WP7 Mango Released to Manufacturers
Microsoft today announced that Windows Phone 7 mango has reached a major milestone: the code has been finalized and handed over to cell phone manufacturers. The release to manufacturer — or RTM — stage means that hardware companies such as HTC, LG, and Samsung, and network operators such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless can use the code to optimize their respective hardware and services before rolling them out later this year. Microsoft said that it is now working on how the update will be rolled out to existing WP7 handsets. Mango is still on track for release this fall.
Liveblog: Windows Phone Update 2011
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Navteq Re-Org to Focus On Social-Location Service
According to an internal memo supplied to Phone Scoop, Nokia and Navteq are undertaking a massive reorganizational approach to their mapping and social networking services. The three foundational elements behind this change are being made to support the following: new social-location applications, services, and developer experiences that engage a large user-base to build a winning brand and ecosystem together with Microsoft; high-value location content enabling differentiated experiences; and high-value advertising network monetizing the ecosystem by providing local commerce services for brands and merchants.
Microsoft and Nokia Finalize Agreement
Microsoft and Nokia today announced that they've agreed to the broad terms and finer details concerning Nokia's use of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform in its future smartphones. The companies said they already have a product roadmap looking ahead several years, and they are hoping to ship their first WP7 device by the end of the year.
NoDo Scheduled for LG Quantum, Samsung Focus
Microsoft has provided an update to the status of AT&T's Windows Phone 7 devices and the NoDo update. According to the Windows Phone Blog, the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus have passed the testing phase and are now in the scheduling phase.
Whats with the fruity names?
Despite my eagerness for the mango update, I just hope that the carriers have worked out the bugs in the update process with some devices. This update, as well as the update process, will be one of the crucial elements in mass popularity. WP7 is very nice, even in its infant stage and I can't wait for the update. Of course this platform will still not be for everyone but, I hope to see more people enjoying WP7.
There are only two features I would really love to see. If not in the mango update itself, then a future minor update. I appreciated the SkyDrive feature and the integration of MS office but, I would like to see direct document transfer to and from the compu...
As for the direct document transfer, with microsoft allowing those chevron people to unlo...