New Samsung Omnia 7 firmware with internet sharing available: I8700XXKI4

Want that fancy WiFi Hotspot internet sharing Tethering feature on you Windows Phone 7 device? If you are a Samsung Omnia 7 owner today is your lucky day. T-Mobile Germany pushed out a new firmware last night version I8700XXKI4 with the tethering / Internet Sharing feature enabled (thanks for the tip guys!). I’m a nice guy so I grabbed the firmware file and uploaded it so you can manually install it on your handset. Follow the instructions below (same a before and I’m not responsible if it doesn’t work for you):

- Download the firmware here (remember that’s not the OS but only the firmware bits) then download the WPupdate tools from here.
- Unzip the Tools in a folder then unzip the firmware in the same folder as the tools.
- Plug in your device, wait until the Zune client starts and then close it.
- Run the the Updater and press S or B (depending on the size of your balls..)
- your phone will then reboot in download mode and update (don’t unplug it or do stupid things with your PC during the whole process..)

Please note that this won’t work if you are running the latest I8700XXKI3 firmware from SFR (there’s a conflict with the 5.9.1.4 bootloader and maybe others too) so you will have to painfully revert back to an older firmware like the T-Mobile RC1 here (I8700XXKH2).

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HTC Titan performance compared to 1st Generation Windows Phone 7 handsets

Time to show you how the gigantic HTC Titan performance compared to a first generation QSD8250 powered Windows Phone 7 handsets. As you will see in the video embedded after the break, the Titan is simply perfectly smooth at all times unlike the Samsung Omnia 7 which has a hard time rendering the live tiles when scrolling fast, the Webbrower controls embedded in third-party Silverlight applications and also panorama controls are now perfectly smooth in all applications. The Titan also often loads big games faster than the Omnia 7 and simply destroys the Samsung devices in HW accelerated HTML5 rendering (watch the video until the end..). This is really a combination of the 1.5Ghz Scorpion CPU in the MSM8255 and also the more powerful Adreno205 GPU.

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HTC Titan’s screen outdoor visibility

It’s now a well known fact that the HTC Titan‘s 4.7″ SLCD screen is gigantic but what I really wanted to test was its outdoor visibility compared to the Super AMOLED displays from Samsung which are currently the best in this lighting situation. The first thing you will notice on the HTC Titan and HTC Radar is that unlike all of HTC’s previous handsets there’s no air gap at all between the glass (Gorilla Glass here) and the display panel. The result is that contrast, viewing angles and outdoor visibility are greatly improve because there’s less light refraction and dispersion messing things up. As you will see in the pictures below outdoors visibility is nearly identical on the HTC Titan and Samsung Omnia 7.

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HTC Titan HD video recording hands on and compared to the Omnia 7

One of the main differentiating feature of the HTC Titan is its new 8 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, dual LED flash, and BSI sensor. Thanks to the MSM8255 SoC the device is now capable of shooting 720P videos at 30fps (25fps for the 1st gen Windows Phone 7 handsets).

So how do the videos look like ? Well, I shot two of them on the Titan and the Samsung Omnia 7 both at the same time so you can directly compare them. The first thing you will notice is the higher frame of the Titan video and its higher level of motion blur which seems to be caused by a slower shutter speed. This results in a steadier video shoot compared to the Omnia 7′s jerky mess. The only downside of the Titan is th super slow auto-exposure control which can be really annoying in some situations(the Omnia 7 colors are more natural). Both camera also have continuous auto-focus (it’s a hit-or-miss feature as you can see sometimes both devices have a hard time focusing depending on the lighting situtation.). As of right now the HTC Titan features the best camera that HTC has ever packed in a one of their handsets. The 720P videos shots on the HTC Titan are btter than the 1080P ones shot on the HTC Sensation. For you information the the First HTC Titan is 75MB while the Omnia 7 is 45MB (the Titan encodes at 10Mbs and has 5 more fps while the Omnia 7 encodes at 6Mbs). Check out both videos after the break and tell me what you think and if you want me to show you anything else.

