Foursquare and Flixster updated for Mango with new Live tile features

Two of the most widely used Windows Phone 7 applications have just been updated to support Windows Phone 7.5 Mango today. As you can seen the picture above the official Foursquare application and Flixster now include new Live Tile related features and most importantly fast application switching for proper multi-tasking support. You can update or simply download them right now from the marketplace if you are running Mango on your Windows Phone handset.

There’s are still tons of applications that have yet to be recompiled or updated for Mango and I personally hope that Microsoft has asked all major developers of successful apps to do it and that every Xbox Live game will also be updated in time because Mango is upon us now.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango officially out in Taiwan

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is now apparently officially out in Taiwan. The update process is somewhat non-conventional though: HTC users who wish to update their HTC Mozart or HTC HD7 will have to go to their HTC store to get their device updated or grab the RUU firmware file from there. There’s no update through Zune yet because it apparently won’t include the Asian language support. the two firmware files are the following:

- RUU_Mozart_S_hTC_Asia_WWE_4.06.707.00_5.69.09_RELEASE (download)
- RUU_Schubert_S_hTC_Asia_SEA_WWE_4.05.728.01_Radio_5.69.09.29a_22.50.50.21_Signed_SCHUBERT_RELEASE (download)

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ST-Ericsson still hoping to be invited to the Windows Phone party

Desperate much ? Well this is understandable when you start losing your number one client (Nokia in this case). Back in February ST-Ericsson quickly claimed that its SoCs were going to supportĀ  Windows Phone 7 and the Qualcomm’s exclusivity won’t last long and I pointed out at the time that this was simply PR damage control and wishful thinking on the company’s part. ST-Ericsson later changed its tune in May and claimed that it will finally only supply SoC for Nokia’s Windows Phone 8. Unfortunately, the report and quotes where so misleading Nokia had to issue a press release on the same day to set the record straight: Qualcomm was still the only SoC Manufacturer for Windows Phone and that STE was simply in talks with Nokia for it’s future handsets.

Today’s the third time that the company has decided to talk about this subjects and fortunately they seem to be more grounded in reality:

In software, ST-Ericsson is playing catch up with the shift by Nokia. It does not expect to support Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 handsets, but it has put a team in place to support Windows Phone 8 on its chips.

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HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio announced

HTC has announced its first Beats Audio certified handset today; the HTC Sensation XE. As the name implies the Sensation EX is essentially nothing more than a premium version of the original HTC Sensation released earlier this year. The only difference is the higher clocked MSM8X60 SoC which is now running Dual-Core CPU at 1.5ghz instead of 1.2Ghz and the Beats Audio optimization (which I willing to beat are simply software based). The Sensation XE will also ship with Beats By Dre headphones just in case you didn’t get the memo about the $300M investment that HTC made in the audio brand a few weeks ago.

The HTC Sensation XE will be available in early October in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Nothing really exciting here besides the fact that this is HTC most powerful handset to date.

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