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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What’s new in the Samsung Omnia 7 Mango firmware

I finally took the time to flash yesterday’s leaked Omnia 7 Mango I8700XXKH2 firmware and used it for a few hours to try to see if there was anything new in there. First off you must remember that this is an engineering T-Mobile DE ROM that includes all of the carriers apps that can easily be uninstalled afterwards. Thankfully it also includes several fixes and improvements that I’m going to list below:

1) Updated camera driver: Touch-focus now works (instead of simply touch-to-capture), Bing Vision no longer looses focus and correctly adjusts the white balance in low light environments.
2) Updated Motion Sensors driver: Digital Compass is now faster and more accurate. The accelerator is also faster when switching orientation in Internet Explorer.
3) Updated Radio software: WiFi and Cellular data transfers appear to be faster (applications downloads are faster as are page loading times in IE9)
4) The hidden WiFi Network feature is now available.
5) Bing Music is now faster and more accurate (updated mic driver + radio update I guess)
6) Option to select 2G or 3G data connection. Not really new but nice to have it back (thanks for the reminder in the comments)

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Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7.5 Mango firmware released

If you are a Samsung Omnia 7 owners who isn’t afraid to void your device’s warranty just get you self ready to flash with te first Mango firmware later today. An engineering version I8700XXKH2 dated August will soon be leaked for our own pleasure. A flash able version of the I8700XXKD1 NoDo firmware dated April will also be leaked just in case you want to mess with it. Just keep in mind that both firmwares are not official releases, especially the Mango one which seems to be the RC1 of the final code slated to be rolled out later this year. Which should expect update SoC, Motion sensors and Camera drivers though.

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Samsung announcing new handsets on September 1st

HTC apparently isn’t the only handset manufacturer scheduled to unveil something on September 1st (the first day of the IFA convention in Berlin). Samsung has also launched a short video teasing campaign about the Samsung Unpacked event which is set to take place on this day. As you will see in the videos after the break the mysterious device is undoubtedly a phone but the OS is still a mystery (also the Bada and Android versions of the Samsung unpacked application are promoted at the very end). The waves and beach in the videos could also hint at the release of a new Samsung Wave / Bada phone too. Guessing is all we can do right now.

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Qualcomm Adreno 205 vs Adreno 220 / HTC Sensation vs HTC Flyer, HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S

Here’s s quick compilation of benchmark results comparing the Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU vs Adreno 220 GPU found in the HTC Sensation (as part of the MSM8260 SoC). The are several things to note here: First, the Adreno 205 found in the HTC Flyer and HTC Desire HD are most probably not clocked at the same speed (The MSM8255 is clocked at 1Ghz in the Desire HD compared to1.5Ghz in the HTC Flyer). Secondly, THe screen resolution are different on each handsets:

- HTC Desire HD: 800X480
- Samsung Galaxy S: 800×480
- HTC Sensation: 960×540
- HTC Flyer: 1024×600

Thirdly, the driver versions are obviously not the same on all devices so you shouldn’t take those results as granted, they are just an indication of how these GPUs stack up against each other in synthetic benchmarks. The now famous and awesome PowerVR SGX540 is also included in the mix. Check the results after the break:

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New Samsung Omnia 7 Firmware coming soon ?

Apparently a handful of French Samsung Omnia 7 users have been complaining about numerous issues with their handset back in Mai/June of this year and decided to contact Samsung France about it. The company’s “community manager” finally answered today by claiming that “an upcoming Firmware update is on the way in the coming weeks which should fix most of the issues and allow/prepare the device to update to Mango.”

I have to admit that I remain skeptical principally because of the following things:

1) The complains where made before the recently pushed Firmware update

2) Most of the complains are about things that are either related to the OS (No ditherer get) and have been already “fixed” by Mango or simple Radio related issues that are carrier/location depended (poor signal, cuts during voice conversations etc..)

I personally haven’t encounter any major problem with the Omnia 7 and I’m also in located in France (but running the most up to date KC1 firmware which has been available for a while now) and Mango is perfectly functional with the current Firmwares so this is a bit strange.

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New Samsung Omnia 7 firmware leaked: I8700XXKD1


A new Samsung Omnia 7 firmware dated April 2011 and labeled I8700XXKD1 has just been leaked today. I unfortunately don’t have time to flash it right now to find out if there’s anything new compared to the previous XKC1 firmware and the recent update that has been pushed out to the device earlier this week.
I will have to flash it later which means going back to NoDo then re-update my phone to Mango Beta 2. Kinda annoying but if you guys want me to do it leave me a comment below and I’ll try to take some time tonight to perform the test.

