Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's out: Italian I8910XXII1 Firmware For The Samsung Omnia i8910 HD

Posted on 16:02 by SlipKoRnSaad

So, after the Russian one, here's the Italian one !

- The C: disk does indeed get totally wiped, so most apps have to be re-installed and everything set up from scratch (there's no User Data Preservation, so backup and sync first)
Unbranded i8910 HDs are mainly from the Italian market, so don't forget to brush up your Italian (e.g. the UK is 'Regno Unito'!) in order to switch the phone set up and UI language back to your own country and English 8-)
- The Podcasting Unicode bug is fixed (no more nonsense scrolling titles)
- Web is fixed and doesn't now crash when you try and 'Stop' a page loading.
- Web page zooming is faster and the 'zoom gesture' is now hinted on-screen with a graphic
- Improvements to MediaGallery (which Steve hasn't posted yet) - you can zoom in and out of pictures now
- Flip to silent mode (rotate device to mute the ringer, loop the alarm etc) added, music mute and video mute so when turning your device, the video/music will be paused, like on the Innov8 !
- The telephone dial pad now has 'abc', 'def' style lettering
- Camera photo quality settings are tweaked for better detail (larger files) and reworked flash management
- There's a '3D' 'live' thumbnail (with a max rate of 5fps) carousel in place of the usual list/grid Task Manager, i.e. you see it when pressing and holding the 'S60' key down. Flicking left and right rotates the carousel. It's slower than the old method but much prettier 8-)
- There's also a new animated thumbnail 'Grid' view of Task Manager, with swipes up and down the screen shuffling the displayed applications up or down. This method of getting to an application is even slower(!)
- Generally faster operation, notably in MediaBrowser, Web and messaging (even if stored in memory other than C:)
The initial pre-focus in video capture mode, present in the earliest firmwares, is still missing in action, though the lens does seem focussed similarly to the Nokia N86's, i.e. at a couple of metres - in good light, most things should be in focus
- There's a new Data Transfer utility (yay !!), designed to suck in data (via SyncML?) from another Symbian/S60 phone via Bluetooth. This worked well to get my PIM data from the Nokia N97. This was an area which was previously very inconvenient for i8910 HD users, so kudos to Samsung for sorting things out
- There's a new 'WLAN Creator' utility, mirroring Nokia's wizard
- The English predictive text dictionary has been expanded
- Extra home screen widgets, including Lonely Planet
- Free space on C: is now around 33,4MB at first start; free RAM is still well over 100MB
- XviD codec update applied
- Spaces between virtual keys are increased
- More data types (bool, int, double, string) support added to the Widget engine
- There's still no server profile for 'Firmware Over The Air' (in 'Device manager')
- There's still a noticeable hiss on the audio track of any recorded videos

And here's a video after i updated mine :

Thanks also to AAS for the observations !

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