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The WPCentral Mango Day Summary

Has it not been one of the most hectic days of the calendar year in the Windows Phone community? We've had a massive amount of news to get through today including the launch of the web Marketplace and the rollout of Mango - first the US and then Internationally. We've also had a superb option to force the Mango update for many who simply can't wait. Also, before we crack on with the summary, be sure to note that the WPCentral app has been mango'd.

Want to try out some other Mango-fied apps? See our growing best-of list right here.

So who's onboard with the update thus far carrier-wise? Almost every operator is rolling out the update including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Three, SFR and many more (let's not forget unlocked handsets). However, there are a few that aren't up-to-scratch (according to Where's My Update?):

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Fujitsu IS12T receives firmware update

The Fujitsu IS12T, while being absent from the present Mango mayhem, has received a firmware update according to Nanapho. So what's included? A 30MB fix for apparent firmware trouble that led to power loss and device hard reboots. Nasty stuff.

Here are the reported changes:

  • OS version 7.10.7720.68 (no change)
  • Firmware revision number: 5008.1907.1160.550-5008.1907...1182.660
  • Wireless software version: 1.1.05.50 > 1.1.06.60
  • Wireless hardware version: 8655 (no change)
  • Boot loader version: 7.17.2.0 (no change)
  • Chip SOC version: 0.75.2.1 (no change)

Source: Nanapho (Bing Translate)

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Ben Rudolph has published a detailed article on the Windows Phone Developer blog covering tethering in Mango and the web Marketplace, which is currently being rolled out. Tethering, or Internet sharing, will be available to those who are on a plan that allows it by the carrier, if implemented by the manufacturer. It will enable Windows Phone users to connect to the Internet on a laptop or desktop via their handset, should no other access points be available.

Unfortunately, before you get your hopes up while installing the update, also written in the article:

"I should note that this feature will only be available on new Windows Phones that have radios capable of broadcasting a connection; if you update your existing phone to 7.5, it won’t give it the ability to use Internet Sharing."

Joe Belfiore also tweeted that newer handsets will be able to take advantage of the new feature, but no word on 1st generation devices. Hopefully we'll bring good news for us 'oldbies' as updating our handsets just for tethering seems baloney.

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Sure, Mango has started rolling out today, but only 10% of eligible customers are actually scheduled to receive the update on day one. The entire process may take up to four weeks. That’s practically a month. I don’t know about you, but my go-go lifestyle doesn’t allow for that kind of waiting.

Thankfully there is a solution. No, I don’t mean to bury yourself under the snow and ask a friend to thaw you out after four weeks are up. That could totally backfire! Instead, why not trick Zune into giving you the update right away? The process has worked our staff and many of our readers, even European ones.

Find out how after the break.

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We saw pictures of the HTC Radar in the wild with T-Mobile branding last week and now T-Mobile makes it official. T-Mobile's next Windows Phone will be the HTC Radar 4G.

Just to recap the HTC Radar 4G has an aluminum unibody design, 3.8" screen, 5mp rear camera and a 1.3mp front facing camera. T-Mobile didn't share any pricing or release information beyond, "The HTC Radar 4G is expected to be available at T-Mobile, in the U.S., in time for the holidays".

You can find the full press release from T-Mobile here and naturally, we'll keep an eye on things and once we know more, we'll pass it on.

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Remember when Microsoft announced 14 (really 13) Xbox Live games back in August? Of those titles, Collapse! and Gravity Guy have landed so far.  Soon we’ll be able to add another one to list, as Burn the Rope! comes out on Wednesday the 28th (tomorrow).

The game’s official description:

Burn the Rope is a challenging game where you try to burn as much rope as you can in each level. There’s a catch! The fire only burns upwards, leaving you to rotate the level to keep your flame alive! Bugs along the ropes have different reactions to the flame. The ant changes the color of the flame so you can burn different colored ropes, and the spider shoots out a web bridge so you can access parts of the level that you could not before. Burn the Rope is incredibly fun and addictive. You will actually feel like you’re burning a rope, yet there’s no need for a fire extinguisher! 

