Samsung Omnia M Goes On Sale In India For Rs.17,990

Back in May, Samsung announced the Omnia M smartphone for the European market. This handset comes with the Samsung AllShare media streaming app, which allows you to display movies, games or any other multimedia content directly from the smartphone to a TV. Samsung Omnia M currently runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. However, this handset is expected to get the Windows Phone 7.8 update in the coming months.

Samsung Omnia M is specially designed for social and entertainment multi-taskers. Snapdeal, a popular online retailer has already started selling the Samsung Omnia M even before the manufacturer has officially launched the device in India. If you are planning to buy this device instead of the popular Nokia Lumia smartphones, then check out the complete specs below.

Samsung Omnia M features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixel, 1 GHz processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB 2.0 and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Office Hub, 384 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Bing map, GPS with A-GPS, People Hub, Picture Hub, Games Hub, Music and Video Hub, Zune player, Marketplace Hub, 25 GB of Windows Live Skydrive storage and a 1500mAh battery.

This handset is available only in deep grey color. Samsung Omnia M comes with a price tag of Rs.18,650. However, you can easily get this device from Snapdeal for just Rs.17,990 (approx. $320). This handset will compete with other Windows Phone powered smartphones such as Nokia Lumia 710, HTC Radar and Nokia Lumia 800. To get this handset, head over to this page.

Nokia Lumia 900 Specifications Leak

Nokia is expected to demo the Lumia 900 at CES 2012, which will begin next week. However, information about the hardware specs of Nokia’s next Windows Phone powered flagship has already leaked out.


The Lumia 900 will sport a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touch-screen and run Windows 7.5 Mango. Appearance wise, Lumia 900 will stay true to its predecessor’s stunning slim looks. It should be no more than 12 mm thick and weigh about 160 grams. The device which has been codenamed Eloko will have 512MB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera, and a generous 1830mAh battery. The specs are pretty much in line with what was expected, but in someways a shade below what most Android handsets offer.

The LTE compatible Lumia 900 will launch on the AT&T network as Nokia Ace. Rumored launch date is March 18, but we wouldn’t bet on that. With Lumia 900, Nokia is simply improving upon the good work done with the N9 and the Lumia 800. Will that be enough to challenge the onslaught of new Android handsets that are expected to be annoucned at CES and MWC is something that we will have to wait to find out.

Samsung Omnia W Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.20,900

Back in September, Samsung unveiled the newest member of its Omnia family, the Samsung Omnia W. It is the company’s first device, which runs on the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. The Samsung Omnia W is the successor of the not-so-popular Samsung Omnia 7 smartphone. After waiting for nearly three months, this handset is available for pre-order in India. Flipkart, a popular online retailer, has already started taking pre-order of this handset. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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Samsung Omnia W features a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 × 480 pixels, 1.4GHz processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front facing camera, Zune player, Marketplace Hub and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 512MB of RAM, 8GB internal memory, A-GPS, People Hub, Picture Hub, Games Hub, Music and Video Hub, Office Hub, 25 GB of Windows Live Skydrive storage and a 1500mAh battery.

samsug omnia w flipkart

The Samsung Omnia W comes with a price-tag of Rs.20,900 (approx. $400). This handset will compete with the recently launched Nokia Lumia 710 in the Indian market. The Samsung Omnia W is expected to release during the 4th week of December. You will also get a Samsung Bluetooth Headset HM1200 and Samsung Car Charger with the purchase of this device.  To pre-order this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Nokia Lumia 710 Goes On Sale In India For Rs.18,999

Last month, Nokia announced the new Lumia 710 smartphone in India. This handset was originally unveiled at the Nokia World 2011 in London. The Nokia Lumia 710 is the company’s second smartphone which runs on the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. After waiting for a month, Nokia finally released the Lumia 710 smartphone in the Indian market. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

nokia lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710 features a 3.7 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, Skydrive cloud storage and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, MicroUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 512MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, Zune Music, Internet Explorer 9 Mobile, A-GPS, up to 34 hours of music playback time, up to 7 hours of talk-time, up to 400 hours of stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 710 comes with a price tag of Rs.18,999. This handset is preloaded with Nokia Drive, Microsoft Office Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Office 365) and Nokia Music with MixRadio. Nokia Lumia 710 is available in Black and White colors. You can also get the exchangeable back covers in Black, White, Cyan, Fuchsia and Yellow colors.

