I feel somewhat conflicted about sharing this because the person from Technet.hu filming it directly ignored Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop's request that no one take photos or record videos of what was shown. It's done though, and it's up there being shared, so the genie can't be put back in the bottle. I'm watching it now and very little was shown or said about the hardware - dubbed SeaRay - in the first seven minutes. It looks like most of the video is a walk-through of Windows Phone 7 with Mango.
"The next version of the Windows Phone operating system, code-named Mango, got heaps of praise today, as embargoes lifted for reviewers to comment on a technical preview of the code they tested. But for Microsoft, there's plenty of heavy lifting left to do. After nearly a week of testing Mango, CNET's own Bonnie Cha and Jessica Dolcourt write that "Mango is a satisfying upgrade from the original Windows Phone OS, and one that brings the platform closer to the competition."
This is a solid analysis of the challenges that Microsoft faces with Windows Phone 7 - Android has tremendous momentum, as does the iPhone, and Microsoft needs to create a compelling package for consumers to want these phones. Personally, I'm excited about Mango - the new features and improvements will put Windows Phone 7 on much better footing when it comes to competing with the iPhone and Android devices. There's a long way to go still, but Mango is a step in the right direction. Here's hoping the hardware we see released in the Mango timeframe will kick it up a notch. I'm looking at some of the Android superphones with envy...
"To say "Mango" for Windows Phone 7 is a large update is a bit of an understatement. It's massive. Although we have had two updates to our fledgling OS, both have been relatively minor. "Mango", however, is Microsoft's attempt to fill in all the gaps left from the v1.0 release last fall. Can it succeed?"
WPCentral has been playing with a preview version of Mango, and really like what they see. The scale of the improvements justifies Microsoft's labeling of Mango as WP7.5, and you'll see why after reading through the article.
"The basic scenario is that you're listening to some music that you've never heard-or you hear a song you like but don't remember the name of it. In Mango, you can just pull out your phone and within seconds get the name of the song or artist and also a link to the Zune music store so you can download or buy it."
Cool stuff - the upcoming Mango update will feature Music Search, which promises to put a name to that tune which you just can't quite remember the name of. The best part is the description of how its done, and why Music Search can potentially return results almost instantaneously - sound is monitored continuously, and "fingerprinted" rather than sampled, which promises to cut data use substantially.
"Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 still faces a long catch-up game against Android OS and Apple's iOS, but a future update code-named 'Mango' with 500 new features that will give Microsoft a real chance of eventually capturing the most smartphone customers. In any case, Microsoft's aspirations around smartphone operating systems (OS) will never be laughed at again."
It's obvious that Microsoft needs to step up their game if they hope to compete with Apple and Google in the battle of mobile ecosystems. While the partnership with Nokia was a great strategic move, when all is said and done, what matters is the phone OS itself and the experience it gives to consumers.The linked article from Brighthand covers 5 Mango features that may end up being the main reason Windows Phone will be able to win over hearts. And as you'll read, it isn't necessarily the featurs themselves that may be winners, but also how those features are implemented in the OS. Mango takes features that may already exist on other platforms, but integrates it in such a way that it blurs the line between OS and app.Check it out to see if you agree.
"According to Eldar Murtazin, famed Russian leakster, this is the HTC Mazaa, which appears to have a 12MP camera and the ability to shoot in RAW mode if so required. And wait-is that Mango it's running?"
A juicy rumor has HTC releasing a new phone with a 12MP camera. What's more, the camera is purported to have an option to shoot in RAW format, and to be running Mango. Curious? The Read link also directs you to a somewhat lengthy video with additional "evidence".
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM
One of the things that came out of the Mango preview was a change that Microsoft has made regarding the browser: they moved the address bar to the bottom of the interface, right above the keyboard. The above screen capture was from a Mango preview video. What do you think? Is this an improvement for the better, or a step back? Sound off!
Phonescoop got some hands-on time with Mango - well, someone else's hands - and this fills in a few of the blanks that I've been wondering about. Mango will really enhance Windows Phone, it's just a shame it's not going to be out until the fall. Let's hope it's early fall rather than late fall...
"It appears the leaks were true. Zune on Windows Phone Mango has received a nice update. Using the Mango emulator provided with the Windows Phone Developer Tools, we were able to access certain hidden features like Bing Vision, Bing Audio, Local Scout, and more."
In addition to some beautiful cosmetic changes, it appears that we'll also be seeing some key functionality improvements to bring it on par with the Zune HD device. My favorite improvement would be the visibility of the music playing controls on the lock screen. Sure, it's not that hard to press "power" and then "volume" to get to the controls right now, but this is a slight bit of streamlining that I surely will appreciate. The ability to have the artist's imagery on the lock screen when their music is playing is also a pretty nifty feature.Click the link to find out more about some other functionality and podcast support.
As planned, Microsoft has now made the Mango development tools available for download. The download will bring developers the ability to prepare the app for background processing, deep linking, additional sensor support, direct camera access and more. More importantly, the development tools now provide access to sockets for communication, which may allow Xbox Live multiplayer gaming, although Microsoft has yet to comment on their plans with regards to online gaming. Follow the link below to download the latest tools and to get started developing!
"To better reach customers worldwide, I'm also pleased to announce today that Mango will offer a new web version of Windows Phone Marketplace. This will enable customers to shop, share and buy/download apps and games from any PC and send them directly to their phones. You get more visibility for your apps with no extra work. The Mango Marketplace will bring several new features and capabilities that Todd Brix will be expanding upon here a little later."
