Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly closes ‘Fiddler loophole’ for installed OEM exclusive apps
This is one of those Windows Phone 8.1 changes that will only affect like 0.1% of you, though it’s still interesting if you’re into security and what may be best described as piracy.
Last summer, we ran a controversial story about how to install OEM exclusive apps to your Windows Phone. Those apps are always ‘free’ though they are in theory subsidized by your purchase of that OEM’s phone. There was a method used where you can spoof your Nokia Lumia to look like a Samsung one, or vice versa.
Windows Phone 8.1 has apparently been patched, making the OS slightly more secure against such behavior. Reader of the site NFC Flaap wrote us in, detailing is experience:
We haven't verified this ourselves if this is accurate, mostly because lack of intent, but it seems highly probable.
It’s certainly interesting, and we’re surprised it took this long. But then again, the number of people doing this type of thing was always very small. For one, not all apps were able to be installed, mostly due to specific firmware requirements not on all phones, making this less exciting than initially thought. The second, Windows Phone and piracy while it does exist, is a very tiny segment of the user community. So far, custom ROMs, hacking of the registry, and installing pirated apps is more of a technical hobby than a big-time problem.
Regardless, it’s interesting to see this method evidently disappear. It’s not clear if it’s because Microsoft actively patched it, or it is just changes to the Store.
Thanks, NFC Flapp, for the update
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And yes all these features are already here and for free
and yes I know, but maps are so much needed :)
I love my Windows Phone, but all this US only and useless services are making it useless..
If Nokia made Android with 41mp I would sure go and get one, as Google services are just too powerful and easy here
Plus it would most likely get more attention and gain money than selling the best thing they made to MS
About PC MS side, its Windows and only Windows, no comment on that.
you really want attention, don't you? it's good to see people like you around here, who will troll someone only because he/she is happy for having a better supported phone like it's Nokia, with more exclusives.
but troll more please!
I manually installed Here Drive + afterwards. Using a proxy setup with Fiddlr. Its still €40.99 over here. I have some screens if you peeps wanna see: it is not available free, yet. unlike 44quattrosport stated
I like the 1520 a lot. On my 4th WP. LG Quantum > Focus > Ativ S > 1520.