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Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on
Shortly after Microsoft’s VIP event in New York City ended, where some of Mango’s new features were unveiled for the first time to the public, we managed to get a very quick look at Mango itself, but only a tiny bit of what it fully entails.

Using the usual Windows Phone 7 prototype handset from ASUS, we’re able to grab a quick peek at Windows Phone 7 Mango – though, we have to admit we’re still starving for more. Showing off how the new Weather Channel app, it’s obviously nice to see third party apps finally getting in with notifications with their live tiles. So far, only very few apps currently available offer this function, like the Weatherbug app, but it doesn't have the same approach that we're seeing now with Mango. Still, it’s nice to see pertinent information being pushed to their specific tiles on the homescreen; as opposed to launching the dedicated app. Moreover, some background processes allow it to update accordingly so you’re always constantly informed about changes.

Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on
Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on
Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on
Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on

Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on
Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on
Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on
Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Hands-on

Additionally, we’re able to scope out the multi-tasking element that’s coming to the platform, when combined with the new “instant resume” feature, as it allows you to move between apps without much wait. Holding down the back button, small preview windows of each opened apps are displayed, and from here, you can instantly jump into a specific one. Still, we’re rather reserved until we actually experience the final implementation ourselves, but nevertheless, we’re excited about what’s coming.

Although brief, we’ll soon learn more about the 500 new features that’s coming to Windows Phone 7. We undoubtedly heard some exciting things with the platform, but we’ll all have to wait until this fall before we actually see a handset running the new update.

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posted on 24 May 2011, 15:06 3

1. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Can't wait

posted on 24 May 2011, 23:30 1

4. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

i cant either... wp7 is so amzing... mango certainly delivered...

posted on 24 May 2011, 18:23 1

2. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

WP7 is developing nicely... It's just getting these devices out for sale!

posted on 24 May 2011, 23:59 1

5. purrungas (unregistered)

very nice indeed, it is already looking better than the Iphone, that's what am talking about......now please do not forget to give us some more phone settings to play with, hidden wifi, mms, sms informaton and options, message size, tile pictures/video privacy, animations,keep it coming guys, thank you much for this update,

posted on 25 May 2011, 00:42

6. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

When he opened the multitasking screen, there were four apps supposedly running. The first two looked empty. He quickly swiped it to the right, hahaha. I'm not sold on those active widgets. It won't help with the battery life. Do I really need to see the weather change every second? Not practical at all. Those tiles look ugly by the way :)

Nice try Microsoft. But I don't think this would be good enough to beat iOS. But this might give Android a run for their money, but not Apple.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 07:59 1

8. Nullstring (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)

Too much weather app. Looking at weather cast won't take an hour or even 4 minutes. Why concentrate with such applications?

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