T-Mobile Announces The Nokia Lumia 710 In The US

T-Mobile recently announced the new Nokia Lumia 710 entry-level smartphone. This handset was originally introduced at the Nokia World 2011, along with the powerful Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone. It runs on the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. The Nokia Lumia 710 is the company’s first Windows Phone powered smartphone announced for the US. This handset will be available for purchase from next month, exclusively for the T-Mobile customers in the US.

We’re excited to team with Nokia in bringing its first Windows Phone to the U.S. with the elegantly designed Nokia Lumia 710,said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. Windows Phone offers a compelling mobile OS choice for people who want a smartphone built around them, their family and friends. We expect it to play a more prominent role in our lineup and marketing efforts in 2012.

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T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 Specifications

  • 3.7 inch WVGA display
  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • LED flash
  • HD (720p) video recording and playback
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n
  • MicroUSB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • Skydrive cloud storage
  • Zune Music
  • Internet Explorer 9 Mobile
  • Up to 7 hours of talk-time
  • Up to 16 days of stand-by time
  • 1300 mAh battery

The Nokia Lumia 710 will come preloaded with Nokia Drive, Microsoft Office Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Office 365), The Weather Channel, ESPN, Netflix, App Highlights, T-Mobile TV, My Account, Slacker Radio and TeleNav GPS.

The Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile will be available in black and white color options. This handset comes with a price tag of just $49.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and a two year service agreement. The Nokia Lumia 710 will be available for purchase from January 11, 2012.

Windows Phone Executive Shakeup: Andy Lees Out, Terry Myerson In



Ina Fried at AllThingsD reported earlier today that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had removed Andy Lees as the President of Windows Phone division. Terry Myerson, who has led the engineering effort for Windows Phone 7 and 7.5, will take over Lees’ duties. Ballmer’s memo was later posted on Microsoft’s News Center.

This news comes as surprise to me. Microsoft just completed a successful rollout of the latest Windows Phone update, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. At the same time, Nokia just started selling their devices in Europe and Asia and are on the cusp of making their highly-anticipated return to the United States. In other words, it is a crucial time for Microsoft’s Windows Phone leadership to ensure the device sales pick up pace and that the boat is not rocked too much.

One way to look at this change is to think that Lees was relived of his duties because he was unable to get Windows Phone sales to a level that could make the platform count. Although, if that were the case, I’d argue that it would be cause for firing him than just moving him out of his leadership role. In this case though, Ballmer has revealed that he is moving Lees to a different position under him, for a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8. Interesting choice of words. I’ll get back to this point later.

Moving the operations of the division under an engineering person implies Microsoft is now shifting itself to be more engineering-led rather than business/marketing. Back in February 2011, Ballmer had reportedly planned to put more engineering-focused executives in a management shuffle. This move may be in fact be in line with that vision. I like that general realignment strategy because I believe Microsoft needs to get a bit more focused on delivering the vision than just painting the broad strokes.

Nokia Lumia 710 Announced; Mid-Range Windows Phone Mango Running Handset!

Along with the Lumia 800, Nokia also announced a mid-range value-for-money Windows Phone Mango running handset, the Lumia 710.

Internally, the Lumia 710 is similar to its elder bother the Lumia 800. It’s powered by the same 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Adreno 205 GPU.Externally, the handset is mainly made of plastic, and sports a 3.7-inch ClearBlack display with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The back cover of the phone is also swappable.

At the back of the Lumia 710 is a 5MP camera accompanied by an LED flash. Other key features of the handset include GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, micro SIM, and the usual connectivity options along with a bunch of sensors. The Lumia has 8GB of internal memory, and also comes with a microSD card slot, which is a rare sight among WP7 handsets. The handset will also offer users access to Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and Nokia Store, which will remain a Nokia phone exclusive.

