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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Samsung Omnia II TouchWiz Screenshots

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 PM

Samsung's TouchWiz 2.0 UI supposedly does a good job in hiding the standard Windows Mobile interface. Want to know how good a job? blog has the goods with a gallery of screenshots.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Samsung Omnia II August Release Dates

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 PM

"This morning, Samsung announced the list of countries that are slated to get the Omnia II in August. Missing from the list is the United States and other major markets including the UK, France and Germany. Pretty odd, considering we know Best Buy is (or was) slated to score it later this month. We’re guessing: 1) Something was delayed. 2) BBYM will get shipments on the 23rd but the handset won’t be available for sale until early September. 3) Samsung just can’t mention the US yet as there has been no official announcement with AT&T."

Release dates for the Samsung Omnia II (For this month) have surfaced, and while we may have a clue that the Omnia is coming to the US, US isn't listed in the dates. But hopefully we'll know more regarding that soon!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Samsung Omnia II Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:30 AM

"This new Omnia is bigger and badder, with just about everything getting a refresh. The screen has gained half an inch- now up to 3.7" and the resolution has quadrupled to 480x800. AMOLED technology has replaced TFT for improved battery life and more vibrant images. Video capture is now DVD quality, and connection standards such as 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS are all on board, along with 8GB of internal storage."

Thinking of getting one? Want to know what the fuss is about? phoneArena have a fairly full review chock full of photos of the Omnia II, and are fairly complimentary on TouchWiz, battery life, and multimedia capability; so-so on the camera and call quality; and but disappointed on the actual speed of the device. That's really odd with a 800MHz processor on board - or are these fancy new interfaces outrunning the capability of the hardware to keep up?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Samsung Mobile Innovator releases Windows Mobile SDK 1.2

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 08:30 AM

"Sure, some of the latest Samsung Windows Mobile phones like the Omnia II aren't yet widely available but nevertheless, you might want to start to develop for or porting your existing application to it already. If so, Samsung has just released its Windows Mobile SDK 1.2 which offers APIs to use advanced features unique to Samsung phones."

Samsung has a few neat tricks in their phones that use private APIs that you normally wouldn't know about unless you take a look at their SDK. They've just updated it, so if you're developing for Samsung Windows Mobile devices, take a look.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

WiMAX Samsung Mondi Coming to Vegas August 1

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:00 AM

"Dieter got his hands on the WiMAX-enabled Samsung Mondi back at CTIA in April and was less than impressed. Samsung decided to release the device anyway, and it comes alongside the launch of WiMAX service in Las Vegas. Sammy says the 4G Mondi will be available in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland, Ore. - three of the initial WiMAX launch cities - starting Aug. 1 for an undisclosed sum."

If, unlike Dieter, you're still interested in the Samsung Mondi, you'll be able to pick one up starting August 1 for some probably-not-so-cheap amount of money. Oh, and you can really only use it to it's full potential in a few markets (Even fewer than T-Mobile 3G!). But if you want it, you can soon have it.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Samsung B7620 Is The Armani 2

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"The phone runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro (which I reckon will get an upgrade to WinMo 6.5 in the near future) and houses a fast 800MHz processor. It will also have an unspecified chip to handle graphics discretely, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth, Business card scanner, Pocket Office, Photo/video editor and Work/Life mode that could be something related to the user profile."

No idea when this is going to come out, and only a vague idea what it will eventually look like, save that it will have a slide-out keyboard and the Armani logo in gold accents. Still, the specs indicate a high-end device and no doubt a high end price tag with the Armani branding. The model number suggests it may be a rebranded Omnia 2, in which case we'll also see a 3.7" WVGA AMOLED screen, 5MP camera, and up to 16GB internal storage.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Samsung Omnia II GT-I8000 Photo Preview

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"The recently announced Samsung Omnia II GT-I8000 is Samsung's Windows Mobile successor to the original Samsung Omnia smartphone, one of the best selling Windows Mobile touchscreen phones ever. With the Omnia II, Samsung overhauled the original Omnia by adding the latest technology. While the initial release will run on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Samsung will offer a free Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade later."

