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3 years ago

Official: Mango rolling out across all US carriers

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Seems that the green light has been shown for the US to receive Mango, which ties in with recent reports from Sprint and other operators. We expect to see the rollout gradually reach everyone so don't freak should you not receive the notification immediately. For those who are on builds newer than NoDo, be sure to have backups at hand, especially if you're on leaked RTM. Be sure to let us know when you receive the update, good luck!

Note that on AT&T: "Delivery has begun for the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus v. 1.3. The HTC HD7S is currently Scheduling, while the Samsung Focus v. 1.4 is Testing and the Dell Venue Pro is in Planning."

See Where's My update? for more information. Thanks ousooner314 and everyone else for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Mango rolling out on Sprint for HTC Arrive at 1pm CST

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Sprint has released some information about an actual time stamp today when Mango will begin rolling out for the HTC Arrive on their community forum.  1pm CST (just about an hour away).

We only recently covered a representative conversation between the carrier and our Seth Brodeur confirming that today's the day and it will take a few days for the rollout to complete. To those on Sprint, if you've received notification and have updated please do let us know in the comments or via tip!

Source: Sprint Community, thanks Jetface for the tip!

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3 years ago

Arrive update may take a couple days to arrive

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Eager of the news that Sprint would be rolling out Mango for the HTC Arrive today, the first thing I did was plug in my phone and bring up Zune.  Much to my dismay, both Zune and my Arrive reported that I was fully updated at version 7.0. 

I decided to ping Sprint on this by logging a chat session with them and was told that though the update starts getting pushed out today it may take 2-3 days before I actually get the notification.  The reason is that this is a system-generated update that gets pushed out in waves over a period of time.  So if you, like me, are feeling antsy because you can't update your Arrive, just be patient. 

I know, I know, I want it now too.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile asks customers to be patient, Mango is coming

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T-Mobile has posted a small announcement within the support section of the website, on the HTC HD7 support page, that asks customers not to contact the carrier with regards to the Mango update for the HD7. They state that it's "coming" and is ready for deployment, customers will receive a notification soon (don't pay too much attention to the 2 weeks time frame provided).

The link for the installation instructions takes us to a Zune update walkthrough page. It was published in August this year so it's definitely for Mango. There you go T-Mobile Windows Phone users, some hope for you and light at the end of the tunnel.

Source: T-Mobile, thanks Nick for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Samsung Video Call app now in the Marketplace [Mango]

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Although none of us can use it due to the lack of a front-facing camera, Samsung's new Video Call app just landed in the Marketplace.

"3G video call lets you talk to your family and friends with both voice and video. To use 3G video call, the caller must have a 3G mobile phone capable of 3G video call too. Please note that 3G video call rate can be different from your normal voice call rate. Also, different rate is applied to roaming video call."

Okay, so it's not exactly the killer video call app out there, but it could be cool if you know some folks with Samsung phones, we suppose. That and while we all await the arrive of Skype of course. You can download here, though it won't launch on your phone--unless you have a Focus S, of course.

via: WMPU

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3 years ago

Xbox 360 - Huge Xbox Live Arcade game sale

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Xbox 360 owners take note: an incredible number of Xbox Live Arcade games are on sale this week! The focus is co-op games, so I’m including whether the games include local or online co-op. But there are some single-player treats too. What’s more, several of these games have never been on sale before, so it’s an excellent time to buy. There's also a rumor that a few other games will go on sale for Friday only.

Here is the XBLA sale list. To purchase these games, head over to Xbox.com or buy them through the Xbox 360 consoles.

There’s something for everybody on that list: platformers, action-RPGs, shoot-em-ups, and first-person shooters, oh my! I picked up Outland, Islands of Wakfu, Trouble Witches Neo, Moon Diver and Bionic Commando Rearmed 2.

My console gamer brethren, which games will you be picking up from this sale?

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3 years ago

Windows Phone UK blog receives a Metro makeover

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Microsoft seem to be going Metro and design crazy as of late (about time too) with the recent Windows Phone website revamp and the YouTube channel improvement. Now the Windows Phone UK (My Kind of Phone) blog has received a beautiful makeover that further enhances the user experience.

Can we ever have enough Metro? We think not!

Source: My Kind of Phone, thanks for the heads up Paul!

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3 years ago

New unified My Windows Phone page brings all your accounts together

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One of the neat new changes to the Windows Phone page is the "My Windows Phone" section which now unifies your Xbox LIVE profile, LIVE Mail, SkyDrive and Find My Phone into one, svelte section. Other features include seeing your purchase history, reinstalling your apps and customizing your avatar. Not bad.