Game Features

•        The Bug Squishing minigame, only available on Windows Phone, mixes it up between levels.

•        Take on over 100 exciting and puzzling levels!

•        Unique accelerometer controls and gameplay

•        Beautiful graphics and cool fire effects!

•        Easy to learn, hard to master!

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Official: Mango rolling out Internationally too

And there we have it! International carriers have the green light from Microsoft. It's as though Joe Belfiore has pressed his big red button of doom in the office to set wheels in motion. Like the US rollout, be sure to have a bakcup handy should you be on a dev build or RTM. All carriers are launching except Telefonica who are still testing.

Once again, let us know when you receive the updates! Please note that SFR and Deutsche Telekom are not rolling out the update to Samsung Omnia 7 handsets according to the update page.

Source: Where's My Update?, thanks everyone for the heads up!

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Now that we’ve had a huntin’ sale, it’s time to relax with some poker. And by that, I mean that Full House Poker is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. On Wednesday it will be on sale for $1.99, down from $2.99.

Full House Poker is a single-player Texas Hold ‘Em simulator. Even though it sadly lacks multiplayer, it does boast a few cool features. It was the first mobile Xbox Live game to feature avatar support, for one. Even more impressively, it sports full connectivity with the Xbox 360 version of the game. Money and experience earned in one version transfers to the other seamlessly. Let’s hope more games connect to each other so well in the future.

If you like Texas Hold ‘Em (the most enjoyable variation of poker in my opinion), the only thing you should really ask yourself is whether or not you’d enjoy it in a single-player setting. As our review states, Full House Poker does have a good leveling and unlockable system, but not the best opponent AI. I would hope for a Mango update to add some asynchronous multiplayer, but considering that the developer, Krome, has been out of business for a while, I doubt we’ll see any updates besides perhaps the addition of fast-app-switching.

Full House Poker will be on sale for $1.99 for one week only. Cash in your chips here (Zune link) to make the purchase.

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Seems that the green light has been shown for the US to receive Mango, which ties in with recent reports from Sprint and other operators. We expect to see the rollout gradually reach everyone so don't freak should you not receive the notification immediately. For those who are on builds newer than NoDo, be sure to have backups at hand, especially if you're on leaked RTM. Be sure to let us know when you receive the update, good luck!

Note that on AT&T: "Delivery has begun for the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus v. 1.3. The HTC HD7S is currently Scheduling, while the Samsung Focus v. 1.4 is Testing and the Dell Venue Pro is in Planning."

See Where's My update? for more information. Thanks ousooner314 and everyone else for the heads up!

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Sprint has released some information about an actual time stamp today when Mango will begin rolling out for the HTC Arrive on their community forum.  1pm CST (just about an hour away).

We only recently covered a representative conversation between the carrier and our Seth Brodeur confirming that today's the day and it will take a few days for the rollout to complete. To those on Sprint, if you've received notification and have updated please do let us know in the comments or via tip!

Source: Sprint Community, thanks Jetface for the tip!

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Arrive update may take a couple days to arrive

Eager of the news that Sprint would be rolling out Mango for the HTC Arrive today, the first thing I did was plug in my phone and bring up Zune.  Much to my dismay, both Zune and my Arrive reported that I was fully updated at version 7.0. 

I decided to ping Sprint on this by logging a chat session with them and was told that though the update starts getting pushed out today it may take 2-3 days before I actually get the notification.  The reason is that this is a system-generated update that gets pushed out in waves over a period of time.  So if you, like me, are feeling antsy because you can't update your Arrive, just be patient. 

I know, I know, I want it now too.

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T-Mobile has posted a small announcement within the support section of the website, on the HTC HD7 support page, that asks customers not to contact the carrier with regards to the Mango update for the HD7. They state that it's "coming" and is ready for deployment, customers will receive a notification soon (don't pay too much attention to the 2 weeks time frame provided).

