Windows Phone 7 Mango custom ringtones features detailed

Microsoft has just posted more details about the custom ringtones feature to be introduced in the upcoming Mango update for Windows Phone 7. First the new custom ringtones API that Microsoft announced back in March during the MIX11 conference. This API will allow third-party developers to to create applications that can add ringtone files to the devices. Secondly users will be able to create their own ringtones on the PC and then load them on their Windows Phone 7 device via the Zune software. The ringtones audio files will need to conform to the following specifications:

- 39 seconds or shorter
- smaller than 1 megabyte (MB)
- saved in MP3 or WMA format
- not copy-protected (i.e. DRM free)

Continue reading Windows Phone 7 Mango custom ringtones features detailed →

Windows Phone Tango coming after Mango and before Apollo?

According to Digitimes who has one of the worst track record when it comes to “sources” and rumors, the release after Mango will be called Tango. We already know that the next big release which is said to be Windows Phone 8 and is speculated to be running the ARM Windows 8 Kernel is called Apollo so if this Windows Phone Tango is real it will most probably be a minor update.

Compal has signed with Microsoft for licensed use of the Mango platform and Tango, a platform to succeed Mango, the sources noted.

Continue reading Windows Phone Tango coming after Mango and before Apollo? →

In depth look at Nokia’s upcoming camera sensor and optics

Nokia still knows a thing or two about camera sensors and optics so if you are interested in knowing what’s behind the Nokia N9 camera sensor and Carl Zeiss optics, which will most probably the one featured in the Nokia Sea Ray Windows Phone 7 device, then should definitely check out what went into designing this new camera module which is 70% smaller in size compared to the one in the Nokia N8.

To have a single sensor that provides this capability, however, means a sensor with more pixels than you need at any one time. In the case of the new Nokia N9, while it says 8-megapixels on the product, the sensor is actually 8.7-megapixels. You can see in the illustration the total area covered by the image sensor as well as the portions of the sensor used according to the chosen aspect ratio. The result of this is the only mobile device which genuinely gets more in the width of the picture than the industry norm 4:3, leaving you the flexibility to choose the best aspect ratio for the scene.

One of the benefits of Nokia’s scale has long been being able to work directly with component manufacturers to design and develop bespoke components. This new sensor, like in many of our products, especially the Nokia N8, is designed and developed to our own specification and exclusively supplied to Nokia, as are our optics of course: no off-the-shelf components will meet our demanding requirements.

Continue reading In depth look at Nokia’s upcoming camera sensor and optics →