New Windows Phone “Mango” features detailed
While the whole update rollout debacle is still very fresh in peoples minds, and we are seeing very poor estimates of what Windows Phone has achieved as a consumer platform in a little over six months, this may just excite a few WP7 users.
The quote below is translated from Russian, and I don’t know if the assessment is for the world market. It doesn’t seem like a huge number for an OS that’s been released worldwide. With the NoDo, and subsequent 7.0.7392 security update having gone fairly successfully after a few false starts, and carrier hiccoughs, people are looking forward to what is supposed to be a major update, codenamed “Mango”, or Windows Phone 7.5. It seems the Windows Phone Dev Podcast, in an interview with Brandon Watson from Microsoft, got the lowdown on more of the upcoming features
But what are the sales over the same period to end-users? Minus the donated phones and provided to its employees. Let’s assume that figure my personal assessment, that there were no official investigations and persecutions of the staff Microsoft. So, Fasten. By my estimate retail sales totalled 674,000 units. In the first quarter of the difference between supply and sales have grown even more, and the period of realization of the phone began to grow, and this trend was observed in April
Personal evaluation by Eldar Murtazin, mobile-review.com.
There’s a lot of new things detailed, and even though they are possible now on iOS and Android, features like these will really start to bring Windows Phone at least to a better level to compete.
- Bing Audio: Think Shazam, but built into Bing and we bet of course Zune Marketplace. Country support is initially limited to the U.S., Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Germany.
- Bing Vision: A full blown image scanner using your camera. It can detect, identify and search using barcodes, Microsoft Tags, QR Codes, CD’s, DVDs,Books, and text using OCR
- Turn-by-turn navigation: “voice guidance during driving directions”
- SMS Dictation: Using Microsoft’s TellMe service, you can use voice-to-text for SMS messages by tapping a microphone near the bottom
There’s plenty more screenshots, and it’s really worth listening to the Podcast, even though there is a level of corporate excitement. This also implies some larger commitment in general, for Windows Live, and Microsoft improving it;s cloud services.