KDDI to announce Fujitsu IS12T Mango phone on July 27th

Japanese Carrier KDDI is apparently going to hold a presentation on July 27th to officially unveil the Fujitsu IS12T Mango device in Japan. Announcement doesn’t necessarily mean launch so don’t get your hopes up but given that the Nokia Sea Ray final hardware seems to also be ready and Mango is closing on its final development days it’s safe to assume that other OEMs will also start to unveil the upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset in the coming weeks.

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Nokia Sea Ray shown on video again: This time in its retail form

A new video of the Nokia Sea Ray phone has just appeared on a Chinese forum showing what looks like the final retail version of the hardware running what appears to be a relatively recent build of the Mango OS (with the new scare Windows Logo). As I speculated a few weeks ago the device does indeed have real capacitive hardware buttons and isn’t using the N9 854X480 screen like the earlier prototype we saw (I wonder what our favorite russian fool is going to say now). Anyway hit the break to check out the device in action:

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Turn By Turn voice guided navigation won’t require taping in Windows Phone Mango ?

As you probably already know by now Turn-By-turn voice guided navigation in the current Mango Beta 2 build is crippled by a silly “tap-to read directions aloud” feature. It was speculated a few days ago, based on the Bing Maps API Terms Of Use (last updated in April 2011), that this was probably because of some kind of licensing restriction with the maps provided.

Restrictions on your use: We do have some restrictions on your use of the service. You may not:

present or alert an end user to individual maneuvers of a route in any way that is synchronized with the end-user’s sensor-based position along the route, (e.g. “real-time” navigation);

I didn’t put much thought into this until I finally experienced this feature today which made me realize how stupid / dangerous it currently is and decided to take a closer look at what’s really going on here.

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