Overall, this makes maintaining and keeping track of your Windows Phone and various accounts that much easier and we have to admit, it looks sharp too. Head over to your Account page to get a look.

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3 years ago

Microsoft launches Scrapbook powered by Bing and Windows Phone to keep track of your memories

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This is a bit out of the blue with the Mango news, but it looks like Microsoft has launched a new service called "Scrapbook" that utilizes the Windows Phone Live checkins (found on Mango phones, so we guess it does tie in). Brought to our attention by Long Zheng of iStartedSomething, what happens is your checkins are saved to this digital Scrapbook which is just Bing Maps with your history saved--you click on a number and it zooms over to where it was, getting the location info, a picture and anything else associated with that entry.

And yes, you can even delete your checkins, which is good because when I did the one above two weeks ago, I didn't get the location correct. Overall, it's a pretty simple yet smart tie in from Microsoft and for some odd reason, we expect a mobile app to appear any moment...

Source: Scrapbook; via @longzheng

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3 years ago

It's Here! Microsoft Windows Phone sites tout Mango release

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For those in the UK, you'll be happy to see this on the Windows Phone site. While we expect some phones to not get the update right away, it sure looks like Microsoft is expecting a big roll out over the next few days for nearly everyone there.

So get ready!

Update: Evidently the whole world is now getting this message. We're okay with making that mistake.

Source: Windows Phone UK; Thanks, Little_Jumper and Jan, for the tips!

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3 years ago

AT&T updates their support page for Mango

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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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3 years ago

Microsoft's Where's My Phone Update? page gets a refresh--Mango scheduled worldwide

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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.

Now we should caution: (1) Microsoft still needs to "Deliver" this update, which is a different status, but we expect those to change real soon over the  next few days (2) They will trickle out the update at first, getting feedback and diagnostics--if positive, they will open up more batches for updating. So don't expect everyone to get it all at once--we're talking a few weeks here. Still, this is looking much better than NoDo, for sure.

Thanks, ChabacO, Vanessa and Anastasios-Antonios T., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Web Marketplace starts to go live around the world

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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:

"There will be more placements for featured apps that will bring more noticeability and reach, ensuring developers receive more potential conversions while their app is in the spotlight. Users who browse the web version will be able to share apps and games via social media and email to contacts and friends."

"Bing visual search will be re-configured too. Any end-user searching for apps and games will now be linked straight to the web Marketplace on their PC, ready to download and install. Your Live ID will be integrated so you wont have to activate a separate payment gateway in order to make a purchase. Simply click and go using card details on your account.

Indeed you can now Tweet and Facebook "Like" any app you find, which should go a long way to spreading apps and helping devs out.

Source: Windows Phone Web Marketplace; Thanks, Jan, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Official: Sprint HTC Arrive to get Mango today

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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."

  • Threads – Lets you switch between Text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.
  • Groups – Organizes your contacts into personalized Live Tiles for status updates on Start and to quickly send a text, email, or IM to the whole group.
  • Social Network Integration - Integrate Twitter and LinkedIn feeds into contact cards.
  • Linked Inbox - View multiple email accounts in one linked inbox.
  • Hands-free messaging - Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice to support hands-free texting or chatting.
  • Live Tiles - Improved Live Tiles let you receive real-time information from apps without having to open them.
  • Multitasking - Lets you switch between Apps that are running and enables apps to run in the background to help preserve battery life and performance.
  • Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 7 - Includes an Internet browser based on Internet Explorer 9 including support for HTML5.
  • Local Scout - Pinpoint search results and recommendations for nearby restaurants, shopping, and activities.
  • Bing Enhancements- Includes Bing Vision, Music Search, and Voice.
  • Quick Cards - Get a quick summary of relevant information including related apps.

    The rest of the piece details all the new enhancements and features of Mango (without actually ever calling it that) and gives instructions on how to check and install the update via the Zune desktop software.

    Once again, Sprint, although quiet on the matter has once again come through and delievered a timely update (the last was the security fix). This makes the Arrive an even better phone and we're sure their customers will be excited to try out the new Mango feautres. Now if they can just get some new Generation 2 phones...

    Source: Sprint Support; Big thanks, Jetface, for the tip!

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    3 years ago

    Purported AT&T leaked memo confirms today is Mango day

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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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