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A leaked "end of life" list has surfaced from Verizon Wireless that takes every Windows Phones off Verizon's shelves.

According to the document the HTC Touch Pro 2 has seen it's last days (EOL 6/29/2010) while the HTC Imagio, Ozone and Samsung Omnia 2 have their days seriously numbered (EOL 3/31/2011). All of which essentially wipes Verizon's slate clean of all Windows Phones.

Verizon isn't just axing Windows Phones. Android, Blackberry and Palm devices also make an appearance on the list. However, with Verizon rumored to be giving Windows Phone 7 the cold shoulder, could this be the end of a Verizon Windows Phone?  Or is Verizon warming up to Windows Phone 7 and simply cleaning off the shelves to make room for WP7 inventory?

via: precentral.com source: phonedog.com

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Samsung Omnia Pro 4 released

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.

via: Unwired.com

 

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Samsung Cetus Pictured

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.

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Not much is known or evidently can be said about this device, but it appears Samsung is tossing around another prototype device featuring Windows Phone 7.

Perhaps it's the Cetus (SGH-i917)?

Though rather large and blocky, the device seems to feature, unsurprisingly, an AMOLED screen. Due to the Twitter's location, we're betting this isn't necessarily a device for the U.S., but who knows what Samsung has up their sleeve.

Our overall reaction: meh

[via @andrejt; pic]

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With the October (or late September) release of Windows Phone 7, we’ve heard very little about what hardware is going to be available before the holidays. We’ve heard from LG, that they will have multiple devices out by the end of the year. Now Samsung has a device jumping through the hoops to get certified.

The Samsung Cetus (SGH-i917) is listed by the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) as a Windows Phone 7 device with a 4” WVGA AMOLED screen, 5MP Camera, and a secondary (front facing) VGA camera. Though most of the specs given merely meet the minimums set forth by Microsoft and the given specs have some glaring holes (processor, memory?), it’s still nice to start seeing some real details about what Microsoft’s Partners have in store for us.

[Bluetooth SIG via Engadget]

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As some of you may have heard, Apple held a press conference today in an attempt to get ahead of the ongoing 'antennagate' controversy surrounding the iPhone 4 (see TiPB's ongoing coverage here). Basically once Consumer Reports did their story, all heck broke loose and the usual Apple-friendly media turned a bit on Cupertino.

Although the iPhone has a clear, demonstrable antenna reception issue when held a certain way, Apple went ahead and tried to downplay the controversial design by pointing out that their competitors often suffer from the same reduced-bar problem.

Here, Steve Jobs cites the Samsung Omnia 2 on Verizon (see our full review) as having the same reception/grip issue. While not exactly the poster board Windows Mobile phone (that would easily be the Touch Pro 2 and HD2), the Omnia 2 is a decent piece of hardware, despite being pretty much forgotten by most of the world, including the WM community.

Any validity to Jobs' claim? A cursory search of various forums and sites would suggest that the Omnia 2 (both on GSM and Verizon's CDMA) is not the best of the world, but neither is it the worst. In fact, it doesn't come up even as a recurring problem or complaint. Having said that, we did find this video of the Omnia HD (i8910), which basically demonstrates the same phenomenon, lending credence to the claim by Jobs.

Bottom line: Windows Mobile and Windows Phone may suffer from such occasional hardware inconsistencies (CDMA Palm Treo Pro is just awful for reception, see this doozy of a fix), but having multiple devices for consumers to choose from, instead of just one-flagship phone, gives consumers options. If you're going to put all of your eggs into one basket, you better make sure that basket is 100% perfect or nearly so. Kudos to Apple for giving away those free cases, but we think that this problem should have never had happened in the first place. 

See Omnia HD i8910 reception video after the break.

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Yesterday, Samsung announced a few phones, two of which are Windows Mobile. While nothing earth-shattering, new Windows Mobile phones are becoming a rare thing these days and messenger-devices even more so.

Mobility Minded got their hands on the new Samsung Omnia Pro 4 (B7350) which features Windows Mobile 6.5.3

  • 320x320
  • 2.62" screen (AMOLED?)
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Quad-GSM/dual-band 3G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS
  • 1500mah battery
  • CPU = ? 

Mobility Minded seemed to like the device noting

My first impression was a very responsive Windows Phone that combines the versatality of a touchscreen and Windows Mobile 6.5.3 with a full QWERTY hardware keyboard, that makes e-mail, sms and text-input on Twitter, Facebook or other social media clients extremely easy.

While still not the power-house messenger-device we dream of, the Omnia Pro 4 looks decent enough for those of you still attached to that OS and form-factor--both of which we fully understand. Read the rest for the full report.

[Mobility Minded via WMPoweruser]

 

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Following up from yesterday and demonstrating that for many, Windows Mobile is not dead, Samsung is going ahead and releasing not one but two messenger-style devices featuring Windows Mobile (Pro & Standard).

The first one (seen above) and which is more "high end", is a follow up to the Omnia Pro B7330, which was one sleek messenger device that never saw a U.S. release--a shame considering how nice it looks. The Omnia Pro 4(B7350) though gets a bump to WM6.5.3 Professional, a 3.5mm headset jack and a "super touchscreen display" (2.62", 320x320). It's also a quad-GSM phone with dual-band 3g (boo...). Slated for release in July in Europe and South East Asia, unfortunately this sweet little device won't be coming State-side--a shame since it's a nice BlackBerry competitor. Yes, we want it.

The second device he Omnia Pro 5 (B6520),  a 240x320 Windows Mobile Standard device that will compete in the developing market e.g. Southeast Asia, Middle East & Africa, India and Latin America. It too is a quad-band GSM phone but with tri-band 3g. The specs list it as a touch-screen device with WM6.5.3 but clearly it's running Standard and look to be non-touch. While low-end for our market, it looks to be a nice little number for aspiring business folk.

