It's not the most original app name in the world, but you certainly can't miss the reference. Picaser is an app that allows you to view and manage your albums and photos on Google's Picasa, with multiple account support (including third party accounts) and the ability to upload directly from your phone. It isn't a free app, but it won't break the bank either at $0.99. Hit the link if you want to try it out.
"So here we stand with the best smartphone operating system, best hardware, best development tools and the best mobile web browser. I'm certain that Windows Phone with its army of app developers, OEMs and Mobile Operator partners will be marching to victory this year."
Yes it will, says Rob Tiffany in his blog. How is he so sure? Well, he thinks it's a convergence of a number of factors that play well into Microsoft's hands. For instance, he believes that exciting new hardware options will entice customers from a handset perspective, and developers will be able to develop compelling new apps using Microsoft's effective development environment. Good points, and indeed these will be important factors. I think marketing, product positioning with both vendors and the public, and continual evolution of the reference hardware specs will be important too. Read through his blog and the drop over to our forums to let us know if you think 2012 will be "the" year for Windows Phone.
"With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has gone in a completely different direction from what they had been doing with Windows Mobile since the turn of the century. They now intend to really take responsibility for the platform. Android has taken over the exact same model that the failed Windows Mobile originally excelled at and there are plenty of signs of the same problems. Apple went to the other extreme and manages absolutely every little thing about their iPhone. Microsoft is trying to take all of the good things about both the wild-forest anything-goes philosophy and the walled-garden my-way-or-the-highway philosophy in order to make a more middle-of-the-road type of ecosystem that will be pleasant for users, developers, carriers, and manufacturers all the same."
Unless you are brand new to the Windows Phone 7 world, you will have likely heard about the next iteration of the platform that Microsoft has been working on for some time. Recently released, Windows Phone 7.5, code-named Mango, has been teasing us with all sorts of promised enhancements, fix ups, and core improvements. Reviews are starting to appear, and from what I've been reading there are many positive impressions of what Microsoft has done. The linked review by Adam Z Lein on the pocketnow.com website is a very comprehensive walkthrough of the new update. Complete with screen captures and video, this should provide you with a very good understanding of what is new and enhanced. Read the review and I think you will have a good idea why positive vibes are emanating about the future of this platform. Agree or disagree? Drop back to our forum and share your thoughts.
"The HTC Titan is one of the new Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones to be announced today. It features a massive, 4.7-inch display and a 1.5GHz processor. We were live at HTC's launch event in London and were able to get some quick hands-on time with the new phone."
If you are into big screen smartphones, like I am, you'll want to take note of this behemoth. HTC's new Titan, running Windows Phone 7.5 has been announced. Besides it's beautiful screen, it has some interesting features, including a wide-angle camera lens. Put your browser in full-screen mode and hit the Read link for some more pictures.
"Windows Phone 7 Connector is a simple, easy-to-use application designed to sync your favorite media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software."
Mac users, make your way to the App Store and grab today's update of Windows Phone 7 Connector. Microsoft has tagged it with a version number of 2.0, and with it, there's full sync and import support for Aperture, drag-and-drop support, ringtone transfer and Windows Phone Marketplace support if your phone is running Windows Phone 7.5, as well as a bunch of other goodies ranging from backup and restore improvements to additional languages. And all for the good ol' price of free.
"Microsoft has just dropped us a line to note that Fujitsu and KDDI au have released the IS12T in Japan, becoming the first Windows Phone 7.5 (codenamed "Mango") handset to hit retail anywhere in the world."
Finally, the wait is over. The first official release of a Windows Phone with Mango on it is now available. It is a Fujitsu phone, the IS12T, and is being offered by KDDI au in Japan. There are a number of significant enhancements in the new Windows Phone 7.5 software release, and developers will be releasing apps to take advantage of the new features in the days and weeks ahead. This is becoming a very interesting time for the Windows Phone platform, with potential patent battles looming in the Android world, and with the continuing development of the Microsoft-Nokia partnership. The Read link has additional information about the release.
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.
"Smart DJ - Found on the ol' Zune HD, it's described as thus "If you have a Zune Pass, you'll hear a mix of music from your collection and from the Zune catalog if you're near a known wireless network. Otherwise, if you don't have a Zune Pass or if you aren't near a known wireless network, the Smart DJ mix will just include songs from your own music collection.". Basically it rivals iTunes Genius and is something us Zune'ers have been wanting for awhile."
While they may not be the "hotest" features we can expect to see in the Windows Phone 7.5 release, they will certainly appeal to some people. In addition to the Smart DJ feature referenced in the quote above, another feature is reported to be the ability to turn off the shutter release sound when you are using the camera. Whether that is legal or not is open to some debate (hit the Read link and then scroll down to the comments).
"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.
"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.