At the end of last year, I posted about Windows Phone 7 and my excitement for the platform. It took a while for Sprint (my service provider) to release a WP7 phone, which has been okay with me because, to be honest, I can’t afford the
Everything Unlimited data plan that Sprint forces its customers into bill that a pair of smartphones would cost me. What this lack of fundage has allowed me to do though is read about WP7 and how the platform is growing.
Recently the “NoDo” update was released, brining copy & paste functionality along with some other minor tweaks. What I’m really getting excited about is the “Mango” update which is scheduled for later this year (rumors are September or October). “Mango” is supposed to be huge and bring WP7 more on-par with Android and iOS. wpcentral.com reports that “Mango” will include:
- 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
- East Asian Language: Keyboard, Handwriting and Dictionary Support
- Improved SkyDrive sync in Office hub: Adding Word, Excel, and PowerPoint sync support. Each document type will now be indicated by the color of the tile.
- Windows Live Messenger integrated in People hub: As we have predicted earlier, the Chinese developer confirms that Windows Live Messenger will be integrated in the People hub. You will be able to directly IM someone on your contact list.
It’s May and “Mango” isn’t expected for at least another four to five months. By then, there could/should be new phones coming out from the OEM’s. So the question is, do I get one as soon as I can afford the bill, or do I wait for the new phones at the end of the year? Keep in mind that Sprint currently has only one WP7 phone and it took them five months from the original WP7 launch to get it (mostly because the NoDo update contained CDMA support).
In all honesty, I’ll probably keep rocking the Samsung Rant until the new phones are released at the end of the year.