Apologies for the delayed summary, August is a time for late vacations and insane traveling (coupled with awful 3G coverage in the UK - but that's a separate rant for another rainy day). It's been a busy week here at WPCentral with Windows Phone news galore. Let's begin with episode 123 of our weekly (dare I say it?) podcast. Also, WPCentral forum admin Dave Blake has rounded up the latest goings on over at our forum, be sure to check out related discussions, while our Daniel Rubino has provided a quick walk through of what you can expect in the Mango update for the WPCentral app.
Head on past the break for the full run down.
Kicking off the week highlights is Microsoft continuing along the path to be granted with a patent on Metro UI and receiving over 500 responses to the webOS recruitment campaign. The London based HTC event (which both myself and Jay Bennett are attending), along with the same events located in Madrid, Paris and Berlin, is to reportedly focus on Mango.
AdDuplex opens up an offer of 20,000 advertisement impressions to any developer who ports their apps to Windows Phone. It's official, however, that Japan will be getting the first Mango device. The Fujitsu IS12T from KDDI will be launching on August 25th. With the above immanent release, Zune version 4.8 is available so be sure to update your clients in preparation for 7.5.
If Mango news wasn't enough, Microsoft have confirmed details surrounding "Tango", which will be a minor update between Mango (7.5) and Apollo (8.0) catered towards developing countries such as China and India to beef up Bing services in previously neglected countries while enabling low-end options for newly adopted dumb-phone owners.
A Dutch court has granted an Apple injunction against Samsung with the potential to disrupt European shipping and sales - just the latest in the patent war between platforms. Our George Ponder has crafted a Windows Phone device roundup to provide potential buyers with some extra info as to which handset suits needs best, while keeping up with Elbert Perez proves to be difficult.
ZDNet's Matt Miller labels Windows Phone 7 as "most stable OS" with never finding the need to reboot his handsets. With Hurricane Irene in full swing, we take a look at two hurricane apps for your phone to help keep on top of things as well as publishing a helpful tip with turning on "Battery Saver" in Mango. Lastly, a new WP7 website surfaces in Japan.
The Xbox Live title Flowerz receives Mango-support with more languages bundled in the update. Microsoft shows off Kinectimals with 360, Kinect and WP7 integration - pretty sweet! Minesweeper has finally arrived in Europe and beyond, however there are still WAY too many mines in the two-most difficult settings. I've personally blown many limbs off attempting to win a single match on Advance. Super Monkey Ball goes on sale this week, but as our Paul Acevedo mentions in the article, the game is seriously buggy in terms of control and broken achievements.
Hydro Thunder GO receives an update and we have a sneaky map to Venice Canals, which is surely going to be a helping hand. Developer of Cro-Mag Rally has taken onboard player feedback and has provided WPCentral with full release notes. Fight Game Rivals is set to punch its way through your screen on August 31. Looking forward to Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II? How about some Sonic CD to keep you occupied until the release? Xbox Live Extras gets updated to 7.1, ready for Mango goodness and continues to provide a way for gamers to dress avatars.
In the software news LG has quietly made ther apps Mango-compatible in the Marketplace. We previously looked at Love Clean Streets for UK residing WP7 owners who wish to forward vandalism, fly-tipping and more to their local council, but now we take a look at a larger picture with Windows Azure onboard. Torchbear, a social networking game, has entered into beta and is in need of some help. Fancy becoming a beta tester?
We take a look at WeatherLive v2.0 and what is planned for users with Mango just around the corner. We've come across some shots that reveal Mango supporting tethering (Internet sharing), but will carriers support this well requested feature? Microsoft has not only confirmed front-facing (FF) cameras with Skype support, but we heard word on the feature from a Lync demonstration.
With Google scoring a deal with Motorola, smaller Android manufacturers are looking at Windows Phone as a second platform for more stability, INQ being one of them. The Fujitsu IS12T gets benchmarked in WP Bench and leaves older WP7 devices to shame. We've previously mentioned that the Nokia 800 that has popped up before could be SeaRay, but turns out that both models have been reportedly sighted together.
The Acer M310, supporting DLNA over WiFi for Xbox etc., is now reported to be sporting HDMI output, pretty neat right? Something Acer needs along with super design, specifications and execution if they wish to take Windows Phone seriously. A leaked AT&T roadmap shows two WP7.5 devices, one from Samsung and the other from HTC. A handful of mysterious devices have shown up on WP Bench too, including a HTC Radiant.
