Samsung has announced the release of the Omnia Pro 4 Windows Phone today for European markets. It will sell for 300 EUR (about $380 USD) and it's not running Windows Phone 7. Instead, it is running Windows Mobile 6.5.3.
The phone was announced back in June and sports a 320x320, 2.6" QVGA touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wifi connectivity, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot. It's a nice looking Windows Phone and while the Omnia Pro 4 won't see a Windows Phone 7 upgrade, it's nice to see Windows Mobile getting a little attention.
One of the nice features on many of the newer Bluetooth accessories is the ability to update the firmware. BlueAnt Wireless has a handful of Bluetooth headphones and speakers that can be updated reducing the need to replace your Bluetooth accessory.
We recently reviewed BlueAnt's S4 Bluetooth Speaker (which is firmware updateable) and discovered that BlueAnt had released an updated firmware version. Firmware Version 1.6 is reported to enhance the integration with BING-411 and newer phones and improve voice prompts.
The update process for the S4 is similar to that for BlueAnt's T1, Q1, V1, Z9i and Z9. Curious how the update process went? Ease on past the break to learn more about BlueAnt's update process and how the latest update effected the S4.
'CrossTalk', available soon for Android and Blackberry, supports GoogleTalk, AIM, MSN, Facebook and even Blackberry Messenger (BBM). That last one is pretty huge in our book and could go a long way to woo Crackberry addicts from their devices. Talk to any Blackberry user and they'll tell you BBM is one of the reasons why they stay with the aging platform.
Here's hoping the app runs smoothly and fills our needs. Below are some screen shots from the Android app. No word on how similar it will look on WP7, but we'll keep an eye on it.
Luckily, the fine folks over at Pocketnow have done a more proper comparison between the iPhone, LG GW910 (unfinished build of WP7) and Android 2.2 ('Froyo'), loading a few different websites in the process.
Conclusion? Well, for being "unfinished" and a near v1.0, Mobile Internet Explorer actually holds it own. One could only imagine it will get better with the final release and then hopefully some occasional updates. But overall, it looks quite usable and even smoother than Android.
The question is straight forward: how are you feeling about the hardware so far?
Granted, we don't know a lot of the detailed specs, so this is sort of unfair. On the other hand, just going by aesthetics alone and general feel, we know some of you have opinions on the issue. Plus we can always revisit the topic in the fall.
Well, it was just a matter of time before 3rd party developers come up with a way to mimic the ZuneHD/Windows Phone 7 start menu on Android--actually, we're kind of shocked it took this long.
'Zune Home Launcher' is not a bad beginning, though we'd argue it misses the best part of 'Metro': the dynamic start tiles. In fact, the "list as a Start menu" thing is probably the weakest part of Metro at this point (we're not looking to endless scrolling, something already common on Android).
Looking for a Star Wars app that will have your Windows Phone growl like a Wookie? Comment on the powers of the dark side of the Force?
If so, XDA Developers member bo11ux has developed an app that might fit the bill. The Star Wars Sounds app is a soundboard highlighting twelve characters from the popular sci-fi movie.
Simply tap on the icon for a particular character to hear the sound bite. Each character has three sound bites except for Darth Vadar who has four. Sound quality is a little choppy on some of the phrases but this simple app is a fun addition for the Star Wars fan in all of us. You can download the .cab file here.
Finally, details are starting to leak out regarding some hardware for Windows Phone 7. Although we don’t get much more information about Samsung’s Cetus than we did from the Bluetooth SIG we do get some (blurry) pictures courtesy of Engadget.
We do know from previous leaks that we’re looking at a 4” WVGA AMOLED screen and the minimum 5MP Camera; and if you squint just right you can make out the rumored front facing VGA camera. Current rumors are putting this phone as one of AT&T’s launch devices. These pictures do show a much more curvy profile than the other Samsung WP7 device we saw floating around last week; perhaps we’re looking at a couple of Samsung phones in the not-too-distant future?
Is the sleek black slab look enough for you? Watcha think? See more pictures after the break.
...[Microsoft] says that torrents represent an unknown legal issue which would violate their policy...
Legal or not, it sounds like Microsoft just does not want to touch the controversial file-sharing system with a 10-foot pole and would rather just avoid the whole issue (and thus maintaining their relationships with their software partners, natch). Here is a case-difference between WP7 and Android as theGoogle's market place does allow 'DTor' to be sold, no questions.
Some good news? Blue Planet Apps does plan to port over RoboPrint and BioLock to Windows Phone 7 (mentioned on Twitter here and here).
Update: BluePlanet clarifies in comments that Microsoft is not 100% against a BitTorrent app, but rather this is all new for them so they're taking it step by step on these grey area programs.
Fun factoid: Windows Mobile was the first mobile OS to have a BitTorrent client, Adisasta's WMTorrent, which is still available and is quite a nice program.