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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ZTE Mango phone snapped in the wild

Photos of a ZTE device running Mango have appeared on the web earlier today. The device looks different from the other ZTE device we saw earlier this week and is colored in white. The phone will also ship with the Weibo Chinese social networking service pre-install via an application I guess based on the picture 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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Samung Focus touchscreen bug after NoDo update

I just came cross this video on YouTube which shows what appears to be a serious touchscreen bug affecting the Samsung Focus handsets updated to NoDo and the latest I917 firmware. I personally can’t reproduce this on the Omnia 7 and from the comments it definitely seems to be a Focus only bug when three fingers touch the screen. If I had to guess I would say that the newly introduced feature that prevents the capacitive buttons to be pressed when 2 fingers are already in contact with the screen is probably the cause of today’s issue. Video after the break:

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Enable HSUPA on the Samsung Focus after updating to Nodo

First lest start with the basics: HSDPA = High Speed Downlink Packet Access / HSUPA = HSUPA = High Speed Uplink Packet Access. Now, according to the buzz out there some Samsung Focus owners who have just recently received the NoDo update today (which includes an updated firmware) noticed that their device data connection was slower and found out that HSUPA was effectively disabled on the handset (was it ever enabled before anyway? I’ve seen people say that it has always been disabled). Now don’t ask me how having a slightly slower upload bandwidth can be noticed by the end user especially when 90% of the time data is being downloaded on the phone and the uplink requests are just a tiny fraction of the download packets, because from the tests I’ve just done on my Omnia 7 this has zero effect on the device’s download speed and is not noticeable at all when browsing (I ran bandwidth benches with HSUPA on/off) . Anyway this is mainly a placebo effect but just in case you want to enable HSDPA/HSUPA on the Samsung Focus hit the break:

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First Windows Phone 7 certified Micro-SD card shows up at AT&T

The ongoing Windows Phone 7 micro-sd saga is just got a little bit more interesting today with what looks like the first ever Windows Phone 7 certified Micro-SD card courtesy of SanDisk and AT&T. As you are probably already aware of; WP7 doesn’t really “officially” support memory extension with micro-sd. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Samsung had the bright idea to include a user accessible micro-sd expansion slot on the Focus so users can add more storage to the handset. Because of the way WP7 handles its memory partitioning the card has to apparently be certified by MS just to make sure that it won’t screw up your data after a while. So there you have it, this SanDisk 8GB Class 4 microSDHC is the first out of the gate. It will set you back 32$.

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Samsung eBook reader for Windows Phone 7: Hands on video review

As promised by Samsung back in October their Windows Phone7 eBook reader is now available for free to all Omnia 7 and Focus owners in the Samsung Zone section of the Marketplace. The application is relatively similar to the Android version which comes pre-loaded on Most Galaxy S devices and also nearly identical to the Windows Phone 7 Amazon Kindle app released earlier this year. You get access to the Kobo Ebook library so the first thing you’ll have to do is to setup up an account with them (it’s free and can be done directly within the application) and also with Adobe because the app uses their Reader Mobile technology. This wouldn’t be a problem if the app actually saved your password (it has the option to do so but as of right now it doesn’t and you’ll have to re-enter it ever time you download an eBook). Anyway, Samsung did a pretty good job here and has brought up the best alternative to Amazon’s Kindle on Windows Phone 7. Check out my hands on video after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 certified Micro-SD from PNY unveiled..maybe not

The ongoing Windows Phone 7 Micro-SD  support saga has now taken a new turn with the appearance of the first Windows Phone 7 certified Micro-SD 32GB card from PNY. Back in November, SanDisk posted a list of WP7 Samsung Focus certified cards , then took it down for no apparent reason and nothing was heard ever since on this subject. Keep in mind that Windows Phone 7 doesn’t “support” removable micro-sd cards and that doing so will void your devices warranty unless you have a Samsung Focus which has a user accessible slot.

UPDATE:Well scrap that. The only thing Windows Phone 7 compatible are the pre-loaded movies on the card not the micro-sd…. marketing lameness..

