Latest Windows Phone 7 emulator has been unlocked

It's possible to argue that the adoption of any modern mobile OS is contingent on the homebrew community. The ChevronWP7 team initially took the lead and even met with Microsoft to work out details for homebrew on WP7, but that has not stopped other groups from pursuing their own jailbreaking opportunities.

Jaxbot of Windowsphonehacker.com has successfully unlocked the latest set of tools released by Microsoft only days ago. According to Windowsphonehacker:

Microsoft released a new build of their Windows Phone 7 Development Tools yesterday, and as with previous versions, it's been completely locked down. Thankfully, similar to the previous version, it's been unlocked. This time, however, it was unlocked by our very own Jaxbot. 

The latest unlocking is not perfect, with the source stating that the settings menu is currently acting up and does not currently have an ETA on when a fix will be available.  The current unlocking community is still in its infancy and has a long way to go to match the current capabilities of jailbreaking iOS or rooting Android, but, with enough time, WP7 will too flourish under the unlocking community.

The ability to unlock an OS is a crucial step for any platform. Despite the circumvention, the jailbreaking community can be credited with helping to propel the iPhone into the mainstream by allowing new features and programs to the platform long before Apple made them available.  

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18 Comments

ADSfull said,
Great, so microsoft will hire everyone that have unlock capabilities ?

We are not talking about sideloading capability. Unlocked emulator means that the whole OS is shown on the emulator.

This is all well and good but have they found anything new hidden in there yet? We already know about C&P and how it works.

GP007 said,
This is all well and good but have they found anything new hidden in there yet? We already know about C&P and how it works.

According to Brandon Watson, there's not suppose to be anything new until the next update (which, by the way, is NOT mango).

The main focus of this update has been the performance increased and CDMA support (which ironically is causing the update to be delay).

Copy and paste was already done for quite a while. It just hasn't been merged into the main branch then.

One thing that catches me, as the demoer notes, it that the selection icons are rather small. This is quite different from the larger icons we had seen in the past. Maybe the size does not matter, though. Start from the word initially selected, and then drag to the side you want to continue selecting from

Sraf said,
One thing that catches me, as the demoer notes, it that the selection icons are rather small. This is quite different from the larger icons we had seen in the past. Maybe the size does not matter, though. Start from the word initially selected, and then drag to the side you want to continue selecting from

I just tried the emulator. You can drag from anywhere that's highlighted not just the arrows.

day2die said,

I just tried the emulator. You can drag from anywhere that's highlighted not just the arrows.

I can confirm this. Seems to be working very smoothly! Click anywhere on the text and drag it to wherever you want. So no need to panic people, I think they did it quite right this time

I believe you are greatly mistaking what the word "unlocked" means in this sense. They have not unlocked it for jail breaking or anything like that - it's simply that the emulator build hides nearly the entire OS - only showing Internet Explorer, Settings and the application you're debugging. It doesn't show any other tiles, and you can't access anything else. "Unlocking" in this sense, just returns the emulator to acting like a stock Windows Phone 7 build, with everything working as per usual - instead of a stripped down build where functions are hidden.

The OS itself hasn't been unlocked here for jail breaking or anything of the sort.

~Johnny said,
I believe you are greatly mistaking what the word "unlocked" means in this sense. They have not unlocked it for jail breaking or anything like that - it's simply that the emulator build hides nearly the entire OS - only showing Internet Explorer, Settings and the application you're debugging. It doesn't show any other tiles, and you can't access anything else. "Unlocking" in this sense, just returns the emulator to acting like a stock Windows Phone 7 build, with everything working as per usual - instead of a stripped down build where functions are hidden.

The OS itself hasn't been unlocked here for jail breaking or anything of the sort.


We seriously need to coin a word for "jailbreaking" Windows Phone 7 though. I have seen to many people use the work "unlock" Windows Phone 7 incorrectly.

day2die said,

We seriously need to coin a word for "jailbreaking" Windows Phone 7 though. I have seen to many people use the work "unlock" Windows Phone 7 incorrectly.

something along the lines of "open the window"

day2die said,

We seriously need to coin a word for "jailbreaking" Windows Phone 7 though. I have seen to many people use the work "unlock" Windows Phone 7 incorrectly.

window smashing
window cracking
undraping

I think its safe to say the Chevron guys are now in the pocket of MS and those of us who like to open up OUR phones will have to look elsewhere for our "jailbreaking" needs.

I hope the update will be release monday for phones. Microsoft does not seem very quick to offer updates... The same version number was sent to the officials pre-release mobile in early December...

ChristopheL said,
I hope the update will be release monday for phones. Microsoft does not seem very quick to offer updates... The same version number was sent to the officials pre-release mobile in early December...

They signed off on the update a long while ago. According them, the oinoy reason it's taking so long is that it's going through carrier testing... which personally I find rather pointless seeing as carriers haven't been able to mess with it in the first place.

But, also, the device manufacturers must combine their own firmware with the Windows Phone OS firmware as well, which can only happen after Microsoft sign off on the OS - then the OEM's can add in all their specific drivers for each device. I know Samsung for example, have updated WiFi drivers for their Omnia 7 which improve connection speeds for example. And then all of that has to be tested too >.<

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