Speaking of HTC, the Omega (soon to be Radar and Eternity to Titan?) has taken a redesign since we last took a sneak look and is now white/silver. Windows Phone Mango ROM for the HTC HD2 has been released and continues to surprise the community.
Fun time! We take a look at some pretty awesome Mario and friends wallpapers that have been correctly cropped-to-size by 1800PocketPC. A Windows Phone "robot blog" has launched that covers all manner of electronic equipment that is controlled (or manipulated) by WP7 hardware.
For our beloved developers we have the Windows Phone SKD 7.1 RC released (and in Japanese too), but I'm sure you're more interested in the flood gates for Mango app submissions being raised? We take a look at no LED (flashlight) API being available to developers (but manufacturers should release an app similar to HTC's offering) and how Google Analytics is not picking up Windows Phone as an OS yet.
- Microsoft granted patent on Metro UI? (updated)
- Microsoft gets over 500 responses to webOS recruitment attempt
- HTC September 1st Event to focus on Mango?
- HTC London event also in Madrid, Paris and Berlin
- Preview: Official WPCentral app for Mango --> --> -->
- AdDuplex adds to the pot to attract developers
- It's official: KDDI launching Fujitsu IS12T starting August 25th
- Zune Desktop getting ready for Mango
- MS confirms details about Tango
- Dutch court grants Apple injunction against Samsung
- Transitioning to Windows Phones: Device Roundup
- ZDNet's Matt Miller calls Windows Phone 7 "most stable OS"
- Hurricane Season on your Windows Phone
- Severe Weather Tip: Turn on Battery Saver in Windows Phone Mango
- New Windows Phone website surfaces in Japan
- Windows Phone game roundup: Occassional Gamer
- Xbox LIVE game Flowerz gets Mango-support, more languages in update
- Microsoft demos Kinectimals 360/WP7 integration --> --> -->
- Minesweeper finally arriving in Europe, still too many mines though
- Super Monkey Ball goes on sale this week, promptly rolls off a cliff
- Hydro Thunder GO update and Venice Canals map cross the finish line
- Cro-Mag Rally developer humbly details upcoming patch
- Fight Game Rivals busting out on Xbox Live on August 31
- Sonic CD coming to Xbox Live, Sonic 4 Episode II planned for 2012
- Xbox LIVE Extras gets updated to 7.1, gets new Mango features
- Mush for Xbox LIVE video preview surfaces
- LG quietly makes their apps Mango-compatible in the Marketplace
- Love Clean Streets and Windows Azure --> --> -->
- Weave (free) hits v3.0 and is now live in the Marketplace
- Torchbear, a social networking game, needs your help
- Sneak Preview - WeatherLive headed to v2.0 with new features
- Mango supports Internet Sharing/Mobile Hot Spot feature
- MS confirms front-facing cameras with Skype support
- Lync Mobile for Windows Phone and more FF camera talk
- Sneak Peak: Fuse RSS reader sets the standard for Windows Phone --> --> -->
- First Mango camera app: Selftimer hits the Marketplace
- Android handset maker INQ considering Windows Phone due to Google-Moto deal
- Fujitsu IS12T gets benchmarked, crushes older Windows Phones
- Nokia SeaRay shows up on Perez's stat list--different than Nokia 800?
- LG E906 running Mango shows up as Jil Sander Design
- Acer M310 reportedly sports HDMI output
- AT&T Roadmap leaks: Two Windows Phone 7.5 devices (Samsung & HTC)
- Bunch of new Mango Windows Phones show up on WP Bench
- Mysterious HTC Radiant spotted on WP Bench
- Mango and Tango devices showing up on I'm a WP7 too
- Unknown LG-T130L Windows Phone shows up on Occasional Gamer
- HTC Omega pictures surface and it's different
- Windows Phone Mango ROM released for HTC HD2
- New HTC names for Windows Phones: Omega is Radar and Eternity the Titan?
- Mario and friends WP7 wallpapers
- Windows Phone "robot blog" launches
- Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Release Candidate now available [Developers]
- Houston, we have Mango app submission [Developers]
- Japanese SDK 7.1 RC available [Developers]
- Windows Phone in Google Analytics
- No LED API available for Developers
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