[via Samsung Hub]

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Samsung to announce the Omnia Pro 4

Samsung is rumored to be announcing a new Windows Phone, the Omnia Pro 4, tomorrow at CommunicAsia 2010. CommunicAsia is an international communications and information technology conference held in Singapore.

All we know from the rumors is the name and that the Omnia Pro 4 is expected to be announced with two new Bada phones, Samsung's OS, the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro. There were no hint at the Omnia Pro 4's specs or what happened to the Omnia Pro 2 or 3.

While the Samsung Omnia made its way to the U.S. Market, the Omnia Pro (pictured above) found a place in overseas markets. Odds aren't great that we'll see the Omnia Pro 4 but with so little known about this new phone, anything is possible. As we find out more on the Omnia Pro 4, we'll pass it on.

[read: Samsung Hub]

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Well, it was their turn, right?

Samsung's WinPho 7 (can we say that?) prototype has made a sneaky, teaser appearance from Microsoft France as they gear up for ReMIX. We've seen a WP7 offering from Samsung back when WP7 was announced.

Turns out yesterday was a big day for some lucky Microsoft PR types as they all received the latest WP7 devices on their desk.

Officially, we know LG (Panther) and now Samsung have working prototypes floating around to demo the OS but no such luck spotting an HTC device, which is odd. We give it 48 hours.

Back to Samsung, not much is known in terms of specs or really anything. But if we had to guess, this is just the same old Omnia HD running WP7. See above comparison shot. So nothing to get too excited about.

[via MobileTechWorld]

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U.S. Cellular has announced a new business-class Windows Phone, the Samsung Exec.

With all the buzz circulating about the Kin and Windows Phone 7 pending releases, it's a little surprising to see an announcement on a new Windows Phone especially when it's running Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard.  However, the Exec is being presented as a business solution design and WM Standard is a good fit for such a design.  Asides from the center control panel design, the Exec is very reminiscent of the Samsung Jack.

The Samsung Exec specs include 123mb ROM/80mb RAM, 1500mah battery, a 2mp camera, 667mhz processor, 2.4" 320x240 screen, bluetooth, and gps. The Samsung Windows Phone measures 4.61"Lx2.36"Wx.45"D and weighs 3.7 ounces.

The Exec will run you $169.95 before rebates and discounts which will drop the price to $99.95.

[Read: Slashphone.com]

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Verizon has released a software update for the Samsung Omnia (SCH-I910) that addresses some performance issues the Windows Phone has been experiencing. They include a Qualcomm patch to improve call quality; updates/fixes to the Opera browser; updating the XT9 keyboard; a correction in the algorithm codec used in attaching full resolution images to MMS messages; and a few other assorted tweaks and fixes.

You can download the software update at Samsung's support website.

[read: pocketnow.com]

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For texting that is...

Franklin Page, a 24 year old Seattle, Wa. resident recently set the Guinness World Record for the fastest text message on touch screen. Page did so with the help of Swype running on a Samsung Omnia II.

It took Page 35.54 seconds to text the phrase, "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world." to set the record.

Samsung will feature the World Record texting in a national ad campaign focusing on Swype. Follow the break for the thirty-second spot featuring the record setting text and the full presser from Samsung.

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It's not all software at MIX10, as Samsung has slipped a slate Windows Phone into the mix. It's the second actual device we've seen Windows Phone 7 Series on (we're not counting the ASUS prototype device), following the LG slider.

We don't really know what's inside this Sammy phone -- it's said to have a great camera and screen. But the exact specs of either (is it a Super AMOLED screen, perhaps?) aren't known. Check out the video after the break. [via Neowin]

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In case you haven’t heard, there is a huge event happening this month; an event that people around the world will be watching. No, I’m not talking about Mobile World Congress; though we (Dieter and Phil) will be there. I’m referring of course to the Winter Olympics.

Several Windows Mobile heavyweights are listed as sponsors of Vancouver 2010; one of them, Samsung, has a free application available to allow you to follow the games easily from your Windows Phone. Weather Updates, Medal Tracker, Schedule, and News are just some of the features that Samsung puts at your fingertips.

Head on over to the Samsung Vancouver 2010 site for the application (you’re looking for the “Download Wow” button in the bottom right corner).

[via Tilt Mobility]

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Well, it's not a mighty re-flash of the whole ROM, nor does it bring any new features to the table and in fact, it actually looks kind of dangerous to apply (see below), but Samsung has released a radio firmware update to help with dropped calls on the Verizon Omnia II (see hands on video).

Yeah, not exactly thrilling, though we suppose if you have been experiencing poor call performance, you may want to look into this lil' patch.

Now the caveat: its a finicky update, meaning it official doesn't work on Windows 7, only XP. Going further, a few users have reported problems with "bricking" their phone during the update.  We don't want to be alarmist, but make sure you follow the directions exactly as described.  Oh, and if you run the update in compatibility mode in Win7, evidently that can work too.

Get the patch right here...if you dare!

[via CareAce.net]

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Swung by the Samsung booth at CES (follow all of our coverage here). Once you're able to navigate the dizzying maze of television screens -- and we're talking hundreds here -- you can finally find some Windows phones. Tucked in the back and a little to the left.

And it was there that we found the European version of the Omnia II, the Omnia Pro, with its Touchwiz interface. While it's hardly fair to judge the quickness of any phone after it's been handled at the likes of CES, the Omnia II seemed a bit sluggish considering it has an 800MHz processor. And I'm still not crazy about the user interface, though it does look gorgeous on that 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen. Anyhoo, find pics of the Omnia II at CES after the break.

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