Posts Tagged ‘mango’

This week’s Windows Phone Insight podcast

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

The latest All About Windows Phone Insight Podcast is live. Rafe, Steve, David, and myself cover:

In brief: HTC Titan reviews,  ZTE Tania on SFRNokia at CES,  Infinite FlightMinistry of Sound goes free (for Nokia handsets)40,000 appsGoogle Search, Handy Safe, 4th and Mayor and MehDoh.

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Show notes on AAWP, The RSS feed also available.

The smooth Mango delivery shows how far Windows Phone has come

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

And quietly, in the corner, Microsoft continues a successful roll-out of Windows Mango, now available to roughly half of the Windows Phone smartphones (and those of you who know you can “cut the cord“). It may be a smaller footprint of devices, but they still have to navigate a number of different models, manufacturers, and network requests. Samsung Focus aside, Microsoft has learnt from the NoDo update at the start of the year, and given that, what else do you think they might have learned.

With Palm’s WebOS effectively off the table, Research in Motion in decline, and Symbian loosing market share, Microsoft are well placed to ensure third place in the OS charts this festive season. And then the fun starts.

Thumbs up for Mango from The Verge/This Is My Next team

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Skipping to the end of Chris Ziegler’s look at Windows Phone Mango for the money quote:

…this platform still has an enormous uphill battle to climb to carve out its stake of the market… at no point while using this year-old hardware did I feel encumbered or out-of-date — in fact, I usually felt like the software was taking better advantage of the available processing power than the much more muscular Android handsets I’ve been testing over the last few months. Put simply, regardless of your preconceptions, Windows Phone finally deserves an honest look the next time you’re ready to buy a phone

Yes there are issues, and the geekerati are going to take great delight in pointing them all out (while ignoring them in the latest iOS device?), but if you look past the Microsoft name, Windows Phone has a lot going for it in style, usability, interface, and design. But I doubt that will be enough to make most people look again, even when Nokia join in.

Dilbert creater chooses Windows Phone

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Windows phone has the best user interface experience, although the onscreen keyboard is problematic just as it is with the other phones I used. The Windows interface is intuitive, simple, and has a liveliness that I find appealing. Voice call quality was good, and battery life seemed good too. I declare it the winner compared to my iPhone 3GS with AT&T and my HTC EVO 3D with Android on the Sprint network.

However, the intangible coolness factor is impossible to ignore. Even the names Microsoft and Windows feel dated. And the home screen of the Windows phone is great from a usability standpoint, but lacks sizzle. I’d be lying if I said that didn’t matter to me.

Substance over style wins it for Scott Adams. Will the markets think the same?

A positive story about Nokia and Windows Phone online

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Fancy that…

1 million new devices a month is a pretty good number for a totally new phone. It’s way below Samsung Galaxy S2 sales, but it is in line with the original Galaxy S sales at launch. And if Nokia manages to actually sell those 2 million “not in volume” Windows Phones in Q4, when they do start shipping “in volume” – the numbers should be pretty good.

More Mango juice to bring in consumers and developers

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Microsoft shows off the People hub on Windows Phone (Mango) with Twitter and LinkedIn now available alongside Windows Live and Facebook (YouTube video link). It’s looking very swish, and I hope they have support for Twitter lists – no matter what they’ll likely fail the Scoble test for user numbers – but a bit more filtering wouldn’t go amiss.

They’ve also opened up a new App Hub developer portal, alongside the news that 35 territories are open to developers, new price tiers with more options in the $5 and under category, and the expansion of Microsoft’s in-app ad system, pubCenter, to 18 territories.

Yes, lots of noise, but nice sounding noise all the same.

Microsoft encourages developers to hack away at Mango

Monday, July 11th, 2011

We say tinker away with Mango and enjoy the juice… But beware the fine print — unlocking phones may void your warranty.

Microsoft’s Bill Cox on All Thing D, showing yet again that the Microsoft Dev Team want people to hack around with Windows Phone to see what it can do. Stories like this are going to help developer adoption, detoxify Microsoft, and help build up trust between Redmond and the hackers. Which is a great thing to do.

Oh and if you don’t want to hack, they’ve said every phone will get the mango update in the fullness of time. In the meantime, you can do it yourself – it’s not lik there’s a sticker over the bootloader stopping you.

RWW looks at Windows Phone Mango before bowling a backhanded compliment

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

How weird is it that Microsoft is the company doing the “think different” routine in mobile?

Instead of searching for apps, a task which many first-time smartphone users are overwhelmed by due to the sheer quantities available, users just search and the apps find them. This might be the most overlooked of all of Mango’s updates, but it’s the one that could have the biggest impact on the mobile application economy going forward… That is, if Microsoft can ever sell enough of these phones for it to matter.

RWW!! Anyway, I’ve been using a Window Phone on and off for about six weeks now (note that the Microsoft UK Dev Team loaned me a handset) and I’m liking what I see. There are areas where I’m reaching for the Window Phone before other handsets – but at the same time I have a list of things I’d never try to do on Windows Phone but am happy to soar through on other devices. The impact that the Mango update will have should not be underestimated.