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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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Samsung Focus teardown

TechRepublic cracked the Samsung Focus open to check out its guts and see if there was anything of interest in there. As it was expected the device feature the famous Qualcomm QSD8250 SnapDragon Chipset and the following components (not that the Omnia 7 probably has exactly the same components):

- NEC MC-10170 imaging chip for the 5mpix camera (same as on the Samsung Galaxy S)
- Qualcomm PM7540 power management IC
- Micron OUA98 JW500 TQND
- SiliconBlue Technologies iCE65L04 Ultra Low-Power FPGA
- Avago Technolgies ACPM-5251, 4×5 UMTS Band I & Band V Dual-Band Power Amplifier Module with Integrated Coupler
- Skyworks SKY77336 Power Amplifier Module
- Fairchild Semiconductor FSA9280A USB 2.0 Accessory Detection Switch w/ 28V FET
- SanDisk SDIN4C2-8G 8GB NAND flash RAM
- Qualcomm RTR6285 UMTS/GSM/EDGE cellular transceiver
- This Samsung SWB-B23 Bluetooth IC (same ason the Galaxy S)
- Texas Instruments TPS65023B 6-channel Power Management IC
- Avago AFI037 1512BB
- Atmel MaXtouch mXT224 224-node touchscreen microcontroller (same as on the Galaxy S and the latest HTC smartphones like the EVO 4G, HD7, Incredible, Desire HD etc..)

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Microsoft to provide a list of Windows Phone 7 certified Micro-SD cards shortly

courtersy: Paul.T

Microsoft is apparently busy testing every Micro-SD cards out there to certify them for Windows Phone 7 according to senior product manager Greg Sullivan. Redmond is a bit late to the party and “didn’t have time” to do this prior to the launch of the devices more than a month ago. SanDisk already posted a list of certified / recommended cards last week (but took it done 2 days later)and you can also apply my little registry trick to turn you WP7 handset into a removable USB Drive if you have some time to spare.

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Five Windows Phone 7 and Samsung Focus compatible micro-sd cards certified by SanDisk

Yesterday I posted about  a Samsung support message claiming that the SanDisk 8GB Class 2 micro-sd was certified for the Windows Phone 7  Samsung Focus handset and that more “Windows Phone 7 Compatible” cards would be released soon. Well, it apparently didn’t take long before Sandisk updates its website with a list of Five WP7 certified micro-sd cards:

- SanDisk microSDHC_8GB
SDSDQY-8192-A11M

- SanDisk microSDHC_16GB
SDSDQY-016G-A11M

- SanDisk microSDHC_32GB
SDSDQ-032G-A11M

- SanDisk microSDHC_4GB
SDSDQ-004G-A11M

-SanDisk microSD_2 GB
SDSDQ-002G-A11M

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SanDisk 8GB Class 2 Micro-SD officially certified for the Samsung Focus. More Windows Phone 7 compatible cards coming

courtersy: Paul.T

Here’s a short follow up to the ongoing Windows Phone 7 micro-sd drama. Samsung has officially sated via its support site that the SanDisk 8GB Class 2 micro-sd is now certified for the Samsung Focus if a user wishes to use the on-board expansion slot:

Hi, actually the Samsung Focus has a 16GB internal memory and expandable up to 32GB. So you can insert a 32GB micro SD card on this device. However there are certain limitations when it comes to the micro SD card. Compatible micro SD cards will be branded as “Windows Phone 7 Compatible” on the packaging. Approved cards can be obtained from the manufacturer or carrier. (The SanDisk 8GB class 2 micro SD card has been certified.) Many commercially available retail micro SD cards are not approved for use in Windows Phone 7. Use of unapproved cards may cause performance degradation or device instability, including unexpected reset and loss of user data. A micro SD card class is not an indication of meeting Windows Phone 7 requirements.

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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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New Windows Phone 7 portal Launched: Samsung Focus launching on AT&T on November 8th

Microsoft has apparently launched it new Windows Phone 7 portal by accident and featured the US launch date of November 8 and the actual retail name of the Samsung Cetus launching on AT&T. The Cetus is going to be officially called the Samsung Focus as previously leaked and is definitely launching in early November in the US. Unfortunately Microsoft was quick to delete all this info which is now nowhere to be found on the portal.

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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 Cetus SGH-i916 Windows Phone 7 phone shows up in Canada

The Samsung Cetus Windows Phone 7 handset has just made an appearance in Canada according to the pictures shown here. As you can see the device is now name the Samsung SGH-i916 instead of i917 but this type of number change happens all the time when phone model support a certain type of radio.The handset looks slightly bigger than iPhone 4 but obviously features an AMOLED screen (but is it Super-AMOLED?). One more picture after the break:

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Samsung Cetus i917 shows up in Microsoft video

First-off, sorry of the big server downtime. The damn thing went down when I was posting this sorry more than 12hours ago and never came back. Thanks for the tips about the story afterwards but I only received them a few minutes ago (and I had already seen the video and the Samsung Cetus that was hiding in there :-) ). As you will see in the “Meet the Windows Phone 7 Team” Microsoft video below starting at 15:20 Charlie Kindel has a Samung Cetus i917 device in his hands:

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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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