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According to rumors, the Windows Phone Mango update will be rolling out within the week. Specifically, it is said to be rolling out on the 15th of September.
The fruit-inspired iteration of the Windows Phone platform (Windows Phone 7.5) was leaked in a Windows Phone Dev podcast. Here, it was revealed that Mango will be released on September 15.
They said, “Next week is going to be a big week for Windows Phone. We have been told by various sources that Mango will be dropping, and the final tools will be dropping for developers. So that would be interesting and something to look forward to.”
What enhancements should we expect with Windows Phone Mango? First of all, enhancements and major changes to the interface are to be expected. Secondly, it will be better optimized for social media network integration. Lastly, the “try before you buy” option on Microsoft’s Marketplace will be improved.
Sadly, features such as multi-tasking among other features were disappointing. We’re hoping these concerns will be addressed before the update rolls out.
If these reports are accurate, Windows Phone Mango (Windows Phone 7.5) will start rolling out to all WP7-powered smartphones within the week. However, when network operators will permit the update roll out is a big question.
Microsoft has just announced that a number of game titles on the Xbox Live marketplace will be making their way to their Windows Phone 7 smartphones in a few months’ time.
On a gaming event held in Cologne, Germany, GamesCom, Microsoft announced that its Windows Phone 7 handsets would be getting games such as Splinter Cell: Conviction, Burn The Rope, and Kinectimals. Aside from more games, there are also a number of additional features that have been added to the service. These are a selection of clothes for Xbox Live avatars, purchasable game add-ons, and a parental lock for mature game content.
With the ever-growing popularity of mobile gaming on the Android Market and the Apple App Store, handheld gaming platforms from Sony and Nintendo are losing their grip on gaming markets. With Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 smartphones claiming their cut of the pie, console gaming might be a thing of the past.
The once pricey Nintendo 3DS had to cut its price down to half in the attempt to cope with the cheaper games across app offerings. The Sony PlayStation Vita is scheduled to make an appearance early in 2012. However, we’re not sure if it will be a hit with the cheaper games on the Android Market, the Apple App Store, and now Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 handsets.
Rumor has it that Samsung has created a Windows Phone 7 version of their current flagship the Galaxy S2. These reports came from the Bluetooth SIG board. If these rumors are true, are we to see re-branded S2 running on the Windows Phone platform?
Before any handset is released to the market, it is tested by the Bluetooth group if phone passes their wireless specifications. One of these handsets that went through testing is the Samsung SGH-i937. This smartphone is similar to the SGH-i927 (Galaxy S2) in specifications and the Samsung SGH-i917 (the US’ WP7 Focus) in operating system.
With the sequencing of the model numbers, it is easy for many to believe that the SGH-i937 is a re-branded Windows Phone 7 version of the 1.2 GHz dual-core processor-powered Samsung Galaxy S2. Despite sounding feasible, it is best to take this with a grain of salt.
This new Windows Phone 7-powered handset’s specifications are rather elusive. Aside from the model number, there is no way to truly find out if this Window Phone handset comes with the same specifications of the Galaxy S2.
It is most likely that the new smartphone will come packed with the same Super AMOLED Plus display found on the S2 and the Focus. This will allow users to enjoy more high-quality HD videos. However, when it comes to the dual-core processor, we’re not so sure if this will ever happen. We all know Microsoft’s strict guidelines when it comes to hardware on Windows Phone handsets.
Right now, we’re not keeping our hopes up. However, if Nokia were to release Windows Phone handsets sporting ducal-core processors, there may be truth in a Samsung dual-core-powered WP7 smartphone. Since, Nokia is expected to bend a few Microsoft rules, it is possible that others will follow suit, like the rumored SGH-i937 by Samsung.