Samsung Omnia W will not get Windows Phone 7.8 (!)

Posted on Sep 12 2012 - 12:33pm by Jonne Eilimö
Updates according to Samsung Sverige

Updates according to Samsung Sverige

Edit: Samsung Italy just confirmed that Samsung’s Windows Phones running WP7.5 will get updated to Windows Phone 7.8. More of it here.

I’ve never been too fond of the way Samsung has delivered updates to their Android devices. Samsung is on a mission to release a bunch of devices, but never really caring to support them for long. We’ve seen numerous Galaxy smartphones released that will never get updated. I’ve earlier thought that this was only limited to Android, but a release by Samsung Sverige (Sweden) confirms that Samsung is also lazy with their Omnia line of Windows Phones.

The chart above shows that the Samsung Omnia W will never go beyond 7.10.8107.7, which is today an old software version. It will not get updated to Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh, nor Windows Phone 7.8. Keep in mind that the Omnia W is not even a year old today!

People keep on complaining that Nokia will not update their current line of Lumia devices to Windows Phone 8, but “only” give them Windows Phone 7.8. WP8 needs newer hardware and hence will not come to current generations. However, WP7.8 does not require new hardware, and there should be no reason for Samsung not to provide WP7.8 to the Omnia W. WP7.8 is a massive update and should be made available to every Windows Phone out there!

This is yet another reason why a Windows Phone user should choose Nokia’s devices instead of Samsung’s. Nokia promises software updates for at least 18 months, while Samsung doesn’t even deliver software updates to devices that are 9 months old.

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Jonne is a mobile phone enthusiast with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He is currently selling mobile phones at one of the largest retailers in Finland. He has been using the newest phones out there ever since the Nokia 5110 was released. Currently he is using a Nokia Lumia 1520.

9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Timo September 12, 2012 12:39 UTC at 12:39 pm - Reply

    That may be the case in Sweden. Omnia W I have in hand has 7.10.8773.98 which is a newer software version than apparently in the Swedish version.

  2. Peter September 18, 2012 11:27 UTC at 11:27 am - Reply

    My Omnia W has WP7.5

  3. aval October 13, 2012 07:46 UTC at 7:46 am - Reply

    I m from india .my omnia w has 7.10.8773.98!

  4. Juliano Rossi November 27, 2012 02:16 UTC at 2:16 am - Reply

    All Omnias W run Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

    7.1 is the number of Samsung’s version of 7.5 (since the software on Samsung WP are different from Nokia’s, HTC’s…), it’s the number of the build.

  5. artem November 29, 2012 12:22 UTC at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I m from Russia .my omnia w has 7.10.8773.98!

  6. shahz December 21, 2012 04:03 UTC at 4:03 am - Reply

    This should not happen..just wait n watch otherwise gona throw this phone. :/

  7. Jonne Eilimo December 21, 2012 08:55 UTC at 8:55 am - Reply

    Luckily Samsung Italy just confirmed that every Samsung Windows Phone 7.5 will get updated to WP7.8 :)

    • yash December 21, 2012 15:47 UTC at 3:47 pm - Reply

      hey cud u plz tell me whether viber runs on samsung omnia w

      • Jonne Eilimo December 21, 2012 17:02 UTC at 5:02 pm - Reply

        Viber runs but without support for calling. You’ll only be able to send messages with an Omnia W. The only Windows Phones with calling ability are Nokia’s Lumia devices. Nokia released a Lumia exclusive Viber with support for calling.

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