Universal Simlock Calculator – soon
Outraged behavior cellular that block phones, I decided to help all victims that area. The result of my work are calculators that generate a code used to unlock your phone from simlock. I encourage you to download and comment my work.
Those of you who travel quite a bit undoubtedly own more than one device due to frequency band restrictions put in place by both carriers / OEMs, as well as local regulatory agencies. It’s common to find regional variants of pretty much the same devices from Sony, LG, Samsung, and other OEMs. And of course, these companies want to turn a profit, so they often sell multiple devices rather than one that can switch between all of its hardware-supported frequency bands. Surprisingly, most phones works pretty well with frequency bands that are not officially supported. In fact, this is often just a software limitation that can be circumvented with tools available on XDA.
You can try to unblock some frequencies on your own thanks to two XDA Senior Members: fffft, who found a method working for the Samsung Galaxy S5, and vndnguyen, who developed an application to calculate the required values for Qualcomm devices. The method is very (obviously) hacky, but it’s definitely worth a shot if you want to use blocked carriers while visiting other countries.
If you want to add frequency bands, you need to prepare yourself for lots of reading. The process is not as easy as simply rooting, and requires some tools like QPST and QXDM. If you follow the thread carefully and everything goes right, you will be able to use the device in practically any country in the world. You will save some money and time required to find a device on the local market. Naturally, doing this also carries with it an inherent risk, so please make sure you read and understand everything to the letter before proceeding.
Samsung today confirmed that the Windows Phone 8.1 update is now rolling out to users on its community forum. Several users from different regions has also reported that they have received the update as well. However, Samsung also confirmed that the Samsung Ativ S users should be able to get the update right now. If you’re using a Samsung Ativ S, you can check for updates bu navigating to Settings > Phone Update. In case you didn’t know, the Windows Phone 8.1 Update brings handful of features, such as:
- Cortana – the most personal virtual assistant
- Action Center (notification center)
- Custom background on Start screen
- Quite Hours
- Word Flow keyboard
- WiFi Sense
- File Manager
- Refreshed Calendar app
- Redesigned Store
- VPN support
Have you received the Windows Phone 8.1 update yet? Let us know in the comment section below!
Microsoft today released new Outlook for Mac for Office 365 customers. This includes improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel. The new Outlook for Mac includes: Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching [...]
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Nokia US today tweeted a photo which compares the price of an iPhone with the price of Microsoft products. As it turns out, you can buy more than 10 Microsoft Products for less than half the price of an iPhone. These are the Microsoft products that you can buy for only $294.98:
- Microsoft Lumia 635 handset – $100
- Xbox “exclusive free Windows Phone titles”
- Additional Lumia 635 shell – $15
- Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker – $60
- Coloud Pop headset with buds – $24.99
- Coloud Knock headphones – $30
- Nokia Universal Portable USB Charger – $25
- Nokia Treasure Tag – $39.99
- 15GB of OneDrive storage – free
- MixRadio music streaming – free
- Microsoft Lync – free
- Office Mobile – free
— Nokia USA (@NokiaUS) October 25, 2014
As you might have noticed from the infographic (above), the total price of the products was wrong. The correct price of all of these products are $294.98 altogether. At the end of the day, it depends on how a consumer wants to spend their money. Do you think its much better to buy Microsoft products than buying an iPhone? Discuss in the comment section below!
Microsoft yesterday announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLES 12) is now available on Microsoft Azure. SLES 12 is now published and available in the Microsoft Azure Gallery. You can use it for your Azure deployment. SLES 12 includes the latest technological innovations from upstream to provide enterprise customers with increased uptime, improved operational efficiency and [...]
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Nokia’s HERE Transit (/Public Transport) has seen a significant update with further improvements in the scope of their database.
David Volpe is senior product manager for HERE transit, revealed that HERE Transit now provides 100% coverage in Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. In the UK, overground rail services have been a recent addition, completing the transit picture there.
The company is also working towards full coverage of Finland, Lithuania, and Iceland, and through recent deals with Deutsche Bahn in Germany, and with the Parisian transit authorities have made other notable additions. HERE also taps directly into the source data from Deutsche Bahn, so any changes to services are reflected immediately, and the train timetable is reported in real-time.
The improvements should take immediate effect, meaning regular users should see improved results right away.
Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Via AAWP (screen shot credit AAWP)
Google talks more about Android 5.0 Lollipop! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the new Mircosoft Band, a fitness tracker and be sure the check out the article talking about sideloading apps to Android TV thanks to Chainfire. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for No Lock Home. Then RootJunky showes us How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360. And later TK showed us how to sync music to your Android Wear devices. Be sure to check out Kevin Bruckert’s User Experience session from the Big Android BBQ. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Links to stories mentioned:
- Wave and Wave II Get Functional OmniROM!