This is a very nice package - quadband GSM, triband HSPA, FM radio, 3.7" AMOLED WVGA screen, up to 16GB internal memory (depending on model), 3.5mm headphone socket, and a 5MP AF camera with LED flash. thinks it will be released at the end of August or early September - anyone want one? Click through the link for the photo gallery.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Omnia II In Austria in September; Includes WinMo 6.5

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:30 AM

"Samsung's already committed to offering Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades to Omnia IIs released with 6.1, but just how necessary is that commitment going to end up being in practice? Microsoft's Austrian outpost has announced that the Korean company's latest WinMo superphone will be launching in the domestic market in September with 6.5 already installed"

Are Austrians ready for the Samsung Omnia II? Well, if They're game, it looks like Samsung will be accomodating sometime in September. The original Omnia is a sweet device, and the Omnia II doesn't look like it will let us down.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Confirmed: Samsung i8000 Is The Omnia II

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 PM

"Alongside Omnia Pro B7610, Omnia Pro B7320 and the Jet, Samsung has also unveiled the Omnia II i8000 and the Omnia Lite B7300 - so there's a total of five new phones announced by the South Korean company today (two more than Nokia)...First, let's talk about the Samsung Omnia II i8000, which doesn't look too different from the Jet."

Samusung announced not one, but four new models in the Omnia lineup. Apart from the i8000 Omnia II (pic above) we talked about earlier, there's the Omnia Pro B7610 and Omnia Pro B7320, as well as the Omnia Lite B7300. Details are still sparse, but it looks like the Omnia II will receive a free upgrade to WM6.5 when that comes out.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Omnia From Samsung?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 AM

"Phone Area also says this handset has also appeared with the Cubic37 codename. Pair that with the cube button at the bottom of the phone, and it's getting pretty likely that it could sport Samsung's rumored 3D cube UI...Obviously this isn't something we'd see here with only the 2100MHz 3G band. But it's defintely something we'll an eye out for more on it in the future."

Ever since Samsung confirmed that the Omnia brand will be exclusively Windows Mobile, we've been waiting for another handset that could match what's been offered in the Symbian-based i8910. While this model won't sport HDMI out (that we know of), the rest of the specs are great: 3.7" capacitive AMOLED screen, Quadband GSM, GPS, and 8.1MP AF camera - at least as far as we know. Details are still sketchy and probably subject to change (the processor doesn't appear to support the camera resolution), so here's hoping for more than single band 3G support.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Samsung B7300 For The Budget Minded

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 PM

"In fact, the leaked pictures we're looking at here are China Mobile-branded, suggesting that the 3G- and WiFi-free device will find a home in an area of the world where EDGE doesn't matter much, much less HSDPA. Specs are said to include a WQVGA display, GPS, Bluetooth and USB 2.0, and quadband GSM, so at least you'll be able to take this puppy wherever you need to go -- and the 12.98mm-thin shell helps make the case, too."

Hey, not everyone wants or can afford an always-on internet connection. In fact, given that China's going it's own way with respect to 3G means that a super-spiffing HSPA device won't pull its weight there anyway. Having said that, Samsung might have paid a bit more attention to the looks of the B7300. If the low-end of the market is where you're at then any differentiation you can muster is worth a look at, what with the competition in that segment.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Samsung Omnia Brand Exclusively For Windows Mobile

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC News" @ 02:00 PM

"But lo and behold, Samsung has stripped the new phone of its Omnia name, reverting back to the old number scheme that we loathe with every fiber of our being have all gotten used to. Thus, the Omnia HD (which just cruised past the FCC) is now the i8910."

Interesting bit of news - at least it clears up some of the confusion. When news of the i8910 first came out, the Omnia HD moniker led many to believe (including us) that it would run Windows Mobile. That it would run on Symbian instead was a blow, considering the specs (720p video recording and playback, 8MP AF camera). Would this mean that the Omnia brand will continue to be extended? One can hope.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Samsung SDK Now Available

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 06:30 PM

"Now, Samsung has released the first Windows Mobile-focused result, Samsung Windows Mobile SDK 1.0. It offers APIs to use advanced features unique to Samsung phones. You might already have experience using advanced capabilities featured in the Windows Mobile APIs, like GPS, Bluetooth or multimedia support. In addition to the Microsoft Windows Mobile APIs, you can use Samsung APIs to access phone features such as the accelerometer, notification LEDs and haptics feedback."

