HTC HD7, HTC Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC Mozart Mango Firmwares leaked

Several HTC Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Roms have just leaked on XDA-Devs. The device’s concerned are the HTC HD7 (Europe), HTC 7 Trohpy (Europe, HTC Trophy (Verizon), HTC 7 Mozart (Europe and US), and finally the HTC 7 Pro (Europe):

- HTC 7 Pro : RUU_Gold_S_HTC_Europe_3.02.401.01_Radio_5.69.09.29 a_22.50.50.21_Signed_GOLD_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Mozart: RUU_Mozart_S_HTC_Europe_4.06.401.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Mozart: RUU_Mozart_S_HTC_RUS_4.06.411.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC HD7: RUU_Schubert_S_HTC_Europe_4.05.401.02_Radio_5.69.09.29a_22.50.50.21_Signed_SCHUBERT_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Trophy: RUU_Spark_S_HTC_Europe_4.06.401.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Trophy Verizon: RUU_Spark_W_S_VERIZON_WWE_2.01.605.04_2K_new_partition_RELEASE.exe here

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HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone 7.5 Mango firmware


Totally forgot to post about this one yesterday so here it is. What looks like a near final version of the official HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone 7.5 Mango firmware has leaked and can painfully be flashed on the current handsets. I say painfully because some users seem to have encountered issues in the process while others are fine. Please keep in mind that this will void your device warranty and that nobody knows for sure if this firmware will be different from the official release coming out this fall.

RUU_Mozart_S_HTC_Europe_4.06.401.00_5.69.09_RELEAS E.exe

OS Version: 7.10.7720.68
Firmware: 2250.21.40600.401
Radio Software: 5.69.09.05a_22.50.50.21U
Bootloader Version: 4.6.2250.0(129193)

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Windows Phone 7 device firmware updates being rolled out for Omnia 7, Optimus 7 and others

Several Windows Phone devices have firmware updates now available to instal when the handset is plugged in the the PC. Keep in mind that these will only update the firmware part and not the OS itself. As of right now several models are part of the roll out: the Samsung Omnia 7, HTC Mozart, LG Optimus 7. There nothing to really get excited about here folks and in the case of the Omnia 7 this update doesn’t included the latest bootloader available for the device which can be manually installed here (but it does include the disable capacitive hardware buttons when the screen is touched). As a matter of fact I didn’t even get the update notification at all.

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Windows Phone 7 Manufacturer market share estimation

Here’s a relatively rough estimation of the Windows Phone 7 manufacturers market share and most successful devices based on the handsets running applications using the AdGAC ad control. As you can see above that HTC is the clear leader mainly because of the sheer number of models it currently offers (and HD2′s running WP7 too…). It is followed by Samsung who offers only one model in EU (Omnia 7), one in NA (Focus) and then LG who only offers one model in NA/AUS (Quantum) and one in Europe (Optimus 7).

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HTC pushing out Firmware updates for its Windows Phone 7 devices ?

According to several HTC users who  have updated their handsets via the ChevronWP7.updater, the Zune software is now showing the availability of a what seems to be a firmware update. OEMs obliviously have the ability to push specific updates to some of their models via the WP7 update system but what’s kinda strange here is that only phone’s updated with the previously mentioned method are being notified of this update.I know that some HTC devices already had their Firmware (radio rom included) updated as part of the NoDo update package so maybe this is related (the weird update method may have prevented the phone from receiving the full update so they are now getting the rest of it?).

UPDATE: Microsoft just confirmed what I tried to guess:

But my strong advice is: wait. If you attempt one of these workarounds, we can’t say for sure what might happen to your phone because we haven’t fully tested these homebrew techniques. You might not be getting the important device-specific software we would typically deliver in the official update. Or your phone might get misconfigured and not receive future updates.

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How to quickly get NoDo on your carrier branded HTC Windows Phone 7 device

Don’t want to wait for your carrier to allow your HTC Windows Phone 7 to receive the NoDo update? Well here’s a little trick that can help you bypass this restriction (Telus in Canada has for example stated that it won’t roll out NoDo before March 29th at the earliest). C. Walshie from the ChevronWP7 team give’s us all the info:

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HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Trophy NoDo Roms available

Following the leak of the HTC 7 Mozart NoDo ROM last night the same russian guy also leaked the HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Trophy NoDo ROM today. These are most probably the official thing with the final 7389 NoDo build so if you don’t care about your warranty just go ahead and flash your device and start copy/pasting all night long.

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HTC 7 Mozart ROM with non Final NoDo update leaked

A new HTC 7 Mozart ROM containing the non final build of NoDo (7355) has just leaked a couple of minutes ago. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth to flash you Mozart with this one though given that the official update should start to roll out pretty soon. A similar 7355 build rom for the Samsung Omnia 7 is also scheduled to be leaked soon (Firmware: KA1) but once again it may be better to wait a bit for the official release.

UPDATE: The OS version is actually 7389 (which should be the final NoDo build) and not 7355 as stated by the original poster. So you can feel free to flash your Mozart with it ;-) .

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HTC 7 Mozart headed to T-Mobile US

The latest rumor making the rounds this weekend is pointing at an imminent launch of the HTC 7 Mozart on T-Mobile in the US. As of right the only Windows Phone 7 device is sold by the carrier is the HTC HD7 (the Dell Venue Pro is also exclusive to TMo but only sold by Dell and at Microsoft’s Stores) so it should come as no surprise that another WP7 devices is on the way. But don’t get your hopes up for 4G/ HSPA+ support because the QSD8250 SoC powering the device only supports HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps Data Speed (full specifications here).

