New Samsung Omnia 7 Firmware available: I8700XXKC1 XXKB2

A new Samsung Omnia 7 firmware has just been leaked a few minutes ago and is available for everybody to download. The I8700XXKC1 XXKB2 is said to include NoDo but not much else is known about it yet. I’ll will try to flash my Omnia 7 device with it in a few minutes a report back to you.
The only downside to this is that the phone will be hard reset so all the personal info (SMS,MMS, installed apps, pictures etc) will have to be re-installed after the rom is flashed.

Update 1: The Firmware is dated March 24th so it’s safe to assume that it probably includes the 7390 version of the OS.

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Microsoft’s update on the Windows Phone 7 update issue

Microsoft has just posted some more information on the infamous Windows Phone 7 update issue affecting the Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus devices. Unfortunately you won’t learn anything new as this whole blog post seems to be a PR damage control statement more than anything else. The company is still claiming that the update has been suspended for Samsung devices even though this isn’t true (yes, my Omnia7 is still getting prompted to update every time I plug it into a PC) UPDATE: My Omnia 7 is finally no loner promted to update.

•90 percent of people who’ve received an update notification have installed the new software patch successfully. (So when your turn to download it arrives, chances are good this will be a non-event.)
•Of the 10 percent who did experience a problem, nearly half failed for two basic reasons—a bad Internet connection or insufficient computer storage space. Luckily, both are easy to fix.

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Microsoft didn’t pull the February Windows Phone 7 update for the Samsung devices

Just saw a report claiming that Microsoft has apparently pulled the February 21 update for the Samsung devices (Omnia 7 and Focus) because of the issue encountered by many users since the initial release nearly 2 days ago. Ironically I was attempting to update my Omnia 7 again when I came across the story so it kind of seemed strange to me that a Microsoft spokesperson would claim that the update is no longer pushed to Samsung phones when it is in fact not true (as seen in the screenshot above). Microsoft may have stopped the OTA notification push to the handsets that weren’t notified yet but nothing seems to have been pulled at all given that I still get prompted to update to the 7008 rom every time I plug in my device.

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Samsung Omnia 7 update issue: Don’t try to update your phone and wait for the fix

As you probably already know by now, yesterday’s Windows Phone 7 test update can’t be applied to all Samsung Omnia 7 devices (and Focus too it seems) but there’s nothing to worry about. I’ve tested every possible combination to try to get it to work on my device and so far everything has failed:

1) Freed as much space as possible on the phone.

2) Used several Micro-USB cables

3) Uninstalled and re-installed the Zune Desktop software

4) Connected trough a proxy to grab the update file from another MS server

5) Used another PC

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The Samsung Omnia 7 has 4GB of DDR ram ? Service manual released

The Samsung Omnia 7 service manual has just been leaked for our own viewing pleasure and some interesting (and perplexing) tidbits have just attracted my attention. According to the block diagram (picture after the break) the Omnia 7 apparently packs 4GB of DDR Ram and not 512Mb of Ram + 1GB of Rom. We can clearly see the SanDisk SDIN4C2-8G 8GB iNAND module mentioned in there but there’s also another 8GB of NAND and the mysterious 4GB of DDR. Check it out:

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New Samsung Omnia 7 Firmware Rom available and Samsung I7850 Omnia 8 coming soon ?

A new Samsung Omnia 7 ROM has just emerged a few minutes ago for all you brave souls who wish start the new year by doing something risky. There’s apparently two versions of it which are dated November 2010: I8700XENJK1: CS,DE,EN,FR,HU,IT,PL,SL and I8700BSEJK1 : EN,ET,LT,LV,RU,UK (AZ,BG,DE,FR,KA,KK,MK,RO,SR). No word yet on what is new in there or even if it is safe to flash them. But if you are in the mood just head over here to grab the files and the tools need to flash your device. BTW, according to the same website (which has a pretty good track record) there’s a Samsung I7850 (Omnia 8 ) Windows Phone 7 in the making and based on the model number I’m guessing that it will sport a hardware keyboard.

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HTC 7 Trophy and Samsung Omnia 7 now available at SFR in France

This one’s for my french readers. I wanted to let you know that the HTC 7 Trophy and the Samsung Omnia 7 are now available at SFR (there’s no Omnia 7 in stack right now thought. I discovered this earlier today (around 4AM) and at that time the HTC 7 Trophy was priced at €99 with a 2year contract (and a minimum of €50.5 per month) and the Samsung Omnia 7 was priced at €149 with a similar contract. This was definitely a bad move on SFR’s part compared to Orange’s offerings (all their WP7 phones have a €100 mail in rebate). But the good news is that SFR’s prices have now been updated! The HTC 7 Trophy is now at €1 after a €98 mail in rebate and the Omnia 7 is now at €49 after a €100 mail in rebate too. For my part I still don’t have a WP7 device and the promised review sample I was expecting this from MS is still nowhere to be seen…

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Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, Samsung Omnia 7 review round-up

I just wanted to give you the heads up on a couple in-depth reviews of the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and Samsung Omnia 7 review posted by the good folks at PhoneArena (US) and GSMArena (EU). As it is usually the case with both website their reviews cover all the hardware and software features of the phones and a lots of media including photo & video samples and walkthrough videos. As I’ve said before you can’t go wrong with any of the currently announced Windows Phone 7 handset but Samsung’s hardware seems to be the best match for the OS thanks to the Super-AMOLED screen (that’s if you can live with the PenTile-Matrix sub-pixel arrangement). Unfortunately HTC seems to have messed up the camera software (or the sensors used aren’t really that good) especially in video mode.