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What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Want to know what’s really inside the latest and greatest Android handsets? Engadget, with the help of Android developer Francois Simond compiled  the full list of all the hardware found inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus :

Silicon

  • CPU: Texas Instruments OMAP4460 (same as the Droid RAZR), 2047.7 BogoMIPS
  • GPU: Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540 (highler clocked version than the one in the HummingBird SoC)
  • WiFi / Bluetooth module: Broadcom BCM4330 (same as in the Galaxy S II)
  • Audio codec: Texas Instruments TWL6040
  • HDMI: Silicon Image MHD SiI9234 transmitter over MHL (same as Infuse 4G and GSII)
  • USB Switch: Fairchild semiconductors fsa9480
  • Framebuffer controller: Samsung S6E8AA0 MIPI LCD with Gamma correction driver

Sensors

  • Geomagnetic sensor: Brand new tri-axial Yamaha YAS530
  • TouchScreen sensor: Melfas MMSxxx touchscreen
  • Optical / proximity sensor: GP2A (same as Galaxy S and Nexus S)
  • Barometric pressure sensor: BOSCH BMP180
  • Triaxial acceleration sensor: BOSCH BMA250
  • Triple Axis MEMS Gyroscope: InvenSense MPU3050
  • Fuel Gauge (algorithm to track battery’s state of charge): MAXIM MAX17040

Misc. internals

  • Facial recognition elements (Face Unlock): left eye, right eye, nose base, head, face
  • Available resolution for standard apps: 720 x 1184px
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • LCD Density: 320
  • Default display color depth: 32bit
  • Camera uses OMAP Ducati Subsystem, on-screen preview size is 768 x 576
  • Linux kernel: 3.0.1 compiled for SMP with voluntary kernel preemption for best interactivity
  • Android ROM: version 4.0.1, built October 13, 2011
  • Device name: Maguro
  • Main input/output type supported: Headphone, Speaker, Microphone, Bluetooth, Voice, FM, S/PDIF over HDMI; USB Audio DAC (digital-to-audio converter with USB input and stereo outputs) should also be supported

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus is officially official

Good day folks! The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has now been made official a few hours ago alongside Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. In terms of hardware specifications there’s nothing we didn’t already know yesterday so please refer to this post for the full comprehensive list of the device’s internals and externals. Does it look sexy ? Well that 4.67″ HD Super AMOLED screen is definitely a winner even though the overall design looks relatively close to last year’s Google Nexus S. Inside the beast is a TI OMAP 4460 SoC which includes the well regarded PowerVR SGX540 GPU (clocked higher than the original version) similar to what is powering the just announced Motorola Droid RaZR (early benchmark results here). As we have seen in the full specification yesterday there’s also going to be an LTE version of it which will launch later and bit a tiny bit thicker that the regular GSM variant launching in Asia, Europe and North America in November. The only thing missing is the internal MicroSD slot which isn’t mentioned in the official press release.
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Hardware Specifications

That’s it folks, we finally have the full hardware specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus formerly known as the Nexus Prime. As previously guessed the SoC powering the handset is a Texas Instrument OMAP4460 Dua-Core CPU clocked at 1.2Ghz coupled with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU (clocked higher than the one initially found in the Hummingbird SoC of the Original Samsung Galaxy. The Galaxy Nexus also sport a gigantic 4.7inch Super AMOLED HD screen (1280×720 but only 1196×720 usable throughout the OS because of the onscreen hardware buttons).  It also packs 1GB or RAM, 32GB of internal Storage and a MicroSD expansion slot. On the imaging front the The Galaxy Nexus has a 5MPx camera on the back which can shoot 1080P videos plus a 1.3MP camera on the front. Check out the full specs after the break:

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First Samsung Galaxy Nexus Prime benchmarks

Someone using a prototype or developer version of the soon to be announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus (or Nexus Prime) has submitted GLBenchmark scores indicating that the handset is powered by a TI OMAP 4460 Dual-Core SoC clocked at 1.2Ghz. This may be disappointment to some but unfortunately the way it is because TI is the development partner for Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich (similar to how NVIDIA’s Tegra was Android 3.0‘s primary platform etc.) You can also note that the screen resolution is reported to be 1196 x 720 instead of 1280×720 because of the on-screen “hardware buttons”.

