Fujitsu IS12T preview

The boys at Nanapho manged to head over to the KDDI Design Studio shop in Tokyo to take a quick look at the recently announced Fujitsu IS12T Mango handset. The devices on display were obviously prototype handset which are running the 7716 build of the OS (7720 is the RTM build). This build features hidden WiFi network connections support and probably some other functionalities that are not available in the current Beta build (7712) .

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Windows Phone 7 Mango hidden WiFi connections support to be available in the RTM build

In case you’ve been wondering where was the previously announced support for Hidden Wifi networks in Windows Phone Mango (it’s not available in the Beta Builds B.Watson has confirmed that it really exist and is present in the RTM build of the OS. The Fujitsu IS12T screen pictured above shows you how it looks like and this isn’t even the RTM build (it’s 7716). As I said in this particular post about Bing Navigation, several features of the OS seem to be either out or different in the Beta builds so don’t be surprised if the retail builds does include additional goodies.

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Skydrive Video streaming directly from the Pictures Hub

Here’s another neat little trick that will allow you to stream videos hosted on your Skydrive directly from within the phones Pictures hub in Mango 7712. As I showed you in my previous video it was now possible to stream music and video via the browser when accessing the Skydrive from the Office Hub. But this isn’t the best UX ever so the trick here is to go to your Skydrive (on your PC) then the change the folder type to “Photos”.

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Windows Phone Mango 7712: Streaming music and video from the Skrydrive through the browser

Another thing that now “works” in the latest Mango 7712 build is the ability to stream MP3 files that have been uploaded to a Skydrive. Don’t get excited though, contrary to what some people may assume this isn’t some kind of official Skydrive Music Streaming service at all. Streaming MP3 files has always been possible in Windows Phone 7 via the browser and this is exactly what’s happening here but prior to this new Mango release it didn’t work on with MP3 files uploaded on Skydrive (first spotted by Mannan here). As you will see in the video I shot all Microsoft did here is enable the browser to stream an MP3 file from the Skydrive website ,nothing else. You still have to painfully manually upload the files via your desktop and go through IE9 Mobile to access them (the Office Hub will always send you to the browser) Same works for any MP3 file on any server:

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HTC Prime and HTC Ignite Windows Phone 7 Mango handsets show up on retailer website

HTC’s rumored HTC Ignite and HTC Prime handset which are most probably going to be the first mid-range Windows Phone 7 devices powered by the Qualcomm MSM7230 SoC have recently shown up on The Phone House website in the Netherlands. Now that Mango has reached RTM status we can rightly expect OEMs to start announcing their fall line up in the coming weeks. The first Mango device unveiled was the Japan exclusive Fujitsu IS12T yesterday but everybody’s eager to see what’s under the hood of theSamsung SGH-i637 (and it’s European version) and get a closer look at the Nokia Sea Ray.

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What’s new in Windows Phone Mango 7712: Changes and improvements

Just took a quick look at the new 7712 Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta build that was pushed out to developer unlocked handsets today and compiled a short list of what has changed since the latest Beta release (Build 7661).

First, there’s a new Mango wall paper (the one you seen in the picture above). How cool is that? not much…ok. Anyway, the biggest change is the addition of Twitter and LinkedIn integration (it wasn’t enabled in the previous release). Linking the accounts to your Windows Live ID is relatively straightforward and shouldn’t take more than a minute.

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Windows Phone Mango Beta 2 Refresh available now

As speculated earlier this morning Microsoft has just released the Beta 2 Refresh of Mango for registered developers:

Starting this morning, you can download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 “Beta 2 Refresh” from the ‘Mango’ Connect site. We’ve received positive feedback on the Mango tools and bits we’ve shared, but appreciate that many devs are still interested in working with a more complete build. Today’s refresh of the tools represent a month of great progress by the engineering team, further refining and improving the Mango developer experience.

