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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The Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Roll out has started

 

Mango is go in the US and in Europe folks. Microsoft has just updated the Where’s my Update page with the following info:

Mobile operator 7008 7390 7392 Windows Phone 7.5*
AT&T Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update** Delivering update***
Sprint Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Delivering update
T-Mobile Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update
Verizon Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Delivering update
Open market phones Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update
All other operators Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Delivering update

Please let us know in the comments below once you have received your update notification: Phone model, current Firmware/Rom you are running and your carrier please.

UPDATE: Unfortunately Samsung Omnia 7 owners on SFR (France) and T-Mobile (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Netherlands, UK) won’t get it now…

UPDATE: The notification will on be sent to 10% of the users out there this week and more will follow if everything goes as planned. So don’t panic if you don’t see anything today or tomorrow.

UPDATE: I just posted instructions on how to manually update the Samsung Omnia 7 firmware (that’s not the force trick method at all)

Public Service Annnouncement: Please remember that the Mango update is made of 2 separate updates: OS and Firmware. Most of you are only getting the OS update right now and this isn’t enough for an optimal experience. You’ll have to wait for the OEM Firmware update which contains updated drivers and Radio. You could also try to force the update via the old method.

UPDATE: For all you Samsung Omnia 7 users, the official firmware should look like this (thx to @degsyh and Paul in the comments below):

- Firmware version is now: 2424.11.8.5
- Radio Software version : 2424.11.27.2
- Bootloader: 5.8.1.9

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All carriers ready to deploy Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Windows Phone users rejoice because all mobile operators worldwide, besides Sprint in the US, are ready for the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango roll out. Microsoft has just updated the where’s my update page noting that the push is being scheduled as we speak and that only Sprint is still testing it (US chart):

Mobile operator 7008 7390 7392 Windows Phone 7.5*
AT&T Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update** Scheduling
Sprint Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Testing
T-Mobile Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update Scheduling
Verizon Preinstalled Preinstalled Scheduling Scheduling
Open market phones Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update Scheduling
All other operators Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Scheduling

UPDATE: Mango will be pushed to Sprint devices Today at 1PM CST (thanks to LEM in the comments below!):

NOTE: This update will be available via Zune at approximately 1pm CST on 9/27
HTC Arrive Software Update – 2305.13.40301.651 (Microsoft OS – Mango 7.10.7720.68)


UPDATE
: Mango is a Go!
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HTC debuts pre-Mango update roll out

HTC and Microsoft have apparently started to roll out a “Mango Friends and Family Bundle: Pre-Cleanup” update in preparation of the big roll out which is expected to start this week. The specifics of this update are unfortunately not know yet but the “pre-cleanup” words may indicate that this one is probably a backup process or firmware update. If you have any information about it please let me know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

Update: Folks are speculating that this update is meant to allow people currently running the Beta/RTM code to update without having to revert back to NoDo…But this is just speculation at this point because the use of the word cleanup is a tad bit weird IMO.

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One more Samsung Mango application released: Mini Diary

Samsung seems to be really committed to Windows Phone this year given all the new applications and enhancements that they are releasing for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango this month. The new Mini Diary application released today is the 9th application that the Korean mobile giant has launched in the last few weeks. This one is somewhat similar to the HTC Locations app (aka HTC Footprints) recently released but with the ability to add drawings and local weather forecast directly from within in the app (Voice notes can also be included).

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Samsung releases another Mango application: Funshot

Samsung is on a roll this time around and has just released another Windows Phone 7 Mango application today called Funshot. This application lets you take pictures with effects applied to them in realtime in the viewfinder (bulge, swirl, stretch, squeeze etc.) and works  back-facing or front facing camera. Nothing really essential here but this time I can’t really complain about Samsung not supporting its Windows Phone 7 users. My only hope is that the DLNA Allshare application is made compatible with the Samsung Omnia7 and Focus.

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AT&T Windows Phone 7.5 Mango roll out starting September 27th

According to an internal memo sent to WPCentral the AT&T Mango roll out set to start on September 27th. The following handsets will receive the update notification on Sept 27th:

  • HTC Surround (SKU 65212)
  • LG Quantum (SKU 65205)
  • Samsung Focus (SKU 65203) rev 1.3

Unfortunately Samsung Focus device with the rev 1.4 will have to wait until late October:

Update has not entered the AT&T SPE lab yet; however, Samsung is targeting for 10/17 lab entry and 10/31 TA

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More applications and games updated for Mango: Pinball League, Tiki Towers, Doodle Jump, Red Bull TV

There’s a flood of game and application updates trickling down the the Windows Phone Marketplace in preparation of the Mango roll out later this month. In the past 24hours several top apps have now been made compatible with the new OS. Among them are the Xbox Live Tiki Tower game which is now no longer locked to 30fps same for the Juggler Pinball League game. Doodle Jump’s Mango version is also now up and The Red Bull TV application has also received its fruity kiss and now features a new live tile functionality (you can pin categories to the start screen) and update media playback controls.

Let me know if you if you find out anything else.

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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango roll out starting in the in a week or two

The official word is finally out: The Windows phone 7.5 Mango roll out will start in a week or two just in time for the Fall season

For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress. As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two.

All device’s firmware will also been update by the manufactures just like speculated in a previous post:

During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone—and apps—work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.

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Samsung releases Allshare DLNA application, RSS reader and Text messages settings add-on for Windows Phone 7

Samsung has released 3 new Windows Phone 7 apps / add-on for its line of Windows Phone today. The most interesting one is the Allshare DLNA application that is already present on most of its high-end Android handset. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work on my Samsung Omnia 7 running the Mango RC1 firmware but I sure hope that it won’t be restricted to its new Windows Phone 7.5 handsets (Samsung Focus S, Samsung Focus Flash and their European version) unlike HTC’s Media connected App which works on all of the company’s Windows Phones once they are updated to the retail Mango Firmware.