The Lumia 710 is powered by a 1300mAh battery, and is capable of providing up to 6 hours of non-stop video playback. The handset will be available in a bunch of colors, and will hit the retail stores of India, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of this year. It will be launched in other markets in early 2012. The Lumia 710 is expected to cost around 260 Euros before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia Lumia 800 Announced; Run Of the Mill WP7.5 Phone!

The highly anticipated Nokia Event just ended, and the Finnish giant announced a couple of new WP7.5 Mango powered handsets. The WP7.5 range of handsets from Nokia will be released under the Lumia brand.

The Lumia 800 is the high-end WP7.5 running phone announced by Nokia. The handset sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with ClearBlack Display and a curved glass having a resolution of WVGA (480×8000). The handset is made of polycarbonate, and will be available in some bold colors like Cyan and Magenta, along with black.

Like all other Windows Phone 7 phone, a single core processor from Qualcomm clocked at 1.4GHz powers the Lumia 800, which is accompanied by an Adreno 205 GPU.

The 800 comes with 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of on-board storage, which cannot be increased because the phone lacks a microSD card slot. Nokia makes up for it though by offering 25GB of free storage space on Microsoft’s cloud based storage – SkyDrive.  Other key features of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, HSDPA (Up to 14.4Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1, micro SIM, dual-microphones and a bunch of sensors.

At the back of the Lumia 800 is an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The handset is also capable of recording and playing back 720p HD videos. Sadly, the handset lacks a front-facing camera. The Lumia 800 will also come with Nokia Maps, Music and Store pre-loaded, which will remain an exclusive to Nokia’s Windows Phone powered handsets.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is powered by a 1450mAh battery, and Nokia quotes a battery life of up to 335 hours on standby.  The handset will cost around 420 Euros before taxes and shipping. The handset will be available in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K in November, and will launch later this year in India, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich: From a Windows Phone user’s perspective

Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich unveiled

On October 19th, 2011, Android’s latest update called Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) was unveiled in Hong Kong at an event jointly hosted by Google and Samsung. ICS is version 4.0 of the Android operating system. I went through the launch video and realized most of the visual and user experience updates are clearly, ahem, inspired by Windows Phone and its Metro design principles. Here is a rundown of some of the key announcements from a Windows Phone user’s perspective.

Ice Cream Sandwich: Design principles

Matias Duarte, the head of Android User Experience, introduced the concept of uniform design as it applied to Android. The new design starts with a new, system-wide font called Roboto. The styling will have big, bold pictures with giant headlines instead of just a list of icons, per Duarte. He added that everything in Android will show plenty of white space and eliminate lines and boxes and other such unnecessary decorations.

As Windows Phone users may know very well by now, all these points are straight out of the Metro Design Language playbook. At //build/ Microsoft showed how these principles are going to be made part of Windows 8 as well. The upcoming Fall Xbox dashboard update is also going to have a Metro design. This imitation by Google provides further justification and validation of the choice Microsoft has made in getting Metro on all their platforms.

Ice Cream Sandwich: Key new features

A detailed list of the new features in Android 4.0 are on the Android Developers site. Some of the key features highlighted in the video were:

  • Lock screen: The big change here as it relates to Windows Phone is that the lock screen has the big time indicator and clean, uncluttered interface. The screen looks very Metro undoubtedly.

Ice Cream Sandwich Lock Screen

Ice Cream Sandwich Lock Screen

  • Browser: The browser in ICS introduces saving entire pages for offline use, includes Chrome bookmark sync, and an Incognito mode. None of these features are available in Windows Phone yet and these would be nice to have in a modern mobile operating system.
  • Mail and Calendar: Gmail introduces offline search capability. In Calendar, one can now pinch to zoom in order to see different timespans in the calendar. This ability is actually quite smart, instead of the standard day/week/month views that typical calendars provide. This is especially useful on phones where screen real estate is at a premium.
  • Photos: Just like iOS5, ICS has copied one of Windows Phone’s cool features, what Microsoft calls Pocket to Picture. The Camera app in ICS can now take a picture from the lock screen. Also, like Windows Phone does, ICS allows instant sharing to multiple providers. A key win for Microsoft? Facebook sharing capability natively from the Pictures hub or the camera app. ICS also adds photo editing on the camera. Windows Phone introduced Auto Fixwith Mango but clearly, Microsoft has some catch up to do in this area. That is also perhaps where the dual cores in Android phones may actually be put to use. As Andy Lees has said, Windows Phone with single core devices can actually go head-to-head very capably with dual core Android phones. I suspect if Windows Phone had photo and/or video editing, that claim would not hold true.

