HD video support added to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on new handsets

One little feature that most Windows Phone (and iOS) users are usually not aware of is that videos transferred to the handsets via the Zune client are all re-encoded in WVGA (or close to this) especially when they have a higher resolution. This is done so that the user never encounters a situation where a video isn’t played back properly or at a sub-par frame rate because of a dodging encoding codec or resolution (the first generation QSD8250 Snapdragon SOC only  supported the following HD formats MPEG-4 Simple Profile Up to 30fps @720p 10Mbps / H.264 High Profile v3.0 Up to 30fps @720p (1280×720) 10Mbps). The only 720P videos that where ever played back on a current Windows Phone 7 handsets are the ones shot by the camera, transferred to the phone with the USB mas storage trick or  via the Skydrive trick.

I decided to take a look at the current codecs supported in Mango and noticed that Microsoft has finally updated the list with support for 720P HD video playback at 30fps for the new MSM8255 and MSM7230 powered handsets only. Here’s the list of codecs that are listed with “Some Windows Phone 7.5 devices support 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps”:

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The Windows Phone 7.1 Mango SDK is now available

Microsoft has just release the RTW version of the Windows Phone 7.1 aka Mango SDK which is freely available for download. The final tools include several bug fixes and support for the following languages:

  • English (en-US)
  • French (fr-FR)
  • German (de-DE)
  • Italian (it-IT)
  • Japanese (ja-JP)
  • Korean (ko-KR)
  • Russian (ru-RU)
  • Spanish (es-ES)

You can grab them directly from here.

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Samsung signs patent licensing deal with Microsoft for Android and Windows Phone

Microsoft just scored a major win today with Samsung. The Software giant will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android. That’s going to be a whole lot money given the gigantic number of Android devices  that Samsung is currently selling (the Galaxy S II has already reached the 10 Million units milestone). It was rumored that Microsoft was asking $15 for every Android device manufactured so you can bet that Microsoft is quite happy about this deal and you can bet that the Google Motorola acquisition played a big role in this deal (Samsung must have seen that it would help the whole patent situation in the longer and decided to side with Microsoft instead). Samsung will apparently also cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone. Who said that Samsung was abandoning Windows Phone ? Oh yes..rumors.. Full press release after the break:

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New low-end Windows Phone hardware chassis unveiled: 2GB of Storage, 3MP camera

Microsoft has apparently just unveiled a new low-end Windows Phone 7 hardware chassis today during a conference held in Shinagawa, China. I personally don’t read Chinese but it appears that the minimum Storage requirement is 2GB instead of 8GB like on the regular chassis and the back facing camera can now have a minimum of 3MP sensor instead of 5MP. I would really appreciate it if somebody can translate the rest though. The recently announced ZTE Tania seems to be the first handset to be based on this new mass market chassis.

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ZTE Tania Windows Phone Mango handset officially announced: Only 4GB of Storage

The ZTE Tania has officially been announced and does indeed only pack 4GB of Storage making it the first Windows Phone to be based on a newly unveiled low-end hardware chassis which only requires a minimum of 2GB of Storage instead of 8GB like the regular Windows Phone Chassis. I personally think that this is totally nuts especially when a handset don’t have a micro-sd slot to expand its storage. 4GB is still not enough if you plan on using it for anything other than browsing the net and talking. Anyway, full press release after the break:

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New Samsung Omnia 7 Mango Firmware leaked: I8700XXKH5

A new Mango firmware for the Samsung Omnia 7 was leaked this morning if you are interested in such things. This one is SFR branded (French carrier) but is labeled as engineering and packs the latest I8700XXKH5 firmware which is the one pushed out yesterday and the same one I posted in my manual update guide too. The only difference here is that you will probably get an SFR boot screen and there apps pre-installed on the device. You can grab it here (flashtools here).

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