Windows Phone Tango roll out has started. Update your phone manually to build 7.10.8773.98

As promised last week by Nokia the Windows Phone 7 Tango (7.10.8773.98) worldwide update has started for the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710. What’s even better is that you owners of any other Windows Phone 7 device can also manually update their handset to the latest OS version thanks to the OS bits made available by Microsoft on Windows Phone update servers. So let me recap what is going on:

- If you are a Nokia Lumia 800 or 710 owner you can either wait for the update to show up in Zune or manually push the OS update to your phone followed by the OEM Firmware update (1750.0805.8773.12220).
- If you own a Nokia Lumia 900, HTC, Samsung, LG, ZTE handset your only option right now is to manually push the OS update to your handset and wait for the subsequent OEM Firmware to be pushed to your device via Zune later on.
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Windows Phone Black Friday deals: All smartphones free on contract

Just a quick reminder for all my US readers who are celebrating Thanksgiving this week; Amazon is selling all smartphones (besides the iPhone) for only One penny on contract on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The offer will end on November 28th so hurry up if you wish to get a handset like the HTC Titan which is currently in back-order (it will be shipped to you next week if you order today). Hit the banner above or below to grab the Titan, Samsung Focus S or Focus Flash.

The Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash are available on AT&T for free

Samsung new Windows Phone 7 Mango handsets are available on AT&T right now. The Samsung Focus S will set you back $149.99 on a 2 year contract while the lower end Samsung Focus Flash is only $0.01 on the same 2 year contract. If I had to recommend one I would obviously tell you to go for the Focus S and it’s gorgeous Super AMOLED + screen… Hit the links below for more info.

UPDATE 21 Nov 2011: The Focus S is now priced at $0.01!

The Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash are available on AT&T for free

Samsung new Windows Phone 7 Mango handsets are now finally available on AT&T today. The Samsung Focus S will set you back $149.99 on a 2 year contract while the lower end Samsung Focus Flash is only $0.01 on the same 2 year contract. If I had to recommend one I would obviously tell you to go for the Focus S and it’s gorgeous Super AMOLED + screen… Hit the links below for more info.

UPDATE 21 Nov 2011: The Focus S is now priced at $0.01 with a 2 year contract..

AT&T to allow Intrenet Sharing on Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash

..if you pay for this option in your data plan. In line with what was always communicated by Microsoft, Internet Sharing will be made available on the AT&T Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash as long as you have this payed option enabled on your monthly data plan. I’ve noticed a lot of confused people in the past few days because of the lack of tethering on the Nokia Lumia 800 review samples and would lik to remind them that it’s up to the carrier (and OEM if you by your phone unlocked) to enable the Wifi Hotspot / internet sharing feature in Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. T-Mobile just did this in Germany for the Samsung Omnia 7 (you can download the firmware from here) and HTC has it available on its unlocked HTC Radar and HTC Titan handsets in Europe.

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First official photos of the Samsung Focus S

The still mysterious Samsung Focus S has finally shown its face courtesy of Microsoft today. The device’s full hardware specifications are still unknown same for it’s European variant that has yet to be announced. The whole design is definitely similar to the original Samsung Galaxy which looked kinda nice but definitely not amazing. on the other hand the Samsung Focus Flash looks identical to the European Samsung Omnia W. Anyway, let’s hope that Samsung get its act together and finally announces/ unveils something in the next few days. More picture after the break:

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How to get AllShare DLNA to work the Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus

A relatively easy trick enables you to bypass the current restriction put in place to allow the Allshare DLNA application to work on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus devices:

- Connect you device to a WiFi network
- Launch the Allshare app and instantly hit the start/home button of your device (before the error message pops up
- Navigate back to the Allshare application by long pressing on the back button and selecting it in the fast application switching view
- Voila you’re done

I just did it and it works like a charm but I sincerely hope that Samsung updates it though.

UPDATE: Actually it doesn’t properly work at all. The application in its current state doesn’t have access to the multimedia files stored on the device. You can only use is as a remote control to playback files that are shared on a network.

