Samsung Launches Wave 723 And Omnia 652 In India

Samsung recently launched Wave 723 and Omnia 652 in India. Wave 723 is powered by Bada OS, while Omnia 652 is powered by the old Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. Wave 723 features a 3.2 inch Super AMOLED display, 3G Connectivity and 5 mega pixel camera. On the other hand Omnia 652 features a 2.4 inches TFT display, full QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera, Microsoft Office 2010 and more. Check out the complete features below.

Samsung Wave 723:

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Samsung Wave 723 features a 3.2 inch Super AMOLED Display, Bada 1.1 OS, TouchWiz UI, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, MicroUSB, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 mega pixel camera with LED Flash and Auto Focus, A-GPS, Accelerometer, ActiveSync support, 220MB internal memory, 16GB expandable memory, Social Hub, Dolfin Browser 2.0, Samsung Apps, 3.5mm audio jack, Music player with SoundAlive and so on.

Samsung Omnia 652:

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Samsung Omnia 652 comes with a 2.4 inches TFT display with 320 x 240 pixels resolution, Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, full QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera, Microsoft Office 2010, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G Connectivity, Google Maps, 16GB expandable memory, Sound Alive, Internet Explorer 6, 1500 mAH battery and more.

Samsung Wave 723 and Samsung Omnia 652 comes with a price tag of Rs.13,500 and Rs.10,600 respectively.

HTC HD2 Gets A Fully Functional Android Froyo ROM

The HTC HD2 was among the first few phones in the mobile market to feature the 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. It was also among the first few phones to feature a mammoth 4.3-inch screen. However, theHTC HD2 phone was let down by its OS Windows Mobile 6.5. Many people, who purchased the HD2 at that time, expected the phone to be upgraded to Windows Phone 7. However, Microsoft said that the HD2 won’t be getting the WP7 update, and dashed the hopes of many HD2 owners.

Nevertheless, the modding community did not lose hope and started porting Android to HD2. Earlier, many Android ROMs were available for the HD2 but they had some deal-breaking issues like no 3G, camera issues etc. Now a fully functional Froyo based ROM for the HD2 is available on the internet. The folks over at HDBlog.it have even posted a video of the ROM running on the HD2.

I will surely suggest all HD2 owners to dump Windows Mobile 6.5 running on their device, and shift to this Android Froyo based ROM.

Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM For HTC Touch Pro With HTC Sense 2.5

A new Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM has been released for the HTC Touch Pro. The ROM includes HTC Sense 2.5, video call support, adobe reader, FM radio, WiFi Sharing and Windows Live among other features.

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The unofficial Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM has been created by a XDA forum member and is named James72 ITA. The language of the HTC Sense 2.5 used in the ROM is Italian. The WinMo 6.5 ROM is only for HTC Touch Pro aka HTC T7272.

You can download the ROM for HTC Touch Pro from here. Please make sure to backup your device before you flash your ROM.

Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM for HTC Touch Pro2

HTC Touch Pro2 which is part of the Sprint network has Windows Mobile 6.1 installed by default. If you are looking to upgrade the ROM to Windows Mobile 6.5, you will be able to do it thanks to a custom ROM released by HTC Pedia.

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The custom ROM can be applied on devices which are HSPL unlocked. The Windows Mobile 6.5 for HTC Touch Pro2 contains several pre-installed applications including Adobe PDF, Audio Booster, and more.

You can download the HTC Blue Smoke Sense 2.5 ROM CE OS 5.2.21895 (Build 21895.5.0.90) from here.

Windows Phone 7 Series Apps Based on XNA/Silverlight, No Backward Compatibility

When Microsoft showed Windows Phone 7 Series, there was very little talk about the app ecosystem around it. Microsoft had said that building apps for Windows Phone would be talked about at their MIX10 event, as the event draws closer details are emerging. With Zune HD and Zune Apps Microsoft was facing a challenge of which app store to pitch to developers and how to make developers code apps for both Windows Mobile and the Zune platform. Microsoft with Windows Phone 7 Series has streamlined their apps platform. The apps that work on Zune will work on the Windows Phone 7 Series and vice versa.

However, this comes at a price that Microsoft is willing to pay. A couple of days back I wrote about Microsoft’s intentions of not allowing an upgrade path for any Windows Mobile device, now there is confirmation that Windows Phone 7 Series devices won’t run Windows Mobile applications. While this might be a bit disturbing for some developers, it’s for the greater good for the entire ecosystem around Windows Phone.

Microsoft is going for a full reset, no legacy support, which is good. Of course the immediate challenge it presents is selling Windows Mobile devices till Windows Phone 7 Series devices are released. While there will be no backward compatibility, details for the future were detailed by a Charlie Kindel, Microsoft engineer working on Windows Phone 7 Series. Developing applications for Windows Phone 7 Series depends on the following:

Silverlight, .Net and the XNA platform are well known technologies within the coding fraternity.

According to a re-tweet by Charlie Kindel, Windows Phone 7 Series games will be demo-ed at the Game Developers ┬áConference. Here’s what the tweet says:

RT @shawnhargreaves: Oooh oooh – I’m allowed to say this now! My GDC demo is made with XNA, and runs on a Windows Phone device. w00t!

Details On Windows Phone: Windows Phone Starter, No WP7S Upgrade For HD2, WP7S LG Prototype

Even before Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 Series there were reports of HTC HD2 aka HTC Leo would be the only Windows Mobile 6.5 phone that would qualify for an upgrade to Windows Phone 7. After the announcement of Windows Phone 7, there was an alleged leaked image of the HTC HD2 running Windows Phone 7, the image was declared a fake. A Microsoft official while talking on the Engadget Show said that some Windows Mobile 6.5 phones can support Windows Phone 7 and it is upto the OEMs (manufacturers) to decide. With all those mixed signals, Microsoft’s Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region in an interview to APC magazine categorically stated that the HTC HD2 will not qualify for an upgrade to Microsoft’s latest mobile phone OS since it doesn’t have the three buttons.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 on HTC Touch Pro 2 and HTC Ozone for Verizon

Verizon has officially released a Windows Mobile 6.5 update for HTC Touch Pro 2 and HTC Ozone for current users of these cellphones on Verizon Wireless.

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The announcement came through a official HTC tweet which was spotted by BGR. The tweet in question links to MR1 Upgrade for both these phones.

HTC Touch Pro 2 users can download the Windows Mobile 6.5 from here. HTC Ozone users can download the update from here.