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French mobile operator SFR ready for Mango roll out

SFR which is the french equivalent of Vodafone is apparently ready for the Mango roll out if you have one of their branded HTC 7 Trophy handsets.  The screenshot above is from the carriers client interface describe how to plug in the device into the PC to update the phone and lists the firmware version 2250.21.40600.163 (SFR’s my carrier so I was able to verify it and take screenshot myself). But there’s a catch… there’s no update yet because the roll out hasn’t started yet. The “continue” icon simply leads to the Microsoft’s Windows Phone website. Anyway, only a few more days and Mango will be free available to all of you fruit lovers.

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Blurry pictures aren’t proof of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango roll out

Got to love baseless rumors and blurry pictures. Lot’s Mango rumors apparently originating from Orange France lately…the latest is blurry picture which is said to be from somebody who sent out his phone for repair at Orange France and got it back from them with Windows Phone 7.5 pre-loaded on it. Well, the first thing I did was to look up the device firmware and strangely this is exactly the same as the official NoDo one that was pushed out back on July 21st:

- Firmware Rev 1.0.10.10
- Hardware Rev 1.0.0.0
- Radio Software 1.0.10.10
- Radio Hardware 0.3.5.0
- Bootloader Ver 1.5.1.0
- Chip SOC 0.30.2.0

So what with have here is essentially a device with the RTM code (which has leaked a little while ago..) running on it. Either LG isn’t going to update it’s Optimus 7 firmware for Mango which I find a bit unlikely given that HTC and Samsung are updating them or Orange’s repair center is having some fun…or this is simply a picture of somebody’s device with the leaked Mango RTM code on it with a nice little story attached to it. You be the judge but we won’t have long to wait given that fall is when all the action begins.

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More Apps and games updated for Mango

Just a little heads up for those of you who are already running Mango; several Xbox Live games and a handfull of applications have been recompiled for Windows Phone 7.5 in the past few hours. Rocket Riot and Rise of Glory just got updated on my phone and now finally support multi-tasking/fast application switching. In the case of Rocket Riot  the framerate rate seems to be slightly higher than the previous version probably because it’s no longer locked at 30Fps (I could be wrong though and this could simply be a placebo effect..).

UPDATE: You can Parachute Panic to the list Mangofied Xbox Live games.

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Rewind and repeat: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango roll out will start this fall

Here’s another “I told you so” moment: the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango roll out will start this fall as stated again by Joe Belfiore on twitter just a few minutes ago. He also took the time to point out that Fall starts on September 23th just as I did in my original post (but this doesn’t mean that 23 is the day of the roll out either). A big thank you to Joe for confirming what I posted two weeks ago. Now let’s go back to our regular rumor feeds…

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Foursquare and Flixster updated for Mango with new Live tile features

Two of the most widely used Windows Phone 7 applications have just been updated to support Windows Phone 7.5 Mango today. As you can seen the picture above the official Foursquare application and Flixster now include new Live Tile related features and most importantly fast application switching for proper multi-tasking support. You can update or simply download them right now from the marketplace if you are running Mango on your Windows Phone handset.

There’s are still tons of applications that have yet to be recompiled or updated for Mango and I personally hope that Microsoft has asked all major developers of successful apps to do it and that every Xbox Live game will also be updated in time because Mango is upon us now.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango officially out in Taiwan

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is now apparently officially out in Taiwan. The update process is somewhat non-conventional though: HTC users who wish to update their HTC Mozart or HTC HD7 will have to go to their HTC store to get their device updated or grab the RUU firmware file from there. There’s no update through Zune yet because it apparently won’t include the Asian language support. the two firmware files are the following:

- RUU_Mozart_S_hTC_Asia_WWE_4.06.707.00_5.69.09_RELEASE (download)
- RUU_Schubert_S_hTC_Asia_SEA_WWE_4.05.728.01_Radio_5.69.09.29a_22.50.50.21_Signed_SCHUBERT_RELEASE (download)

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Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash announced alongside AT&T Windows Phone 7.5 Mango line up

The time has finally come! Samsung has just announced its new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handsets today alongside AT&T. The first one is the high-end Samsung Focus S (SGH-i937) which Features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.4GHz MSM8255 processor, 4G-capable speeds and a thin profile at 8.55 millimeters. It also includes front facing 1.3-megapixel and a rear facing 8-megapixel cameras. There’s also the Samsung Focus Flash which seems to be the I8350 and has the same MSM8255 clocked at 1.4 GHZ but a smaller 3.7″ Super AMOLED screen and 5MP camera and a Front facing camera.

AT&T is also going to offer the HTC Titan alongside all the other first generation Windows Phone 7 handsets already on the market (see my HTC Titan hands on preview here). I will update this post once we have the first official pictures/renders of theses new phones. Hopefully the European version of the Focus S is going to look better than the US (similar to the Focus VS Omnia 7).. So stay tuned.


full press release after the break:

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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango roll out to start next week?

Fill this under the “rumor” tag or better yet the “I’ve been sick all weekend and there was nothing else to post about” tag. According to the good folks at the WPDev podcast (who been right and a tiny bit wrong in the past), the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango roll out will apparently start next week. There’s unfortunately no thing to back up this claim other than the fact that what appears like the final HTC Mango firmwares have recently leaked alongside a carrier release candidate firmware for the Samsung Omnia 7.

UPDATE: AT&T has official announced that its Mango roll out will start “this fall”.

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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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