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Samsung Omnia 7 Hands-on Preview

Here’s my short hands-on preview of the Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7. You probably already the know the specifications by now so I won’t repeat them but simply point out that this will be the only Windows Phone 7 device launching with a Super-AMOLED display this year (along with the US version called the Samsung Focus). As you will see in the short video below, the device is super, super fast a smooth. This is basically the case on all the Windows Phone 7 devices I have played with today. To put it simply: You can’t go wrong with any of of them and frankly all the hands-on video will basically look the same no matter the OEM and hardware. The SnapDragon QSD 82500 is capable of shooting HD video at 25fps but it definitely looked a bit worse that what is possible on the Samsung Galaxy S powered by the Hummingbird chipset (keep in mind that the Omnia I had didn’t feature a final rom). Windows Phone 7 on the Super AMOLED screen just looks totally insane….Video and pictures after the break:

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Official Samsung Omnia 7 press shots and specifications

After LG’s Optimus 7 here comes the Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 handsets (know as the GT-i8700). This is not an official press release but the well connected SamsungHub blog  It is now up on Samsung’s russian website….has posted the official Omnia 7 press shots and specifications. As previously rumored, the Omnia 7 features a 4″ Super-AMOLED display, Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset (yeah..no MSM8255 :-( ), 5Mp camera with HD video recording, 1500mha battery and all the other usual stuff. More pictures after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 devices launching on October 21 with over 2000 applications on launch day

According to UK carrier 3, the Samsung Omnia 7 is scheduled to launch on October 21st (and packs a 4″ Super-AMOLED display) with a Marketplace filled with 2000 applications. We obviously won’t hear anything official until Monday’s announcement but the Oct 21 date has been hinted at several times in the past few weeks. Get your wallets ready.

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Another Samsung Omnia 7 aka Samsung GT-i8700 hands-on video

Apparently another video of the Samsung Omnia 7 aka Samsung GT-i8700 was uploaded to YouTube last night. This one is 13 Minutes long and features a French user located in Casablanca (Morocco) messing around with Samsung latest and greatest Windows Phone 7device. You will also see the rather small Samsung Hub (which contains Weather, News and Stocks tabs) in action similar to what we saw in the previous video that was taken down. The device is apparently headed to the French carrier SFR (Vodafone). Video after the break:

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Samsung Omnia 7 aka Samsung i8700 shows up in video

Here’s a shaky video of the Samsung Omnia 7 aka Samsung GT-i8700 Windows Phone 7 handset that is about to launch in the coming weeks. According to the poster (who is obviously lockated in Italy unlike like the previous one which was in Fance)the device sports a Super-AMOLED display. The 5Mp camera supposedly captures smooth HD video and the device packs a 1500Mha battery (and 8Gb of internal flash). You will also get a quick glimpse at what looks like Samsung’s meteo application. Check it out after the break:

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Samsung announces official support for Windows Phone 7

This shouldn’t come as a surprise given all the Windows Phone 7 Samsung handsets we have seen roaming freely and especially the fact that the Samsung Taylor (seen above) is one of the prototype handset used to develop the OS. Today Samsung is officially announcing its support for Microsoft’s new mobile platform and the launch of several Windows Phone 7 devices in Europe, US and Asia this year. Full press release after the break:

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Samsung GT-i8700 and Toshiba TG03 officially certified

The hotly anticipated Samsung GT-i8700 Windows Phone7 handset has just passed the GCF certification today. This device seems to be one of the most WP7 phone out of all the other we have seen leaked lately. Ironically, somebody how had the chance to use it told me that it definitely inst his favorite especially because of the ugly plastic backside that looks completely out of place compared to the front.

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More Samsung i8700 pictures: Sized-up against the Samsung Wave

The same person who shot the blurry Samsung i8700 video also posted a couple of blurry pictures too. You will see the GT-i8700 device compared to the Samsung Wave and frontal shot of the i8700 alone. Not much is said other that the usual stuff we already knew. The device is running an internal Windows Phone 7MS ROM (which has access to the “test” Marketplace) as seen in the video earlier. More pictures after the break:

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Samsung i8700 Windows Phone 7 handset shows up in blurry video

The Blurry cam is back and this time it is shooting the Samsung i8700 (Samsung Focus?) Windows Phone 7 handset. Unfortunately the video quality is really poor so you won’t see much other that the UI and OS running smoothly on the device. Hit the break to watch the whole thing:

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Samsung Cetus, Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and 3 other Windows Phone 7 devices hitting AT&T this fall

According to Engadget’s sources AT&T is expected to launch 6 Windows Phone 7 handsets this fall. The Samsung Cetus i917 which we already heard about, the Samsung Focus which I guess is the Samsung i8700 we saw lately, the HTC Surround which may be the HTC T8788 and 3 other device. If I had to guess I would say that the LG E900 and LG C900 are 2 of the unnamed devices and probably an other HTC handset (the HTC Schubert which has been spotted on ATT’s network ) but there’s no sign of the Dell Lightning.This should come as a surprise to anyone after the statement that AT&T will be the lead Windows Phone 7 launch partner in the US. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is also headed to the carrier’s roster.

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Samsung i8700 Windows Phone 7 device in the wild again

The mysterious Windows Phone 7 Samsung GT-i8700 device we saw a few weeks ago has just made another appearance today in the form of to pictures. Other than that there isn’t much information. Check out the second picture after the break:

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