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Second Windows Phone 7 jailbreak announced

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Julien Schapman, a Windows Phone developer, is planning to release a modified Windows Phone 7 Device Manager software that includes a second WP7 jailbreak even more innovative than ChevronWP7’s method. Schapman is planning on releasing the Device Manager software after the first software update due in February. This update is primarily to disable ChevronWP7’s jailbreak software. The application will allow owners to manage their applications, explore devices, create device backups, add ring-tones and sync favorites. Device Manager will also jailbreak Windows Phone 7 and allow for the side-loading of applications. In his project blog, Schapman says you can also connect to your phone via Wi-Fi, for example to transfer files from/to your phone using Windows Phone Device Manager or the provided Windows Phone application.

He also mentions the idea of creating an open marketplace for non-commercial applications a la Cydia? “My unlock method is similar to that of ChevronWP7 in the way they both use a fake registration server, but my method is different and more reliable,” wrote Schapman in an email to WinRumors. “For example it automatically detects when a WP7 is plugged in and will check if this is a registered developer phone, if not it will register it once and for all, so the device will never re-lock like with ChevronWP7.”

He would not disclose any more information on his method for fear of Microsoft finding out and disabling his antics before they begin. “As a developer I worked on this unlock method in order to create homebrew apps for the community without having to pay a $99 subscription which is aberrant to me!” said Schapman.

He does not condone piracy. He made that clear, “I don’t want to see WP Device Manager used in that purpose, if needed I will work with Microsoft to prevent this,” he said. Schapman also plans to remove the unlock feature if Microsoft provides an official free method. “Unlocking is not the main feature of WP Device Manager, and I hope to remove it as soon as there will be an official way to use my app on any device.”

[Sources: WinRumors (all quotes are taken directly), TouchXperience (Schapman’s blog)]

Microsoft wouldn’t mind Geohot on their side

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

ChevronWP7 recently gained popularity in the press with their famous “jailbroken” shirt as well as the “jailbreak” tool that bought them a meeting with WP7 reps to discuss homebrew on the mobile platform. But as of late, a new hacker has been baited by Microsoft. George Hotz (aka Geohot) is known for his ability to unlock both the iPhone and the Ps3. He has earned some popularity of his own, but not quite as positive (Sony sued him for 8 counts of DMCA violation).

Geohot updated his personal blog on Tuesday with a stab at Sony:

perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone

This light-hearted comment piqued Microsoft’s interest. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet this evening attempting to reach Geohot –

If there is one thing that Microsoft is doing right with their revamped mobile OS, it’s supporting the underground dev community.

[Source: WinRumors]

Microsoft wouldn't mind Geohot on their side

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

ChevronWP7 recently gained popularity in the press with their famous “jailbroken” shirt as well as the “jailbreak” tool that bought them a meeting with WP7 reps to discuss homebrew on the mobile platform. But as of late, a new hacker has been baited by Microsoft. George Hotz (aka Geohot) is known for his ability to unlock both the iPhone and the Ps3. He has earned some popularity of his own, but not quite as positive (Sony sued him for 8 counts of DMCA violation).

Geohot updated his personal blog on Tuesday with a stab at Sony:

perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone

This light-hearted comment piqued Microsoft’s interest. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet this evening attempting to reach Geohot –

If there is one thing that Microsoft is doing right with their revamped mobile OS, it’s supporting the underground dev community.

[Source: WinRumors]