I can tell you right now, that reports of Microsoft’s premature death have been greatly exaggerated. In a move that seems to solidify the software giants’ role in the future, the Samsung Omnia II- running on Windows Mobile 6.5- has publicly been announced as the official phone for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
In Canada, the Omnia II will be available on the Bell network, which has also been named as the official carrier for the Winter Olympics. This is a win for those traveling to Vancouver because by being able to connect to one of the largest wireless networks in Canada we are pretty much promised fast, reliable mobile connections (that is of course, depending on whether or not the roaming fees are actually affordable).
Omnia II users will also be able to download Samsung’s Wireless Olympic Works (or WOW for short) communications platform. This is a free, software that is designed to give users real-time information on what is happening, where it’s happening, and when you need to be there to see it during the Olympic Winter Games.
Direct from the press release:
“As the Official Worldwide Olympic Partner for Wireless Telecommunications Equipment, Samsung takes great pride in our commitment to the Olympic Games and through our wireless technology we are linking fans around the world to the Games by making information related to results, schedules, athletes and more, available,” said Paul Brannen, General Manager, Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics Canada. “Breaking ground in multimedia features and performance, OMNIA II promises an unrivaled all-in-one mobile experience even the most demanding smartphone users will enjoy.”
Looks like a win for Winmo to me.
[via Press Release]