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Samsung Video Call Mango application released

The Samsung Video Call Windows Phone 7.5 Mango application that was announced yesterday alongside the Samsung Omnia W device has just been released on the Marketplace today. AS you can see in the picture above the app is obviously not compatible with the Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus and will only work on the Samsung devices equipped with front facing cameras like the Samsung Focus S, Focus Flash and Omnia W. The warning message also indirectly confirms that the Allshare DLNA application which is currently not working on current handsets would be fully functional once the official firmwares are pushed out later this month (or else Samsung would have restricted its download like it just did with the Video Call application).

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Samsung Focus S snapped in the Wild. Still no official pictures and full specifications

One has to wonder why AT&T jumped the gun and decided to announce the Samsung Focus S ans Samsung Focus Flash before both devices were ready to be unveiled by Samsung. As of right now we still don’t know much about the Focus S full hardware specification besides what AT&T talked about in its press release and the only pictures we have are the screen caps taken from the WPC surprise showing a few months ago and this new one above (the Storage amount is still a mystery, same for the Ram).

Prior to today’s Samsung Omnia W announcement we didn’t know much about the Samsung Focus Flash either, but given that its is simply the US variant of the devices announced earlier in the morning you the same specs apply to it (probably not the casing design though. Samsung has yet to announce the European variant of the Focus S which is surely going to be a bestseller thanks to it’s 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen.

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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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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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Samsung Focus S aka SGH-i937 hits the FCC

The Samsung SGH-i937 has just been submitted to the FCC for certification and this may be one of the reason why we still haven’t seen any official picture or Render of the recently announced Samsung Focus S windows Phone 7.5 handset. Once the device is certified, Samsung will probably start to talk more about it and show us the goods. The Focus S is going to be Samsung’s high-end Windows phone for the coming year with its 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display, 8 MPix and 1.3Mpix front camera all powered by a Qualcomm MSM8255 clocked at 1.4Ghz. The rest of the specifications are still a mystery.

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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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New Samsung SGH-i937 , Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE Mango phones unveiled

Microsoft just showed during the Day 2 Keynote of WPC in LA, several of the new Mango devices that are expected to land this fall at your favorite retailer and carrier. The first one is the Samsung SGH-i937 which I first talked about back in May and sports a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display similar to the Samsung Galaxy S II (overall design looks closer to the original Galaxy S though).People calling this the WP7 version of the Galaxy S II should check their facts. This Mango device (like the Omnia 7/Focus compared to the original Galaxy S) won’t have the same SoC at all. The SGH-i917 does seem to have a front facing camera too and will most probably be powered by an MSM8255 SoC clocked at 1.4Ghz like the Samsung Galaxy S Plus. Acer, Fujistu and ZTE’s first Windows Phones were also unveiled for the first time.

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Not so breaking news: Samsung working on upcoming high-end Windows Phone, the SGH-i937

Breaking news: Samsung is working on a new high end Windows Phone! After all I already talk / hint at this particular device back in May in my Windows Phone Mango preview and here right? …Well, apparently nobody paid attention or cared…. Anyway, the device will be the SGH-i937 in the US (the Focus is the i917 and the Galaxy S II is the i927) will feature a Super AMOLED Plus panel like the Galaxy S II (similar to how the Focus and Omnia 7 featured the same Super AMOLED panel as the Galaxy S) and is AT&T bound.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Preview

Can’t get enough of Windows Phone 7 Mango ? I just came back from the Paris unveiling event with quite a bit of info regarding the first major update of Microsoft’s mobile OS. First let me start by pointing out to the previous Mango post I did about the new APIs and Developer related features here and here. Today’s preview will mainly focus on the consumer experience and some other bits of info that you may have not heard of before.

There’s obviously not much to say that already hasn’t been said earlier and even shown in official videos. The first question on everybody’s mind is most probably: When is Mango going to be released? Well the official answer is this Autumn but from what I’ve been told there won’t be a official launch day similar to what was done last year with Windows Phone 7. Instead, OEMs will start launching their devices when they are ready. This essentially means that once Mango is RTM and certified by carriers, manufacturers will integrate the gold code into their upcoming phones and start shipping them once they are ready. There will be a steady release of Mango handsets throughout the fall season and holidays.

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