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2 years ago

And now the Dell Venue Pro joins the Mango crowd

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Earlier we reported that the HTC HD7S has received the Mango Update ahead of schedule. We are now learning the Dell Venue Pro wasn't too far behind and is also receiving the official Mango update.

The update process, in my case, was a three step process. First the Mango Update was applied, then the Beta Cleanup was applied and finally a Dell Update was applied. As with the HD7S, I was running the Beta Mango on the Venue Pro.  You won't see the Cleanup portion of the process unless you were running the Beta.  The Dell portion of the process updates the Venue Pro's firmware.

When all was done (about thirty minutes) the OS version is now 7.10.7720.68 and the firmware is 2250.1800.7720.219. There is one caveat to share. My Dell Venue Pro is unlocked and we're not sure if this update is being pushed through to the carrier branded (T-Mobile and AT&T) models. If you have a branded Dell Venue Pro, feel free to share in the comments if you're seeing the update as well.

Thanks goes out to Aaron for the tip!

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2 years ago

Accuweather.com brings Mango into the forecast

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Accuweather.com brings Mango into the forecast

The popular Windows Phone weather app, Accuweather.com, has gone Mango. The update gives the app the fast resume feature and, most notably, the ability to pin multiple weather tiles to your Start Screen.

Just go to your locations, tap hold on a forecast city and you can choose to pin the location to your Start Screen and give it a custom name. Tapping on one of these tiles launches the Accuweather.com app and sets the weather information to that location.

Accuweather.com is a free application for your Windows Phone and you can download it here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace.  If you happen to see any additional changes to Accuweather.com feel free to share in the comments.

Thanks goes out to Miguel for tipping us on this!

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2 years ago

Mango 7.5 now available for HTC HD7S running Mango Beta 2

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Good news for the HTC HD7S owners in the house. The Mango Update is now available for your Windows Phone.

We were tipped on this and have confirmed the update. You will first go through the update to the RTM build of 7720 and then the ISV beta Bundle Cleanup. The second update is the Friends and Family update we reported on yesterday. You should only see this second update if you were running the Mango Beta.  When all is said and done (about thirty minutes) I'm now running OS version 7.10.7720.68 on the HD7S.

It's nice to see AT&T on top of things today with a really nice roll out of Mango. It's equally nice to not have to wait until the end of October to see the HD7S join the Mango crowd.

Update: Evidently this only works if you have the Mango beta on your phone and not NoDo. Sorry folks, live and learn.

Thanks goes out to Dominick for the tip!

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2 years ago

Even the Samsung Taylor original developer device gets Mango

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Going way, way back to when Windows Phone 7 Series (ahem) was first announced in February 2010, it was within a few months we saw the first "developer" phones making the rounds. One was the Samsung Taylor (SGH-i707), which of course never went commercial but proved to be a decent device for trying out new software on.

Surprisingly, even this device has managed to get the Mango update, at least according to Nuno Luz, who's a Mobility Solutions Specialist at Microsoft. Posted on his Facebook page, he shows us the screen shot of the Settings for evidence. Makes us wonder if our Toshiba TG01 would get Mango...hmmm.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, Steve M., for the heads up!

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2 years ago

LG Optimus 7 (E-900) Update Error

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LG Optimus 7 (E-900) Update Error

For the most part, the Mango Update event for the day has gone smooth. While some have had to force the update out of hiding, the only major issue we've seen reported involves the LG Optimus 7 or E-900. It seems the Windows Phone is generating a 8018001e Error code during the update process.

There is a lengthy discussion going on over at Microsoft Answers but no real solution has been identified. It appears that during the jump from 7403 to 7720 the update fails and the error code is generated. There are a few who have made it to the 7720 update but failure occurs when the LG Update is applied.

Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn't identified a solution as of yet. For the LG E-900 users in the crowd, keep an eye on Microsoft's Troubleshooting Page for Windows Phones. If a solution is found for the 8018001e Error, it's sure to be posted there. We'll keep a watch on this one and if a solution is found, we'll pass it on. 