The link for the installation instructions takes us to a Zune update walkthrough page. It was published in August this year so it's definitely for Mango. There you go T-Mobile Windows Phone users, some hope for you and light at the end of the tunnel.

Source: T-Mobile, thanks Nick for the heads up!

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Although none of us can use it due to the lack of a front-facing camera, Samsung's new Video Call app just landed in the Marketplace.

"3G video call lets you talk to your family and friends with both voice and video. To use 3G video call, the caller must have a 3G mobile phone capable of 3G video call too. Please note that 3G video call rate can be different from your normal voice call rate. Also, different rate is applied to roaming video call."

Okay, so it's not exactly the killer video call app out there, but it could be cool if you know some folks with Samsung phones, we suppose. That and while we all await the arrive of Skype of course. You can download here, though it won't launch on your phone--unless you have a Focus S, of course.

via: WMPU

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Xbox 360 - Huge Xbox Live Arcade game sale

Xbox 360 owners take note: an incredible number of Xbox Live Arcade games are on sale this week! The focus is co-op games, so I’m including whether the games include local or online co-op. But there are some single-player treats too. What’s more, several of these games have never been on sale before, so it’s an excellent time to buy. There's also a rumor that a few other games will go on sale for Friday only.

Here is the XBLA sale list. To purchase these games, head over to Xbox.com or buy them through the Xbox 360 consoles.

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One of the neat new changes to the Windows Phone page is the "My Windows Phone" section which now unifies your Xbox LIVE profile, LIVE Mail, SkyDrive and Find My Phone into one, svelte section. Other features include seeing your purchase history, reinstalling your apps and customizing your avatar. Not bad.

Overall, this makes maintaining and keeping track of your Windows Phone and various accounts that much easier and we have to admit, it looks sharp too. Head over to your Account page to get a look.

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This is a bit out of the blue with the Mango news, but it looks like Microsoft has launched a new service called "Scrapbook" that utilizes the Windows Phone Live checkins (found on Mango phones, so we guess it does tie in). Brought to our attention by Long Zheng of iStartedSomething, what happens is your checkins are saved to this digital Scrapbook which is just Bing Maps with your history saved--you click on a number and it zooms over to where it was, getting the location info, a picture and anything else associated with that entry.

And yes, you can even delete your checkins, which is good because when I did the one above two weeks ago, I didn't get the location correct. Overall, it's a pretty simple yet smart tie in from Microsoft and for some odd reason, we expect a mobile app to appear any moment...

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For those in the UK, you'll be happy to see this on the Windows Phone site. While we expect some phones to not get the update right away, it sure looks like Microsoft is expecting a big roll out over the next few days for nearly everyone there.

So get ready!

Update: Evidently the whole world is now getting this message. We're okay with making that mistake.

Source: Windows Phone UK; Thanks, Little_Jumper and Jan, for the tips!

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AT&T updates their support page for Mango

AT&T is gearing up to roll out Mango today and presumably over the next few weeks. In doing so, they've updated their support page for customers to grab some information on the whole process.  The update advisory states:

AT&T and Microsoft have released software updates for the LG Quantum, HTC Surround, and Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7. This update will install Windows Phone 7.5 (AKA "Mango"), and includes the following changes:

  • LinkedIn and Twitter integration
  • Contact groups
  • Facebook chat, check-ins, and photo tagging
  • New Bing search features including music and vision search
  • Improved web browser
  • Local Scout
  • Many more updates and improvements

While still not the update itself, it's more than obvious that AT&T wants to be out the gate here with Mango. Hopefully you'll be getting your notification soon.

Source: AT&T Support; Thanks, Tom A., for the tip!

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Here we go folks! Microsoft just refreshed their "Where's my phone update?" web page with Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" information for various countries. The good news? Most of you are going live soon. To refresh, Microsoft users the term "scheduling" to mean "Microsoft is scheduling the update for delivery. This phase typically lasts 10 business days or less". Here are the list of countries scheduled (and all carriers):

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Singapore
  • O2
  • Hutchinson Group
  • Vodafone Group
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Orange Group
  • Open Market phones

Odd man out? Spain. You're still testing.