The wpcentral.com website is reporting that Matt Bencke has written a post about a future version of the Windows Phone Marketplace that will be accessible on the web. This looks like a very positive move to me, as exposure to the apps available for the platform will now be available to anyone with a browser. It seems that this will roll out with the Mango release, so we have to wait a bit, but it should be a nice addition that developers looking to sell apps will appreciate.
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 10:29 AM
I was eager to watch the Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Webcast, and I figured taking point-form notes would be a great way to share with all of you what Microsoft presented. Here we go:
Seven months ago, Windows Phone was launched
Everything is people centric on Windows Phone; Mango ups the ante
Twitter and LinkedIn now added into the mix
They added photo albums via a pivot on the person
Call History is sorted by person, including visual voicemails
Groups: you can mirror your real-life relationships on the phone. This feature looks killer! It filters all your social networks just for those people, including photos that are tagged with those people. Group email, group texts - Microsoft didn't want to take a proprietary approach like Blackberry Messenger; they used Windows Live and Facebook Chat instead.
"REDMOND, Wash. - May 24, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. today previewed the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named "Mango," through a series of media events around the world. "Mango" will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet. The "Mango" release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and is scheduled to ship on new phones beginning this fall. More details on device update timing will be provided closer to availability. Windows Phone will also add support for additional languages, expand access to apps by launching Windows Phone Marketplace in new countries, and partner with new OEMs to enable expansion to new markets."
Windows Phone 7.1, better known by it's code-name Mango, is big. Really, really big. Seven months after the initial launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is announcing the next big wave of features - and, frankly, dubbing it a .1 release is under-selling how big this really is. Read, watch, and sound off on what you think about what Microsoft is bringing to the table.
"In recent hours two more possible changes have surfaced for the ‘Mango' update to Windows Phone 7. First up, it was leaked via Twitter, that Mango will include a ‘Linked Inbox' capability, which is rumored to be an improvement over the universal inbox technique used by Apple with the iPhone."
A New Zealand media teaser image for Windows Phone Mango shows how the Linked Inbox and People Hub live tiles will appear when Mango hits phones later this year. The Linked Inbox feature is Microsoft's answer to Apple's universal inbox. Where the Linked Inbox differs from Apple's implementation is the user can designate which email accounts is to be aggregated into the Linked Inbox versus an all or nothing approach. Also shown in the press image is the People Hub's live tile which now pulls pictures from additional sources and is able to display different size images.
"While there are a wide range of new features in Mango that you'll hear more about in the coming weeks and months, at TechEd we're highlighting a number of new capabilities designed to help you stay productive on the go...Mango is designed to make you even more productive right out-of-the-box - helping you quickly and easily stay connected with the people and information that are most important to you."
There are enough nice improvements that Mango does deserve the .5 release number. Including the email conversation view you see above, there's going to be integration with Office 365 and Windows Live Sky Drive, pinnable email folders, server search, Microsoft's new Lync service, and a bunch of under-the-hood improvements to make WP7 more amenable for corporate IT departments to manage.
Although Microsoft previously announced that the Mango developer tools would be released in May, the actual release is now rumored to coincide with the VIP Preview we previously reported on. The developer tools will bring hardware access to the camera and accelerometer, as well as the phone's contacts and calendar. Hopefully this rumor turns out to be true, as a developer release of the tools would indicate that Microsoft is on schedule with regards to the update.
"The newest update to Windows Phone 7 called "Mango" (Windows Phone 7.5) is coming this fall with some enticing features.These new features illustrate WP7's open mindedness, but also the degree to which they are behind the competition."
Business Insider, easily my favourite newly-discovered site, has put together a list of the best upcoming features in Mango - and these are only the ones we know about. I have a feeling there may be a surprise or two when it ships. Of course, I was already surprised by one thing I saw on this list: SMS dictation! I seem to have missed that feature in the other round-ups of Mango features that I've read. There's some good stuff coming - and I sincerely hope that by the time Mango is ready to go, we won't have the scattered, confusing mess of an update story that we got with NoDo.
"Microsoft has announced that the latest version of Windows Phone 7 will be released in a ‘VIP Preview' event on May 24th, in NYC."
Microsoft is set to give a 'VIP Preview' of the upcoming version of their Windows Phone operating system on May 24th in New York City. This upcoming version is believed to include Bing voice turn-by-turn navigation, IE9, Skype support and multitasking.
"On the Windows Phone Developer Podcast, a plethora of new features were announced that will really bring Windows Phone up to par with the competition..."
I wouldn't consider things settled yet, but there's some real nice additional functionality that's coming our way with the Mango update. Along with real GPS navigation, we're going to get Bing Audio and Bing Vision, as well as Voice to Text SMS. How much of this will actually make it to all markets is still an open question, since Marketplace hasn't been fully rolled out either. But its encouraging to see the progress Microsoft is making towards a truly competitive mobile OS.
"It's final at last folks, the next major update for Windows Phone, dubbed ‘Mango,' will rename the phone line Windows Phone 7.5."
Well, it looks like Microsoft feels 'Mango' is a significant enough update and therefore will officially call it Windows Phone OS 7.5. Mango's main features are multi-tasking, IE9 and developer access to additional phone hardware such as the camera.