Windows Phone 7
There’s been a lot of rumblings amongst Windows Phone users, about the features that would come to the platform, in what part of the world. Many of the services available have been limited by region, [former link shows regional availability], and those limitations have been the bane of Windows Phone users outside the UK and US. One of the things that made the iPhone such a great success was the inclusion of iTunes, the one stop shop for media of all sorts, and applications. Zune as a native inclusion in the Windows Phone platform, holds some of that promise for users of the OS. It has been vague though, how the market would expand, Well it looks like that is starting to happen, or at least being tested.
All of a sudden there is a selection of podcasts and fairly mundane music available on the Zune marketplace in Australia. I caught a couple of hints of this over the weekend, but being used to their not really being many features in Zune Desktop being functional, didn’t think much more of it when some more music appeared. Confirmed today though, by an anonymous commenter on his blog, @longzheng
Since this is believed to be just a test, unfortunately it’s just a small and unusual collection of songs. Nevertheless, the test does reveal the pricing for songs and albums Microsoft may have settled on, with beloved Microsoft Points no less. Songs costs 129 Points (AUD$2.13) and albums appear to be priced per song capped at 1299 Points (AUD$21.43).
I don’t know how long this will last and there is no official news that all Zune services will be arriving down under, especially the coveted Zune Pass subscription feature. At the moment the service is ruled buy Microsoft Points, which is a complicated way of purchasing credits that you can use to redeem music from the Market Place. The prices seem to compare to the iTunes store, as yet though it’s too many steps for most people.
Originally leaked by HTCinside, the HTC Eternity looks to be a huge Windows Phone device. Specs touted include a 4.7 inch touch display, 1.5 Ghz processor, 512 Mb of ram and 16 Gb of internal storage. This looks like one …
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.