HTC has a press event scheduled for Thursday evening during the IFA trade show in Berlin, and purported specs for two phones BGR exclusively reported will make their debut, the Eternity and Omega, have been leaked by BuyMobilePhones. The HTC Eternity appears to be the more refined of the two devices and is said to be equipped with a single-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of storage, a 1,650 mAh battery, support for 14.2Mbps HSDPA networks, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video and a 1.3-megapxiel camera for video chats. The HTC Omega reportedly has a 3.8-inch display, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and support for 14.2Mbps HSDPA networks. It is unclear if the Omega also has a front-facing camera, but given Mango’s support for video chat, we suspect that it does and we’ll certainly learn more during HTC’s press conference later today. More →
Nokia confirmed on Tuesday that its flagship MeeGo-powered N9 smartphone will not launch in the United States. Nokia reached out to Engadget with the official statement on the matter:
After the very positive reception to the launch of the Nokia N9, the product is now being rolled out in countries around the world. At this time we will not be making it available in the U.S. Nokia takes a market by market approach to a product rollout, and each country makes its own decisions about which products to introduce from those available. Decisions are based on an assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s extensive product portfolio and the best way in which to address local market opportunities.
No doubt carriers in the United States are waiting for Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone Mango handsets. The Finnish company could make the announcement about its first Mango phone during its annual Nokia World conference, which kicks off on October 26th. More →
We have heard mumblings that Windows Phone “Tango” and Windows Phone “Apollo” will eventually follow the release of Mango, which will launch on a number of new handsets this fall. New information on Tango surfaced on Monday and while we originally imagined Tango to be an upgrade from Mango, that may not actually be the case. ZDNET’s Mary Jo Foley has learned that Tango will likely be loaded on “lower price point” devices that “Microsoft and Nokia have been promising.” The move certainly makes sense, especially given Nokia’s recent announcement that it will stop selling feature phones and S40 handsets in the U.S. We have already seen leaks of Nokia’s “SeaRay” Windows Phone handset, and Foley says her sources usually use SeaRay and Tango “in the same breath.” We expect Nokia to unveil its SeaRay handset during the Nokia World conference on October 26th, and until now assumed that it would be a Mango device. It looks like we will have to wait until October to find out. More →
Microsoft confirmed on its Windows Team Blog on Monday that it has released the RTM build of Windows Phone “Mango” to manufacturing partners. “This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations,” explained Microsoft’s Windows Phone corporate vice president Terry Myerson. Microsoft has said Mango will deliver more than 500 new features to the Windows Phone platform, including Internet Explorer 9 and deeper social network integration, and we expect to see the release hit current devices in August. In addition, new phones from Microsoft’s partners, which include Nokia, HTC, LG, Samsung, Dell, Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE, are expected to be unveiled as early as September. More →
Microsoft’s final build of Windows Phone Mango has been rubber stamped and released to manufacturers and wireless carriers according to Windows Phone Dev Podcast. The move is among the final steps before Microsoft delivers the Mango release to customers. The most recent reports have suggested that Microsoft will update current Windows Phone devices in September, although winrumors says the update could be pushed out as soon as August. Microsoft’s Windows Phone partners include HTC, LG, Samsung, Dell, Acer, Fujitsu, ZTE Corporation and Nokia, and we should see a number of new devices from those companies in the fall time frame. Mango was officially announced in May and Microsoft has promised that it will deliver more than 500 new features to the platform.
UPDATE: Microsoft’s Senior Director of Communications Bill Cox has stated that Windows Phone 7.5 Mango has not yet reached RTM, as Windows Phone Dev Podcast reported. More →
Microsoft has released a new video that shows off several of the People Hub enhancements in Windows Phone Mango. The video walks viewers through a new notification Live Tile system for contacts that can be pinned to the homescreen. After a contact has been pinned, the Live Tile will quickly alert you of a new email, message, Twitter or Facebook status, missed calls, and more. If you tap into the card, Windows Phone Mango will show you an entire history of the conversations you’ve had with that person. We’re loving what we see so far and can’t wait for the release. A recent leak has suggested we can expect it, along with new devices, in September. Hit the jump for the video. More →
AT&T announced that the HTC HD7S — its fourth Windows Phone device — is now available for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. The HTC HD7S was originally announced in March during CTIA, and it offers a 4.3-inch Super LCD display, a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, a 1GHz processor, and more. The phone will not launch with Microsoft’s new Windows Phone Mango update, but it should be getting that update when Mango is released in the fall. More →
We’ve just seen a test handset running Windows Phone OS codenamed Mango, and even though the update won’t be available until the Fall, it brings some much needed improvements and enhancements to Microsoft’s mobile platform. OS 7.1 will also be the OS that Nokia devices running Windows Phone will launch with. Looking forward to 4G support, threads, deep social integration, voice dictation, multitasking with app resume, and much more? Check out our hands on photos in our gallery.