Windows Phone boss Andy Lees sees the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system as the answer to big problems facing iOS and Android, the two most popular mobile operating systems on the planet. In an interview with The Seattle Times, Lees pitched Windows Phone 7.5 — affectionately known as “Mango” — as the answer to consumers’ prayers. “Over the next 12, 18, 24 months, I can see a lot of stars lining up,” Lees said of Microsoft’s emerging mobile platform. Read on for more. More →
According to WPCentral, Dell will not launch any new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) smartphones. Dell was planning to release a device called “Wrigley” according to earlier reports, which was supposed to be quite similar to the Venue Pro. WPCentral said it has confirmed with “a higher up” within the company that the Wrigley is no longer in the pipeline. The report goes on to state that Dell is considering new devices for the next version of Windows Phone, ode-named Apollo, but no decisions have been made. “We have not made any announcements confirming that Mango or Windows Phone devices are no longer in the pipeline,” a Dell spokesperson told BGR when asked to comment on the claims. “Dell is committed to providing the best mobility solutions, regardless of the operating system, to our global customers.” More →
Details surrounding another unannounced Nokia smartphone have reportedly been revealed following the leak of a screenshot from French carrier Orange’s internal system. Perhaps one of several smartphones set to be unveiled later this month at Nokia World 2011, the Nokia Sun appears to be a high-end smartphone with a build similar to the newly-released Nokia N9. Spec highlights according to the screenshot obtained by French blog My Windows Phone include Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera and a unibody polycarbonate case. According to the leak, the Nokia Sun will launch in France some time during the week of November 7th. More →
Nokia has reportedly confirmed that it will introduce multiple Windows Phone handsets this year, rather than just one model as had been rumored previously. Speaking with Reuters, Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop said that the company will introduce multiple Windows Phone-powered products this quarter as the company begins a new chapter in its storied history. Nokia announced earlier this year that it would move away from Symbian and MeeGo, and instead build smartphones based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. ”Our belief is that there is a clear opportunity for an alternative ecosystem,” Elop told Reuters just ahead of Apple’s iPhone unveiling on Tuesday. Nokia is expected to introduce its first Windows Phone devices later this month at its annual Nokia World event in London. More →
Microsoft has updated its Windows Phone platform to address what is now presumed to have been a bug that caused phones to gather location data before a user opted in to such services. Windows Phone developer Rafael Rivera last week revealed that Microsoft’s mobile platform was exhibiting behavior that directly contradicted earlier claims the company made to the United States government. Microsoft’s new “Mango” update, however, appears to have remedied the matter. Read on for more. More →
During the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) launch in Singapore, HTC’s manager in the country, Melvin Chua, expressed his company’s enthusiasm for Microsoft’s mobile operating system. “We believe that Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money,” Chua said, according to ZDNet Asia. Chua’s speculation around the success of Windows Phone has also been backed by analyst firms Gartner and Pyramid Research. Recent data from Gartner suggests Windows Phone will surpass iOS as the second most popular mobile operating system with a 19.5% share of the global smartphone market by 2015. Android is expected to have a 49% share at that time. In addition, Pyramid Research has suggested the Windows Phone market share will surpass Android in 2013. Chua noted Windows Phone already makes up 30% of HTC’s overall sales and he expects that figure to increase. BGR recently published a hands-on with Windows Phone 7.5 and we were impressed with the hundreds of new changes. More →
A developer has revealed evidence that Windows Phone devices collect and transmit user location data before users have given the phones permission to do so. The news follows claims Microsoft made to the United States House of Representatives stating that it does not collect or transmit any location data until a Windows Phone user opts in. Windows Phone devices clearly ask for permission regarding the collection of location data — the user must click “allow” in a pop-up dialog box seeking authorization for the camera app to collect positioning data — but it appears as though the OS doesn’t bother to wait for users to opt in before it begins transmitting location information. Read on for more. More →
I have spent the past week or so playing with a Samsung Focus preloaded with the final build of Windows Phone 7.5, previously codenamed Mango. I have always appreciated what Windows Phone has to offer: a clean and intuitive user interface that works well, to put it simply. Windows Phone originally shipped lacking a few features, though. The NoDo update, for example, added copy and paste but the operating system still felt like it was lacking. Windows Phone 7.5 adopts Microsoft’s motto to “put people first,” and it does a fairly good job of that. There are hundreds of changes in Mango and in this hands-on look, I highlight a few changes that stood out to me during my time with the OS.
T-Mobile announced on Tuesday that it will offer the HTC Radar 4G in time for the holidays. The HTC Radar 4G is a Windows Phone 7.5 device and we recently had a chance to go hands-on with the international version, which we said felt like the “perfect Windows Phone for budget-minded buyers.” It is equipped with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera with a single LED flash, 512MB of RAM and support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. T-Mobile has not yet announced pricing for the HTC Radar 4G. Read on for the full press release. More →
Samsung on Monday unveiled three new smartphones in South Korea, the GALAXY S II LTE and GALAXY S II HD LTE Android phones, and the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-powered Omnia W. The GALAXY S II HD LTE is Samsung’s first GALAXY-branded smartphone to feature a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display, with a pixel count coming in at 1280 x 720 equal to 316 ppi. It also features a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of memory, an 8-megapixel camera with support for 1080p HD video capture, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and, as its mouthful of a name might suggest, 4G LTE support. Read on for more. More →
AT&T will begin to push the official Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update to its existing Windows Phone devices next week. The HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus will receive the update beginning Tuesday, September 27th, while the HTC HD7S will be updated to Windows Phone 7.5 some time before the end of October according to an internal AT&T memo obtained by BGR. To update your device, you will simply need to plug your Windows Phone into your computer and launch Microsoft’s Zune software. Windows Phone 7.5 will offer users more than 500 new features.
Microsoft general manager Eric Hautala wrote a blog post on Microsoft’s official Windows Team Blog on Wednesday in which he confirmed the Windows Phone Mango update will begin rolling out to devices “in the next week or two.” Hautala said Microsoft has been making solid progress on the update and advised any Windows Phone users not to install unofficial or leaked copies of Mango. “During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer,” Hautala explained. “This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone—and apps—work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5.” HTC recently unveiled the Titan and Radar, two of the first Windows Phone Mango devices, and we are expecting fresh phones from Samsung, LG and Nokia in the coming months, too. More →
AT&T announced on Monday that its first Windows Phone Mango devices will be the Samsung Focus S, the HTC TITAN and the Samsung Focus Flash. We recently had hands-on time with the HTC TITAN, which has a 4.7-inch display and a 1.5GHz processor. The Samsung Focus S will offer a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4GHz processor, support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network, an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. The Samsung Focus Flash offers a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a forward-facing camera for video chats. AT&T also restated that its current Windows Phone devices, which includes the HTC HD7S, Samsung Focus, LG Quantum and HTC Surround, will receive the Windows Phone Mango update this fall. AT&T has not yet announced pricing for the new phones or release dates.