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Mango Twitter issue workaround found

Good news for those experiencing the Mango-Twitter issue we reported on earlier. If you recall, a lot of people lost the Twitter contact integration with their People Hub over the last 24 hrs. It was confirmed by @winphonesupport who has their team looking into it and we're told by another source it has to do with Twitter modifying their API, causing a connection issue with Windows LIVE (who handles the syncing in Mango).

The workaround discovered is simple enough and has been confirmed by @winphonesupport and us:

  • Delete Twitter account under Settings
  • Power cycle phone
  • Re-add Twitter account

Yeah, all in all quite simple. Though it take awhile for our account to be re-setup, possibly due to ongoing changes on Microsoft's LIVE servers.

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So the good is this: folks at XDA are working, with some success, on hacking onto our Mango phones internet sharing/tethering (first seen on the Focus). The bad news is, most of you can't do this (developer unlocked) and even if you could (like us) you wouldn't want to because good lord are there a lot of seemingly complicated steps.

We won't post the directions here, because honestly it wouldn't make sense, but you can head over to XDA, take a look and promptly return here.

Now, even though this is seemingly complicated and only for Samsung phones at the moment (sorry, HTC and don't even think about it Dell), it's a good sign that the community is moving forward on this as perhaps and easier method will come forth (see "all-in-one provxml file" as an example). So maybe, just maybe this is the start of something that the rest of us will be able to use in the future.

See our earlier coverage of why this feature is missing from current phones here.

Source: XDA; Thanks, Steve S., for the heads up

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We're getting word from one of our readers that T-Mobile UK is at least rolling out Mango for the Omnia 7. Owners of the Omnia 7 may recall the double/triple asteriks in the international 'Where's my Update' page that plainly stated "Except Samsung Omnia 7 models".

Now, Martrin R. has let us know that he received the notification and successfully updated his Omnia 7 to the final Mango build. We should note that he was on the unofficial developer beta, meaning this could be like the HD7s situation--people on the dev beta can get the update, but folks on NoDo or earlier, not so much.

But it looks like at least some users won't have to try the force-update trick, which at least in this case, is only partially successful for some (see forums). Let us know if you're having any luck with the Omnia 7 in comments.

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WPCentral Tutorial - Custom Ringtones with Mango

One of the many welcomed features of Windows Phone 7.5, more affectionately known as Mango, is the ability to use custom ringtones. But how do you get the ringtone to the phone?

First, there are few limitations. The ringtone file must be in MP3 or WMA format, less then 40 seconds in length, less than 1mb in size and not protected with digital rights management (DRM).

There are a few ringtone apps reaching the Marketplace and we'll cover a few of them in the coming days. Most appear to be collections of ringtones that you can save to your Windows Phone but they don't allow you to create ringtones. That you can do on your own and to find out how, hit the jump.

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HTC seeing success with Windows Phone

Melvin Chua, Country manager of Singapore at HTC, spoke at the Windows Phone Mango launch in Singapore and claimed that the platform has been crowned with success in terms of customer sales across all platforms with 30% being made up from Windows Phone handsets. What's not clear is whether he's talking about global sales or limited it to Singapore, but that didn't stop Melvin from continuing:

  "We believe that Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money"

John Fernandes, director of marketing and operations at Microsoft Singapore, also took to the stage and said:

"We have over 30,000 apps in less than a year since we launched Marketplace, making Windows Phone as one of the fastest growing mobile app marketplaces, … This is an endorsement of Microsoft’s continued support of the developer communities globally as well as the proven Windows Phone developer platform. We expect this growth momentum of Marketplace to be stronger with the launch of Windows Phone 7.5."

With the recent downturn with Nokia discussing plans with O2 UK, let's hope that HTC remains successful through the launch of their Titan and Radar handsets.

Source: ZDNet Asia; via WP7Lab News

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File this under "O2 you muppets" as it seems the carrier and Nokia couldn't reach an agreement on strict criteria including volume targets, store displays and marketing campaigns for the manufacturer's upcoming handset. I knew we could count on Nokia to push carriers in launching Windows Phone handsets with pride and force to match the iPhone and Android. O2 UK, enjoying a cosy partnership with Apple, could not agree with Nokia on the above due to the iPhone 5 launch just around the corner.

A source close to both O2 and Nokia told Mobile News:

"O2 is very good at handset marketing, better than any of the other operators, which tend to stick to promoting tariffs and deals. They work very well with the manufacturers and channel their message very well. But they are very close to Apple and will not look to compromise that relationship. O2 was initially very excited by the Nokia portfolio, but in recent weeks that attitude has changed."

Of course if O2 has had a successful run with the iPhone since the first generation device then it would make sense to focus on the iPhone 5, but to not allow each platform to compete with one another fairly for consumers to make their choice without bias marketing is poor (much like bias sales staff). Hats off to Nokia for putting their foot down. With Three UK looking to decide as to whether they will continue stocking Windows Phone handsets or not, it may prove worthwhile to approach the carrier (or Orange) since they could use some exclusive devices.

Source: Mobile News

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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