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Homebrew BluePhoto beta looks to fill in missing transfer gap on Windows Phone

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Pretty app but needs work

Over at XDA, the lads are focused again on adding new homebrew features to our current Windows Phone devices. One of the big complaints from a handful of users is the inability to share photos or documents via Bluetooth. Windows Phone 8 will fix this by adding that function (and of course its newest brother, NFC) but what about current phones?

Navisluni has released a beta of an app he calls BluePhoto that should give you the ability to share photos via your phone’s precious Bluetooth. We say ‘should’ because it is a hack and it doesn’t work as universally as one would like.

We loaded it up on our Lumia 900 and Titan II to see what would happen between the two. We also tossed in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running 4.1.1 JellyBean to get kinky.

While the app looks nice it unfortunately did nothing. The program would not connect to a Windows Phone or Android device nor could the Android device send to a Windows Phone. But hey, all hope is not lost as some users at XDA are reporting success with some Android 2.3 devices, Symbian and even Windows PCs. It's obviously and interesting project and we hope the developer can take it further with later updates.

We may have zero use for this but for the group of you who need this and happen to have a developer unlocked phone (root is not needed), you can download and sideload the XAP yourself.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks, ChrisK, for the tip!

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Homebrew BluePhoto beta looks to fill in missing transfer gap on Windows Phone

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I lost my developer unlock when I upgraded to Tango as I didn't realise I wasn't supposed to update my phone using Zune :( once I've completed all of my games then I'll unlock my phone again and maybe even get a fully unlocked rom as there is working Bluetooth functionality for it from what I remember.

Like Lukasss93 below I have an Omnia 7, which means I'll most likely have to downgrade my phone to unlock it again. I'm still unsure whether I should fully unlock it or interop unlock it again. I liked interop as I could choose which apps had trusted status, but there are somethings that'll never come to interop such as opera mini (which I'd like to try) and full Bluetooth support.

How funny is this, ive always had this option in Europe on any phone, first there was infrared port, then phones with Bluetooth, we could transfer pictures, songs, anything's and ive got here, and for some reason it is so restricted, like wtf, guys, this is stone age for me, my old af Nokia 6630 could do that, still can.