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HTC Mazaa doesn't like HTC apps

Here's a funny little anecdote that will affect about 0.2% of you: the HTC Mazaa, basically a limited edition developer device, doesn't seem to recognize that it's an HTC phone. Poor thing.

Reader of the site Achia S. won an HTC Mazaa from Microsoft's WPAppItUp contest. Wanting to install the HTC Flashlight app, they get a notice stating that this app only runs on HTC phones and therefore, you can't have it. Obviously the problem here is that HTC along with this build of the OS aren't recognized by HTC's validating process--something they could probably fix, but are in no rush to address. In fairness, HTC was kind enough to respond to Achia's inquiry on the matter:

"I understand the importance of having an HTC 7 Trophy that functions as it was intended. Unfortunately, with developer devices, we cannot ensure that the ROM on it will function as the released model. I recommend contacting Microsoft to see if they can push the Release build to your device and have it running the appropriate software. I do apologize for any inconvenience."

It's interesting that HTC tech support conflates the 7 Trophy with the Mazaa--they are similar devices but different internals and it's not clear that a finalized ROM will fix the matter either. It sounds more or less like HTC needs to add the Mazaa to their recognized database, but whaddya we know? Thanks, Achia S., for the heads up!

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Mike48236 says:

I'm in that 0.2% and I can say that this is driving me nuts. No, not because I absolutely need the HTC Flashlight, but because I cannot activate the phone on Verizon. I'm pretty certain that in order to get a signal on the CDMA band I need to run the HTC Network Setup tool. But since it will not install, I cannot run it. And since this is a Mango phone, there's not much chance of getting to the registry at this point.I'm pretty sure this device is missing much of the OEM custom config. It has a different bootloader than the HTC one and other little things are off - like the fact that the hardware buttons do not light up (missing driver or not configured, my guess).I've been working with the MS devs to try and get it going, but they are pretty busy right now and that has been a slow process.While this phone zips circles around my Trophy, I haven't been using it much because without a carrier it is no good on the go. If I get desperate, I may try to see if I can flash it with a Trophy ROM. Knowing my luck, that won't go well, though.Are there any other Mazaa owners out there with this issue? Or better yet, a solution?

bigepidemic says:

Hey, get anywhere with this? I have a Mazaa also and have tried everything I can think of. I threw in a friend's T-Mobile SIM and that worked fine and gave me service, but when I run the Connection Setup app it says its missing the database.Wonder if it would be possible to extract the database from a Trophy retail ROM and plop that into a Mazaa extracted ROM and reflash? I just want this to work on Verizon.