Team who window-broke Windows Phone reveals its Lumia 920 power tool, holds it back for piracy concerns

Last December, word got out from distant China that a local hack team, named POANDSOUL, busted the Nokia Lumia 920 open. Now, the same guys have published some photos and information on their Weibo account, outlining a first of its kind tweak app for Windows Phone 8. 

It looks like something that came straight out of a WP8-based Cydia app store. When the jailbreaking method goes out in the wild, it will be the first step towards forming an open developer community around Microsoft's tightly controlled platform.

POANDSOUL's tool lets the user get around some of Windows Phone's limitations. For example, it has an option to turn off the display's auto-timeout feature. It can make the text in system apps smaller. 

Notably, the tool lets you choose the number of columns on your start-screen, making it possible for the Lumia 920 to display three columns of Live Tiles - a privilege only for 1080p Windows Phone 8 handsets. 

The app also has the ability to save maps to the SD card, disable the FM Radio option, and enable Data Sense. It's not yet clear whether this tool works only on the Lumia 920, or covers all Windows Phone handsets.

Currently, POANDSOUL is keeping the jailbreak method and tool to themselves and their friends, as they fear the hack would lead to rampant piracy. We agree, it doesn't take a Nostradamus to predict that this will be the exact outcome.

source: POANDSOUL(Weibo) via WMPowerUser

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Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(10.8h 3G talk time)



1. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

damn come on and release it and hopefully it would work on lumia 520

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

About time someone successfully hacked windows phone OS, hope it works on 1020

3. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

familiar term for familiar os:- iOS - jailbreak android - root windows - broke? open?

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010


10. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Gate/gated or windowcrack/windowcracked.

15. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012


4. trinkner

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Amazing that Microsoft couldn't program these basic features themselves,

5. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They could. They chose not to.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They could. They chose not to.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They could. They chose not to.

13. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Okay, we get it!

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I dont think you know anything about the WP platform. Visit the developer page and you will find that the WP has about 16,000 api's the phone works with. 10,000 are hidden from developers that make the phone 'locked' and that you cannot interact with. 4,000 are cohabited meaning those 4k interact with the 10k apis, the developer then has 2,000 api's that they can use to interact with the phone. What the china team has done is broke access to those 14,000 api's that govern the rest of the phone. During the last GDR3 for developers they initially had the option put 3 rows on non 1080p screens, they removed it later. I would go on, but to be honest, i dont it really matters for a person like you.

16. trinkner

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Well, if it didn't "really matter" to a person like me, I woudn't have taken the time to post. Thanks for your explanation. I'm now uncertain how I feel about Microsoft's attitude toward WP, developers, or their users. They seem to want to make WP the most locked-down platform, almost to the point of inflicting frustration on their users. I can understand needing to make many APIs solely available to their own developers in developing the OS, but if they refuse to open many of the APIs to app developers, how can they expect the platform to develop the rich app ecosystem of iOS, Android (or even Symbian, historically, for that matter)? For example, as a former software engineer, I have the skills to create an app that would allow for automated sound profiles on WP, which seems sorely lacking on WP. But I can't do that because MS has not made available the APIs to do so. One of the key differences between a mere feature-phone and a smartphone is the ability for developers to extend the OS experience and allow for customization by the user. MS seems to be crippling their potential developer community by preventing key API communications with the OS and it's basic apps, like the calendar and contacts. I know that MS claims that they're locking down the OS for the benefit of user's security, but unless MS steps in themselves to offer a richer user experience with basics like sound profiles, a fully developer-extensible calendar, etc., the user experience will remain hobbled. I'm left wondering about three possibilities: 1. MS likes WP as it is with its more limited abilities than Android or iOS. 2. MS does not have enough resources dedicated to WP to bring the OS and its APIs up to par with iOS or Android. 3. MS is afraid to allow developers to extend the OS and apps in unforeseen directions. This is the magic of innovation in technology today. One comany's vision can't innovate for all. Neither Apple nor Google can do so for their platforms, and they know it. That's why they've created an environment for innovation to flourish on their platforms. I'm drawn to the WP OS mostly because of Nokia's camera technology. None of the Android or Apple models come close to the camera technology on the 808 (which I use) or the 1020. I'm familiar with the WP experience because my wife has a Lumia 521 and I've spent hours test driving it in hopes that I can come to like the OS and perhaps move to the 1820 when it is released. Unfortunately, I'm more demanding of customization and automation of the OS than my wife is. She likes her 521 very much. I'm still trying to convince myself that I could be happy with WP.

9. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I only need the 3 windows

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Obviously someone has interest in WP... If I were a hacker I would probably choose a platform that has a good foundation for performance, and stability, to hack as well.. That way you're not wasting time trying to figure out how to get it to run smooth, or remove bloat ware... Instead you can get strait to business... Even a non hacked, rooted, or jail broken WP device is still a joy to use..

14. Mohammad_Abu-Shukur

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

i think all kinds of phone hacking (jailbreak, root, and window break) only do 1 thing which is destroying the phone

17. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Unless you know the right way to unlock infinite possibilities of the device in your hand. I myself used to be scared of these things. But after I rooted, it became a daily habit to experiment with, backup, edit and tweak my dearest Note II.

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