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VIDEOVIEW: Samsung Omnia II Windows Mobile Smartphone Software Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 15.07.09 - 20:11:02 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 24443x
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Like the Samsung Jet, the Samsung Omnia II is featuring Samsung's brand new TouchWiz 2.0 graphical user interface but unlike the Jet, which is running a Samsung propriety OS, the Omnia II is running Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 (and later 6.5). This means, Samsung had to overlay TouchWiz 2.0 on Windows Mobile and Samsung did a pretty good job. As of today, I haven't seen a GUI which hides Windows Mobile that much as Samsung's TouchWiz 2.0 interface.
While the original Omnia already ran on TouchWiz, version 1.0 was basically a Today screen replacement with some added applications. Now, with v2.0 Samsung went even further and replaced Microsoft's original but aged Windows Mobile user interface as much as possible. The result? A fresh UI on one of the most powerful operating systems.

This includes a brand new Today screen, Samsung Cube UI as well as a different Start menu which isn't a Start menu anymore but more a traditional grid-menu as known from today's mobile phones.

Furthermore original Windows Mobile applications were replaced by Samsung's own applications to make the use of the Omnia II even more finger friendly.

Cheers ~ Arne

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