Another weekend, another break for most. This week has been a Mango-focused beast with rumours and speculation coming from all directions. Dave Blake from the WPCentral forums brings across the top discussions that are being engaged with by readers. We have episode 125 of the WPCentral podcast and we were joined by Mike Newman, developer of Penguin, for this week's interview.
Head on past the break for the full summary.
To kick off our summary highlights, AT&T have announced Windows Phone Mango plans that include the launch of three new handsets and updates. While their plans for WP are promising, the planned merger with T-Mobile is hitting some rocks with seven states joining the 'against' side. HTC have been talking about purchasing an OS of their own with Google partnering up with Motorola and Microsoft with Nokia.
Mango news, we've been covering the rumours and speculation that include the WPDev podcast discussing sources, not to mention Taiwan receiving the update, however Joe Belfiore decided to crush all hopes and dreams. Stephen Elop explains how they plan to release planned Nokia Mango devices by country. Steve Balmer has said that although he's disappointed with how the platform has sold he's optimistic about the future.
President Barak Obama has signed a bill, that Microsoft supports, which will be the largest patent reform since 1952. Orange France is set to disable WiFi sharing, group MMS and visual voicemail in the Mango update, which is sure to disappoint most. Windows Phone has won the IDEA People's Choice Award among two other nominations.
Grand Theft Auto on the Xbox 360, Kinect and WP has been demoed working in harmony bringing a new dimension to gaming. Zombie Attack 2 is this week's Live Deal of the Week, although our Paul Acevedo isn't impressed. We take a look at secret Gravity Guy achievements and upcoming DLC (downloadable content).
The Marketplace was updated slightly late and so Zombie Attack 2's discounted price was delayed and Collapse! wasn't available on time. We take a look at Windows 8 and Windows Phone coming together with multiplayer gaming. Rocket Riot has been Mango'd which brings with it 60 FPS and fast app-switching.
Our Daniel Rubino previews an upcoming Twitter client, Mehdoh. Palringo, a cross-platform IM client, is finally coming to Windows Phone and some first screenshots have been published. Windows 8 is set to share the same kernel as Windows Phone 8 and the mobile platform is looking to sport email voice integration.
Metro UI invades Windows 8, bringing a whole new look and feel to the OS. Should you wish to check out what's new, the developer preview is available to download for free. With all the Mango news storming the feeds, we had Joe Belfiore and Brandon Watson urge all developers to get apps updated to Mango.
Directed Electronics had provided a demonstration at BUILD of its Viper SmartStart automotive app while working closely with Microsoft. A BBC Radio Player app has landed on the Marketplace that features the main BBC stations and appears to be available outside the UK. Windows 8 is looking to sport phone calling, which could signal the possibility of Windows Phone 8 being built on Windows itself.
There have been some rumours flying around about Samsung leaving Microsoft's OS in 2013, which is also the same year that Nvidia plans to bring across their Tegra chipsets. Nokia is still looking to enter the market in 2012 by storm with some crackin' handsets. The HTC Titan and Radar handsets have remained in the spotlight with release dates being spotted (pre-orders) on websites around the world.
Nokia Sea Ray silicone cases have been spotted in an N9 video. Qualcomm has said, at the Qualcomm Innovation 2011 event in Turkey, that its proud to be the first provider for Windows Phone 8, while Dell seems to be continuing to put us under the impression that they've given up with WP.
Acting president of HTC America, Martin Fichter, has lashed out at the iPhone stating that it's for the older generations and is losing its cool factor. A new Windows Phone advertisement displays the uniqueness and elegancy of the OS (and devices). Ever wondered why the iPad isn't post-pc? While you're at it, check out the revamped Facebook page.
Microsoft plans to make augmented reality easy for developers to implement and a demonstration of the AR starter kit has been uploaded, which shows the ease-of-use. Oliver Ulm got in touch with us about a situation that arose with another developer where two apps were developed with the same function but one was more successful than the other. Free developer camps are sprouting up around the U.S in the coming months, be sure to add dates to diaries!
- AT&T announces Windows Phone Mango plans, 3 new phones and updates
- HTC considering buying OS of its own
- Windows Phone Mango update imminent
- Stephen Elop: Nokia handset for Q4, country by country
- Taiwan launching Mango on September 16th--update only through shops though
- Ballmer disappointed, but optimistic about WP7
- Belfiore crushes dreams: 9/15 isn't Mango day
- Obama signs, and MS supports, patent overhaul bill
- 7 states join the fight against AT&T and T-Mobile merger
- Orange France will disable WiFi sharing, Group MMS and Visual Voicemail in Mango update
- Windows Phone wins IDEA People's Choice Award and two others
- Grand Theft Auto, Kinect and a Windows Phone like to mingle [Homebrew]
- Zombie Attack 2 is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week, still rather boring though
- Gravity Guy Secret Achievements, upcoming DLC revealed
- Windows Phone Marketplace has yet to update, Collapse! trapped in Xbox Live limbo
- Implode finally crashes the Marketplace on September 21
- Windows 8 and Windows Phone cross-platform multiplayer to become a reality
- Rocket Riot with Mango support lands in the Marketplace [Xbox LIVE]
- Early look - Mehdoh Twitter client for Windows Phone 7.5 [Mango]
- Palringo app for Windows Phone finally in the works
- Palringo for Windows Phone 7 -- first screenshots
- WP8 to share same kernel as Win8, voice integration for email
- Metro UI invades Windows 8
- Vodafone Australia finishes Mango testing awaiting green light
- Windows 8 Developer Preview now available
- Belfiore, Watson implore devs to update apps as Mango draws near
- Viper SmartStart beta demonstrated at BUILD
- Official Foursquare app is now Mango compatible
- BBC Radio Player app chimes onto the Marketplace
- Phone calls possible with Windows 8?
- Samsung leaving Windows Phone from 2013? [Rumor]
- Nvidia Tegra chipsets finally coming for Windows Phone in 2013?
- Microsoft's Brandon Watson is using the Samsung Focus S
- Nokia Windows Phone still on track for early 2012?
- HTC Titan shows up for pre-orders
- HTC Titan available in the Netherlands on October 7th, pre-orders now
- HTC Radar available October 1st?
- Nokia Sea Ray silicone cases spotted in N9 video
- Deal Alert: Verizon Trophy for a penny plus $50 Amazon Gift Card
- Qualcomm proud to be the first for Windows Phone 8
- AT&T bound Samsung Focus S clears FCC
- Dell quietly ends AT&T and T-Mobile Dell Venue Pro partnership?
- HTC: iPhones are for old people
- Angry Birds costing businesses $1.5 billion in productivity loss
- New Windows Phone 7.5 commercial nails it. Touts Metro Design, elegance. (Plus eBay Live Tile)
- Why Windows 8 is better than the post-PC iPad
- Windows Phone First Person series starts with Kali Jones
- Windows Phone FaceBook page changed for Mango