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Windows Phone 7 device firmware updates being rolled out for Omnia 7, Optimus 7 and others

Several Windows Phone devices have firmware updates now available to instal when the handset is plugged in the the PC. Keep in mind that these will only update the firmware part and not the OS itself. As of right now several models are part of the roll out: the Samsung Omnia 7, HTC Mozart, LG Optimus 7. There nothing to really get excited about here folks and in the case of the Omnia 7 this update doesn’t included the latest bootloader available for the device which can be manually installed here (but it does include the disable capacitive hardware buttons when the screen is touched). As a matter of fact I didn’t even get the update notification at all.

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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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Another Samsung Windows Phone Mango device in the works: the GT-i8350

Samsung is apparently prepping another Windows Phone 7 device for this fall’s Mango launch but this time this one looks to be a lowered-end model based on its number: GT-i8350. As you already know the Omnia 7 is the GT-i8700 and based on Samsung naming convention the more powerful the hardware gets, the higher its model number is. Galaxy S = i9000, Galaxy S II = i9100 etc.. It’s highly probable that  the GT-i8350 will be using Qualcomm’s MSM7230 SoC like the rumored HTC Ignite and Prime.

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Microsoft negotiating Android licensing deal with Samsung


Microsoft has been signing licensing agreements with lots of Android ODMs and OEMs in the past few weeks, but besides HTC’s deal which was signed in April 2010 no other major phone manufacturer has agreed to the same terms. Motorola declined and is now being sued by Redmond, but Samsung is apparently currently trying to negotiate behind closed doors with the software giant.

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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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$25 Amazon Gift Card with Purchase of Windows Phone 7 handset

Amazon Wireless is running a promotion ending June 30th on their Windows Pone 7 catalog: If you buy a WP7 handsets between midnight, May 30, 2011, and 11:59 p.m. PDT, June 30, 2011 you will receive a $25 amazon.com Gift card. Four of the seven devices available are only priced at $0.01! Check them out after the break:

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HTC Windows Phone 7 handset with 12 MP camera in the wild


The infamous E.Murtazin is apparently in the possession of an upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset that features a 12 MegaPixel camera capable of shooting uncompressed RAW images. This is definitely more realistic than the rumored 16MP HTC handset and also really inserting because RAW shooting will probably be a first for a smartphone (correct me if I’m wrong). Eldar has already confirmed that it is not a Nokia handset and given his “close ties” with the Korean company I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a Samsung device. Remember that I already told you that Samsung was currently working on a high-end Windows Phone 7 Mango device so this could possibly be what Murtazin has in his hands right now.

UPDATE: The device is apparently and HTC handset as seen in the photos below (design looks similar to the HTC Trophy and is probably the HTC Mazaa which is probably the Torphy look-alike equipped with a Gyroscope shown and used during the MIX sessions and keynotes).

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SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S II for free

Samsung Galaxy SII ( Samsing GT-i9100) users can now freely SIM unlock their devices in just a few minutes similar to what was possible on the Samsung Galaxy S. All you have to do is download the following application :

Market link (mobile): here

Market link (desktop): here

and run it on the device. It may take a few minutes for the application to find the code on the handsets and sometimes this code may be wrong but it’s worth a shot.

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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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Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Gingerbread Android 2.3 roll out starting this month

Following last month’s false start Samsung is now officially announcing that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab is going to debut this month in the UK and other Nordic countries then quickly followed by other European countries. Samsung isn’t well known for painless updates but one can admit that at the very least the company isn’t forgetting it’s millions of Android users.

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Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus update issues still not fixed

 

Patience is a virtue, right? Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus will unfortunately still have to wait for their Windows Phone 7 Nodo and security updates according to Microsoft’s latest post on the situation.

I know some of you are eager for news on the Omnia 7 and Focus issues I discussed last week. We’re making progress, but I don’t have anything new to report just yet. As soon as I do, I’ll let you know.

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Windows Phone 7 Samsung update issues explained

Microsoft’s Eric Hautala has just posted an update on the current update situation regarding the issues faced with some of Samsung’s handsets, namely the Omnia 7 and a small batch of Focus in the US. As you probably already know the Samsung Omnia 7 NoDo roll out has been halted last week be cause of unknown technical issues. A new update package is required but no date has been announced yet. This is also the main reason why today’s 7392 security update isn’t apparently being pushed out to Omnia 7 handsets worldwide.

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