HTC HD7 and HTC Mozart running Mango, Windows Phone 7.5
Well this is a bit of good news for those of us running first generation Windows Phones, and should dispel any doubt that we will all receive the Mango update when it’s released, around September this year. We have known that their ore other builds, later than the 7.0.7932 build that was Nodo and an SSL update rolled in together, and of course the curious appearance of a build numbered, 7.10.7605, in the Dude WIMU application, which now shows globally, 67 phones running “Other Versions” of the OS.out of 14,595 users of the application. If those stats hold true, then over two per cent of Windows Phone users are running an early Mango build.
WMPU today dug up a couple of instances of Mango running on current handsets, first off they picked up on Alessandro Teglia @alead, Community Program Manager for CEE and Italy Microsoft, tweeting about using Mango features on his HTC Mozart. and continues to do so.
Most useful though is the fact that he tweets about using Bing music search, and how well it works, which may give us a hint that more services work outside of the UK and US than we think.
The second is a video of the HD7 running Mango from Computex
Unfortunately it’s not in English, but you get the drift, we can see threaded email, and the new amalgamated xBox hub. Much more importantly here though, we can see that Microsoft have jumped the gun, and are actively testing the Windows Phone 7.??? update in it’s current form. This has to instil more user confidence, following the NoDo update fiasco, which is still playing out. Microsoft will need to offer the Mango update in a timely and smooth manner, no ifs or buts, or they will damage the market/ecosystem that they are trying to create even further. It’s also still an unknown whether they will face the same intricacies with Samsung first gen phones that they did with the NoDo update. SO it comes down to a waiting game again, we know the OS is RTM, even though it may receive a few tweaks before it hits, looks like it will play well with your current Windows Phone, and I’m excited to see what new devices it will bring.