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Update your Samsung Omnia 7 to the latest I8700XXKI3 firmware now

Here’s my little gift for you this weekend. I just managed to download the latest Samsung Omnia 7 I8700XXKI3 Firmware package wish was pushed out by SFR yesterday and I’m giving it back to you so you can manually update your device following the same instructions I posted a few days ago when the latest Samsung Mango firmware was pushed. Please remember that if something goes wrong you will be on your own. Words of advise before attempting to update your handset: If it doesn’t work you will most probably get two different error:

- 800705B4 : Time out error which happens on many Omnia 7 depending on how much free storage you have left. Solution: hard reset you handsets.
- 8018001E: There’s a conflict with the current bootloader on your handsets (happened to me with the latest Mango firmware): Solution: you are screwed. Roll back to a previous bootloader/firmware

Here are the instructions:

- Download the firmware here (remember that’s not the OS but only the firmware bits) then download the WPupdate tools from here.
- Unzip the Tools in a folder then unzip the firmware in the same folder as the tools.
- Plug in your device, wait until the Zune client starts and then close it.
- Run the the Updater and press S or B (depending on the size of your balls..)
- your phone will then reboot in download mode and update (don’t unplug it or do stupid things with your PC during the whole process..)

Report back if it works for you. If not then please take a look at all the messages in the previous post before posting.

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Google Android 4.0 and Nexus Prime event to take place on October 19th

Google and Samsung have re-scheduled the canceled October 11th launch event of Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Google Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Prime aka Samsung i9250 ) to October 19th in Hong Kong at around 10PM EST. Inserting times ahead… I’m really eager to see how the Honeycomb UI has be shrunk down to work on smartphone. The early look we had last week didn’t really seem exciting to me but let’s wait until we have more info before passing judgment.

New Samsung Omnia 7 Mango firmware rolled out: I8700XXKI3

A new Samsung Omnia 7 firmware has been rolled-out today by french carrier SFR along side it’s Mango update push. I unfortunately don’t have the update (because I unbranded my SFR Omnia 7 handset) and don’t have the firmware bites either yet. As you can see below it’s newer than the previous I8700XXKH5 firmware released during the initial Mango roll out phase and most probably based on the engineering SFR firmware leaked a few weeks ago:

OS Version: 7.10.7720.68
Firmware revision number: 2424.11.9.3
Hardware revision number: 3.15.0.4
Radio software version: 2424.11.9.1
Radio hardware version: 0.0.0.800
Bootloader version: 5.9.1.4
Chip SOC version: 0.36.2.0

It would be awesome if If a brave soul is willing to send me the firmware bits so we can manually flashed it.

Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

 

 

HTC and Samsung to increase Windows Phone marketing budgets

Thankfully Microsoft isn’t putting all of its eggs in the same basket and won’t rely only on Nokia to correctly market Windows Phone this fall. According to Andy Less, Samsung and HTC are going to increase the marketing budgets for Windows Phones this year. This is in line with what was announced in the Samsung / Microsoft patent deal a few days ago. Unfortunately we have yet to see any compelling marketing effort around Mango but one can only hope that things will change in the comings weeks.

One thing bothers me though: Where the hell is the Samsung Focus S and its European variant? Samsung has officially only announced the Omnia W which is the European version of the Samsung Focus Flash (that was never really announced by Samsung but only outed by AT&T). One has to wonder if Microsoft is asking them to lay low for a bit until Nokia finally unveils its Windows Phone products…

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Google Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 event canceled


Just a few minutes after the Samsung Google Nexus Prime blurry video leaked Samsung and Google have announced in a mail statement that the Android 4.0 and Google Nexus Prime (Galaxy Nexus..) launch event was postponed / canceled:

Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.

There’s still no way to know if today’s leak is in any way related to the decision to cancel / postpone the event. Wild speculation on my part: If it isn’t because of hardware / software issues then it may be related to Steve Jobs death. If his funeral service is set to be on October 11th then Samsung took the right decision. /speculation

Update: It now appears that Jobs death is the reason of the event cancellation according to sources. The new date hasn’t been set yet.

