Archive for: mango

Microsoft Releases Mango (Beta) Under Early Access Program.

  • June 29, 2011 12:10 pm


Calling all Windows Phone 7 Developers: Check your inboxes. According to the Windows Phone Developer Blog, invites are starting to trickle out today thanks to a new “early access program” inviting the talented code weavers of the WP7 would to get their hands on an early copy of Mango before it launches later this year.

For now, the full global distribution of developer-only builds and test software hasn’t been completely figured out by the WP7 team, though they promise such kinks to get ironed out in the coming weeks. With that said, interested parties need only download the new Windows Phone Developer Tools beta 2 suite to join the party.

The current list of supported countries for the new Early Access Program include:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States

Anyone with access to the Early Access Program and Mango is encouraged to drop us a line and tell us what you think!

WP7 News: Angry Birds And “Juicy Surprises”.

  • June 29, 2011 6:38 am


Good news for Windows Phone users this morning: Angry Birds is now in the Marketplace — albeit the older, original Angry Birds. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers, right? Get it now for $2.99.

In other news: Sr. Director of Communications for Windows Phone, Bill Cox, tweeted yesterday that not only was Angry Birds, Kik, and GoWalla now available in the WP7 Marketplace, but that today would hold host to some new “juicy news”.

No other tweets or comments have eluded to any possible hints. Though from what we’re hearing, it could be a beta build of Mango for developers. We’ll find out soon enough…

Mango (Further) Uncovered: In-Browser Audio Streaming, More Xbox Live Integration.

  • June 27, 2011 10:22 am


Is sure seems like Microsoft is taking their sweet time in bringing Mango to market. Hopefully it’s because they’re jam packing it with features and getting every last bug out of said update before it drops. But while we wait how about a little more info on upcoming Mango features including new HTML goodies and Xbox Live integration…?

Web Based WP7 Marketplace To Launch Alongside Mango Later This Summer.

  • May 26, 2011 2:44 pm


Joing the ranks of Apple and Google, Microsoft will release a web based version of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace alongside the “Mango” update later this summer. The announcement was made by Todd Brix, Microsoft’s senior director of the Windows Phone Marketplace. Similar to the web based Android Marketplace, WP7 users will be able to read reviews, view screen shots, promote applications via social networks, as well as purchase apps for OTA download. Payment will be tied to credit cards associated with your Windows Live ID.

Windows Phone 7 is quickly coming together, but is it enough?

Buzz Kill: Carriers Prevented Tethering From Debuting In WP7 Mango.

  • May 26, 2011 6:40 am

Carriers are a necessary evil. They bring us the wireless technologies we gadgeteurs use day in and day out, yet overcharge — double and triple charge too! — and at many times and offer sub-par service. Really it’s like a love hate relationship. Sadly, we have another example of carriers mucking with innovation and the gadgets that pack them in an attempt to grow their own pockets.

Matt Bencke of Microsoft took to the Windows Phone Blog concerning the lack of tethering in the upcoming WP7 Mango update. In short: Carriers artificially gimped Mango:

“I appreciate your pain around tethering (using your device as a modem) as this has been something that I’ve used in the past. Tethering, in the past was something that we managed independently of the Mobile Operators (e.g. AT&T, Orange, Verizon). In recent years, the Mobile Operators have now taken ownership of this functionality x-all platforms (e.g. our competitors as well as us). We are continually working with them and our OEM partners to enable this functionality for our devices, but at this time there isn’t an announcement that we’ve made in regards to rolling out this feature. Stay Tuned!”

Something is very wrong when a majority clearly and repeatedly requests a particular service or feature only to have the minority governing body reject said requests (or take advantage of them). Such is the sad state of the cellular world.

ZTE To Beat Nokia To The Punch, Release WP7 Device In Q3.

  • May 25, 2011 7:40 am

All the hype around upcoming Windows Phone 7 hardware may be focused on Nokia’s embracing of Redmond’s mobile OS of choice, but another new manufacturer is fighting back. As reported yesterday, Chinese hardware manufacturer ZTE has recently been accepted into the Windows Phone 7 fold and promised to release compelling hardware in the not too distant future.

Today that promise takes on a different light as ZTE terminal devices unit VP, Jeffrey Fan, revealed the company’s intentions of releasing their first Windows Phone 7 device in Q3 — many weeks to months before Nokia’s vague “end of 2011″ claims.

“We are already working on a smartphone based on Mango and it will be launched in Europe.”

ZTE has had a few gems here and there, though most if all have never made it to the states. Perhaps things will be different moving forward. (We can certainly hope…)

Windows Phone 7 Mango Partners: Where’s Dell?

  • May 24, 2011 2:41 pm


Look back in time to early October when Microsoft took the wraps off of their Windows Phone 7 launch partners. Of the few manufacturers to push out the initial wave of WP7 hardware, Dell’s Venue Pro smartphone was the most intriguing and stylish in our books. It looked every bit as sophisticated as Microsoft boasted WP7 was. And then delay after delay (repeat, etc.) set in, ultimately causing the Venue Pro to hit the market weeks behind schedule. But even now Dell still has problems with the Venue Pro. Are the delays causing internal conflicts between Microsoft and Dell and in turn hurting Mango support?

At today’s Windows Phone 7 Mango preview event, Microsoft listed many current and new hardware manufacturers that will ship devices supporting the upcoming Mango update — except Dell. We’ve reached out to Dell as to whether the lack of Mango support being mentioned was just a fluke or whether the absence signals a more ominous tone for Dell’s WP7 ambitions. We’ll update you as the facts come in…

Microsoft WP7 Mango Tidbits: Nokia Hardware In-house Already Running Mango.

  • May 24, 2011 11:01 am


For those still chewing through the Windows Phone 7 Mango Preview event wrap up wondering what Microsoft has in store hardware wise, sit tight. While today’s little shindig was all about software, Microsoft did share one juicy detail regarding Nokia hardware in particular — they have it in house and running on the latest pre-release builds of Mango. For the Finnish manufacturers public WP7 launch, the official build number we’ve heard thus far is reportedly be Windows Phone 7.1. However, Microsoft today stated that Mango will be the shipping OS version which itself has been called WP7 7.5.

Regardless, the admission means that getting WP7 up and running on Nokia hardware wasn’t all that difficult, though likely has some bugs here and there for obvious reasons. While we still don’t have an official date for Nokia’s debut into the WP7 world outside of a vague “late 2011″, it is evident that the pieces are coming together.

Now what about those new WP7 hardware partners leaked shortly before Micorosft’s Mango event…?

Windows Phone 7 SDK Documentation Now Live!

  • May 24, 2011 10:21 am


News break: The Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango preview event is still in full swing, but developers are likely wanting to know when they can get access to Mango’s SDK. Good news: Documentation now available for download meaning the official SDK is one step closer. Stay tuned…