So the big update we’ve all been waiting for is finaly here. In typical Samsung style, the update is only available in Italy as was announced today on the Italian Omnia HD Facebook page:

Omnia HD Update Announced on Facebook

Omnia HD Update Announced on Facebook

Which translates to:

Omnia HD Update Announced on Facebook

Omnia HD Update Announced on Facebook

The update available has this info:

Software version:
Modem: I8910XXJA1
PDA:I8910XXJB1, I8910ITVJA1
Samsung i8910 Omnia HD fans and users all over the world should be rejoicing. But they are not.

The results from a recent poll, asking i8910 users which firmware they have on their devices, show that most users(40% of more than 200 respondents) use custom or cooked ROMs provided by legends like HyperX. So the question is, is this update better than what we’ve seen before?

Simple answer is no. The update has kinetic scrolling, an updated browser and an updated graphics engine as promised but these features are not perfectly implemented. Users have reported the same gallery and music player lag, dropping framerate in HD video recording etcetera; the same problems as before. There is also a massive decrease in free space on the C: drive, only 17MB is free as opposed to 39MB or more in previous releases. The firmware is not much different from the beta I demoed a few weeks back, only worse on free space.

The disappointing release of this much anticipated firmware update echoes the feelings expressed by i8910 users on whether Samsung is doing enough for the i8910. In a poll that I conducted asking that very question, results from about 200 respondents showed that 63% of users are not happy with the i8910 and they will never buy another Samsung mobile phone again.

Way to go Samsung, way to go.

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