So if you are a registered developer just head over to the Connect site and download the 7712 build to installed on your handsets. Just note that this isn’t the RTM build (7720) but a earlier version that should be feature complete. I can’t install it right now but will check it out later tday and report back any findings.

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New Windows Phone Mango build coming soon to developers

Now that Mango is RTM it’s only logical that developers will receive an update to the BETA 2 build that was released a little bit more than a month ago. According to Microsoft’s Cliff Simpkins:

We’re working to get devs an updated build soon. Stay tuned to the dev blog.

When and which build number is still anyone’s guess so stay tuned for n official word from Microsoft in the coming hours or days. And just to be clear about something: Mango went RTM yesterday morning not 10 days ago like the WPDev podcast claimed back then.

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Fujitsu IS12T Mango handset announced: Hardware Specifications, 32GB of Storage and 13.2MP camera

The Fujitsu IS12T Windows Phone handset running Mango has just been officially unveiled by KDDI during tonight event in Japan. The carrier and Manufacturer have already posted several hands on videos of the device demonstrating Mango on it. The only thing we know based on the press release is that the device will pack 32GB of internal Storage and a 13.2Mpix camera. Check them out and the press release after the break:

EDIT: The phone will come in three colors: Black, Lime and Pink (magenta, citrus, black). It has an MSM8655 SoC (no word on the clock speed), waterproof and dustproof design (IPX5/IPX8, IP5X), 13.2MP camera with face and scene detection, 32GB of internal storage, DLNA support and several pre-installed applications. The handset will be available in September at the earliest. Full Fujitsu IS12T hardware specifications after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 Mango is officially RTM

Microsoft is announcing today that Windows Phone Mango is now RTM:

Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango” – the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system. 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. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process. The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones.

This is the official deal folks and the RTM build is 7720. No more guessing or fake rumors so we can finally expect to see new handset announcement in the coming weeks starting with tomorrow Fujitsu IS12T live event from Japan. Microsoft also seems to be updating the Bing services lately as sen by the lack of business reviews in Bing Maps just like what happened several months ago. As I was told by Microsoft back in May Mango devices should start to pop up this fall once OEM are ready to launch them.

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Fujitsu IS12T announcement event live stream

Japanese carrier KDDI, Microsoft and Fujitsu are going to live stream tomorrow unveiling of the Fujitsu IS12T Mango handset in Japan. To catch the whole thing you will have to tune into the Ustream channel linked below at 10AM Tokyo time (2AM GMT / 8PM ET). This event will always be the start of the Asian marketing of Windows Phone Mango which now support East Asian Languages natively unlike the first version of the OS. The Fujitsu IS12T will also come with several Japanese applications pre-installed, Mixi, Navitime, Hot Pepper and Jorudan Norikae-Annai.

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WP BENCH 2 Windows Phone Benchmark coming soon with Mango support an Online charts

Robert Varga who developed WP BENCH for Windows Phone 7 just gave me the heads up about the upcoming version of his benchmarking tool for Windows Phone 7 dubbed WP BENCH 2. This newer version will officially support Mango and include new feature like new UI, online charts, user profile etc.

Regarding the big boost in performance that I have noticed a few days ago, Robert thinks that this may be due to a change in Mango: data blocks smaller than 4.2MB are apparently being written to the devices memory first while a second thread is used to write data to the storage memory. This is why we are seeing such a huge boost in the results (setting the data block size to 5MB shows results similar to NoDo). Looks like a nice OS level optimization that should help boost performance in certain situations. Check out WP BENCH 2 in action after the break:

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New Japanese Windows Phone Mango applications unveiled: Mixi, Navitime, Hot Pepper and Jorudan Norikae-Annai


Microsoft Japan recently posted a Mango video showcasing the Japanese version of the OS and 4 new applications which should be available later this fall:

- Mixi: Japanese Social network with over 21.6 million users
- Navitime (which we have already seen pre-install on the Fujitsu IS12T): All in one navigation, mapping and routing service
- Hot Pepper: lets you find nearby restaurants etc..
- Jorudan Norikae-Annai: Train and transit schedules

