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.

Once you are done your twitter (or LinkedIn) feed will show up in the What’s New Feed of the People hub (you can then filter it by services). You will be able to re-tweet or reply to messages directly from there. To create a new tweet you will have to go to your Me card (where your notifications will show up: re-tweets, mentions). Two important points: You don’t have access to your direct messages and the only way to share a photo via twitter is through the Pictures hub (tap share then select twitter).

The Me tile will show notifications if somebody mentions you or re-tweets you. As of right now this feature doesn’t seem to be perfectly working for everybody working.So far It only worked twice for me on my Omnia 7.

If you go to your Live ID settings on the web an error message shows up if you try to edit the Twitter – Live connection (thanks Keshwar).

Other changes include new fade-in animation when you enter a card via the task-switcher. In the previous build the screen just went black for a fraction of a sec and the app showed up. Looks smoother now:

Finally the location button has change in Bing Maps:

and the play-all music button has also change in the Music & Videos hub.

Internet Explorer 9 Mobile also seems to load pages a bit faster now. Anything else you have noticed? Anybody has noticed weird battery usage with this beta build (and the previous one too) ?

Update: Panorama controls in non-Mango third-party apps no longer get stuck when a listbox has been scrolled prior to attempting to swipe horizontally left or right.

Update 2: There’s also the ability to stream MP3s hosted on a Skydrive (description in this post):

UPDATE: We can now share Music and Videos via Messenger:

Stream Music and Video hosted on Skydrive:


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZIINK7RUGNV6JUD6X4BNIQROY Mar

    Still no custom Contact label!!!!!! That’s the Deal breaker for me to leave android 

  • Htumleh

    What about sharing the 3G connection as a Wi-Fi access point?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    What do you mean by “Custom contact Label” ?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Nope no WiFi hotspot feature. There’s still hope that this could be added by OEMs (like the DLNA feature on the LG’s and the new Fujitsu IS12T)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZIINK7RUGNV6JUD6X4BNIQROY Mar

    Like my with my google contacts i have more then one Cell phone number for some contact… Some are listed as Google Voice or just Cell phone 2 …. But in WP7 will only allow you to have one mobile number .. but 2 home number 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZIINK7RUGNV6JUD6X4BNIQROY Mar

    Like my with my google contacts i have more then one Cell phone number for some contact… Some are listed as Google Voice or just Cell phone 2 …. But in WP7 will only allow you to have one mobile number .. but 2 home number 

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Ah ok. Yeah that’s still the case in Mango unfortunately..

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Ah ok. Yeah that’s still the case in Mango unfortunately..

  • Dc1present

    Now in music&videos  color of inscription music&videos changed to white(dont like it)new logo of wp in start screen now square(circle better for me)

  • Dc1present

    In bing now avaible vision(Russian version)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZIINK7RUGNV6JUD6X4BNIQROY Mar

    I’m Hope that gets fixed in the final build .. I’m eyeing that new Samsung 

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Ah nice!

  • Dc1present

    I think keyboard working faster..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZIINK7RUGNV6JUD6X4BNIQROY Mar

    there isn’t a separate option volume for the music and Ringtone 

  • http://twitter.com/ilguider Ian Guider

    On the last build the music player would always crash after continuous use for me, like anywhere from 2-10 songs… Now it doesn’t! But unfortunately there’s an issue with my modem/ I haven’t had decent service all day. Usually I get full bars at home and now I get a 3G icon with no(all faded out) bars. Maybe it has to do with the new HD7 firmware/radio update that I haven’t gotten yet.

  • Funky

    I don’t understand…MobileTechWorld you did’nt notice the new calibration of colors on Omnia 7 ??
    For me, it’s pretty obvious, try green-lemon theme. 

    If not, i don’t know what’s happen to my omnia.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t you do one of these?
    - Save the number as “home 2″ or any other free number entry.
    - Create a new contact, add the mobile number, link both profiles.

  • Anonymous

    arrg, stupid discuss. Did’t want to post here.

  • PeachPit

    Pictures hub now has full slideshow-like animation; delay when switching to Bing (present in 7661) has been corrected

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    I must admit that I’m not seeing much of a difference on my device. Are the greens the main affected colors for your?

  • Anonymous

    The People’s hub ‘Whats New’ now scrolls endlessly. Did it behave this way in Beta2? I remember it used to have a ‘show more’ button.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564662120 Bhavik Vora

    The Groups icon in front of group name is removed from People hub

  • Anonymous

    Another new feature is the search apps button – this also enables the old style scroll without the alphabetical listing.  From your home screen, swipe left (for your complete apps list) and there’s a new magnifying glass :)   Although, still no final build of ie9 (with hardware acceleration), if I go to fishtest it’s still slower than an iPhone 3G.  Not sure what the problem is with the final build, but no-one mentions that the current mango ie9 does not have hardware acceleration enabled (unless I’m missing something).

  • Anonymous

    Another new thing – during music playback you can now have the (current) artist as the screen lock wallpaper – not sure if this has already been mentioned.  Anyway, it’s a nice feature :)

  • Anonymous

    OMG OMG!!!  Perhaps the best new feature, and I’ve not seen anyone mention it is – YOU CAN NOW SAVE PLAYLISTS ON THE FLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps I should explain how to make a playlist on the new mango.  Choose a song (any song) to start your new playlist and just start playing it.  Now go back to your music folder and press and hold each track you want to add and just select (add to now playing).  Once you have selected everything you want to play, come back out and move to the music main page, scroll left and you’ll see your now playing (big icon), click this, and click the three dots at the bottom of the screen – you’ll notice ‘save as playlist’ option – select this and name your playlist!  A bit fiddly when you first do it, but it’s one of those ‘once you’ve done it one time, it’s dead easy thereafter’.

  • Pamp

    NEW: Headset service over Bluetooth to PC

  • http://www.facebook.com/constantin.moraru Constantin Moraru

    Hello,
     does this built have support for network commands ?   For ex. like calling  *444*1#   and possibility to reply ?

    thanks

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Nope :(

  • Anonymous

    You should mention that you can infact send Direct Messages via Twitter.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    How do you do that ?

  • Anonymous

    Twitter goodies: http://support.twitter.com/articles/14020-twitter-sms-commands (section “Fun Stuff: friends, favorites, and stats”)
    Example:D @MobileTechWorld:disqus  this is a direct message :)

    They question is, do we really need an extra button for DM? I don’t :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m in the UK and don’t have voice navigation on the Beta 2 build. Why does everyone say it works in the UK. It doesn’t

  • http://twitter.com/ilguider Ian Guider

    After a few days I noticed a couple flaws. Maybe its too late to post, but hopefully MSFT is listening. Music player still crashes but far less. Camera consistently launches if my pocket if I click the shutter button, while having the safety option on. And music also distorts in the Bing search menu, almost like the EQ goes crazy. And when battery saver turns on and I switch my battery, when I power on its still in battery saver mode. Can’t wait until RTM.

  • http://twitter.com/igraraliyev Igrar

    And where is better attachment handling ? Still attaching only pictures from mail  :( from the Office Hub only one attachment per message :( dissappointing a bit….overal very elegant OS