Samsung set to re-launch Omnia series phones with Windows Mobile 6.5

Samsung B7330

Samsung B7330


Samsung is announcing today that they are re-launching all their Omnie series phones (the OmniaPRO B7610, OmniaPRO B7320, OmniaPRO B7330, OmniaLITE (B7300), Omnia II (i8000)) with Windows Mobile 6.5 on board. No word on the original Omnia i900 which is rumored to get an official WM6.5 update.

The Omnia Series will feature five devices: the OmniaPRO B7610, OmniaPRO B7320, OmniaPRO B7330, OmniaLITE (B7300), as well as the already announced Omnia II (I8000) with an updated Windows Mobile® 6.5 operating system. Samsung will release the series later this year and announce a set of customized strategies to differentiate and expand sales of each model by appealing to a broad spectrum of user groups.

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.

Nice to see Samsung supporting Windows Mobile like that.

You can checkk the full press release here

Source: Samsung

Samsung Omnia to get official Windows Mobile 6.5 update ?

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Nothing much is is known at this time, but according to a post on the samsung-omnia.org forums a user got the following answer from Samsung yesterday:

In your email you ask the question if windows mobile 6.5 will be released for the omnia.
We can comfirm that this is coming, however de exact release date isn’t known yet, we therefore advice you to keep an eye on www.samsungmobile.com.

If true, this would be a major blow to HTC who is only offering Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades to this years devices (Diamond 2, Touch Pro2 & Snap) and not the original Diamond, Touch Pro and HD released around the same time as the Omnia last year. This wouldn’t be a surprising move made by Samsung given their awesome support lately ( SDK, App Store, etc..)

Source: Samsung-omnia.org

Samsung’s application store available for the Omnia and Omnia HD

Samsung has officially launched their application store today on 2 phones, the Windows Mobile Omnia (I900) and the Symbian S60 OmniaHD (i9000). According to Samsung there should be around 300 apps already available now.

A new on-device application store is now available in the UK, France and Italy, with more than 30 countries including
Germany and Spain to follow. Initially, the store will be accessible to Omnia users and later to other models such as
Omnia II (Model Name: I8000) and OmniaLITE (Model Name: B7300) users.

The Samsung Application Store allow users to browse a variety of applications including games, references, social
networking services, e-books and health-related tools (e.g pedometer, eyesight test, etc) that are easily downloaded with
one click.

Head over here to download the files.

Windows Mobile 6.5 user will also have the Windows Marketplace for Mobile on October 6.

Source: Samsung

Samsung Omnia Pro to launch in September in Germany

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AreaMobile.de is reporting that Samsung is set to launch their slide-out Qwerty beast in germany in September. The Omnia Pro will probably ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 on board (and be upgradable to WM 6.5 a couple weeks later) and should be priced at €499 unlocked. As reported earlier, the Omnia II will hit Germany in October for €649

source: AreaMobile.de

Samsung Omnia II review

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The boys over at Pocketnow finaly posted their full review of Samsung’s Omnia II. Want to know how it stacks up against HTC’s latest porducts? Head over there and check it out. Here are the Pros and Cons :

PROS

Gorgeous AMOLED display
Fantastic battery life
Snappy performance
Great build quality
Includes 8 or 16GB of memory
Has the UMTS 1900 band for US 3G in some areas
Video player can do DiVX
Screen sensitivity is high
Interface is optimized for finger-operation
Widget interface is useful
Has a 3.5mm headphone jack with terrific audio output
Excellent on-screen keyboard choices
Windows Mobile 6.5 upgradable
Camera application is sophisticated
Is TV-Out capable
Has a proximity sensor to turn off display during calls

CONS

Outdoor screen visibility is horrible
Attracts fingerprints
Photo and video quality are under whelming
Widget interface can get slow and uses a lot of RAM
Expensive (unsubsidized)
No inbuilt stylus
Crappy case included
No TV-Out cable included
Automatic screen brightness doesn’t work well “

Source: Pocketnow

Samsung Omnia II Widgets video tour

Brandon from Pocketnow has posted another video tour of the Samsung Omnia II this time showing us the majority of the widgets available through the phone’s TouchWiz 2 UI. There are plenty of them, some more useful than others and you can even download new ones via a widget that redirects the user to Samsung’s widget update site through the Opera browser. Personly I find HTC’s new widget based UI (Sense) to be alot more user freindly, no ?

Source: Pocketnow

Samsung Omnia II hardware tour video

Brandon from Pocketnow just uploaded his hardware tour video of Samsung latest flagship Windows Mobile smartphone. The Omnia is definitely a step above the original Onmia in terms of overall design and hardware specifications. Unfortunately it still sports a resistive-touch digitizer like the majority of Windows Mobile products.

Source : Pocketnow

Samsung updates their Mobile Innovator Windows Mobile SDK

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Samsung has released the 1.2 version of their Windows Mobile SDK. In addition to Microsoft’s APIs the Mobile Innovator SDKs adds access to APIs unique to Samsung phones like GPS, accelerometer and numerous other sensors. The 1.2 version adds new APIs for FM Radio and dual camera functionality and includes support for 3 new phones: the GT-C6625 Valencia, the SCH-m490/m495 T*Omnia and the GT-I8000 Omnia II.

Head over here to download it