€” has given the whole world a preview of the first mod for the N8. The camera mod for the N8 brings with it RAW Images with 0% image compression and 30 FPS 720p HD recording.
With nearly 0% image compression, the RAW images taken from the N8 camera can reach up to 11MB in size. By default the N8 can record 720p HD videos at 25 FPS. Sadly, the mod is not yet public. But then not many people have got their hands on the N8. Hopefully, hyperX will make the mod public in the upcoming days.
With hyperX actively taking part in the N8 modding scene, I except many more wonders from him in the upcoming weeks.
When the Droid X was released by Motorola, a lot of fuss was made about its locked down bootloader. The locked down bootloader on the Droid X meant no custom ROMs for the phone. The modding community was quite shocked with this piece of information, since the Motorola Droid had an unlocked bootloader and that made it a popular phone. However, the modding community did not lose hope and started working on the Droid X. Within a couple of weeks of its launch, the Droid X was successfully rooted by birdman.
Now, the modding community has got another major breakthrough. ROM Manager developer koush has managed to get Clockwork recovery working on the Droid X. He even posted a picture of Clockwork recovery on the Droid X on his twitter profile. However, he did mention that the Droid X bootloader is still locked. He managed to get clockwork recovery working on the Droid X by hijacking the boot process of Android.
Sadly, this means custom ROMs for the Droid X is still sometime away.
The Samsung Galaxy S is one heck of an Android phone. For me, it is without a doubt the best Android phone in the market right now. However, the phone has one irritating problem. If you guys had read our Samsung Galaxy S review, you would have read about the stallingissue the phone suffers from. However, the stallingissue was considerably reduced in the latest firmwares. Nevertheless, the modding community started working like crazy to fix this stalling issue. Mimocan’s lag fix solution was quite a popular one until now. His lag fix uses a modified kernel to move the /data files into the ext3/ext4 partition on an external microSD card. Without his lag fix, the Galaxy S scores anywhere between 800-900 points in Quadrant benchmark. With his benchmark, this scores jumps to 17xx points!
Nevertheless, the modding community was still not satisfied with this solution. Now a new lag fix solution has come up which pushes the Quadrant benchmark score to a whopping 22xx points! This new lag fix does not even require an external microSD card to work with. This new lag fix is pretty complicated to work with, so folks like Chainfire and RyanZA came up with one click lag fix applications. In fact, Galaxy S owners can now root and fix this stalling issue in just one simple step. Here are the two is the link to the different lag fix applications.
The European sibling of the Motorola Droid the Milestone has got the Froyo love unofficially. The Motorola Droid is yet to receive the official Froyo update, but thanks to the modding community certain ROMs based on Froyo already exist. The Milestone getting an unofficial Froyo update is certainly big news since the phone has a locked down bootloader.
Dext3r from ModMyMobile forums has ported the Android 2.2 FRF91 build to the Milestone. The only problem with this unofficial Froyo update is that the camera won’t work. I guess this should give Motorola enough hints to start working on the official Froyo update for the Milestone. Motorola had earlier said that they still need to decide whether to bring Froyo to Milestone or not.
Since the Droid X, and the upcoming Droid 2 feature the same bootloader as the Milestone, we expect the modding community to achieve some kind of success in porting Android 2.2 to these devices.
The Motorola Droid has now been listed as end of lifein the Verizon inventory system. Yes, your beloved Motorola Droid is finally going to be phased out. In the upcoming few weeks, the Droid will be completely phased out from the Verizon inventory system. Motorola and Verizon will be replacing the Droid with the Droid 2.
Droid users should not be disheartened since the Motorola Droid is a very popular phone among the modding community. The Motorola Droid sold like hot cakes when it was launched. It was and still is one of the most popular android phone out there. The successor to the Droid the Droid 2 will feature a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. The sad news is that the Droid 2 will feature a locked bootloader, which will severely limit its modding capability.
The Droid 2 is expected to be released in August, and will be announced my Verizon within the next few weeks.
One of the main reasons why the Motorola Droid sold like hot cakes in the U.S was because of its unlocked bootloader. The unlocked bootloader allowed the modding community to play with the phone to their hearts content. Thanks to the unlocked bootloader users could flash a custom ROM with tweaked settings, overclock their CPU etcetera. Sadly, the European version of the Droid a.k.a Milestone featured a locked bootloader due to which it did not do sell very well.
When Motorola announced the Droid X, the modding community hoped that the Droid X will also feature an unlocked bootloader. Sadly, it was found out that the Droid X uses the same bootloader as the Milestone. Now in a shocking move, Motorola has officially announced that it won’t allow Custom ROMs on their handset from now on.
Securing the software on our handsets, thereby preventing a non-Motorola ROM image from being loaded, has been our common practice for many years. This practice is driven by a number of different business factors. When we do deviate from our normal practice, such as we did with the DROID, there is a specific business reason for doing so. We understand this can result in some confusion, and apologize for any frustration.said Lori Fraleigh from Motorola.
Motorola even suggest people to buy a Nexus One or a Google ADP1 developer phone for flashing and playing around with their phone.
Bad move from Motorola here! I am sure the sales of Droid X and Droid 2 will take a huge hit due to this.
Officially, HTC still has not specified a date when the HTC Desire will be getting the Froyo update. Unofficially though, the Desire already has a custom ROM based on Froyo. A person with the username udk over at XDA forums has posted a video of Froyo running on the Desire. Along with Froyo, this custom ROM also brings 720p video recording to the Desire.
Here is a 720p video recorded from the HTC Desire –
No release date of the ROM has been specified, but hopefully it should be up for download in just a few days. Currently, a beta version (v0.3) of the ROM is up for download. The main advantage of a popular Android phone is that that many new features are added to it thanks to Custom ROMs from Modder.
In all probability, this custom ROM will be released by udk before the official Froyo update from HTC arrives.
Rejoice HTC-made-Google-branded Nexus One owners! Now you can record 720p HD videos on your Nexus One! This is not an official Google release though! The modding community has been working hard on bringing 720p HD video recording to the Nexus one, and they have been finally met with success.
The modder who made this possible is Cyanogen and charnsingh_online. Earlier, it was Cyanogen who had brought Wi-Fi n support to the Nexus One with his CyanogenMod. Users who want 720p HD videos recording capability must use the CyanogenMod firmware on their device. Modder charnsingh_onlinehas made a patch, which enables HD video recording capability on the Nexus One. The only requirement to get the HD video recording capability on your handset is to use the latest CM4.0.8test3 CyanogenMod on your Nexus One.
Sadly, this patch does not work with the latest Android version Froyo. It is expected that with future updates – Froyo support, higher fps, and better audio quality will be made possible.
Here is the download link to the patch. You can also find some videos shot from the Nexus One at 720p HD resolution here.