HTC's Titan gets Lumia exclusive apps

HTC Lumia 900, anyone?

Nokia's Lumias differ from other Windows Phones. They contain some apps 'exclusive' to Nokia's handsets, and yes, we're using the word 'exclusively' rather lightly. They're not so exclusive anymore.

HTC's Titan is getting some love over on XDA, with custom ROMs appearing for the phone. One of them brings some of Nokia's apps straight over to the bigger phone.

The ROM you're looking for is called "WPV 8779 Nokia Edition v3". Catchy name, huh? 8779 actually denotes the phone as being post-Tango update, so you won't be using some ancient version of Windows Phone 7 if you decide you want to flash this ROM.

Installing a ROM requires a full unlock, which isn't exactly the shortest process to do. Still, once you've it done, you get Nokia's 'Camera Extras', 'Counter' and 'Contact Share'.

You're likely not going to make any friends over at Nokia by installing this ROM, but if you own an HTC Titan this is a good way to bring some exclusive apps to your phone. If you're a fan of third-party marketplaces, you're also catered to, for there's an XAP Deployer built-in.

If you're going to do this, you'll need to be willing to use English. It's the only language in the ROM, which weighs in at 384MB. Other language packs were cut out of the ROM by the developer to shave some weight off the download.

The ROM requires you changing your device info in the registry. You have to change the OEM and device name if you'd like to use Nokia's apps. Somehow, the Finnish company had prepared for this, because there's an error message if you try their apps with a standard registry.

If you're a fan of your HTC Titan but you've considered a Nokia Lumia, this might just be the best of both worlds.

Source: XDA Developers

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Why is this news? There's an app on XDA that allows you to switch your phones id so you can download all the lumia app from the marketplace.

No need for custom roms

SharpGreen said,

What exactly is wrong with it?

well it kinda sucks for nokia.. they pay for the apps and HTC gets some of the benefit..

Lachlan said,

well it kinda sucks for nokia.. they pay for the apps and HTC gets some of the benefit..

Nah only the very few who really want this stuff. Think about the user base with an HTC Titan then the user base who has fully unlocked their phones AND want to have these three apps on their phones.

Not more than 100, tops.

At this point certain WP7 handsets should not be getting exclusive apps. Instead the entire WP7 platform should be getting them.

Edited by warwagon, Aug 5 2012, 12:44am :

warwagon said,
At this point certain WM7 handsets should not be getting exclusive apps. Instead the entire WM7 platform should be getting them.

I'm sorry, but Nokia is giving buckets of money to the developers to app developers to have them port some of their apps to the WP7 platform (or even paying them to port them themselves!).

And having whole teams making own apps. It should be obvious that Nokia is doing everything they can to differentiate their phones from their direct WP7 competitors and mking the platform itself more attractive!

Even better, most of the exclusive apps are just temporary. Even Nokia Maps is now a major part of WP8 itself. Camera Extras are a Camera Filter addons (or whatever it's called) predecessor and I'm sure more stuff is getting into WP8.

So it's quite fair as far as I'm concerned.

warwagon said,
At this point certain WM7 handsets should not be getting exclusive apps. Instead the entire WM7 platform should be getting them.

1. If in over 2 years of the OS existence you can't even get the name right, why should anyone care about the lame advice you give ?

2. Nokia is the OEM that made WP7 really worth buying... I don't see why Nokia would get some cool ideas and just let HTC or Samsung get the extra apps when those 2 (especially Samsung) aren't even making a decent effort to promote the platform !

warwagon said,
At this point certain WM7 handsets should not be getting exclusive apps. Instead the entire WM7 platform should be getting them.

Its exactly what it needs.. It makes companies like HTC see that they need to start getting developers to adopt wp7 and start making apps if they want to compete with nokia

Kwanza said,

2. Nokia is the OEM that made WP7 really worth buying... I don't see why Nokia would get some cool ideas and just let HTC or Samsung get the extra apps when those 2 (especially Samsung) aren't even making a decent effort to promote the platform !

Doing that is also a very good way to kill a platform. Oh you have that WP7 device, I'm sorry you can't have those application. Those are for the other WP7 handsets, not the one you just bought. In which the customer might say **** it and just go buy an android phone or iPhone.

Edited by warwagon, Aug 5 2012, 1:39am :

Kwanza said,

1. If in over 2 years of the OS existence you can't even get the name right, why should anyone care about the lame advice you give ?

2. Nokia is the OEM that made WP7 really worth buying... I don't see why Nokia would get some cool ideas and just let HTC or Samsung get the extra apps when those 2 (especially Samsung) aren't even making a decent effort to promote the platform !

WP7 is worth buying because it's WP7. I'm perfectly happy with my HTC Trophy. Of course, I'm stuck with that model because it's the only one Verizon carries. I was going to consider getting a Lumia 900 and putting my Verizon sim in there, but what's the point now with WP7 devices not getting a WP8 upgrade? Frankly I don't know why anybody who doesn't already have one would buy a Windows Phone, Nokia or not, until November when WP8 arrives.

warwagon said,

Doing that is also a very good way to kill a platform. Oh you have that WP7 device, I'm sorry you can't have those application. Those are for the other WP7 handsets, not the one you just bought. In which the customer might say **** it and just go buy an android phone or iPhone.

I like how WP fans will criticize Android's fragmentation, when WP is similarly fragmented. You can't download a certain app on Android while you can't download a certain game on WP cause Nokia made it exclusive.

It sucks for the end users. I'd rather just buy an iPhone where EVERYONE can get the same stuff.

andrewbares said,

I like how WP fans will criticize Android's fragmentation, when WP is similarly fragmented. You can't download a certain app on Android while you can't download a certain game on WP cause Nokia made it exclusive.

It sucks for the end users. I'd rather just buy an iPhone where EVERYONE can get the same stuff.


Difference is most of the apps that are Nokia exclusive get released after a couple of weeks to all the other OEMs.

Apart from Nokia's own apps (Drive, Maps etc), all the other apps that were once exclusive are now available for all and if I'm not mistaken the nokia made ones will also get released too.