Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is finally here

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is finally here
The software update is being rolled out as we speak.

7.5 Mango should finally turn Windows Phone into actual smartphone contenders, following a botched launch and a botched "noDo" update that actually bricked some devices.

Mango brings 500 new changes, fixes and updates.

PCW has a great list (they have been using for 30 days):

Messaging Threads: Within a messaging exchange between you and another party, you can switch the messaging platform on the fly. You can start off instant messaging, switch to SMS texting, then jump over to Facebook messaging all within one message thread.

Group Contacts: With "Mango" you can create groups of contacts like "Family", or "Softball Team". You can filter incoming messages in the People Hub using the groups, and you can use the Group as a contact for outbound messages if you want to send an email or text message to the whole group.

Local Scout: The Maps app in "Mango" has a new tool called Local Scout that identifies places nearby to eat or drink, tourist sites and things to do, and places to shop. You can also use it to plan a trip by finding where you're going to travel on the Maps app ahead of time and then using Local Scout to discover what's near there.

Multitasking: "Mango" brings multitasking to Windows Phone 7 beyond the core functions of the OS. It's not "true multitasking", but it is precisely the right kind of multitasking for a smartphone OS.

Speech Recognition: There is little you can't do just using voice commands with "Mango". The speech recognition functions allow you to place calls, open apps, search the Web, or get directions to a restaurant without touching the smartphone. You can also speak text messages, and have incoming messages read out loud so you can text while driving without touching the phone or taking your eyes off the road.

Visual Search: "Mango" can do neat things like scan Microsoft Tags and QR codes, automatically identify and find information on books, CDs, and DVDs just by "looking" at the cover, and translate text to and from just about any language.

As you can see, the most important update there is probably multitasking, allowing users to listen to music and browse the Internet, for example.

One surprise addition is that of Wi-Fi tethering, although that will depend on your carrier whether it is free or not.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Sep 2011 11:27
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  • escalante

    That's...that's it?

    GENERATION 98: The first time you see this, copy it into your sig on any forum and subtract 1 from the generation. Social experiment.

    28.9.2011 12:01 #1

  • jemaric

    when am i going to actually see these phones

    28.9.2011 18:50 #2

  • KillerBug

    Originally posted by escalante: That's...that's it? Hey, those are some big updates. Sure, they are basic features that it should have launched with...but now I would say that Windows Phone 7 might be good enough to be the 4th best mobile OS in the market (now that MeeGo is killed off). No longer is a windows 7 smartphone eclipsed by a $50 feature phone from 7-11!

    29.9.2011 00:46 #3

  • voyager

    Speech Recognition! nice... like Nuance in blackberries? espero que hable en Espaņol de lo contrario no valdra nada.
    I hope....

    30.9.2011 23:33 #4

  • plazma247

    haha haha bump, sorry feel off my chair laughing, wasn't the fact that ios shipped without any multitasking one of the things balmer called it out for at release.... i think it was.

    And killer in a year or so when all the low end phones will be running droid or possibly some other flavour of linux i dont think it will stay that why for ever.. the 7-11 phones will bite back...!

    2.10.2011 05:56 #5

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