Microsoft details new languages and local services support in Windows Phone 7 Mango

Microsoft’s Windows Phone team has just detailed the new languages support coming this fall in Mango. As you probably already know, Mango will support 17 new languages in addition to the 6 already supported since launch (not 16 like originally announced): Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian (BokmÃ¥l), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. The Zune software will also support the set of languages.

Not all the languages listed above will be available on handsets as this is depended on the carrier and phone manufacturer (the more languages the bigger the rom will be..). Mango will also include four new fonts: Simplified Chinese (DengXian), Traditional Chinese (Microsoft MHei), Japanese (Yu Gothic), Korean (Microsoft NeoGothic).

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IM+ for Windows Phone 7 gets a price cut and now supports Windows Live Messenger

I+M for Windows Phone 7 has just received a price cut (from $9.99 to $4.99) and now includes support for Windows Live Messenger unlike the initial version. If you have a developer unlocked WP7 handsets then you probably won’t really care because the Mango Beta natively supports Messenger and Facebook chat in the messaging application of the OS. I+M still support Google Talk, etc so you may give it a try anyway. Download it here.

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Microsoft negotiating Android licensing deal with Samsung


Microsoft has been signing licensing agreements with lots of Android ODMs and OEMs in the past few weeks, but besides HTC’s deal which was signed in April 2010 no other major phone manufacturer has agreed to the same terms. Motorola declined and is now being sued by Redmond, but Samsung is apparently currently trying to negotiate behind closed doors with the software giant.

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HTC acquires stake in S3 Graphics from VIA


This doesn’t make much sense but HTC has apparently decided to acquire a stake in S3 Graphics from VIA for US$300 million. Back in the 90s S3 was known for making discrete graphics cards and the now infamous S3 Virge which was also known as the first graphics “decelerator” because of its relatively poor performance. S3′s major claim of fame was the introduction of the S3TC texture compression algorithm which was later licensed by Microsoft and integrated into Direct3D as DXTn.

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LG-E906 Windows Phone 7 Mango handset in the works


With all of the Nokia , HTC and Samsung buzz people tend to forget that LG is still a Windows Phone OEM and that we should expect new Mango devices from the Korean company later this year. The first one seems to be the LG-906 which has been WiFi certified back in May and is known to run Mango thanks to its User Agent xml.

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