Windows Phone 8 on the Nokia Lumia 920 potentially jailbroken

By on December 31, 2013, 11:00 AM

Windows Phone 8 running on the Nokia Lumia 920 has been allegedly jailbroken, or so hackers poandsou and Silen Tech claim. The team showed a photo and video of the handset with three columns of tiles rather than the usual two; a feature, normally reserved for 6-inch devices like the Lumia 1520, that can only be enabled by modifying the system registry.

The idea with this jailbreak is that a third-party store could be included on devices letting people install non-approved apps, and there's a possibility for registry editing, device customization and the modification of low-level OS settings. In many ways the jailbreak would be similar to those available for iOS, like the recent one we saw for iOS 7.

At this stage there are no details on how the Windows Phone 8 jailbreak was accomplished. Users might potentially be able to install the jailbreak through running some software on a PC, but there's a chance something more complex might be required, like a JTAG with hardware access.

As WPCentral points out, the hackers responsible for this jailbreak have yet to fully detail the methods they've used, so it's entirely possible that the whole thing is bogus (especially as photos can be easily faked). It has been promised by the team that the jailbreak will be released to the public when completed, but that could be some time away.

This jailbreak wouldn't be the first to unlock Windows Phones. Chevron WP7 was a tool available during the Windows Phone 7 years that allowed people to install homebrew apps on their handsets, and Microsoft even assisted in its development. However modifying devices wasn't as popular in the Windows Phone community as it is for Android, so it remained a very niche tool.

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ALsNOKY920 said:

OK, you've whetted my appetite; now serve up the main course: inform me when the Nokia 920 is jailbroke. YEAH!!!

I (and a LOT of others) am VERY interested in a jailbreak for the Nokia 920 / W8 phone. I look forward to buying apps that make this phone useful to ME (after all, I'm the one who is paying for the phone and for the "right" to use it).

Some of the things I really need (in order of importance):

1. a PC utility that enables me to edit my phone contacts using a simple USB connection (NO SkyDrive, NO "cloud")

2. a task killer... a simple "clean up the environment" utility that offers me list, select, kill - in that sequence

3. a way to uninstall/erase many of the factory installed apps (who decided I wanted those things on MY phone?)

My list is much longer but these three would be a good start. I don't know if Nokia has considered the possibility that the 920 could/would be wildly popular (meaning more phones, more money) if this rumor turns out to be true. A useable jailbreak will be followed by a "not Microsoft" store offering apps that people will build because others will BUY THEM.

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