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 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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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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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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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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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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Super AMOLED vs LCD outdoors visibility comparison: Omnia 7 vs Optimus 7 vs HTC HD2 vs Galaxy S

Here’s  a follow up to my previous Super AMOLED vs LCD comparison (and here) this time comparing the outdoors visibility of both screen technologies on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Galaxy S for the Super AMOLED and the LG Optimus 7 and HTC HD2 for the TFT LCD. There are lots of pictures (after the break) and all where shot with the brightness set to the same settings on all devices (some are  shot with it set to auto and others to full brightness) so it’s a really an apple to apple comparison. As you will see the Super AMOLED is just a tiny bit better that the LCD on the Optimus 7 (the difference is more noticeable in real life thought) but the HD2 is just a giant mirror compare to the other devices (the HTC HD7 has exactly the same screen btw):

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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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Super AMOLED vs LCD on the Samsung Omnia 7 and LG Optimus 7

Here’s short video update to my previous post about the color banding issue on Super AMOLED screens. Nothing really new here but I just wanted to show you how it looks like in “motion” just in case somebody thought that I doctored the pictures I posted two days ago. The issue here is the RGBG (Red Green Blue Green) PenTile Sub-Pixel arrangement coupled with the insanely high contrast on the Samsung Super-AMOLED panel. To be perfectly clear: according to Samsung’s specs the Super-AMOLED screens are 24bit panels (don’t know about the RGB TFT LCD on the LG but I guess that’s it’s just a 18bit panel that does 24bit with dithering) but I don’t know if Windows Phone 7is being rendered in 16bit or 32bit. If it’s the former, then moving to 32bit could partially fix the problem but Samsung can also do some adjustments to diminish the issue too. video after the break:

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The problem with Super AMOLED screens: Nasty color banding

Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen panel is gorgeous, especially when displaying  Windows Phone 7′s Metro UI (with the drak theme) unfortunately there are several ugly drawbacks. First, you have to live with fuzzy text because of the PenTile Matrix Sub-pixel arrangement. Secondly, you will witness sever color banding, thanks in parts to the same PenTile Matrix (it is RGBG compared to a regular RGB lcd…) and also to the extremely vibrant and high color contrast of the screen. I took two photos to show you how ugly it can look like on the Samsung Omnia 7 vs the regular TFT LCD screen of the LG Optimus 7. This is really a problem especially for developers who now have to pay close attention to the assets they are using when building their applications. I’m not entirely sure if the OS is currently running at 32bit color depth but if I had to guess I would say that it is probably set at 16bit (could be wrong thought). Moving up to 32bit could potentially diminish the problem a bit on Samsung’s AMOLED screens. Samsung can also tweak the amplitude of the modulation of the sub-pixels to reduce the problem. One more picture after the break:

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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 Cetus i917 Windows Phone 7 live pictures

The leaks won’t stop! He re are the first live pictures of the Samsung CetusSGH-i917 Windows Phone 7 handset. It looks fairly similar to the Samsung Galaxy S and the screen is definitely AMOLED (most probably Super-AMOLED). The device is expected to launch on AT&T this fall. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had the same specification as the other leaked Samsung WP7 handset we saw last week. More pictures after the break:

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Samsung Cetus SGH-i917 approved by the FCC and headed to AT&T

It didn’t take long after the for the FCC to approved the Samsung Cetus / SGH-i917 just one week after it was certified by the BT SIG. From the looks of it the Cetus seems to be a little rounder than the Galaxy S but apparently features the same 4″ screen. The phone is all bound to be released on AT&T which has already announced that it will be the premier Windows Phone 7 operator in the US. So which one looks more interesting to you: the Cetus, Asus or HTC ?

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Samsung Cetus SGH-i917 Windows Phone 7 handset revealed

Looks like Samsung’s first Windows Phone 7 handset is going to be the SGH-i917 aka Samsung Cetus according to the BlueTooth SIG. The Cetus will apparently feature a 4″ AMOLED (or super-AMOLED) display a 5Mpix camera, a front facing camera etc…:

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