Source: Microsoft Answers thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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2 years ago

New Windows Phone Mango advert [Video]

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A new advert has been uploaded to the Windows Phone YouTube account that shows off the top features in Mango. The music is definitely familiar (from a previous video) and suits the platform well with the sleek look of Metro and the elegant device. This seems like the user-orientated brother to the developer advert we covered earlier this month. Still up-beat, still awesome.

Source: Windows Phone (YouTube)

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2 years ago

Developers get more with Mango [Developers]

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While Windows Phone Mango is set to blow the minds of users, it's also destined to bring a lot for developers too. Todd Brix has just published an article over at the Windows Phone Developer blog that not only runs through what's great about the update including the launch of the web Marketplace, but takes us through what's new for developers on the platform.

The web Marketplace is an obvious plus for developers with the increased reach and new channel to attract potential customers as well as opening up more marketing opportunities. However, it's been a true annoyance that the advertising service provided by Microsoft for the Windows Phone platform is restricted to the US - but not anymore. pubCenter now supports Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Developers from the above countries can use the advertising SDK to create a stream of revenue to help fund the development work poured into the app. Remember when we covered the report that Microsoft Advertising has a 71% higher ad yield than AdMob on Windows Phone? Now you can take advantage of this with the improved coverage.

Should you be outside the reach of the AppHub itself, Todd reminds us that there are local services available for developers to make use of:

Moving on Todd continues to discuss how well the Marketplace is growing with the lack of malware and spam and surpassing 30,000 apps. We'll now end with an interesting quote from the article:

"We’re also always improving the Windows Phone Developer Tools to make it faster and easier for developers around the world to create MORE amazing apps and games. Watch for another blog post tomorrow from Cliff Simpkins with an update on the SDK and developer builds of Windows Phone 7.5."

Source: Windows Phone Developer blog

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2 years ago

Running leaked RTM build? No problem it seems

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It appears that those who managed to flash their handsets with the leaked RTM build of Windows Phone Mango are a-okay to update to Mango. We've had a few reports from readers on different carriers (Verizon and Deutsche Telekom to name a few) that they've successfully updated to the latest version from the RTM build.

Some users on Twitter are also confirming that they are able to update straight to Mango so it looks like everyone should be in the clear to updated safely. While it's not officially supported by the WP team, let us know how you get on in the comments.

Thanks W.R and everyone else for the heads up!

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2 years ago

The WPCentral Mango Day Summary

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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?):

  • SFR is not updating the Samsung Omnia 7
  • Telefonica is still testing the update
  • Deutsche Telekom is not updating the Samsung Omnia 7
  • AT&T: The HTC HD7S is currently Scheduling, while the Samsung Focus v. 1.4 is Testing and the Dell Venue Pro is in Planning.

In the official announcement this morning, published by Eric Hautala, it was stated that the team looks to start the rollout of the update out to 98% of existing users today on different devices, with different carriers and in different countries. However, to help combat any problems and issues with firmware and updates from manufacturers, only 10% of customers will actually receive the update this week. After that the team will raise the bar to 25% and after a few weeks everyone will be able to receive the update.

So when will you receive it? Any time within the next few weeks. If you really can't wait then we suggest you follow our steps to force the update through Zune. To help you along if you've only just arrived, we've collected some interesting resources you'll want to check out that sums up today perfectly. Head on past the break for the links.

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2 years ago

Fujitsu IS12T receives firmware 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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2 years ago

More details surrounding tethering and the web Marketplace [Video]

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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.

Moving onto the web Marketplace, which we recently covered the launch. The advantages noted in our coverage is the ability to try and buy apps and games on the web while your device secretly installs them in the background requiring no user input. In the video above, Ben walks us through the new Marketplace and what's so awesome about it. Let's not forget the new My Windows Phone section!

Source: Windows Phone Developer blog

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2 years ago

Force Mango update early through Zune software and avoid frostbite

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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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2 years ago

It's Official, HTC Radar 4G heading to T-Mobile

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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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2 years ago

Burn the Rope! coming to Xbox Live on September 28

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Burn the Rope! coming to Xbox Live on September 28

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!

Already a hit on iPhone and Wii, the Xbox Live version of Burn the Rope! comes from developer Big Blue Bubble Inc. and publisher Microsoft Game Studios. It will cost $2.99.  We'll update things once the Marketplace links become available.

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2 years ago

Official: Mango rolling out Internationally too

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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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