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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Samsung enables Extra Display setting on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus

Both the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash / Omnia W have two extra settings available to the end-user: Auto-Display intensity and Key-vibration feedback. Samsung has just made them available to Omnia 7 and Focus owners via an applications in the marketplace (once installed the extra settings will be located in the OS’s settings menu). The Auto-Display intensity toggle is perfectly functional but the key-vibration option doesn’t have any effect on my Omnia 7. Let me know how it goes for you,¬† but remember that disabling auto-display intensity will shorten your battery life.

UPDATE: It appears like this app is once again not meant to run on the Omnia 7 and Focus. Besides the second option not working at all the auto-display brightness setting isn’t even saved. It will work as long as you the screen doesn’t shut down.If you power the screen back on it will revert to default… Thanks for nothing Samsung…

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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..

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.


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 Omnia W Mango handset announced: Hardware Specifications

Samsung has just announced the European variant of the Samsung Focus Flash today and released a couple of picture of the handsets to give us a taste of what to expect to see in our favorite retail and carrier store by the end of October. The Samsung Omnia W will pack an MSM8255 clocked at 1.4GHz, 512MB of Ram + 8GB of internal storage, a 5MP camera front facing VGA camera (and what seems like a Samsung made video call application) A Wireless Manager application is also going to be released soon. The Omnia W also has the same 3.7″ Super AMOLED display as the Focus Flash and essentially everything that you can expect from such handset. Hit the break for more pictures and the Samsung Omnia W Hardware Specifications:

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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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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 releases High Fidelity Position Compass and GLONASS application for its Windows Phone Mango handsets

Samsung has just released a new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango application named High Fidelity Position which is said to improve the user’s geo-location with the use of the device’s, Compass, Accelerometer and the Russian GLONASS satellite constellation (wonder how this works and if this means that future Samsung handsets will feature a GLONASS receiver). Once the application is installed it will modify the device’s setting screen and add a High Fidelity Position option at the bottom:

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Samsung Photo Studio updated: Mango and Front facing camera support plus Panorama shooting

Samsung has just rolled out the Mango update of their Photo studio application for Windows Phone 7 today. This new version now includes support for front facing camera and thus confirms that Samsung’s upcoming windows Phone handsets will feature one. There’s also a new panorama shooting feature similar to the one found in the recently announced HTC Titan and HTC Radar (and on LG’s WP7 handsets) which uses the device’s compass and accelerometer. Head over to the Samsung Zone on your Focus or Omnia 7 if you are already running Mango to try it out.

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Samsung Now Hub 2 released: Mango support, multiple Live Tiles, Currency converter

Samsung has finally released the newest Mango version of the Windows Phone 7 Now hub today. This 2.0 release now support Mango’s fast application switching feature (multi-tasking), double sided live tiles, multiple live tiles: primary one for the weather, secondary for the news and a third one for the top tweets, a currency converter and several bug fixes. This update should be available right now to all Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus owners worldwide who are running Mango so all you’ll have to do is either wait for the update prompt or go to the Samsung Zone and update the app.

Update: As it’s case with most Live Tiles on WP7 the primary weather tiles never automatically updates on my device…shame… BTW, LG has already update most of its applications for Mango (2 weeks ago IIRC).

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Samsung releases new free Windows Phone 7 applications

I’ve just noticed that several new application are now available in the Samsung Zone section of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Unfortunately the eBook reader is still nowhere to be seen and the Diodict apps which are actually making a comeback are only compatible with certain carrier specific firmwares. So all you have left is the free Rubik’s Cube game (which isn’t bad..). Come on Samsung, give us some good stuff please! Samsung’s Android marketplace is packed with free games and neat applications why can’t Windows Phone 7 have the same thing?

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AT&T Samsung Focus finally getting NoDo via V1.4 update

Believe it or not but the NoDo update still hasn’t been rolled out across all devices yet. Many Samsung Focus owners on AT&T are apparently the unluckiest ones this time around because of bugs and hardware manufacturing inconstancy (all Focus devices don’t have the same memory modules). According to Microsoft the latest V1.4 firmware update containing device specific fixes (I assume that it should fix the multi-touch issue) is now being gradually rolled to AT&T subscribers.

As I mentioned yesterday, we have been working to expedite the scheduling of the AT&T Samsung Focus v.1.4 update. I am happy to report updates are being delivered now for this phone. Please connect your Samsung Focus v.1.4 to your PC to update your phone.

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