- Flash Cyanogen Recovery to Your 2012 Sony Xperia
- Sideload Applications to Android TV Thanks to Chainfire
- Google Execs Talk to Ars About Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Motorola Droid Turbo Officially Announced by Verizon
- Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker Announced, Available
- Forums Added for the Oppo R5, Oppo N3, and Xiaomi Redmi Note
- XDA Xposed Tuesday: Unlock Your Device Automatically with No Lock Home – XDA TV
- How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360 – XDA TV
- How to Play Music From Android Wear – XDA TV
- UX Design in Apps and ROMs w/ Kevin Bruckert – BABBQ2014
The post More Android 5.0 Details Revealed, Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker – XDA TV appeared first on xda-developers.
The Nokia Lumia 630/635, Microsoft’s “first of the new” device was announced back in June and has been selling it stores for a fairly cheap price compared to the newer editions like the 730/735 and the 830.
This phone is “first of the new” because it was the first ‘new’ device launching with Lumia Cyan or Windows Phone 8.1 alongside the Lumia 930 which in fact was previously a Verizon exclusive to the USA.
Let’s go over to the phone then!
The phone is designed similarly to the older 620 but more cubical in design. The front of the phone is Gorilla Glass 3 panel with a microphone infront and a speaker grill for calling purposes.
The back is made of PolyCarbonate material which is common for Microsoft Mobile and is removable. That means that you can swap it with a colour of your choice and also match your favorite Windows Phone Accent Color and also replace the battery.
As far as thickness goes, its 9.2mm thick or approximately 1cm thick. The buttons on the phone are all placed on the right-hand side which are the Volume Rocker Button and a Power/Sleep button.
On the top, there is nothing except the 3.5mm Headphone Audio Jack. On the bottom we only have a single MicroUSB connector.
For the dimensions part, the phone is 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm, 78.5 cm3 (5.10 x 2.63 x 0.36 in) and weighing at around 134gms (4.73 oz)
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Inside the box, we see the Phone (which is obvious) along with the Removable Battery which sits at 1830mAh. Other than these, you get pamphlets, a quick start guide and an AC Adapter which cannot be used for Syncing with your PCs or Laptops.
The Nokia Lumia 630/635 is packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Cortex-A7 Processor with a Adreno 305 GPU.
The phone sports a mediocre 512MB RAM which can get you through all the tasks seamlessly. You may have problems with 512MB devices as not all apps on the Windows Phone Store have support for it. But if you are in China, you can pick another variant called the Nokia Lumia 638 which features a 1GB of RAM.
Talking of the display, it isn’t the greatest display for 2014 devices but is pretty decent. The display is a tad bigger than a WVGA (400×800) sitting at 400×854 with an approx 218ppi pixel density.
The screen has ClearBlack technology which means that it will produce excellent black colours.
It is also a IPS LCD Panel capable of producing 16 Million colours.
The 630 comes packed with 8GB of internal storage with 3.94 available on first start. The phone also supports expandable storage to up to 128GB via a MicroSD Card.
The 630 supports EDGE/2G/3G while the 635 supports EDGE/2G/3G/LTE and the 638 has LTE+ for China.
The Nokia Lumia 630/635’s battery sits at 1830mAh which is decent and while get you through the day. We will conduct some non-scientific tests and update you on that.
The camera is 5MP with AutoFocus, Geo-Tag and Panorama but is unfortunately lacking a LED Flash. It takes decent pictures too but it is “horrible” pictures in low-light.
The 630 comes pre-loaded with Lumia Cyan aka Windows Phone 8.1 and is upgradable to the latest Update 1 via Preview for Developers
Part 2: A day with the Nokia Lumia 630… the good and the bad (Coming Soon…)
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Back in August, EA announced that have partnered with Microsoft to deliver EA Access, an all-new monthly (or annual) membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One. With this subscription which starts at $4.99 a month, users can access a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play. During a financials [...]
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Plex media streaming app just got updated in Windows Phone Store with lots of fixes and new improvements. The updates app now includes new home movie library view, music library view, show library view and more. Find the full list of changes below.
CHANGES IN 18.104.22.168
– (UI) New Home Movie library view: Folder
– (UI) New Music library views: Album, Folder
– (UI) New Show library view: Recently Aired
– (PlayQueues) Long-press to multi-select items to play or add to up next
– (Music) Navigate to artist and album page from music player
– (Video) “No server available to transcode” errors when resuming
– (Video) Fall back to full transcode if first playback fails
– (Video) Request a transcode for AAC main profile audio
– (Controller) ‘Now Playing’ popup for selected player wasn’t working when controlling PHT
– (Controller) Interface could stop updating when controlling a remote music player
– (Connectivity) Unauthorized errors in certain situations when servers require authentication on the LAN
– (Controller) Restarting a video would result in a resume on the player
– (UI) Filters containing certain characters (e.g. “nl/12″) didn’t work as expected
– (UI) Long artist summaries could get cropped unnecessarily
– Improved crash reporting
– A number of user-reported crashes
CHANGES IN 22.214.171.124
– Don’t show the PlayQueue button for photo albums
– A number of user-reported crashes
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.