A new software update allows Verizon Wireless' version of the Samsung Omnia to use third-party GPS applications.
This Windows phone comes with a built-in GPS receiver, but until now this has been locked so that it only works with this carrier's own navigation software. The newly released CF03 Software Upgrade brings support for additional options, like Google Maps.
Verizon committed to unlocking the GPS on some of its Windows phones in December, but has only recently begun rolling this feature out. It was released for the HTC Touch Pro last month, while users of the Samsung Saga are still waiting.
In addition, the most recent Microsoft Adaptation Kit Upgrade (AKU 1.5.1) for Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro is included in this update, which means it will move this smartphone to the very latest version of this operating system.
Downloading and Installation
The CF03 Software Upgrade is available now on Samsung's website free of charge.
This ROM upgrade requires erasing everything on the Omnia, so it's important to back up the information on it before the installation process.
An Overview of the Samsung Omnia
The Omnia has a design that focuses on its 3.2-inch, 240-by-400 pixel touchscreen. It runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile, but Samsung has added its TouchWiz user interface, which has been designed to make some of the features of the device easier to use with a fingertip.
This model depends on its on-screen keyboard for text input, and haptic feedback on the Touchscreen provides subtle vibrations to confirm selections. It also includes an optical mouse.
This device's 5-megapixel camera includes a flash, face detection, panorama, split shot, and anti-shake capabilities. It also has a microSD card slot and a GPS receiver.
Verizon's version of the Omnia supports this carrier's EV-DO network, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
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