Windows Phone Homebrew app roundup

Lots of little things have been happening if you have a developer unlocked device, preferably with the new interop level needed to side-load some more advance apps.

First off, over at Windows Phone Hacker they've detailed a more simple method for getting Internet Sharing onto your Samsung Mango phone (Omnia 7, Focus). Once you have your developer unlocked device also interop-unlocked, it only takes two files and a reboot to get the much-coveted feature on to your phone. As you can see from the pic below, we manged to do it for our AT&T Focus and it works like a charm (seriously, it's a nice tethering solution).

Next up are some HTC apps. Yes, so long as HTC tirelessly works on specialized apps, those mischievous fellas over at XDA will be trying to port them. This time, they've managed to grab the Omega/Radars's OEM files, which includes that new HTC Hub. We loaded it onto our Focus and it works quite well. In addition, you can even add the Dock Mode app, which we're big fans of, for a more complete device. Stay clear though of Attentive Phone, the sound enhancer and camera apps as they won't do anything for your non-HTC phone.

Finally, there's a unique app from GoodDayToDie at XDA called MultiTaskToggle:

"Threw together something fun for you: a one-click (don't sue me, Bezos) app for enabling or disabling multitasking on Mango. Fast app switching + full multitasking = awesome! Disabling multitasking when you need to save battery = convenient!""Features: Secondary tile with deep linking! Shows current multitask state and toggles it when tapped. Supports HTC, LG, Samsung phones [NEW]. Works on Mango! Uses no homebrew DLLs."

Basically the app allows you to set multitasking on/off with one tap on a Live Tile. Here's we're talking about the full-fledged, instant-resuming multi-tasking. It sucks up more battery life, but it also faster and allows things to run in the background. Being able to turn it on/of with a simple touch, therefore, is a much welcomed addition for the power users out there. You can find that thread right here.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • So to go mad on the app front, I need to unlock my phone. Which will cost a bit (Unless that Chevron app is coming soon?)Oh well... Guess I need to do some thinking:D
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  • "HTC Hub" on DK Omnia 7 works good and "Internet Sharing" works gooder :)It is such a shame that we have to hack our ways to theese features. They work fantasticly, and everyone should be able to use them.
  • About Internet sharing:I think there is a kind of rejection as far as LG Optimus 7 is concerned in the homebrew app community... everybody there talks about HTC and Sansung Devices and only a few mention or program things for the most affordable and certainly not the worst device, the LG e900... Even after the fact that LG has a built in registry editor etc. , nobody tried to find a way to enable hidden network support or tethering in Mango.About the new HTC hub:Chinese people ported the app for all current win 7.5 devices before xda...don't know anything else, I don't speak chinese... :DAbout multitasking toggle:It could be nicer if they can implement it inside the already existing "battery saver" function in settings. It's a nice option but it takes time and thinking having to disable multiple features of the phone by accessing many different areas on it. It would be very nice to see tiles with deep linking for other applications though, like connectivity shortcuts that toggle on/off when you tap them. It's a shame that after Mango, we still have to look at homebrew apps for such functionality.