Windows Phone Mango 7.5 release rumours heat up

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Posted by Bryan Hunter on 12th September 2011

Windows Phone Mango 7.5 may be released on September 15th according to a growing number of rumours, including a rather convincing podcast released yesterday.

Windows Phone Mango Release SeptemberWe learned in late July that the operating system was being shipped to manufacturers. This is the point when the software is installed and customised on the various phones that will run the OS. This is also the time when manufacturers brand the OS to cater to different carriers.

Also, back in July, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Twitter account announced that all finalists of its competition would receive a phone running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango – by September.

Then WPCentral announced that a well known commercial software company had tipped them that the release date had been pushed back from 1st Setember to 15th September. At the time it wasn’t even public knowledge that there was a release date of 1st September.

Perhaps the strongest indication, however, is from yesterday’s Windows Phone Developer Podcast . At the 34th minute of their podcast Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk are quoted as saying “Next week is going to be a big week for Windows Phone. We have been told by various sources that Mango will be dropping, and the final tools will be dropping for developers. So that would be interesting and something to look forward to." (courtesy of Liveside.com )

Whenever the release date turns out to be, it will be widely and gladly received by a growing number existing and potential of Windows Phone users. The update will bring 500 new features, fixes and improvements including multitasking, a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9, deeper instant messaging and social networking integration, live tiles for third party apps, turn-by-turn navigation and much more.

The good news is that all existing Windows Phone 7 users will receive the update for free, although the release date of the update may not exactly match that of the main release. Furthermore, there are quite a number of new devices poised to push the operating system further into competition with Apple and Android. These include the HTC Titan, HTC Radar and devices from Samsung, Acer, Fujitsu and Chinese maker ZTE.

Windows Phone now carries 20,000 applications in its marketplace which puts them ahead of Blackberry’s Appworld which has been around for 2 years. In addition, Microsoft has injected millions of dollars into creating a sales force to push the OS to hardware manufacturers and networks.

 

 
Written by: Bryan Hunter
Bryan is the founder of Phone Tips and Tricks which provides hundreds of tips, tricks and guides for smartphone users. While he isn't updating the website and blogging about phone related news, he will usually be found tinkering on his own wonder gadget.

Discuss this post:
  • Viraat

    i dont know how much more time for mango ? they make us wait more ,we leave windows and get back to android !!!!!

  • Yes, it is a long wait, but hopefully worth it. If they disappoint users with this update, it might be goodbye for the fledgling operating system. I just hope one of the 500 features will be a way to disable Microsoft Bing and use Google as the search engine.

  • Csbrant1

    I feel they are toying with us. Where is the official announce of release!?

  • Good question. It looks like the rumours weren’t true. I’m trying to find out more and I’ll update the site when I know.

  • Matm2010

    will the new os support HID so bluetooth keyboards can be used?

  • To my knowledge Microsoft haven’t confirmed if it will support HID. You would think with 500 new features, it will be one of them…but you never know.

  • RS

    I respect your opinion, but I personally (and probably many other people) would hate to see Google in my Windows Phone, and not only because it’s a Microsoft phone also because Bing is establishing itself as the new best consumer-oriented search engine. Things like Bing Vision, Scout, Bing Audio, etc. have greater value in my eyes than slightly better search results.
    So my bet is: Bing is part of WP, those who want Google can use it in the browser or get an Android phone.

  • Really?

    It’s funny that you mention Android while talking about updates :)

  • oO CLOUD 9 Oo

    damn i have been stalking the released of 7.5 code name mango forever they need to hurry up im not getting any younger

  • Haha, agreed. Don’t forget they are probably working with Nokia who are notorious for delaying launches!