Spotify Music Streaming App For Windows Phone Platform Launched

Microsoft has partnered with popular music streaming service, Spotify, to announce the new music streaming app for the Windows Phone mobile operating system. The application can be downloaded from the Windows marketplace for mobile starting today.

Now since Spotify is presently not available in most parts of the world outside Europe, you may have to wait for an invite to register if you are from elsewhere. However, if you are from a country like UK, you can start listening to streaming music from the free ad-supported Spotify application or alternatively, also pay up £9.99 every month for an ad-free music streaming service.

Interestingly, Spotify has also announced that their service will be available on the upcoming Windows Phone 7 platform when the new OS launches this year. If recent rumors are anything to go by, that would imply an October 21 launch date in Europe.

Users outside Europe have been anxiously awaiting the launch of this service in their regions and the service is expected to launch at least in USA by the end of this year. Can’t wait to see how Spotify is adopted by the Windows Mobile toting users in Europe for the moment though.

New Opera Mini 5.1 For Windows Mobile Releases

The media may forever talk about the iPhone and Android (and Blackberry to an extent) as the only two smartphone platforms that matter. But as you would agree, mobile OS platforms like Windows Mobile are still doing well with a hefty market share. So it is significant that Opera has just released the latest version of its mobile browser application for the Windows Mobile platform. The new version 5.1 comes with enhancements that will provide better support for high resolution devices and will also let users set Opera Mini as the default mobile web browser. Apart from this, the application is also compatible with the accelerometer functionality that many modern day smartphones come with, improves kinetic scrolling and supports predictive text input.

To download, simply visit m.opera.com from your default web browser and Opera will automatically offer the most optimized version for your handset.

Install Android On Windows Mobile Phone

If you have a Windows Mobile Phone, here is a simple step by step process to install and boot Android on your phone. Please note that this procedure will not make Android your default OS. Instead, it will use a Windows Mobile Boot loader called HaRET to reboot your phone on Android. We have used HTC’s Windows Mobile phones for reference.

Step 1 : You will need the Google Android file that your phone model supports. You can simply google “Android port for XXXX” where XXXX is your phone model. For instance here are some Android

HTC Diamond
HTC Vogue
HTC Raphael

Step 2 : Download the HaRET executables by clicking here.

Step 3 : Extract all the zipped files to your computer

Step 4 : Plug your Windows Mobile phone to your Computer and navigate to the root folder

Step 5 : Transfer all the extracted files to your phone’s root folder (Please note that this has to be transferred to the root directory and not elsewhere). You will now have transferred these files

  • HaRET.exe
  • zImage (kernel file)
  • Initrd.gz
  • default.txt
  • rootfs.img
  • system.img/system.sqsh

Step 6 : Right click on the default.txt file and open it on a notepad

Step 7 : Read through the values and confirm if the phone model, screen resolution, internet access, etc have been appropriately set. You can google for the Boot Options for your phone model. Again, if you own a HTC phone, you can find them here. Once done, save and close the default.txt file

Step 8 : Unplug your phone from the computer and navigate through the file manager to locate HaRET.exe. Press RUN

Step 9 : You are done. Your Windows Mobile phone will reboot in Android mode.

[via MakeUseof]