WP Device Manager gets previewed [Homebrew]

Developer Schapman has promied some advanced tools for the homebrew Windows Phone crowd such as the all-powerful WP Device Manger, but we haven't see much until now. Schapman recently gave a preview demo of the upcoming app for your PC desktop and it certainly looks to have plenty of features:

  • Manage your apps, check for updates
  • Edit Office documents
  • Transfer files
  • Connect via tether or WiFi
  • Device Info
  • Screen capture
  • Send SMS, emails, notes, clipboard info
  • Add custom ringtones

Overall, not a bad list. If it lives up to the hype, it could be a very powerful tool for people wanting a little extra control over things. No word on release, but it is in private beta now, so fingers crossed.

Source: YouTube; via MobilityDigest

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  • Really looking forward to using this when Sprint launches with the HTC Arrive. I'm going to miss the webOS homebrew community which is the best in the business but maybe these guys will ease the transition.
  • This is exactly what MS should have. Will this be squashed by any of the updates?
  • I have one concern and this is caused by my lack of knowledge on the homebrew side of things.If I was to use this to unlock my device so I can change my ringtone for example, does this break my warranty? Stop updates? Effect how the phone works?I purely want this so I can have custom tones again.
  • Yes, you will void your warranty. But no one is ever going to know. Future updates will always overwrite the jailbreak, but it's just a matter of re-jailbreaking after the update. That is assuming someone finds a new way to crack the software after each patch. I would also guess that the loaded ringtones would still be there after updating and you wouldn't need to re-jailbreak until you wanted to upload new tones.Resetting the phone puts it back to factory settings and no one would know you had ever jailbroken it. Just in case you need to warranty it. My Focus is jailbroken and it works perfectly. I have heard of some minor issues with HTC models, but you'd have to look up your model to be sure.GL!
  • This looks great, but given the comments I've heard sites like this one make about the developer, I wont be holding my breath.
  • It's in private beta now...I wish I had access and I don't even have a WP7 model yet (Dam you Verizon wireless !!!!)This is the app Microsoft should of released with WP7 (accept for the hacking part)This does appear to be an epic, must own program if it works like it claims