So, it’s not an app, but I did want to share with everyone this week how I got my Windows Phone upgraded to 7.8. As Windows Phone fans have no doubt heard, Windows Phone 7.8 has been out for a while. There was a lot of worry that certain phones, including my handset (the HTC Arrive on Sprint), would not be receiving the update. Luckily, there is a process that can be followed to upgrade your phone to Windows Phone 7.8, and it doesn’t involve any sort of “hacking” or modding, or HSPL unlocking, or anything like that. Plug your phone in to your computer, run a program, and wait. It’s that simple.
I first found This article on WindowsPhoneHacker that describes the process. Once you download the executable and plugin your phone, it will tell you if you require any missing files (I was missing them!). Once again, it’s a small download – extract the zip file as it tells you and then run again. You will see the phone download, flash an update, and reboot – continuously. Each time, your phone will indicate that the update is complete, but don’t worry, it isn’t the final update. Don’t unplug or touch the phone. It took my phone almost two hours of the same cycle. For a while I began to worry that my phone may be stuck in a loop, but if you’re fast enough, you can actually see that the build number is changing with each reboot. Eventually, it will pop up a message on your computer telling you that the updates are 100% complete. You will know when you’re getting close because your 7.5/Mango boot screen will change from a red logo to a blue logo.
I could’ve waited, or tried more Zune trickery, but I was having all kinds of problems with my update process, and having the option to just start this process and walk away for a bit was a great help. For anyone wondering if the SevenEighter method works, it does and I encourage you to give it a shot. If the download links in the article I link to no longer work, please post a comment below and I’ll upload them here, as I have kept a copy. I typically don’t like to link to other articles without providing instructions here, just in case the article ever disappears, but I don’t want to take credit for this one, it was all WindowsPhoneHacker!
I’ve had another busy few weeks. The downside of being a one man show: if you’re busy, the site suffers. More to come, soon, I assure you. I’ve had birthdays for friends and relatives, preparing to file my taxes, not to mention recent illness and other bodily injury. But I’m bouncing back and will get back in the swing of things. To top that off, I’m may have aother project in the works, but we’ll see if I can get some assistance with it, first.
I’ve already supported Ouya, the up and coming $99 video game console. I’m not expecting it to compete with the Xbox 360, I don’t consider it part of the current generation of console games, but I do consider it to be a console that is going to shake up the industry. I should be getting mine some time next month, since I was part of the Kickstarter funding process. But now that this thing is growing, and it’s going to be in stores like Target and Best Buy, it’s clearly gaining more and more momentum. Another round of consoles will be released in June. The good news if you missed the Kickstarter? The price isn’t going up. You can Preorder Ouya from Amazon now for just $99, and yes, it qualifies for free super saver shipping.
We’ve all done it. It’s a blessing of our generation, and a curse to retailers everywhere. You pick up a product in the store, and pause. You realize, you can probably get a better deal online. Want to be sure? Use RedLaser.
I think most people have heard of it by now, but I was excited when RedLaser came to Windows Phone. Simply launch the app, scan a barcade, and find the item at outlets all around the internet. It searches ebay first, as RedLaser is an eBay company, but then it checks Google Product search and lists onlne retailers and other shopping sites.
Just scan, hear the beep, and do your comparison shopping in a matter of seconds. RedLaser even has the ability to pull up retail chains around you – maybe you don’t want to wait to ship something from Amazon, but you want to know if you can get a better deal at Target, Wal-Mart, or Best Buy. Well, simply swipe over to the “local” page and find out! And if you’re not even worried about the price, but you want to know more about the product, you can check for reviews and see if the product you’re looking at will live up to your expectations!
RedLaser has simplified the whole process. Now that it’s on Windows Phone Marketplace, everybody finally has access to it.