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Samsung has mentioned on the company's blog that its Omnia M will be released in Europe soon. The handset, which was announced just days after the US-bound Focus 2, will feature a four-inch Super AMOLED display with a glare-reduction coating, along with Samsung-specific apps and 25GB of SkyDrive cloud storage.
(Update: no?) Talk of Windows Phone 8, or Apollo, dropping backwards compatibility with existing phones may be false. A video interview (below) with Microsoft Evangelist Nuno Silva posted by Portugese site Zwame suggested that "all" Windows Phone devices, even from the first generation, would get the next version of the mobile OS. He was explicit in mentioning early models, such as the LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7, as qualifying.
Samsung will launch three Windows Phone-powered smartphones this year, China's WP Dang claimed. At least one of them would be LTE-capable, and went through FCC testing last month under the previously mentioned Mandel codename. The handsets are thought due to arrive during the second half of the year.
Nokia's signature Windows Phone mapping tool, Nokia Drive, has already escaped into the wild. Anecdotes from a WMPoweruser reader have shown the turn-by-turn GPS app running on a Samsung Omnia 7 and have said the app package, or XAP, works on other phones. It's not clear what Nokia can do to keep the app in check, although it may try requiring later versions to get map data.
Microsoft has held a formal event to launch a trio of Windows Phone 7 Mango handsets in India. The launch was held at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi on Wednesday, where Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik announced the impending arrival of the HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and the Acer Allegro. The first of the three to land on the Indian market will be HTCís Radar, which arrives next week.
Samsung has officially launched the Omnia W, its first Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) smartphone. The device centers on a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display with an 800x480 resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz processor matched with 512MB of RAM. It also incorporates some Samsung-only touches, including access to an e-book client.
Samsung may be upgrading its next Windows Phone 7 smartphone with a 1.4GHz processor and NFC support, a purportedly reliable source revealed Tuesday. The phone has been identified tentatively as the Omnia W by WMPowerUser. Along with the speed and short-range wireless support, it's rumored to come with a 3.7 inch screen, 512MB of RAM, and a five-megapixel camera.
A leaked UA profile for a handset from Samsung called the GT-i8350 reveals it will run Internet Explorer 9 mobile web browser. This leads many to believe this will be one of the first Windows Phone Mango handsets, with the OS likely to be called Windows Phone 7.1 or 7.5. Mentions of the device are also found on Samsung's UK support site, though the page is thus far just a marker, with no real information present.
An industry contact said Wednesday that Apple had snapped up a key LG executive for its Korean division. LG Smartphone Business VP Dominique Oh would now be the general manager for Apple Korea and replace the longstanding Andrew Sedgewick, who had been in the top spot since 2001. The Yonhap tip wasn't completely certain as it hadn't been confirmed by Apple or by Oh.
Samsung has released its own patch for its Windows Phone 7-powered Omnia 7 smartphone that should fix previous bricking issues when Microsoft' update was applied. Microsoft has since stopped the update for the handset. The 23MB patch correctly puts through the 7392 security update and makes sure it can get future releases.