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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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We mentioned that Evernote was getting a v2.0/Mango overhaul just two days ago and now it's available for those who are on Mango now (or will be tomorrow).

The new version brings the ability to pin notes, tags, map locations and searches to the home screen in addition to background synchronization, making this app quite powerful and a solid alternative to OneNote. Other features included better social integration and search integration.

Sounds good to us, so go pick it up here in the Marketplace.

via: WindowsPhoneThoughts

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In an email sent out to registered developers, Microsoft introduced overlay badges that can be added to screenshots of their apps to show that they are Mango-ready.  The "New for 7.5" icons will indicate that an application is optimized for Mango, and will be the only graphics of their kind that will make it through certification.  The email urged developers to getting cracking on updating for WP 7.5 and utilizing its exclusive functionality, such as multiple live tiles and fast application switching.

Microsoft pointed out that Mango devices are already available in Japan and Russia, with more on the way (very soon!).  And despite an earlier edict that updates would not be allowed to 7.0 versions of apps once their 7.5 counterparts were released, it was announced that that would no longer be the case.  By popular demand, Microsoft will enable App Hub functionality which will allow devs to update both 7.0 and 7.5 versions of their products come the end of October.

You can click the thumbnail below for the full content of the email, which further descibes the update process.

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Apple denied Multitouch trademark

In an interesting ruling just handed down last week from the USPTO, Apple has been denied the usage of the term "Multi-Touch" as a trademark, at least in the United States (they're still arguing for it in other countries).

In short, the reason for the denial is that the term has become to generic and is merely descriptive of a feature but does not meet the criteria of "acquired distinctiveness", which is determined by such things as sales success, length and exclusivity of use, and advertising expenditures. Evidently, the ruling board did not think Apple met the requirements, which is an interesting if not surprising decision. For everyone else in the smartphone business, they can now breathe a little lighter knowing "Multi-Touch" as a term is not Apple owned.

Note: For clarification, Apple still has a patent on Multitouch, but not the trademark.

Source: MacRumors

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Pimp my Ringtone - Mango App Spotlight

With Mango comes expanded ringtone capabilities. With expanded ringtone capabilities comes Windows Phone apps such as Pimp my Ringtone.

Pimp my Ringtones is a collection of twenty-one ringtones that can be saved to your Windows Phone. They range from the cute Pikachu ringtone to the R-Rated Samual Jackson ringtone. You also have Yoda making an appearance as well as a rather unnerving ringtone entitled "A very funny ringtone".

You can preview the tunes and when you settle on one you like, tap the cell phone icon to save the ringtone to your Windows Phone. You'll have the option of renaming when you save the ringtone.

Pimp my Ringtones has a nice collection of ringtones and hopefully the selection will grow with each update. If you're running Mango on your Windows Phone, you can find Pimp my Ringtone here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace for $.99.

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We reported sitings of a new update that has surfaced that is designed to clean up Windows Phones running the Mango Beta so that such devices can recieve updates from Micrsoft. There was speculation that this update will negate the need for such Windows Phone from having to roll back to Nodo before moving forward with Mango.

Brandon Watson has confirmed this belief over on Twitter that puts it out there short and sweet. Those running Mango Beta will not have to roll back to Nodo.

In reading the comments from earlier posts, it doesn't look like the Friends and Family Pre-Cleanup is being circulated just yet.  It may be a case that those of us running Mango Beta will see these updates first before hitting the regular RTM update.

This is really good news for those running the Mango Beta, especially if you are amongst the many of us who forgot where that pesky back-up file is.

Source: @BrandonWatson

Update: Watson was asked just a few minutes ago "what about those running leaked RTM versions of Mango?".  His response, "It's unsupported and I don't want to make any claims/statements about what will happen."

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Rudy Huyn posted a new tool for developers, aptly titled Fake Windows Phone Marketplace, which enables users to see how prospective submissions will be displayed in the Marketplace.  Using a model of the 7.5 marketplace, developers can load their app images and then tweak features like tile, background, description, and subtitle.

