As promised, starting today you can download an early alpha build (v0.3) of the DayZ Wayfinder app for Windows Phone 7. For those of you interested, please click the link at the bottom of this post to download the .xap file. Like all homebrew apps, you will need to have a developer unlocked device to side load this .xap.
Those of you with a Samsung WP7 device that is not developer unlocked have the most developer unlock options available to you if you are looking to developer unlock your device to allow side loading apps.. There’s the Windows Break Project (which worked great for me in the past, though I’m sure results can vary) and Jaxbot and Heathcliff have some great options posted over at XDA, and you can always get an official developer account over as MSDN for $99 per year.
If you already have a developer unlocked device, you should be able to download the .xap, plug your phone up to your PC via the USB cable, open Zune, then open the Application Deployment tool, click browse and locate the .xap location, then click the deploy button. After a few seconds the app should be successfully deployed to your phone and ready to try out.
Currently testing in DayZ Wayfinder v.03 (Alpha):
- Chernarus Map
- Official DayZ Forum reader
Currently working on:
- More maps!
- Official DayZ news reader
- Optimizing the .xap file size
- General bug fixes, performance optimization, and just some plain ole polish
- Sometimes the forums can be slow to load, though I’m inclined to believe this is due more to the official DayZ forum server than this app. Basically the official DayZ forum loads slow for me on any device, whether it be my desktop, laptop, mobile phone, etc. so has nothing to do with the app.
- I did have had an instance where the app crashed, taking me back to the WP7 homescreen. I believe this was due to some inefficient coding and am hoping that the issue is resolved, but could happen.
I do want to mention one last time that this is a very early alpha build – there will be bugs. So far I’ve ran the app on a Samsung Focus (1st gen), the WP7 Emulator (of course), and will be loading it on my Lumia 900 in the next day or so. The good news is that there’s tons of room for growth here and I already have lots of plans for the next version as well as moving forward toward the beta. You can send your feedback to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will definitely get back to you. You can also submit feedback, potential feature ideas, or any interest you may have in contributing to the app’s development.
(Alpha build is available as is. We are not responsible for any issues you may experience with unlocking your device or side loading apps)