Owners of Samsung's Windows Phones still waiting for Mango update

T-Mobile subscribers will start receiving the update early next month

Microsoft is now expanding the distribution of its Windows Phone 7.5 update to all eligible users, but some owners of phones including Samsung's Omnia 7 will have to wait a bit longer.

The upgrade process has been running smoothly, with a few exceptions, some of which are now being sorted out, Microsoft said. It has now begun delivering the Windows Phone 7.5 update to LG Optimus 7 phones on Telefonica in Spain, and is also now scheduling it for Samsung Omnia 7 phones on Deutsche Telekom, Eric Hautala , general manager for customer experience engineering at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

At the beginning of October, the German operator said that Samsung was still working on some problems with the Mango update on the Omnia 7, and hinted that it would be ready by the end of the month. The distribution is now expected to start at the beginning of November, a spokeswoman said via email, so it looks like the wait for German, Dutch and U.K. T-Mobile subscribers that own the Samsung device will soon be over.

However, owners of the Omnia 7 in Spain are less lucky. The upgrade is still being tested, which is the first step in the upgrade process. Telefonica, the operator that sells the phone, did not reply to questions about when the upgrade will finally be ready.

The other remaining holdouts are Samsung Focus version 1.4 and the Dell Venue Pro on AT&T in the U.S.

Just because Microsoft has started distributing Mango to all eligible users doesn't mean everyone will get an upgrade at once. It might still take several weeks before a user receives notice that an update is available for their phone, Microsoft wrote on its "Where's my phone update?" website.

Microsoft is also sending out firmware updates to some phones around the world, according to Hautala.

He didn't elaborate on the details, but added that firmware updates "are designed to do things like improve your phone's performance, fix bugs, or even activate new features."

The last few days have been important for Microsoft and the future fortunes of its smartphone operating system.

On Wednesday, Nokia announced the Lumia 800 and 710, its first two phones based on Windows Phone.

In February, Nokia chose Windows Phone over MeeGo and Symbian. The latter two OSes are not completely dead yet: Owners of the Symbian-based N8 this week started receiving a service pack that is supposed to improve camera and messaging performance. Nokia has also announced the next version of Symbian, called Belle.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags consumer electronicsMicrosoftSamsung Electronics

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?