Fake Windows Phone Marketplace allows you to:

- To visualize the appearance of the marketplace if your application is "application of the day".
- Adjust the "short description" of your application to not be cropped
- How your application will be displayed in the "new"
- How your application will be displayed in the "featured"
- How your application will be displayed in the "top"
- See the detailed page of your application

You can download FWPM here.

Source: FakeMarketplace; Via: @Rudy Huyn

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Conor Pierce, general manager for the UK and Ireland at Nokia, has said that their first Windows Phone handset is "absolutely stunning" in an interview with Pocket-lint.

"To the partners we have shown the device to, their words, not necessarily mine - although I agree - upon showing it to them. It's spontaneous and unprompted. They say ‘the first Nokia Windows Phone is absolutely stunning’ and that’s die hard gurus in this business, who have thick skin. For them to say that spontaneously without any sales pitch shows what we are bringing is pretty spectacular. And that’s only the beginning."

Pierce went onto say that he has the device on him right this moment but is not able to show us what we're soon to be expecting. He mentions that this device is the success that Nokia so desperately needs and Windows Phone is the right choice for the company.

"Nokia has made a decision to play hard on Windows Phone. That is our primary operating system. The scale and quality that we will bring to the WP7 ecosystem is unique. We aren’t dividing our time with other platforms. We will deliver a very superior smartphone, a very different experience."

While we're all excited to see what Nokia brings to the table, it should be an interesting end of the year to say the least. Nokia World looks to be the event where the handset will be unveiled and Microsoft is certainly not to be absent when the fireworks are released.

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From the WPCentral forums...Mango edition

Y’all want Mango talk? We have it all in our forums!

We have been discussing Mango and the update for a while now and some folks here have made some bold predictions in this thread: "Mango coming in a week or two". Do you have a device on AT&T? Well then, you should check out this thread: "Mango For (Most) AT&T Devices Tuesday the 27th".

Verizon Trophy users are told their Mango update is coming soon. No one is more surprised than I that Verizon is on board with the Trophy and yet still nothing official from Sprint? I said nothing official but it looks like unofficially, Sprint is launching Mango with the rest of the carriers. Plus tethering!

When you get done making the rounds in those threads, grab a drink and come join us as we share the first Mango thing you'll do after your update.

Here are some other great Mango discussions:

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Confession: I watch between 5-7 movies a week, some in the cinema, some at home, never on my phone. Heck, I saw three movies just on Saturday. So needless to say, looking up info on movies (actors, awards, year of release, who directed, etc.) is one of those things I do a lot of, in fact you'll find me fiddling with my phone during a movie, because I need to know something. Yeah, sorry I'm that guy.

While we have apps like iMDB, Flixster, etc. on our phones, they're not for everyone. Captain Movie, which just hit v1.7 and is set for Mango, is a "wrapper" app meaning it scrapes info from iMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and TMDB.org and gives it to you in a nice, Metro-y format. More interestingly, it shows you on the first screen what just opened this weekend and then you scroll over and see what's coming for the next few weeks--that's imporant for myself, because it's hard to keep track of all the different little films out there. Under each movie, you get things like cast, crew, links to trailers, trivia, comments, pictures and more--it's all the info you could want right at your finger tips.

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Not much to say about this outside of it's a pic of the Samsung Focus S, laying on a table. No info on availability, pricing or really anything we didn't know already.

To refresh, the device has a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.4GHz CPU, 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera along with AT&T's "4G" on board, making it an excellent follow up to the venerable Samsung Focus.

Hopefully we'll be hearing more soon.

Source: Pocketnow

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We're big fans of the app BBC Radio Player, mostly because it's an elegant design with a ton of stations to listen to. Plus the ability to see what's coming up next on live radio is pretty useful.

One minor complaint we had though, because we're spoiled Mango brats over here, is the inability to stream audio in the background with the app. See, once you get used to background audio streaming in Mango, you'll never want to go back to the current NoDo way of doing things. Luckily, the devs have addressed this by making a Mango version of the app, just in time for this week's big Mango push by Microsoft.

