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VIDEOVIEW: Windows Phone 7 Series HTC HD2 Port Hands-on - True of Fake?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 29.03.10 - 13:40:28 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 26205x
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You might have seen the news from the weekend that an early build of Windows Phone 7 Series, which Microsoft announced during the recent Mobile World Congress, is said to be ported to an HTC HD2 and the developers proved it with photos and even two videos. If it would be a fake, it wouldn't be too hard to fake some photos - I've done it with Android on an HTC HD2 and Windows Phone 7 Series on a Motorola Milestone in the past as well but a video should be a good proof - or maybe not? There are no doubts that a) the HTC HD2 is powerful enough to run Windows Phone 7 Series and b) sooner or later some clever developers will find a way to bring Windows Phone 7 Series to an HTC HD2.

However, I have my doubts that - at this early stage of the Windows Phone 7 Series development - a port is already available for the HTC HD2 and with the following video I just want to demonstrate how easy it is to even fake a "video-proof":

All I used for the video above is Microsoft's new Visual Studio 2010 Express the company made available at the recent MIX conference, a hacked build of the Windows Phone 7 Series emulator which unlocks all Windows Phone 7 Series applications and a Remote Terminal connection between my HTC HD2 and my PC.

As a matter of fact, my PC is running the Windows Phone 7 Series emulator and the HD2 mirrors the emulator only. However, Microsoft has even enabled multitouch in the emulator which means developers with a PC which supports multitouch can test multitouch-capabilities straight on the PC; and therefore multitouch is also supported on the HD2.

While I have to admit that the video-proof is way more responsible than my demonstration, I've used a WiFi connection only and I'm pretty sure the result would looks much better with a USB connection.

Again, all I wanted to demonstrate and proof is how easily such a so called "video-proof" can be faked. Especially because I was irritated that the proof-videos only showed stuff from the SDK while it's claimed by the developer, that the port doesn't came from the SDK but an early device build (the device is unknown). Nevertheless, as a happy HTC HD2 owner who's really awaiting the release of Windows Phone 7 I hope I'm wrong and the news from the weekend are not just a fake but true.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Adam on 29.03.10 - 17:01:38

Didn't HTCPedia use the Back button on the device?

Posted by Andromeda on 29.03.10 - 19:13:37

Fake! Tnx for the proof! Well done and so simple!

Posted by dpduser on 30.03.10 - 15:57:22

Even harder than you may initially think about "porting" that emulator ROM, if you have in mind that it is not even ARM code - it is an OS image compiled in native X86 code for quick PC execution.

Just my two cents.

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.03.10 - 19:49:16

@Adam: Yes, you are right but you can easily "simulate" this with a "out of the picture" mouse click too!
@Andromeda: I haven't said it's a fake, I just wanted to make you all aware that it's easy to fake. However, I have no further information if the port is legit or not.
@dpduser: Yes, you are right! This is virtually impossible but the original info claimed that the ported ROM came from a real Windows Phone 7 device, not from the emulator.

Posted by Coyote711 on 31.03.10 - 04:13:11

I don't think the claimed WP7 rom is fake. If it is, this video doesn't prove it. On the HTCpedia video, there were transition animations whereas in the hacked ROM there are none.

Posted by dpduser on 31.03.10 - 10:58:33

@Coyote711: If your desktop computer VGA doesn't support DDI 10 (you can easily check with "dxdiag"), the emulator will revert to "software render" and turn off animations. I have that issue at home, with an old nVidia card sad

@Arne Hess: The other thing I noticed regarding all these "leaked" ROMs is that absolutely none of them implement a battery indicator, while all prototype units shown at MIX - and later - do have it. Curiously, both emulator images (original and "leaked") do not implement the battery status indicator. I guess that if a "real device" ROM would have leaked - and thus the only possible way to make it run natively on any real device - it would probably have included it.

Posted by Arne Hess on 31.03.10 - 13:44:49

@dpduser: Yes, you are absolutely right! As always it also depends on the performance of the host PC. I've recently joined a Microsoft meeting and the Microsoft demo of the Windows Phone 7 Series emulator looked... Well... Much better than on my PC. :-)
Also I fully agree that the proof-videos lacks some status information, like the battery indicator, we've definitely seen on genuine devices at MIX10. But again, the original source said his ROM came from a device and we don't know how old the device build was, if it lacked the indicator or if it's simply not yet addressable in the ported version. However, it's also quite obvious that the proof-videos are quite similar my emulator video.
And therefore I'm still not fully convinced that the two proof videos are really showing a ported Windows Phone 7 version on an HD2.

Posted by dpduser on 01.04.10 - 12:32:00

@Arne Hess: I think you nailed it with "proof-videos are quite similar my emulator video". I would even add "TOO similar in fact". Even "too identical"?
I think the (great) point about your column is not just "hey, I've just proved it fake", but a very "hey, I've just proved how EASY is to fake this, just give me something more". And believe me, I'm willing to see it!

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