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Samsung Omnia 7 leading the Windows Phone 7 pack in France ?

According to french website monsmartphone.net who allows its users to customize its web page to better fit their smartphone preferences the Samsung Omnia 7 is clearly the win french hearts in front of the HTC Mozart and LG Optimus 7. This obviously doesn’t mean much given that the sample was fairly small (only 1268 readers) and the fact that this obviously doesn’t reflect sales but probably only peoples interest in a particular device. But given that Microsoft and its OEMs don’t seem to be bothered to detail any sales numbers we are probably going to see similar stats popping up everywhere (other stats recently showed that HTC’s WP7 devices where the most popular because of the number of models).

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Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, Samsung Omnia 7 review round-up

I just wanted to give you the heads up on a couple in-depth reviews of the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and Samsung Omnia 7 review posted by the good folks at PhoneArena (US) and GSMArena (EU). As it is usually the case with both website their reviews cover all the hardware and software features of the phones and a lots of media including photo & video samples and walkthrough videos. As I’ve said before you can’t go wrong with any of the currently announced Windows Phone 7 handset but Samsung’s hardware seems to be the best match for the OS thanks to the Super-AMOLED screen (that’s if you can live with the PenTile-Matrix sub-pixel arrangement). Unfortunately HTC seems to have messed up the camera software (or the sensors used aren’t really that good) especially in video mode.

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HTC HD7 vs Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Mozart screen comparison

The lucky gals at Engadget have just posted a three way screen comparison of the HTC HD7 vs Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Mozart. The first thing you will notice is the perfect blacks on the Omnia 7′s Super-AMOLED compared to the HTC 7 Mozart’s SLCD panel and the Regular TFT-LCD screen of the HTC HD7. No surprise here but you will have to live with the sucky Pentile Matrix sub-pixel arrangement if you what the brightest Windows phone 7 device on the market. And just to be clear, the HTC HD7 uses exactly the same screen has on the original HTC HD2 so the colors feel kinda washed out even compared to other TFT-screens and the viewing angles are the worst of all the WP7 devices that are going on sale this week. More pictures and videos after the break:

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All Windows Phone 7 devices hardware specifications in one place

I have just finished compiling this huge excel table containing all of the hardware specifications of the currently announced Windows Phone 7 devices. So if you are looking to compare one device to an other just check out the image below (click on it) and make your choice. I will regularly update it once I have more information (especially for the Dell Venue Pro). So there you have it: Samsung Omnia 7, Samsung Focus, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC Surround, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro, LG Optimus 7, LG Optimus 7 Q / Quantum and finally the Dell Venue Pro. Click on the image after the beak (you can also right click and save it):
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HTC 7 Mozart , LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7 up on Orange’s online store

The HTC 7 Mozart, LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7are already up on Orange’s online store in Europe. If you head over to Orange’s UK website you will have the ability to get a interactive tour of the Orange customization on the HTC 7 Mozart (which is exclusive to the carrier) via a Flash enabled website. Orange France has also put up a Windows Phone 7 section on their online store with a Flash tour of the OS and detailed page for the Optimus 7, Omnia 7 and Mozart which are not yet available for pre-order. Orange is the Premiere Windows Phone 7 carrier in Europe so you can expect them to heavily promote WP7 in the coming days / weeks. You can check out my HTC 7 Mozart hands-on here, Samsung Omnia 7 hands-on here and Optimus 7 hands-on here.

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HTC 7 Mozart Hands-on preview

Finally here’s the HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone 7 device unveiled today. The Mozart is the first WP7 HTC device we saw in the wild a little while ago and frankly I found it a bit ugly based on the pictures leaked. The device has an uni-body aluminium chassis and feels really solid in the hand compared to the other devices presented today. The main differentiating feature of the handset is the 8Mp camera coupled with a Xenon flash. It can easily be mistaken for an HTC 7 Trophy if you don’t take a closer look at it. The is just a hair smaller, 3.7″ but uses a similar SLCD panel. Performance was identical to all the other devices and frankly this is pretty awesome. It’s now up to you to choose between an Super-AMOLED screen (Samsung Omnia 7), 8Mp camera and Xenon flash (HTC 7 Mozart), gigantic screen (HTC HD7), lighter device (HTC 7 Trophy) or great software integration (LG Optimus 7). Short video after the break:

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HTC announces Five Windows Phone 7 handsets

Just in case you didn’t follow today’s big news here’s HTC press release announcing their five (yes FIVE) Windows Phone 7 devices: The HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC  7 Surround and HTC 7 Pro. Four of these devices will launch on October 21 with only the HTC 7 Pro launching next year on Sprint. Not all of them will be available world wide thought. The HTC 7 Surround, and HTC 7 Pro are currently only scheduled to launch in the US and the HTC 7 Trophy will only launch in Europe and Asia. One thing is clear though; every Windows Phone 7 device announced today features the same basic specification (the Qualcomm SnapDragon QSD 8250) so you won’t see any major difference at all between them. Full press release after the break:
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HTC Mozart and HTC Desire Z receive certification

Today is the HTC Mozart (also known as the HTC 7 Mozart) and HTC Desire Z turn to be certified by the Global Certification Forum. There’s noting really newsworthy here other than the list of radio bands supported by both devices and the fact that the HTC Desire Z can apparently travel in time (notice the certification date…)

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