Features include background audio, Zune player controls and fast app switching. You can pick up BBC Radio Player here in the Marketplace for £0.99 ($1.29).

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The Guardian, my personal favourite British newspaper, has released a superb looking Mango app for Windows Phone. Making good use of the Metro UI, which fits in nicely with the design of The Guardian website, users will be able to read stories, view videos and galleries to stay up-to-date with latest news across a variety of topics.

If you're a fan of The Guardian and/or The Observer, then this app is a must have. Best of all, it's free! Some highlighted features:

  • Multiple Live Tiles – categories can be pinned to the start screen.
  • Watch various videos embedded in articles
  • Listen to podcasts (background audio streaming supported)
  • Stunning full-screen picture galleries
  • Articles are shareable online via social media

You can check out and download The Guardian for free from the Marketplace.

Via: My Kind of Phone

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Microsft has filed for a trademark on the tagline "Put People First". It's the latest slogan for the platform in light of the Windows Phone Mango update. The tagline has appeared not only on social networking but in videos posted by the software giant on their Youtube channel. Shortening down their previous tagline into a more digestible snack is a smart move, remember "It’s time for a phone to save us from our phones … Designed to get you in and out and back to life" and "Get in, out and on with your life"?

Source: TradeMarkia, via: TechCrunch

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Although we're not expecting ZTE to launch any Windows Phones near the shores of Europe or North America anytime soon, the company is expected to be a big player in spreading Windows Phone goodness in East Asia.

The ZTE Tania is their first attempt into the market and it doesn't look half bad.

  • UMTS / HSPA + 900/2100MHz bands
  • 800 × 480 WVGA 4.3-inch TFT screen
  • 3D acceleration
  • 1GHZ processor
  • 512MB of cache
  • 4GB storage
  • 1400mAh battery
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera
  • 10.5mm slim

The device comes in white or black and honestly, looks a lot like a Samsung Focus, which isn't a bad thing either. No word on availability, but it's probably closer than we expect.

Source: WPXap forums; Thanks, Talan1314, for the tip!

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Everyone is anticipating that the Windows Phone Mango update will begin rolling out this week. We are now seeing yet another indicator to support that thought, the Mango Friends and Family Bundle: Pre-Clean update.

The update appears to be a two step process that will clean up any phones running the Mango Beta. According to the screen description,

This is the first of two updates which will clean up any Beta update provisioning on your phone so that it can begin receiving updates from production Microsoft Update servers.

It is believed that these updates will negate the need to roll those devices running the Mango Beta back to Nodo before they can receive the official Mango update. If this is true, that will be a good news for those running the Beta. We aren't sure who is seeing this update but if you are, let us know in the comments.

As we learn more on this Mango Friends and Family Bundle, we'll pass it on.

via: Neowin

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Samsung has announced the Omnia W, the Omnia 7 successor, and it's set to sport a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen, 1.4Ghz processor and a 5MP rear camera (with FF VGA camera). We previously caught a brief overlook of the specifications from SamFirmware and they stated that the handset will be available at stores in October starting with Italy and advancing through Europe.

What's yet to be decided is how Samsung will price the device, probably aiming to battle with the HTC Radar. The Omnia W will be powering Windows Phone Mango. Check out the full specification chart after the break.

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My Live Tile - Mango App Spotlight

One of the nice new features heading to your Windows Phone with the Mango update is the enhanced live tiles. My Live Tile is a Mango App the allows you to create your own double sided tile plus four additional secondary tiles.

My Live Tile's interface is simple and straight forward. You first create the primary tile by adding photos and text. You can then create up to four additional tiles in the same manner. Once created, pin the app to your Start Screen and your done.

The nice thing about My Live Tile is that it saves the tiles so you can go back to the app and edit them as needed. Another nice thing about My Live Tile is that it's a free app.

If you're running Mango, you can find My Live Tile here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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