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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Update for Verizon Samsung Omnia Available

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 09:30 AM

"Samsung has released a software upgrade for the SCH-I910, which is recommended to be installed. This upgrade includes numerous software additions/enhancements/corrections. The update may take up to 10 minutes to complete if the system is already set up."

If you have an Omnia lying around (sipping data and service from Verizon), you may be interested in this update from Samsung which updates a few things, fixes a few bugs, and takes approximately 10 minutes to do.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Samsung Omnia II for Verizon Makes Appearance

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 AM

"We finally got a good, hard look at the Verizon-customized version of Samsung's Omnia II, and we've got good news and bad news: the good news is that the phone's a darker, more reasonable shade in person than it was in that press shot we'd seen before, but the bad news is that we've confirmed it's running 6.1. Anyone daring to release a 6.1 phone at this point is at serious risk of getting laughed out of the room unless they offer an upgrade path mere minutes afterwards"

The 6.1 default is a bit annoying at this point, so hopefully when this gets released a 6.5 upgrade will already be available online. That's wishful thinking of course, but it still might not be enough to sway users either way! Who is in the mood for some Verizon Omnia II action in the near future?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Omnia beyond Omnia II

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:30 AM

"Within the OmniaPRO lineup, the OmniaPRO B7610 is the premium device, featuring a high-resolution 3.5 inch AMOLED display and QWERTY keyboard. The OmniaPRO B7320 and OmniaPRO B7330 will target businessmen with a QWERTY keyboard and email/wireless internet capabilities. The OmniaPRO B7330 will feature HSDPA 7.2 Mps, HSUPA 2.0 Mps and Windows Mobile 6.5, providing the most versatile option for emailing and wireless internet use. Rounding out the new series, the OmniaLITE will have a user-friendly interface and various multimedia functions for younger users."

Samsung is seriously pumped over the Omnia brand, and is launching not 1, not 2, but 3 more Omnias after the Omnia II. With 5 Omnia's to chose from, it's a bit overwhelming. Check out their site for more information on each model!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Samsung Application Store Announced

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:30 AM

"Oh, look, it's another place to buy bite-sized mobile apps, this one courtesy of Samsung. The company isn't exactly new to the whole application store thing, launching a little outlet for Nokia users earlier this year, but piggy-backing on someone else's platform and boldly blazing a trail of iFart knockoffs on your own hardware are two very different things"

So it looks like Samsung is jumping on the Application Store bandwagon, which is great because Windows Mobile doesn't have enough of them </sarcasm>. Who knows, perhaps Samsung will stock theirs with unique products that exploit the custom SDKs on their devices. Or more likely they'll put the same apps that will be in the upcoming Windows Mobile Marketplace, Handango's market, etc..

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.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Samsung Omnia Update Uncripples GPS On Verizon Models

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:30 AM

"New software for the Samsung Omnia that will give customers an additional option for navigation is now available. The open GPS feature allows customers to purchase or use free applications by adding them to the device. Customers can still use VZ Navigator with turn by turn directions that talk to you while driving and takes you to millions of locations throughout the U. S. and just recently parts of Europe."

Every so often Verizon tries to not appear so evil. Omnia owners on Big V, take advantage of this glimpse of civility!

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 29, 2009

PhoneArea Reports Samsung Omnia II Due Out In July

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:30 PM

"Shortly after Samsung announced its four new Omnia phones, a word quickly spread that Verizon had plans to carry the Omnia II. However, information about the release date was missing so it wasn't certain when to expect the successor. Now, thanks to a tipster of ours who claims to have contacted Verizon Wireless"

A bit of rumor here that the next version of the Omnia (CDMA variety) will be released by Verizon in July. Now let's just see if this comes true with July only days away!

Tags: verizon, july, omnia

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!

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, December 3, 2008

Verizon Got $50 More From Early Omnia Adopters!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:00 PM

"Samsung's Omnia is nice enough to find a good home in many a professional's pocket, but in terms of overall desirability it doesn't quite compare to the iPhone or G1. Why, then, did Verizon price the thing $50 higher than its alternate-platform competition? Your guess is as good as ours, but at least the company didn't take long to see the error of its ways, dropping the handset under the magic $200 mark just a few days after the early-adopters got done paying too much for theirs."

Verizon just couldn't resist getting the big bucks from early adopters then dropping the price of the Omnia back down to normal levels to be in line with it's major competitors. How do you early adopters on Greedy V feel about that? Or are you just enjoying your new devices?

Tags: omnia

Friday, November 28, 2008

Vaja Releases ivolution Case for Samsung Omnia

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

Vaja is now offering an ivolution for all those Omnia owners out there that want to have a very nice case for their new friend. And with more Omnia owners on the way thanks to the news earlier this week regarding Verizon adding the Omnia, I suspect more and more people will be interested in this stylish case.

Tags: omnia

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Touch Pro and Omnia Appear on Verizon Wireless

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:30 PM

The two devices currently vying for my "daily driver" position - the Samsung Omnia and the HTC Touch Pro will soon be options on Verizon Wireless. VZW announced the Omnia and Touch Pro this past week, and it looks like Verizon-ites will have a chance to snag a great device when they make their appearence in stores. Now if I could just pick between the two!

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

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Brighthand Reviews the Samsung Omnia i900

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:34 AM

"Pretty much the only way to describe the Omnia is as an iPhone clone. No insult intended, that's just the way it is. It copies the same basic form-factor and some of the specs of the iPhone, albeit with obvious differences: addition of a removable battery under the backplate, more buttons, memory card slot, etcetera."

The Omnia is out and starting to be reviewed by real people. Aside from the pricetag, this Brighthand review seems to be indicating that it's author, Adama Brown, is a fan. What do you think - is the Omnia worth its near $700 price tag?

Tags: omnia

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