Microsoft’s Windows marketplace or Zune Player doesn’t allow you to download XAP files (Windows Phone apps/games file extension) directly to your PC. It makes previously downloaded Windows Phone XAP files useless as you have to re-download them in case if you’ve lost your precious data (syncing might help but we’re considering the case where you’ve forgotten to sync your device with Zune). It is very troublesome for many users as Windows phone marketplace is not active in all the countries. For example Indian users have no other option but to wait for Microsoft to enable the marketplace.
In such cases it is extremely important to get WP7 apps/games directly to our PC without any interference of Zune. There is already a trick available to make Windows phone marketplace working even if it is not available in your country (hint: change the country in settings). However, we are not here to discuss on this topic. There is a nifty application available called XGENO which lets you search and download free Windows Phone XAP files directly to your PC. It is an extremely useful utility and comes to rescue of many users where marketplace is still not available.
One of the major advantage of using XGENO is that you don’t even need to have Zune player or sign-in into your Windows Live ID to download apps from marketplace. This application itself is pretty simple. Its metro UI will give you a similar experience like native marketplace application on your device. Better side is that, this application is available for free to download.
How to Use XGENO
Download XGENO from the link give at the bottom of this article. Extract the zip content and run the program directly (you need not to install this program…windows 7 users should run this application as an “Administrator”). Once you’ve downloaded this application you need to go to “Setting” option to set the download path. Your downloaded files will be saved to this location on your PC. You need to set the path every time you launch this application. There is also a provision for Proxy server setting to download the app/game anonymously. In case if you want to download WP7 apps behind proxy, then you should enter your proxy server address in this field. Later you can use XAP installer to install or transfer the file to your Windows Phone 7. There are already few applications available in the XDA developer forum which can do the similar let you install XAP file(s).
XGENO comes in handy when you’re bit skeptic about trying the application directly on your Windows Phone. You can use developer tool to run it on emulator and later you can send it to actual device. One of the down-side of using XGENO is that the application or XAP file is not saved by the application name in marketplace but rather by application ID. It is quite difficult to recognize the application by merely looking at the application ID, so you should the XAP file every time you download them. XGENO lets you download only one WP7 app at a time. At times you may feel that the app is hanging, but it is normal.
Do let us know if you’re having trouble in downloading XAP files from marketplace directly.
- Brand: Amazon.com
- Released on: 2011-03-18
- Get the best reading experience available on your Android phone–no Kindle required
- Buy a book from the Kindle Store optimized for your Android phone and get it auto-delivered wirelessly
- Search and browse more than 850,000 books, including 107 of 111 New York Times bestsellers
- Automatically synchronize your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
- Adjust text size, read in portrait or landscape mode, and lock screen orientation
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
By C.L. Hight
Was happy with this app until this last update. Now it’s force closing every time I try to open it.
705 of 905 people found the following review helpful.
Absolutely Love It!
By G. Argov
I don’t own a Kindle, but have been using the Kindle app to read e-books on my cell phone ever since the program was released and absolutely love it. I have since also installed it on my rooted B&N Nook Color, and enjoy it even more.
This is a very convenient way to read since the program offers very stable performance, allows extensive customizations (such as changing font size and screen brightness), and remembers where in the book you last left off. I frequently use this program in the subway, it is great for when you want to relax but you don’t have a cell signal to run some other programs.
The real benefit of reading through the Kindle app as opposed to some alternatives is that the checkout process is lightning-fast. You can also frequently get free books for Kindle, so not only am I able to read more conveniently, but more cheaply, too!
I am currently running it on my Droid 2 Global running Froyo (2.2), and have had no problems. While you can’t download onto a tablet or AT&T phone through the Amazon Appstore yet, you can get this through the Android Market on those devices.
145 of 184 people found the following review helpful.
Kindle for Android is almost perfect.
At first, I didn’t know how I would like reading an electronic book, but when I got an Android phone, I decided to test the Kindle app. It is awesome! Some of the highlights for me are:
1. Take an entire library with you wherever you go. I hate waiting and reading keeps me occupied.
2. Instant gratification. I want that book now. No problem!
3. Read in bed without annoying your significant other with the light on.
4. If you have the Kindle app on multiple devices, it will sync to where you left off last.
5. Don’t know the meaning of a word, click on it to get the definition instantly.
5. The highlight and note taking features are also cool. You can to back and search your notes.
The one thing that I don’t like is that when I zoom in on charts or graphs in the book, it gets larger, but is totally blurred so I can’t read and since I do most of my reading on my phone, that sucks. I am not sure if that is a Kindle issue or a publisher issue.
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