If you’re rocking the original Verizon Samsung Omnia SCH-I910, a software update has just been released that deals with the following issues:
– Qualcomm Patch (M6801BSMBRLAZ56205) is updated. Improving overall call quality. – Multiple Updates/Fixes applied to the Opera browser. – Update to XT9 is applied to correct Add word issues seen by users. – Algorithm codec has been corrected to allocate correct amount of memory when attaching a Full resolution image file to a MMS message. This will fix “Image resize Fail” seen by some [...]
ThrottleLauncher was a rather popular custom UI in 2009, especially earlier in the year, but it’s been on hiatus for quite a while. APBilbo, the creator, popped up on XDA-developers today to announce a new, better version and posted a demo of it running on the HTC HD2, Touch2, Diamond and Samsung Omnia. Running on the HD2, it’s convincingly smooth and appears to support animated Sense UI-like (Android) widgets.
Not much is said of the upcoming release, however, APBilbo states, “between many other improvements, ThrottleLauncher 1.0 uses 3D hardware [...]
It appears that an update for the Verizon Omnia II (SCH-i920) has been released by Samsung. The description claims that the upgrade “includes numerous software additions/enhancements/corrections,” but this seems to be nothing more than marketing lingo. The accompanying installation guide, found on the product page, adds some clarification by referring to it as “Maintenance Release 1 (CK24) containing Qualcomm 1x/EVDO Call Drop Patch.” If you’re running Windows XP or Vista and want to upgrade, grab it directly from Samsung. Let us know if you notice any [...]
It looks like Omnia II may be a gaming system after all, though not the mobile gaming system but the devices could possibly serve as Nintendo Wii-like controllers for game play with a Samsung HDTV when connected via WiFi.
To see the Omnia II as gaming controllers, you can catch the video over at WMPowerUser.
Crayon Physics Deluxe is a fun game that comes packaged with the Samsung Omnia II. It’s a port of a PC game of the same name and is very similar to Numpty Physics, where the object is to get a ball to the goal (marked by a star) by using properties of physics. This is where the uniqueness of the game thrives. To help accomplish the mission, you can draw/create objects, link or erase them. Check out the video below of the PC version to get an idea of how it works. It’s more or less the same game.
Crayon Physics is fairly easy at first, but the difficulty increases [...]
PC World released their list of top ten smartphones and the names on the list all appear familiar, with the Motorola Droid placing first, followed by the iPhone 3GS, Motorola CLIQ, and the BlackBerry Bold 9700. A few Android devices also made the list, notably the Smasung Behold II and the T-Mobile myTouch 3G made by HTC. The Palm Pre placed sixth and the Windows Mobile 6.5 Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia II placed ninth. Rounding out with number ten is the Droid Eris, essentially an HTC Hero variant for Verizon Wireless.
In total, there were five Android devices, two BlackBerry [...]
Swype is an amazing software keyboard that comes preloaded on the Verizon branded Samsung Omnia II. If you haven’t had a chance to see its innovative method of text input in action, check out Brandon’s video. The black and blue skin of the keyboard is fitting for the Omnia II because of its matching black UI, however, users running Swype on other devices may prefer a less bold looking keyboard to match their interface.
Baly23, over at XDA-developers, has decided to create a skin that is more in tune with HTC devices. You can see a comparison between the default [...]
One of the chief complaints about AMOLED and OLED display technologies is that they do not perform as well under direct sunlight as their LCD counterpart, with the former two having washed out, unreadable screens. We have witnessed that to a certain degree with the GSM Omnia II when the Samsung device initially launched. However, it seems that this may not be case anymore as the Omnia II is pitted against the LCD of the Nokia N900 and the AMOLED display performs quite well, besting the N900 under the bright sun. I had found both to be quite usable under examination under the cloudy [...]
You may remember that someone was able to run an HD2 ROM on a Samsung Omnia II. Now, from HDBlog.it, we get to see more of the HD2 ROM in the form of a comprehensive Sense UI tour, complete with each and every panel. As soon this ROM is released, we’ll post about it so that you can get some HD2 on your Omnia II!
Thanks for the tip, Giuseppe.
It looks like the guys at HyongaSoft, known for their entertaining music-based applications, are working to enhance their digital compass app for the Omnia II by giving it some Augmented Reality love. It’s now called “OMPASS World Cities” and it can display the directions of different cities, along with information regarding their respective countries and distances.
As shown in the video below, this is done by using the Omnia II’s compass, GPS and camera. The Pro version will have a “city life” feature, which can display theater, shopping, [...]
The Verizon branded Samsung Omnia II comes with a fantastic software keyboard, called Swype, which uses an innovative method of input. The idea is that you slide from key to key without having to lift a finger. This saves time from having to punch in every letter one-by-one. With a little practice, users should eventually be able to compose text messages in a heart beat. Unfortunately, users of the original Omnia II have been left in the dark, as their devices did not feature Swype. Well, these users, along with owners of other WVGA devices, will be happy to hear that Swype has been [...]
In this video we compare the photo viewing experience on an AMOLED display with that of a traditional LCD display. We find that thanks to increased contrast, AMOLED displays often lack the washed-out look that is common for LCD displays. Thanks to this plus blacker blacks, colors appear to be more true. For a technical explanation of how an AMOLED display works, check out Wikipedia. And for our full review of the Omnia Pro B7610, click on.
