Posts Tagged ‘Windows Phone Mango’
Analyst have predicted that the Windows Phone platform will be the 2nd best smartphone OS following Android and bringing down Apple’s iOS. However, when will Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango roll out and start its run? Thankfully, it is on the horizon, landing sooner than you think.
On the Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft announced that the Mango iteration of its phone platform is now in its RTM (Release To Manufacturing) stage. This means that Microsoft has now rolled out the updated version of its OS to phone manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, LG, Dell, Fujitsu, ZTE, and, of course, the Finish phone giant Nokia.
Officially introduced by Microsoft in May, this means that the Mango version of WP7 is right on schedule, which should be expected to land sometime in autumn.
The first handset that has been confirmed to ship running the Windows Phone Mango will be Fujitsu’s IS12T. This Windows Phone Mango handset will be first seen in the hands of the Japanese on September.
Although this Fujitsu handset is most likely to be exclusively for the Japanese market, we’re pretty sure that we’ll be hearing more official news from Microsoft on the Windows Phone Mango. You might just see an official announcement on the Nokia Sea Ray.
Windows Phone 7.1 or the Mango update has now gone official from Microsoft. There have been a number of rumors flying around on what the update has to offer, but now we know for certain what it brings to the table.
First of all, the update will be rolled out to all Windows handsets. This means that smartphones such as the Samsung Omnia 7, the Dell Venue Pro, the LG Optimus 7, the HTC 7 Pro, the HTC 7 Mozart, and many more will all get the update. This will be a slap on the face to the Android and iOS platforms, since they do not roll out their latest iterations to older devices.
Another feature you should expect is an overhauled Bing search. It now includes audio, visual, and voice search options.
The third significant enhancement is LinkedIn and Twitter integration. This was missing in the past version.
Next, expect more manufacturers to join the Windows fleet. Aside from Nokia, it has been confirmed that ZTE, Fujitsu, and Acer are jumping on the bandwagon.
The fourth thing you should know about Mango is its September release date.
Another enhancement includes text, IM, and FB chats integrated into conversation threads. Whatever form of communication is used, you can manage it all in threads.
The fifth thing you should know is that the platform now supports multi-tasking. This will now attract more app developers to the Windows Phone 7.1.
The Platform’s Live Tiles can now show information in real-time without having to access the app itself. This is a great enhancement to the platforms most innovative feature.
The seventh thing you should know about the Mango update is contact group tiles. This will allow users to pin groups of contacts on a tile and do anything from email, text, or call at a touch.
The last thing you should know is all about app development. Microsoft has released its software development kit to developers. This is the reason why the Windows Phone Marketplace increased its amount of apps by 1,200 apps in a span of five days.
In a recent video, 500 new features on the Mango update as well as additional phone manufacturers of the Windows Phone 7 platform was about to be unveiled. Of course, we have all known about some of these additional features since Microsoft has been showing us snippets in the past few months.
To no surprise, there were a number of changes announced to come with the update. One of these changes was heavy Twitter integration. Another was online file sharing and document storage with SkyDrive support. For third-party app developers, they can now utilize the platform’s multi-tasking capabilities. Furthermore, an enterprise features such as search and email have been enhanced.
When it comes to browsing capabilities, users hoped that the new Internet Explorer 9, available to desktops, would come with the Mango update. WP7 user got their wish. The Windows browser was pretty impressive on PCs, and we’re happy to hear that it will be coming with the update.
For people who would like to keep both eyes on the road while driving, there is there is a speech to text feature. Speaking of vision, Bing Vision has been announced to come with the update. This feature will allow you to take a picture and get information about the image just like Google Goggles.
As expected, there are new partners who have joined the list of WP7 manufacturers. Aside from Samsung, HTC, LG, Dell, and Nokia, ZTE, Fujitsu, and Acer have joined the group.
The Windows Phone Mango is scheduled to roll out sometime on September. We’re hoping that the update doesn’t result in bricking up handsets just like what happened with a number of Samsung Omnia 7 users. Ultimately, we’re hoping that the update will salvage the negative perception towards the platform. After all, it has been predicted that the Windows platform is set to take 2nd place after Android in the global smartphone market.