Update: Samsung’s official statement:

“We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing,”

Samsung Google Nexus Prime hands on video and Android 4.0 screenshots

The blurry cam is back in full force today with the first video of the Samsung Google Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Nexus or Samsung i9250..) alongside a handful of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) screenshots. It definitely looks like the the screen curvature is similar to the Nexus S (only the glass is curved not the display panel itself). The are tons of conflicting hardware specifications floating around lately so I won’t post them here the only thing that is somewhat confirmed is the 1280×720 screen resolution. I’m not really sure about that but the 3 “hardware” buttons and the bottom of the screen seems to actually be onscreen icons ? Anyway, everything will be known on October 11th anyway. Hit the break to check out the video and the Android 4.0 screenshots:

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Samsung Google Nexus Prime teased in video and picture

Samsung and Google are apparently ready to rain on Apple’s iPhone 4S parade in a couple of days with the probable unveiling of the Google Nexus Prime handset which is according to the leaked picture below, sporting a 1280×720 4.67″ Screen. A recently uploaded teaser video also shows an extremely curved device somewhat similar to the Google Nexus S even though this one seems to be even more pronounced. Is till can’t see what is the appeal of such a design especially if only the glass is curved and not the display panel itself ( same as on the Nexus S). The announced should take place on October 11th during CTIA so be on the look out for some relatively nice hardware specifications and the introduction of Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich.
Video and picture after the break
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Samsung and Google to unveil Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Nexus Prime on October 11th

No matter what happens between Microsoft and Samsung, the Korean handset maker is still for the time being Google’s biggest Android partner and as such they are both apparently going to unveil the latest iteration of the Android OS dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich and the rumored Google Nexus Prime on October 11th during CTIA in San Diego. This event is obviously meant to kill the iPhone 5 buzz which will start on October 4th and the only unknown yet is the date of Nokia’s unveiling of its first Windows Phone. It’s widely accepted that this will happen during Nokia World on October 26th but we’ve also heard contradicting info saying that this wouldn’t happen there. Only time will tell but If I was Microsoft or Nokia I wouldn’t wait 3 weeks after the iPhone 5 and Android 4 is announced to counter both especially now that Mango is out and that the first handsets are going to hit retail and carriers.

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Samsung signs patent licensing deal with Microsoft for Android and Windows Phone

Microsoft just scored a major win today with Samsung. The Software giant will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android. That’s going to be a whole lot money given the gigantic number of Android devices  that Samsung is currently selling (the Galaxy S II has already reached the 10 Million units milestone). It was rumored that Microsoft was asking $15 for every Android device manufactured so you can bet that Microsoft is quite happy about this deal and you can bet that the Google Motorola acquisition played a big role in this deal (Samsung must have seen that it would help the whole patent situation in the longer and decided to side with Microsoft instead). Samsung will apparently also cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone. Who said that Samsung was abandoning Windows Phone ? Oh yes..rumors.. Full press release after the break:

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New Samsung Omnia 7 Mango Firmware leaked: I8700XXKH5

A new Mango firmware for the Samsung Omnia 7 was leaked this morning if you are interested in such things. This one is SFR branded (French carrier) but is labeled as engineering and packs the latest I8700XXKH5 firmware which is the one pushed out yesterday and the same one I posted in my manual update guide too. The only difference here is that you will probably get an SFR boot screen and there apps pre-installed on the device. You can grab it here (flashtools here).

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Manually update the Samsung Omnia 7 Firmware to Mango

As you probably already know I was one of the few people who was running the leaked T-Mobile RC1 Mango firmware on my Samsung Omnia 7. Unfortunately this resulted in me being stuck with it and not being able to get the official firmware via the normal channel (Zune software/device notification). The only solution I had left was to flash by device back to a NoDo package and then wait or force today’s Mango update on it. Well, I didn’t want to loose any of my data or waste that much time so I tried something else. I grabbed the Samsung Firmware package (thanks to the brave soul who sent it to me) which is a simple CAB file and sent it to my Omnia 7 plugged into my PC. Voila, I now have the latest bits on my phone in less than 10 mins without loosing anything.

All you have to to is:

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