Home Automation with Windows Phone? Yes, please!

This is by far the coolest Windows phone hacks we have covered on this blog.  Julien Schapmen of Touch Xperience fame  has managed to accomplish an extremely sophisticated home automation system controlled by a single Windows Phone device. You can view the room temperature, power consumption and presence (also works for surveillance purposes) on your device – not only that but it can remotely turn on/off most of your appliances via  simple application. Oh, you can also control lighting with it – time to get creative. There’s a lot more you can do. Have a look at the video and and watch this incredible piece of work.



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After Dell Venue Pro, HTC Mozart also receives Mango update in India (Update: HD7 Joins the party)

Today is indeed day of the King of Fruits. Mango is now being delivered all across the globe right now. We previously reported the availability of Mango update in India – starting from Dell Venue Pro. HTC Mozart users are now being notified of the update as well. Currently, I am in the process of updating my device to build 7720. Now the only device that’s missing from the confirmation list is HTC HD7. If you have information, please let us know. We’ll make sure to update the post with update status on Unlocked HD7 devices in India. For all those who received the Mango update, have fun :)

Don’t forget to check out our Mango category :  click here.  You”ll find a lot of useful information there.


Update: Thanks for reaching out everyone. HD7 mango update is indeed live. Our reader, Urvansh verified this piece of information with HTC india customer care as well. This completes the Mango update process in India. Job well done, Microsoft.


Mango update confirmed to be available in India as well

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours (which, face it, you could be), Mango has been released worldwide. As the Microsoft “Where’s my phone update” page notes, Mango updates for unbranded, open market phones are in the “delivering update” stage. Just like the rest of the world, India will also get the updates in stages, a random 10% will get it this week (as noted in this blog post on the Windows Phone blog).

We have now been able to confirm, via twitter users Hotmail Alias and Harman Manchanda that the updates indeed are live. They were able to install the updates on their unlocked Dell Venue Pro and Focus (v1.3) phones, using the “disconnect internet” trick outlined by WPCentral.

This ties in nicely with the launch of Web Marketplace (including India) that we covered earlier. However, certain features of Windows Phone remain unavailable in India. Local Search, Music Search are features which, according to Long Zheng’s blog, are not available in India. Furthermore, Voice-to-text, voice-to-dial, voice-search are not available in the India locale (though it should be possible to use them if your phone locale is set to en-us.) Bing Search, Image search and Vision Search are supported and should be working with this update. We don’t yet have word on visual voicemail and WiFi hotspot features.

Are you able to access these features? Please let us know in the comments.

Above all, enjoy your phone update!


Mango photo credit: Flickr user juniatha

OMG, a software update illustration via @longzheng