Video after the break:

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HTC Eternity and HTC Omega cases already being sold

The rumored HTC Eternity and HTC Omega Window Phone 7 handsets already have third-party cases available in China (as reported by Pocketnow but without any source link so I did a simple 5 second search on Google and landed the product pages which I link at the at of the story after the break). The HTC Eternity is rumored to be HTC’s upcoming flagship Windows Phone device while the HTC Omega should be successor to the Mozart. One thing to keep in mind though is that those cases are not proof of the existence of the device because Chinese cases manufacturers often start cranking out products simply based on guesstimates and rumors sometimes just to make a quick buck. More Pictures after the break:

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New Samsung Omnia 7 firmware leaked: I8700XXKD1


A new Samsung Omnia 7 firmware dated April 2011 and labeled I8700XXKD1 has just been leaked today. I unfortunately don’t have time to flash it right now to find out if there’s anything new compared to the previous XKC1 firmware and the recent update that has been pushed out to the device earlier this week.
I will have to flash it later which means going back to NoDo then re-update my phone to Mango Beta 2. Kinda annoying but if you guys want me to do it leave me a comment below and I’ll try to take some time tonight to perform the test.

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Need For Speed Autolog Windows Phone 7 application released

Electronic Arts has just released the official Need For Speed Autolog companion application for Windows Phone 7. Even thought Autolog is now built into all Need For Speed games recently released this application will only work with Need For Speed Hot Pursuit for now:

The award-winning Need For Speed Hot Pursuit is built around Autolog. It’s the intelligent engine and the center of the most connected Need For Speed ever, keeping you in the middle of the action both in and out of the game. Autolog is created to allow you to connect, compare and compete with your Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Friends. When playing as a Cop or a Racer you accomplishments are constantly compare against your friends to deliver the very best in connected social competition.

The application is obviously free and can be downloaded from here. You can also grab NFS Undercover for WP7 here. To use it you will need an Autolog account which is only possible if you bought Need For Speed Hot Pursuit.

Windows Phone 7 Mango isn’t RTM yet


Title says it all….Just thought that I would this clear In case you missed what happened today and didn’t follow me on Twitter, several website posted stories about Mango being supposedly RTM (Released To Manufacturing) based on a rumor started on the Windows Phone Dev podcast last week (dunno why it only popped today given that I was made aware of it exactly 7 days on Twitter by a follower (@Keshwar) and decided not to post about it without any proof). As it’s usually always the case nobody bothered to do any double checking before rushing to post about it (you can see me and Mary Joe Foley questioning the validity of the whole thing here).

Anyway, this is another case of page-views, clicks and ad impressions ruling the internet.

How to create P2P multiplayer games in Windows Phone 7 Mango

The inclusion of TCP and UDP sockets support in Mango finally allows developers to create real-time multipplayer games for Windows Phone 7. The whole process may sound a bit tricky for many but thankfully Microsoft just posted a straightforward tutorial to help you implement this feature in an XNA application:

One of the new features for the app platform in Windows Phone Mango is TCP and UDP Sockets. In this blog post, I’ll talk about using this to augment an existing game to add peer-to-peer multiplayer over WiFi using UdpAnySourceMulticastClient. Phones running the game on the same WiFi network automatically discover one another and the players just appear on the screen.

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LG Fantasy Mango handset and 6 other Android devices coming this year?

Grab some salt and sit tight cause Pocketnow is claiming to have gotten their hands on LG’s upcoming road map which is filled with Android smartphones and one single Windows Phone 7 handset running Mango ; the LG Fantasy. As its usually the case with these kinds of leaks nothing should be taken as a fact until the company officially unveils its plans. What we know for sure though is that LG has a Mango device currently in the making currently named the LG-E906 and this could very well be the LG Fantasy device rendered above which strangely looks like a cousin of the HTC HD2/7.

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