Camera from the lock screen

Camera from the lock screen

  • Videos: ICS now supports 1080p video recording, continuous focus, zoom while recording, video snapshots, and time lapse recording. None of these features are currently supported in Windows Phone. While 1080p recording would be great to have, it is arguable what benefit it would provide especially video shot on a mobile phone. The other features are cool and would be welcome additions to Windows Phone.
  • People App: The new People app in ICS is clearly a copy of the single-biggest feature in Windows Phone, the aggregation of all your contacts into a single hub (People Hub). The Windows Phone People Hub enables you to see all your interactions with your contacts in one place regardless of how you are connected to them address book in the cloud, Twitter, Facebook, Windows Live, LinkedIn, etc. The ICS People app aims to do exactly that, and further, it also takes the concept of Metile from Windows Phone and applies it to the People App for all things about Me.

Aggregated contacts

Aggregated contacts

Me contact

Me contact

Contact across networks  no Facebook

Contact across networks no Facebook

  • Other: Another cool feature I saw in the introduction video was voice mail speed adjustment. This one is clearly in the bells-and-whistlescategory but certainly useful if you tend to receive long and boring voice mails. A fuller rundown of everything ICS is covered elsewhere on Techie-Buzz.

Speed up voice mail

Speed up voice mail

So ICS is a big step forward for Android in terms of its user interface and user interaction/experience, but for Windows Phone users like me, it is somewhere between mehand oh we already enjoy all of that beauty. An evolutionary iPhone 4s, problematic deployment of and a somewhat buggy iOS5, a less-than-sensational Android 4.0, a floundering RIM, a stunning turnaround in deployment of Windows Phone updates in the form of Mango rollout, and a slew of upcoming Nokia devices. All those things, combined with Samsung and HTC providing additional marketing funds to promote Windows Phone, means it is all coming together for Windows Phone to strike this holiday season and assert itself as the clear #3 platform.

The important question is, will customers buy?

Microsoft Says WP7.5 Update Ahead of Schedule, Unveils AT&T’s New WP7 Phones

Windows Phone 7.5 (or Mango) was quite a turn around for Microsoft. Not only was the company able to plug in several holes in the platform with new features, they were able to do what Google and Android OEMs have so far failed at—delivering updates for all devices on all carriers seamlessly. The company learnt its lesson from the previous WP7 update rollout and fixed the update process bringing the OEM and carrier partners together.

Microsoft’s Eric Hautala has been  consistently  keeping us updated about the status of the update on the Windows Phone blog and in his latest  update  said they were ahead of schedule. The Windows Phone 7 update status page lists all carriers and handsets (except Venue Pro) in the US are being  delivered  the updates. Worldwide, other than Spain, updates are being  pushed  to all phones. Platform enthusiasts were delighted to have updates  delivered  the day they were released and Microsoft not requiring developer handsets to roll back to stable releases.

Windows Phone 7 Mango has received positive reviews only to be beaten and copied by the recently released Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Ben Rudolf over the Windows Team Blog, shared images of AT&T’s WP7 Mango lineup that includes:


At All Thing D’s AsiaD conference, Microsoft’s Andy Lees (president of Windows Phone division) talked about their new line of handsets and Mango. According to This Is My Next,  Lees also said that he expects NFC and 4G capable Windows Phone handsets in 2012. At the Web 2.0 Summit, Microsoft  Steve Ballmer said Nokia’s Windows Phone handsets should be coming out in a week during Nokia’s World event.