HTC HD7 WP7 ‘NoDo’ Update Leaks!

Yesterday, we reported that the WP7 NoDo update for the HTC Mozart leaked on the Internet. Today, a new RUU/ROM containing the NoDo update for the HD7 has surfaced over at XDA-Developers forum.

Microsoft will be releasing the NoDo update for all the WP7 handsets in the next couple of weeks. The NoDo update for WP7 will bring with it copy and paste functionality along with some other new features. The apps and games loading time have also been drastically reduced.

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The ROM is apparently the final build, which will soon be officially released by Microsoft. The ROM is meant only for unbranded, generic HD7 handsets. Users who have a carrier branded version, can flash this ROM by converting their microSD card into a gold card.

HD7 owners who flashed this ROM reported improved overall performance and some sound improvements as well. HTC HD7 owners, who are interested in flashing the leaked ROM/RUU on their phone, can download it from here.

HTC Mozart Gets Copy And Paste, Unofficially!

When Microsoft launched its next generation mobile OS WP7, the company was criticized for leaving out many basic features like copy-paste, USB mount storage support etc.

In February at MWC, Microsoft announced that WP7 will get multi-tasking and copy-paste and a host of new features by the end of 2011. The company stated that the copy-paste feature will be coming to all WP7 handsets by March via the NoDo update.

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Now, March has just begun and some folks over at XDA-Developers have found a leaked ROM for the HTC Mozart. The ROM looks like an official one and brings copy and paste functionality along with speed improvements to the handset. The WP7 build included in this ROM is 7355-89.

Mozart owners should keep in mind that flashing this ROM on their handset will wipe it clean from all data. The ROM is a generic one, so all carrier branding will be removed as well. Brave Mozart owners who flashed this ROM on their handset are reporting that they are pretty happy with it.

The Mozart is the first WP7 handset to get copy and paste functionality, unofficially at least! Hopefully, Microsoft will release the NoDo update for all WP7 handsets within the next couple of weeks.

Via PocketNow

Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK Ported To HTC HD2

Google had made it clear that Android 3.0 Honeycomb is meant for tablets, and some features of Honeycomb will make it to the mobile version of Android, in the future updates. However, this did not stop the developers from porting the Honeycomb SDK to phones like the Desire HD and the EVO 4G.

Now, another favorite phone of the modding community the HD2 has also got the Honeycomb love from the developers. The developers worked day and night to port the Honeycomb SDK to the HD2. As usual, not everything works but this port will be able to give HD2 owners a taste of Honeycomb.

Below is a video of the Honeycomb SDK port running on the HD2 :

HTC HD2 Running Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Mobile data, SD card slot, graphics hardware acceleration and the hardware buttons work fine, and everything else including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and camera is currently in a work-in-progress state.

The HTC HD2 was released at the end of 2009 running Windows 6.5. Since then, the phone has been hacked to run all the different flavors of Android including Froyo and Gingerbread. Developers have also managed to get WP7 and Ubuntu running on the handset!

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Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 Prototype Images Leaked

When Windows Phone 7 was first announced by Microsoft, Sony Ericsson was named as a Windows Phone 7 partner by Microsoft, along with Samsung, HTC, LG and Dell. While each of the other manufacturers have launched their Windows Phone 7 devices, Sony Ericsson still hasn’t made any move in the WP7 market.

It has been quite loyal to Android so far, ditching even Symbian in the process. Today, images have leaked out which have captured a Sony Ericsson prototype slider phone running Windows Phone 7.

The prototype is labelled “Not for Sale” and has a nice sleek design with a sliding keyboard. It seems to be running a very old build of Windows Phone 7. This is rumored to be the Sony Ericsson Julie, a phone similar to the Xperia X10 with a QWERTY keyboard, a 4 inch display and a 1 GHz processor which was scrapped after Microsoft and Sony Ericsson failed to reach an agreement about Xbox Live.

We don’t know if Sony Ericsson plans to continue to work on the prototype and launch it though, considering that it would run Xbox Live and compete with the Playstation phone – the Xperia Play. Stay tuned for more updates.

Check out these leaked images of the Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 phone.

Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7

Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7

via WMPowerUser

Angry Birds Flying To Windows Phone 7 Devices

One of the most popular mobile games , which is also available for desktops and netbooks is finally going to be on Windows Phone 7 devices soon.

Angry Birds

Microsoft has had a few problems with the developers; Rovio Mobile; when they had jumped the gun during the WP7 launch and said that Angry Birds would be coming to their devices. Rovio had categorically denied those rumors and even asked Microsoft to refrain from using them as promotions.

However, few months down the line and Microsoft has officially announced that Angry Birds would be coming to Windows Phone 7 devices. In addition to Angry Birds a few other popular games will also be made available for WP7 devices, they include:

  • Doodle Jump
  • Plants vs Zombies
  • Hydro Thunder Go
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I
  • geoDefense.

