By default Microsoft only allows to use apps/games from official OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer)only. This ensures interest of the OEMs. Apart from that, there are certain reasons for not allowing access to other OEMs marketplace, the prominent of them is an absence of the required drivers. Thus by tying users to official OEMs marketplace Microsoft saves them from bizarre situation. However, people do not like to get tied, do they? Well, if you are a part of latter category then there are multiple solutions available to you.
Change Default OEM Marketplace
Recently released WP7 Root Tools and SDK made it possible to get full root access. In fact, instead of indulging in deranging registry hacks, homebrew developers can directly utilize the SDK and provide an easy to understandable graphical UI.
While Nokia has bestowed exclusive apps for Lumia series users starting from Nokia Drive app to Creative Studio application, jaundiced users of other OEMs desperately wanted to get their hands on these apps. Even, HTC Location and Photo enhancer apps are best apps available exclusively to HTC WP7 users.
Following two apps will let you change OEM marketplace on your WP7 to give you unrestricted access to all apps.
WPH Tweaks is released by popular Windows Phone Hacker team. WPH Tweaks lets you change the default service provider to any other OEM. Apart from this option, there are slews of other tweaks available in this app. You will be pleased to know that some of the system settings will in fact help you a lot. Dehydration tweak is among one of the most helpful which instantly resumes the app/game running in the background.
Some other tweaks like wireless charging, access media while syncing makes it must have homebrew app for fully unlocked WP7 users or custom ROM users.
Market Select performs one function only and that is to let you change OEM/ MO marketplace on your device. It lets you change OEM and Mobile Operator from the app. But you need to have Interop unlocked WP7 in order to use this application. There is also an option to restore to original OEM/ MO in case if anything goes wrong.
A small warning though, don’t expect each and every apps to work on your device. Most (if not all) of the apps depend on the drivers so changing the OEMs doesn’t guarantee that the app will work on your non-OEM handset.
In case if you’ve successfully installed Nokia exclusive apps on your HTC or Samsung device then do let us know via comment section.Tags: interop