Finally, all the speculation has been put to rest by the Windows Phone team. The much awaited update of Microsoft’s Windows Phone dubbed “Mango” which brings over 500 new features for end users (Most of them are under the hood, but still, it’s a huge update) is ready to rock your existing Windows Phone devices.
The new update to the beautifully metro OS brings many must-have features like Fast multitasking, enhanced live tile support, new APIs, a lot of updates to the built-in apps like bing. Do not forget the much awaited front facing camera support. The list is endless, check this short and sweet review of Mango.
The update will start rolling out in the coming weeks and the process will follow the same as NoDo. The timing is dependent on the manufacturers and carriers now. You can follow the ” Where is my phone update ? ” for exact dates on when the roll out hits your region/carrier/device. And you will need the new versions of Zune software for PCs and Windows Phone connector for mac to install the latest update.
Good to know that the roll out is starting in the coming weeks, which suggests that Nokia world will indeed feature some juice Mango-based Nokias.
For more details check the source link.
Source Windows Team Blog
Well, we knew that front facing camera is supported in Windows Phone Mango, the latest and greatest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS.But we never got to saw how video chat works in that metro based OS right ?
Here is a demo of Tango ( a video chat app pretty famous since it launched for iOS ) on HTC Titan, which launched recently, running Mango ( Windows phone 7.5 )
Works pretty well, eh ? We can use both the front camera as well as the back camera for the calls. The camera quality seems poor in that lighting, we can wait for Nokia to show their awesomeness in this department.
Now that we have seen how Tango works, it’s not hard to imagine how it will work when Skype gets integrated into Windows Phone since, you know, Microsoft bought it.
Source Windows Phone Blog
This is fast, i reported few days back that the HTC Omega has broken cover in the form of press shots. Expected that it would be revealed at the September 1st windows phone event, but it has already gone on sale from an individual at a french auction site. I really like the looks of this phone which resembles a mini flyer tablet.
Here is a pic for proof :
The phone runs the official version of Mango and the specs rumored as of now are :
3.8 inch Display, a 8 megapixel camera, 1.5 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon with 512 MB RAM.
Also, the front facing camera is a possibility.
via WMPU / monwindowsphone — check for more pics
The first impressions after looking at this below leaked photo from Pocketnow (the leakmeisters), i was reminded of the flyer design and hey Windows Phone Mango !?
Made in a gorgeous silver-white body, this HTC phone had already done it’s rumor rounds when they announced the September 1 event.
The rumored specs are : 3.8 inch Display, a 8 megapixel camera, 1.5 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon with 512 MB RAM. Is that a Front Facing Cam in that picture ?
The 1.5 GHz bit is to be taken with a pinch of salt, otherwise the specs look ok. Another higher end HTC WPMango in the name of Eternity is set to launch along with Omega at the September 1 event. Ok, Pocketnow where is the Eternity , out with it already ! Jokes aside, we dont have to wait too long as the event is not so far away.
Partnership still intact eh ?
HTC, the rapidly upcoming smartphone superpower is supposedly going to unveil new Mango based Windows Phone devices at an event taking place on September 1st, reports BGR.
According to BGR’s well placed sources, two new devices, namely HTC omega and HTC eternity are going to be introduced , and catch is, it’s a Windows Phone only event ! HTC is a big proponent of the Android ecosystem and it has recently confirmed that Android is it’s main platform. Isn’t it surprising that they are holding a Windows phone- only event ?
Also, according to BGR, the Eternity is a mango phone with a 3.7 inch display headed to AT&T, and Omega is a 4.5 inch mammoth headed to T-Mobile. Both same carriers if the merger goes through. So, i guess no love for CDMA, on the brighter side, the GSM devices would be globally available and soon it may launch in India too. If HTC markets them well enough, it should succeed here. Let’s see how the hardware specs hold against the slew of dual-core Android devices.
WebOS devs are endangered species after yesterday’s shocker and as usual, MS’ Brandon watson, who usually promotes Windows phones very differently ( like offering celebs and internet personalities free Windows phones to try out, posting his phone number on twitter for devs and spammers ) has offered any published webOS dev to take a WP7 ride.
AllthingsD reports that Brandon, sr. director of windows phone had tweeted :
I am sure there are many webOS devs who would be interested to join the Windows phone platform and the key driving force for them would be the free phones and tools, hehe jus kidding.
Windows phone already has more than 25k apps in the marketplace now and is growing faster than AppStore or the Android market in it’s first year. And now that Nokia is coming into the mix, it should get much better and webOS devs can’t get a better offer than this.
After getting added to the list of OEMs in the Windows phone ecosystem, Acer has now shown off , what might be it’s first windows phone. It’s called W4 and it was spotted at Computex , have a look :
Specs are believed to be (Thanks WPcentral):
- 3.6-inch WVGA Capacitive screen,
- Screen Resolution: 480×800
- 5mp Camera with auto-focus.
- HSPA 850/1900 or 900/2100 /GSM quad band 850/900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz Support.
- Qualcomm MSM 8255 running at 1GHz (same processor as in the Xperia Play)
- Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
- DLNA Support
- Windows Phone Mango
- 8GB Storage
Looks lame, but probably this might not be a high end phone . what if this is a mid range phone that competes with the likes of Wildfire and the Galaxy mid-range series ? Pretty good i would say ! And Windows phone Mango is pretty neat. So, let’s wait till November launch and THEN judge .
Recently, after Microsoft unveiled the “Mango” update, which was arguably, a software update, it released a teeny tiny interesting bit of news on the hardware side too. Am talking about the three new OEMs joining Microsoft’s party. They are Acer,Fujitsu, and behold .. ZTE, the fourth largest mobile phones manufacturer in the world !
Yes , once , and still ,majorly an infrastructure manufacturer ( like GSM equipment, routers etc. ), ZTE has joined the Windows phone ecosystem. They are already in the Android ecosystem for some years now and boy, did they make a killing ! Almost all Android phones launched by Indian pseudo-manufacturers were licensed from ZTE, like the overtly famous Micromax Andro based on the ZTE Penguin and the Dell XCD35 which was wildly popular in the U.K by the name of “Orange San Francisco” is nothing but a ZTE Blade. Impressive, no ?
Here’s some startling information . According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC device sold, which is a patent dispute settlement over an IP infrigement. So, if we calculate how much MS earned from HTC’s androids alone, 5$ for 30 million HTC androids, thats 150 million , more than what MS gets for windows phone ( 2 million licenses, each 15 $ = 30 million ).
Also, supposedly, MS earns from other Android manufacturers too, nearly 7.50 $ to 8 $ per device. Now, we know why MS bought skype , right ? Just kidding. Point is, it earns more from Android than Windows Phone.
Another interesting claim is that, Android OEMs barely get 10 – 15 % margin for smartphones and 2 – 3 % for Tablets.All those numbers just make partnering with Microsoft just better, eh ? No wonder, Ballmer famously proclaimed ” Android is not free “. Numbers look sad for the OEMs but i am wondering how they manage to cook so many devices with such low margins, arguably.
However, all these numbers are from a single analyst, so let us not judge immediately , wait for others’ take on this matter. Am sure this will spread like wildfire.