Arne Hess over at the::unwired reports that Samsung's Innovator project is now available to join. By doing so you'll be able to access not only Windows Mobile APIs but also Samsung's APIs for device specific stuff like haptic feedback!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Samsung SGH-i780, Verizon Wireless XV6900 Receive Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrades

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:10 PM

Both the Samsung SGH-i780 (European version) and Verizon Wireless' XV6900 (HTC Touch) have finally been blessed with Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades. Visit our Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade thread for links to these upgrades, as well as many more.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Feel In Touch: The Samsung Omnia Reviewed

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

Product Category: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Smartphone
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Expansys [Affiliate]
Price: $689 USD (16 GB), $634 USD (8 GB)
Specifications: 5 MP Camera, 3.2 TFT WQVGA Touch screen (240 x 400), Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11g, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA 7.2 Mbits, TV-out, FM Radio, Integrated GPS, microSDHC, 1440mA battery


  • Fun to use & responsive;
  • Sleek design;
  • Innovative value-added features (e.g. flashlight, haptic feedback).


  • Widget Bar: full of promise, low on usability;
  • No multitouch ability;
  • Price and availability.

Summary: I've posted news on the Samsung Omnia over the last few months and found it to be interesting enough to purchase. What I found when I opened the box got me excited to be using Windows Mobile again, something I doubted could ever happen. Read on for my experience re-discovering the OS through Samsung's vision of usability. Read more...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Vaja's ivolution Case Snuggles Samsung Omnia

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I posted news that Vaja cases, the South American based company known for their rather elegant cases, had released an ivolution case for the Samsung Omnia. Shortly after posting the news, Vaja was kind enough to offer to send me the ivolution case so I could take a look at it myself and decide how it well it accompanied the Omnia. I've never owned a Vaja case before, so with the case came much anticipation about the quality and design, and today I'm pleased to share my experiences using the case! Read more...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Australian Carriers Embrace Samsung Omnia

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 02:00 PM

Omnia fever has hit Australia. Bus stops, billboards, newspapers... pick one and there's a good chance an Omnia ad is plastered all over it. Take, for example, an ad in today's paper that caught my eye; it advertised the availability of the Omnia on Optus for a mere $0 on a $49 cap plan. Other carriers such as Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, and 3 are also selling the device on similar plans. And then there are the usual online and brick & mortar stores that sell the device standalone. One thing's for certain: with this widespread availability and constant advertising, Samsung is doing their best to give residents of the country with the highest number of authorized iPhone carriers something else to talk about.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Samsung Announces T*OMNIA

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:10 PM

"Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading producer of mobile phones, today announced the Korean market launch of “T*OMNIA”, the Korean version of “Samsung OMNIA”. Samsung OMNIA, renamed as “T*OMNIA”, will be available from mid-November under exclusive deal with SK telecom, the largest mobile operator in Korea. Compared the original Samsung OMNIA, “T*OMNIA” equipped upgraded 3.3” WVGA touch screen (480x800) and added Satellite DMB function, an essential feature for Korean users who would like to enjoy Mobile TV and internet with their mobile phones any time, anywhere."

Our friends at Akihabara News have just reported on the T*OMNIA, which was announced today and includes everything you love about the Omnia, plus more. The former is a little larger, but with that, the display has been beefed up to 3.3" and 480 x 800. There's also a DMB TV tuner. It all sounds good, eh? The catch is it will only be available in Korea, so the rest of us will have to stick with the standard Omnia for the time being or, perhaps, some other device.

Tags: samsung, korea, omnia

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Samsung Targeting Younger Audience with New Windows Mobile Phone

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 01:30 PM

"From our sources confidential and exclusive, we learned that Samsung would launch a new Windows Mobile smartphones, which we were able to hear very few but important details even if, unfortunately, we have had no image of the device... According to our information, the new Samsung smartphones was designed to target an extremely young and will be launched in Italy, although at the time there was communicated, even at orientation, the timing of final marketing."

Good news for our readers in Italy. It looks as if Samsung is working on a new Windows Mobile device target towards a younger crowd. There is no news at the moment if this device will be a Windows Mobile Standard or Professional handset, but it is nice to see that some manufactures are still catering to the younger and hipper consumer crowd. We will keep you posted as we hear more information regarding this new device.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Omnia "Millionaire Pack" Is Anything But

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:00 AM

The Omnia Millionaire Pack has been let loose! But, if you were hoping for a diamond-encrusted Omnia, sorry. Instead, this pack features the Omnia as you know it today, a slim Samsung WEP350 Bluetooth headset, a leather case, and a special edition of the Millionaire magazine - all for €699 ($968 USD). Yes, that's quite a few zeros less than $1,000,000, but we're sure such a niggle won't draw much criticism from the masses.

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