Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Jun 2011 18:26 UTC
Windows Way back in old and boring January of this year, Microsoft announced they would be working together with the Windows Phone 7 homebrew community, with the goal of creating a stable, supported way for homebrew developers and people interested in homebrew applications to enable side-loading on their WP7 devices. Well, they took their sweet time, but the ChevronWP7 team (Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, and Long Zheng) and Microsoft have just announced the results.
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RE[5]: Hmmm...
by ourcomputerbloke on Sun 19th Jun 2011 21:32 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Hmmm..."
ourcomputerbloke
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2011-05-12

By default, Symbian blocks applications without a certificate. However, you can disable this block - you'll get a warning you can dismiss. This way, you can distribute an application any way you like. The OP failed to mention this.


Ahh ok. So are applications distributed in this manner able to access the full functionality of the device, or are there certain things that are available only to signed applications?

Just so we know we're comparing "Apples" with apples so to speak.

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RE[6]: Hmmm...
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 19th Jun 2011 21:36 in reply to "RE[5]: Hmmm..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I dunno, I've installed countless applications that way and have never felt anything being held back or whatever.

Also, since last year, application signing has become entirely free. http://www.developer.nokia.com/Community/Blogs/blog/nokia-developer...

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RE[7]: Hmmm...
by ourcomputerbloke on Sun 19th Jun 2011 21:59 in reply to "RE[6]: Hmmm..."
ourcomputerbloke Member since:
2011-05-12

I dunno, I've installed countless applications that way and have never felt anything being held back or whatever.


Cool. It would be interested to know for certain though, like I said, just for a true comparison.

I've also just phoned a friend to confirm something I thought I recalled him telling me. His daughter attends a highschool with an "iPhone" program (iPhone, iTouch, iPad) and according to his daughter all of the better apps developed by the students are posted to an intranet where anyone in the school with an iDevice can download and install them. It's a school of 1800 students so seemingly the 100 Ad Hoc restriction doesn't apply. I've heard Apple provide a lot of additional tools for educational institutions for management and crap so maybe this is enabled through that program.

Also, since last year, application signing has become entirely free. http://www.developer.nokia.com/Community/Blogs/blog/nokia-developer...


Ah yep, just had a read of that the the links to the Ovi store publishing stuff and it all looks similar to what I've read about publishing on the iTunes App Store. Free for free apps and revenue shared for paid apps. Apple probably charges more but it's Apple, it's expected.

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RE[7]: Hmmm...
by Neolander on Mon 20th Jun 2011 05:49 in reply to "RE[6]: Hmmm..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I dunno, I've installed countless applications that way and have never felt anything being held back or whatever.

Things are held back, you just don't see it. Again, see what self-signed apps can and can't do here : http://www.developer.nokia.com/Community/Wiki/Capabilities_%28S...

Also, since last year, application signing has become entirely free. http://www.developer.nokia.com/Community/Blogs/blog/nokia-developer...

Only for distribution on the Ovi store, which is fully under their control, so in this respect they are not much more lovable than the others actors.

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