More evidence of front-facing camera support in WP7 Mango

More evidence of front-facing camera support in WP7 Mango
Given the boom of front-facing cameras and their paired video chat software like FaceTime, Skype, GTalk, and Qik, it seems inevitable that Microsoft would want to get in on the trend as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there has been no official word that the next version of WP7, Mango, would support front-facing cameras. Luckily, we don't need official word, when we have leaks from the Mango dev tools. 

First, in Mango developer tools Beta 1, there was code found that referred to a "SelfPortraitCamera", which seems like a solid indication of front-facing camera support. Now, from Beta 2 of the Mango dev tools, a screenshot (right) of the WP7 emulator shows a button which looks quite a lot like a button that would switch from a rear-facing camera to front-facing or vice versa. So, it seems likely that not only will Microsoft be putting its Skype acquisition to good use, but 3rd party devs should also be able to use front-facing cameras in their apps. 

Of course, the first images of the Nokia Sea Ray, which is said to be the first phone running Mango, don't show a front-facing camera. And, given how Microsoft has mandated specific features on handsets so far, it seems likely that if front-facing cameras were to be fully supported in Mango that Microsoft would mandate that all handsets have front-facing cameras. There is still plenty of time for Nokia to add a front camera to the Sea Ray, but right now it still leaves a little bit of doubt as to whether we'll see front-facing camera support in Mango, or if we'll have to wait until Tango. 

source: WPCentral



2. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Front facing camera's will come to WP7, Sea Rey itself might be the first one WITH a F Facing camera.

6. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yes, but Sea Ray isn't WP7

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

im pretty sure it is... and i put mango on my focus and it really is as nice as they make it out to be

3. jtech unregistered

That means they will all so be running on 4G/3G right? Android, and iOS does so that has to be. I can't wait till we start seeing massive roll outs of WP7.

4. pimpollofelice123 unregistered

@Jtech iOS doesnt run/support 4G at the moment.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Since Microsoft kinda owns Skype, would make sense you would see front facing cameras on Microsoft supported devices. While I could care less about front facing shooters and video chit-chats, it is a deciding factor in a lot of peoples purchases, especially if you are trying to win over professionals who are using three way conference calling more and more to reduce costs. So my only question is: What took MS so long?

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