In this video, we drill into the many settings that you can change on the Samsung Omnia Pro B7610. The TouchWiz interface extends to this area, which provides a more finger-friendly interface than what we are used to in Windows Mobile. Sadly, there is no way back to the standard Windows Mobile settings, which will be an annoyance for some power users.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Omnia Pro is that you can turn off the backlight and still be able to see the screen quite clearly (doing this will save huge on battery life). The AMOLED display on the device [...]
This video shows an HTC HD2 ROM running smoothly on a Samsung Omnia II. Currently you can find the HD2 ROM in some form for most HTC devices over at XDA, but not for Samsung devices like the popular Omnia II. The developer lists the ROM as “coming soon” and has started a thread over at MoDaCo for when he finishes the files.
Thanks for the tip, Greg.
There’s an ongoing debate as to which touchscreen is more accurate between the capacitive and the resistive. Obviously, using the stylus on a resistive touchscreen will be more accurate than your finger on a capacitive one.
TouchMark is a free application that will offer a score for the accuracy of your touchscreen based on calculations after some tests which imply tapping the screen, either with stylus or finger, useful for comparing accuracy between same touchscreen types of different devices or between resistive and capacitive. As far as the score is concerned, the [...]
In this video we dive into the programs of the Omnia Pro B7610. We find that Samsung has added a lot of software to the device, including fantastic software for multimedia playback. Samsung’s TouchWiz interface uses a lot of white text on black in order to take advantage of the clarity and power-savings of the AMOLED display.
The internet experience on the Omnia Pro is quite good, thanks to the fast 800MHz CPU that powers the device. Coming up in the full review we’ll take an even deeper look at the built in programs. In case you missed it, check out our other [...]
In this video we cover the home screen interfaces of the Samsung Omnia Pro. The device comes with two unique interfaces. The first is the widget-based TouchWiz interface that Samsung is now using for most of their newer devices. It allows you to drag and drop various widgets onto your home screen and rearrange them. You can have up to three panels of widgets. Overall, we find the widget interface to be bit clunky and slow.
The second interface, which offers improved performance and a cleaner design, is called Samsung Today. It’s similar to the classic Today screen for [...]
Another hot application for the Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia II or the GSM Omnia II is the Samsung Caxixi, an application that brings percussion instruments to your pockets. You can get some friends together with your Omnia IIs in tow and start a drum circle.
The application works in conjunction with the accelerometer hardware on the device, allowing you to tilt, shake, and shift your device to create different effects.
According to the Samsung Mobile Innovator, the program works as such:
Say the words mobile music and you probably think, MP3 player. Or [...]
In this video we take a look at the hardware on the Samsung Omnia Pro B7610. The 3.5″ touchscreen uses AMOLED technology, which can only be found on a couple of handsets available today. This technology doesn’t require a traditional backlight for you to see the screen, thus saving a lot on battery. Also, AMOLED displays have fantastic color reproduction and very high contrast ratios.
Beyond the screen, the hardware on the Omnia Pro feel a bit cheaper than the Touch Pro2 because the materials used are all plastic. The keyboard seems to be winner, providing as much [...]
Verizon Wireless has finally brought a to the States the CDMA/EVDO variant of the previously available GSM Omnia II internationally. The Samsung Omnia II is an impressive device with a gorgeous AMOLED display that is large at 3.7-inch. It is a WVGA resistive touchscreen that is sensitive to touch and works rather well with Samsung’s TouchWIz Widgets UI. Samsung gets credit for really skinning Windows Mobile and doing a more thorough job at hiding traces of the Microsoft mobile OS than HTC does.
The Omnia II is a pleasure to hold, despite it’s thicker size. [...]
In this video we unbox the new Samsung Omnia Pro B7610, which is essentially an Omnia II but with a slideout keyboard. The device packs a 3.5″ WVGA AMOLED resistive touchscreen. It’s got an 800MHz CPU with 256MB RAM and 512MB of ROM, running on Windows Mobile 6.5. It has quadband GSM and dualband UMTS, meaning that you won’t be able to get US 3G (which is odd since the unlocked Omnia II did indeed have US 3G). That said, you will be able to get EDGE on AT&T or T-Mobile in the US.
There’s a 5.0MP camera on the back (with flash), plus a VGA [...]
For those that forgot (and we don’t blame you, this thing has been delayed many times), the Omnia Pro B7610 is basically an Omnia II but with a slide out keyboard. It’s aimed right at the Touch Pro2, but adds an AMOLED screen and a faster CPU (but no tilting display). Right now we’re doing a live review on Twitter with some first impressions of the device. Join us, won’t you? We’re also taking questions.
If you want an Omnia Pro of your own, they are now shipping at Clove for a reasonable £319, or $524 USD.
The Verizon Wireless model of the Samsung Omnia II will feature the Swype on-screen keyboard technology, which will allow users to swipe their fingers across letters on the keyboard to spell our words, rather than pecking at the keyboard and lifting their fingers after every key press.
Swype is said to be launching also on Android soon.