Add a WiFi tile to your Windows Phone [Homebrew]
This one will cause a lot of envy amongst those with non-developer/ChevronWP7 unlocked phones. Developer CodeJoker has gone ahead and done the obvious: create a shortcut to the device WiFi settings. It's exactly what you think it would be--you tap the icon and you're at your configuration to turn WiFi on or off with a few less steps than the current setup. You simple install the XAP file and you're good to go, not really much to it and it works as advertised as you can see above.
Could this be technically submitted to the Marketplace and approved? We don't really see why not, it's not so much a hack and just creating a shortcut. But until then, you'll have to go the unlocked route. We're also pretty sure Microsoft has to be working on something similar from their end, hopefully some type of tile --> folder --> icons system, making such ritual changes much more easy.
Source: CodeJoker; via wmpoweruser (opens in new tab)
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Same one for Bluetooth please - and why you're at it, let's make a live tile that changes it status so we don't even have to enter that settings page. I love my Windows Phone 7 but there's still a long road to travel 'till it gets where it belongs!
I had started researching on what I could get at through the API to make exactly this shortcut right away. Please get this in the marketplace! While I am not necessarily opposed to side-loading, it does make it a little trickier to backup and restore your phone.In terms of the bluetooth setting mentioned above, it should be fairly trivial once you have the WiFi settings to do it for bluetooth as well, but for me that is less useful and I hadn't considered it. If these guys don't want to do it, perhaps I will pick up the project again (my day job is something non-WP7 code related).