The new games will start arriving in the Windows Phone marketplace starting April 6, 2011 and will include support for Xbox Live allowing users to post high scores and track leaderboards.

These games will definitely add some spice to the Windows Phone marketplace, but Microsoft definitely needs lot more apps in there before it can even be considered on par with the market and Apple App Store.

How To Fix Bricked Windows Phone 7 After Applying WP7 Updates

Microsoft released a minor software update for WP7 based devices which would improve the updates process in the future. However, it turns out that Microsoft did not test the update process much because it has reportedly bricked several users devices who applied the update.

Microsoft did ask users to exchange the device if they have a problem, but that is definitely a time consuming process. In the interim, Microsoft has also stopped updates for WP7 Samsung devices.

If you have a bricked Windows Phone7 device after applying the latest WP7 updates, a Neowin user has posted some steps to fix the bricked Windows Phone 7 device. Follow the steps given below to fix your phone.

  • Unplug USB form computer. Charge phone or put in charger.
  • Turn off phone.
  • Turn on phone using 3 buttons – power, camera and volume up/down rocker. Keep all 3 held for 10-15 seconds. Do not release when it asks if you want to format the SD card.
  • Keep holding until it says “download mode”. This will reinstall the OS.
  • If phone does not reboot in 15 minutes just power it off and back on.
  • Re-setup phone, update firmware through Zune software and then re-sync your documents, music, pictures, videos, etc..

Try the steps given below to recover your Windows Phone 7 device before you head over to the store to get a replacement. Phew, can’t believe that Microsoft botched up an update that would improve the update process in the future.

Microsoft Pulls Back WP7 Update For Samsung Phones

It was only a couple of days ago that Microsoft started rolling out an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update for all WP7 based handsets out there. The OTA update did not bring any visible changes or any performance improvements. According to the Windows Team Blog, the update improves the software update process. Yes, you guys have read it write! An update to improve the *software update* process itself.

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However, reports are flying in that the first OTA update for WP7 devices has been bricking Samsung WP7 devices. Depending on your luck, your Samsung branded WP7 running handset may even brick itself. Now, Microsoft has pulled back the OTA update for Samsung phones so as to make sure no further chaos ensures.

Here is the official statement from Microsoft :

In response to this emerging issue, we have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update.

The reason behind the update failing on Samsung device is being blamed on the numbers of firmware available for the Samsung WP7 handsets. Users who are running the latest firmware are able to successfully update their Samsung handset. However, users running the older firmware end up bricking their device. Hopefully, Samsung and Microsoft will soon come up with a solution to this problem.

One of the major advantages of WP7 over Android the ability to push out update for all handsets simultaneously due to their uniformity just became their disadvantage!

Windows Phone 7 Gets an Update to Improve Updates; No Copy Paste Yet

Microsoft has just announced a new update for Windows Phone 7 devices, but hold onto your horses. This new WP7 update does not bring in any new changes including the NoDo update which will add copy-paste functionality to the device.

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The new update from Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 will only improve the software update process Disappointed smile. It definitely does not add anything more to the device.

This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search.

Windows Phone 7 is set to get the “NoDo” update which will include copy-paste functionality and an improved Marketplace for apps somewhere in March 2011. There are several more updates in the pipeline, but those do not have any delivery dates; except for that it will be available somewhere in 2011.

So if you were excited about the new Windows Phone 7 updates to your device, keep your expectations in check because the first major update will only arrive in March 2011. Till then have fun updating your device to get improved updates in the future.

To update your phone, connect it to your computer and update it using the Zune connector for PC or Windows Phone 7 connector for Mac.

Nokia Giving Away Free E7 and WP7 Phones to Developers

Nokia’s decision to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone 7 as its primary OS has sparked a lot of active discussion in the blogosphere. The reactions have ranged from approval to enragement to disgust. We have also seen a few conspiracy theories floating around which claim that Elop, a former Microsoft executive was planted at Nokia for this very reason.

Many have also argued that it would make more sense for Nokia to go with Android, which has a much bigger developer following and a much larger library of apps than Windows Phone 7. It seems that Nokia has definitely taken that into account before making the decision to go with Microsoft.

Today, it sent out an email which is meant to appease developers for Symbian and MeeGo, as well as WP7. All the developers enrolled in Launchpad, a mobile developer program by Nokia will receive a free Nokia E7 as well as a free Windows Phone 7 device by Nokia, so that they can start developing apps for them soon.

Nokia has also thrown in a few more freebies like free access to the Nokia World Summit, free tech support for 3 months (limited to 10 support tickets) and a free User Experience evaluation of apps. It is also providing Business Development support and will help developers in getting their apps published on the Ovi Store.

Check out the email at Slashgear.