Enable Internet Sharing / Tethering on your Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus in one click

If you still haven’t managed to flash your Samsung Omnia 7 with the latest I8700XXKI4 firmware I posted a few days ago there’s seems to be a even easier way to enable Internet Sharing / Tethering on your device and the Samsung Focus too as long as it is developer unlocked courtesy of voluptuary:

1) First install the WP Dev Tools and unlock your Samsung phone.
2) Use the Application Deployment tool to send THIS to your phone. You do not need to run it and you can delete it after it has been deployed.
3) Install the Diagnosis app by typing ##634#
4) After the Diagnosis app starts type *#9908# and select ‘System Tweaks’ press ‘Save’ then ‘Close’ and restart your phone.
5) Your phone now has Internet sharing and as a bonus is interop unlocked!

Please try it out and let me know if it worked for you.


New Samsung Omnia 7 firmware with internet sharing available: I8700XXKI4

Want that fancy WiFi Hotspot internet sharing Tethering feature on you Windows Phone 7 device? If you are a Samsung Omnia 7 owner today is your lucky day. T-Mobile Germany pushed out a new firmware last night version I8700XXKI4 with the tethering / Internet Sharing feature enabled (thanks for the tip guys!). I’m a nice guy so I grabbed the firmware file and uploaded it so you can manually install it on your handset. Follow the instructions below (same a before and I’m not responsible if it doesn’t work for you):

- Download the firmware here (remember that’s not the OS but only the firmware bits) then download the WPupdate tools from here.
- Unzip the Tools in a folder then unzip the firmware in the same folder as the tools.
- Plug in your device, wait until the Zune client starts and then close it.
- Run the the Updater and press S or B (depending on the size of your balls..)
- your phone will then reboot in download mode and update (don’t unplug it or do stupid things with your PC during the whole process..)

Please note that this won’t work if you are running the latest I8700XXKI3 firmware from SFR (there’s a conflict with the 5.9.1.4 bootloader and maybe others too) so you will have to painfully revert back to an older firmware like the T-Mobile RC1 here (I8700XXKH2).

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Update your Samsung Omnia 7 to the latest I8700XXKI3 firmware now

Here’s my little gift for you this weekend. I just managed to download the latest Samsung Omnia 7 I8700XXKI3 Firmware package wish was pushed out by SFR yesterday and I’m giving it back to you so you can manually update your device following the same instructions I posted a few days ago when the latest Samsung Mango firmware was pushed. Please remember that if something goes wrong you will be on your own. Words of advise before attempting to update your handset: If it doesn’t work you will most probably get two different error:

- 800705B4 : Time out error which happens on many Omnia 7 depending on how much free storage you have left. Solution: hard reset you handsets.
- 8018001E: There’s a conflict with the current bootloader on your handsets (happened to me with the latest Mango firmware): Solution: you are screwed. Roll back to a previous bootloader/firmware

Here are the instructions:

- Download the firmware here (remember that’s not the OS but only the firmware bits) then download the WPupdate tools from here.
- Unzip the Tools in a folder then unzip the firmware in the same folder as the tools.
- Plug in your device, wait until the Zune client starts and then close it.
- Run the the Updater and press S or B (depending on the size of your balls..)
- your phone will then reboot in download mode and update (don’t unplug it or do stupid things with your PC during the whole process..)

Report back if it works for you. If not then please take a look at all the messages in the previous post before posting.

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New Samsung Omnia 7 Mango firmware rolled out: I8700XXKI3

A new Samsung Omnia 7 firmware has been rolled-out today by french carrier SFR along side it’s Mango update push. I unfortunately don’t have the update (because I unbranded my SFR Omnia 7 handset) and don’t have the firmware bites either yet. As you can see below it’s newer than the previous I8700XXKH5 firmware released during the initial Mango roll out phase and most probably based on the engineering SFR firmware leaked a few weeks ago:

OS Version: 7.10.7720.68
Firmware revision number: 2424.11.9.3
Hardware revision number: 3.15.0.4
Radio software version: 2424.11.9.1
Radio hardware version: 0.0.0.800
Bootloader version: 5.9.1.4
Chip SOC version: 0.36.2.0

It would be awesome if If a brave soul is willing to send me the firmware bits so we can manually flashed it.

Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

 

 

New Samsung Omnia 7 Mango Firmware leaked: I8700XXKH5

A new Mango firmware for the Samsung Omnia 7 was leaked this morning if you are interested in such things. This one is SFR branded (French carrier) but is labeled as engineering and packs the latest I8700XXKH5 firmware which is the one pushed out yesterday and the same one I posted in my manual update guide too. The only difference here is that you will probably get an SFR boot screen and there apps pre-installed on the device. You can grab it here (flashtools here).

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Manually update the Samsung Omnia 7 Firmware to Mango

As you probably already know I was one of the few people who was running the leaked T-Mobile RC1 Mango firmware on my Samsung Omnia 7. Unfortunately this resulted in me being stuck with it and not being able to get the official firmware via the normal channel (Zune software/device notification). The only solution I had left was to flash by device back to a NoDo package and then wait or force today’s Mango update on it. Well, I didn’t want to loose any of my data or waste that much time so I tried something else. I grabbed the Samsung Firmware package (thanks to the brave soul who sent it to me) which is a simple CAB file and sent it to my Omnia 7 plugged into my PC. Voila, I now have the latest bits on my phone in less than 10 mins without loosing anything.

All you have to to is:

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What’s new in the Samsung Omnia 7 Mango firmware

I finally took the time to flash yesterday’s leaked Omnia 7 Mango I8700XXKH2 firmware and used it for a few hours to try to see if there was anything new in there. First off you must remember that this is an engineering T-Mobile DE ROM that includes all of the carriers apps that can easily be uninstalled afterwards. Thankfully it also includes several fixes and improvements that I’m going to list below:

1) Updated camera driver: Touch-focus now works (instead of simply touch-to-capture), Bing Vision no longer looses focus and correctly adjusts the white balance in low light environments.
2) Updated Motion Sensors driver: Digital Compass is now faster and more accurate. The accelerator is also faster when switching orientation in Internet Explorer.
3) Updated Radio software: WiFi and Cellular data transfers appear to be faster (applications downloads are faster as are page loading times in IE9)
4) The hidden WiFi Network feature is now available.
5) Bing Music is now faster and more accurate (updated mic driver + radio update I guess)
6) Option to select 2G or 3G data connection. Not really new but nice to have it back (thanks for the reminder in the comments)

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Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7.5 Mango firmware released

If you are a Samsung Omnia 7 owners who isn’t afraid to void your device’s warranty just get you self ready to flash with te first Mango firmware later today. An engineering version I8700XXKH2 dated August will soon be leaked for our own pleasure. A flash able version of the I8700XXKD1 NoDo firmware dated April will also be leaked just in case you want to mess with it. Just keep in mind that both firmwares are not official releases, especially the Mango one which seems to be the RC1 of the final code slated to be rolled out later this year. Which should expect update SoC, Motion sensors and Camera drivers though.

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New Samsung Omnia 7 Firmware coming soon ?

Apparently a handful of French Samsung Omnia 7 users have been complaining about numerous issues with their handset back in Mai/June of this year and decided to contact Samsung France about it. The company’s “community manager” finally answered today by claiming that “an upcoming Firmware update is on the way in the coming weeks which should fix most of the issues and allow/prepare the device to update to Mango.”

I have to admit that I remain skeptical principally because of the following things:

1) The complains where made before the recently pushed Firmware update

2) Most of the complains are about things that are either related to the OS (No ditherer get) and have been already “fixed” by Mango or simple Radio related issues that are carrier/location depended (poor signal, cuts during voice conversations etc..)

I personally haven’t encounter any major problem with the Omnia 7 and I’m also in located in France (but running the most up to date KC1 firmware which has been available for a while now) and Mango is perfectly functional with the current Firmwares so this is a bit strange.

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New Samsung Omnia 7 firmware leaked: I8700XXKD1


A new Samsung Omnia 7 firmware dated April 2011 and labeled I8700XXKD1 has just been leaked today. I unfortunately don’t have time to flash it right now to find out if there’s anything new compared to the previous XKC1 firmware and the recent update that has been pushed out to the device earlier this week.
I will have to flash it later which means going back to NoDo then re-update my phone to Mango Beta 2. Kinda annoying but if you guys want me to do it leave me a comment below and I’ll try to take some time tonight to perform the test.

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