For the U.S. carriers that are scheduling:

  • AT&T
  • T-mobile
  • Verizon
  • Open market

Interestingly, Sprint is listed as "testing" even though their support page is showing it as imminent.

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We're getting reports that the much anticipated web version of the Marketplace, which will allow you to try and buy apps and have them sent directly to your Mango phone, is going live.

The site can be accessed through the newly redesign portal both in Germany and here in the US. Going to the Marketplace, you can browser, search and try out any of the 30,000+ apps that are available, however if you try to buy an app or use the trial, an error will come back--meaning that Microsoft is still loading up this thing as we speak.

The Windows Phone Web Marketplace, first announced months ago, is an extension of the Zune Desktop and Marketplace on the phone and will give consumers even more flexibility for finding and purchasing new apps. From our earlier coverage:

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Official: Sprint HTC Arrive to get Mango today

We've seen it in the wild and now Sprint's official support page just went up detailing the Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" update. The new software version is confirmed as being 2305.13.40301.651 and should be going live today.

"Last Updated: Sep 27, 2011 - Just like your computer, your phone's software needs to be updated periodically to make sure you have all the latest fixes and enhancements to keep it running at optimal performance. Follow the steps below to check your current version and perform any needed updates."

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We of course broke the news a little while ago that today, September 27th, was the day AT&T would begin to roll out Mango updates to existing handsets. The information we had was more than credible from our perspective and since then we've seen nothing but confirmation that today and this week would be heavily focused on Microsoft delivering those Mango updates.

Now a second internal memo from AT&T has leaked, albeit a pic of a PC screen. While this internal memo could easily be faked we're quite sure that it is indeed the real thing. The memo lists a lot of the same information we posted but clearly in a different format and meant for a different audience. Still, if there was any doubt left in your minds that AT&T would start their Mango updates, we think you can put those concerns aside.

The only remaining question is what time?

Source: Windows Phone Metro; Thanks, Jarrod, for the heads up

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Happy Mango day everyone! After a lot of hard work I'm pleased to announce that WPCentral has officially gone Mango, so for those of you rocking the developer previews, or those lucky enough to have mango today you should see an update to v1.4 in the Marketplace very soon.

If you who have opted for the full version of the app here's what you can look forward to:

  • Brand new podcast player with Background Audio
  • Brand new double-sided live tile with number of new articles since last opened
  • Live tiles for each section of the app
  • Toast notifications for news
  • Background downloading of the news feed when live tiles are enabled

Whereas if you think the best things in life should be free you'll find:

  • Brand new advertising provider (AdDuplex) making the app much more responsive
  • Fast app switching
  • Pinnable tiles for each section of the app
  • New links page for viewing articles or web pages
  • Search extensibility, the app will provide search results for Bing video games and Software
  • Toggle system tray option
  • Speed optimisations as part of Mango update
  • Fixed a bug in the article parser & Facebook authentication

Of course with the exception of adverts the full version features all of the free features as well.

If you missed Daniel's preview a month back then you can catch the video after the break, you can find the app here in the marketplace

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All signs point to tomorrow as a big day for Windows Phone and Mango, so it shouldn't be of too much surprise that those same servers that will be pushing out Mango to the masses have been turned off.

Specifically, some folks are now trying to upgrade to the developer build (7712) or even the security update (7392) for various reasons and they are finding that Microsoft's servers are reporting their phones as being "up to date" even though they were on the very old 7004 (aka pre-NoDo). Users at XDA and WPCentral forums have both reported the same phenomenon of not being able to do any updates.

The speculation is of course that MS is prepping their servers for Mango and therefore have disabled all further updates. We've also noticed the Marketplace has ceased publishing new apps (though old ones are being updated). We're gonna call this a pretty good sign that something big is about to happen and we're not writing it off as coincidence.

Thanks, Ashish Mohta, for the tip!

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