DFT releases WP7 Mango RTM for all HTC devices

Late last week, the Dark Forces Team released their set of ROMs for Windows Phones full of Mango goodness, just days ahead of the rumored release of Mango at BUILD.

According to the post, right now the team only support HTC devices, and the RTM bits are available for the Trophy, HD3, Surround and HD7. The team has also added and removed features, making it one of the first more customized ROMs for the Windows Phone platform.

The ROM does not include operator specific apps, but does have the official HTC applications on the device (including hidden Wi-Fi!). It's also worth noting that the ROM is not based on the ISV build available from Microsoft that doesn't include OEM drivers, but instead is based on the recently leaked official images, meaning they're almost as good as the real deal.

As with all these types of releases, if you just can't wait any longer and are the type of person who doesn't mind if their phone is spontaneously transformed into a paperweight, then head to the XDA-Developers thread here and follow the steps.

The change log from the team says that the changes include;

Replace 2nd boot screen splash to new DFT splash
Replace locked screen wallpaper to DFT wallpaper
Enable instant resuming
Enable all langs Camera setting Enable Wifi 11n
Ebable MMSGroupText
Nodo fix 16 bit colour banding
Allow max number of unsignd apps
Show 3G Toogle
Unlock Hidden option in ease of access settings
Set AutoData
CallID fixed
Default IE homepage is xda-developers forum.
Added DFT & XDA sites to IE favorites.
ROMs are FullUnlocked. This means that you can install custom XAPs from computer and a bit more!
More information comes soon.
Ability to install XAP files from WP IE without PC.

Mango is the major update to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform, which brings many new features such as multitasking, IE9 support, deep social networking, integrated chat and more. The RTM software is expected to be available to retail devices in the next few weeks and new Mango hardware is releasing around the world slowly, with Fujistu releasing the first handset a few weeks ago.

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The question is, will us "international users" (Meaning, people who DARE not living in the US) get the mango update for our existing Windows Phones? I have a LG Optimus 7, great phone but I'll love to have mango on it.

sanctified said,
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Yes.
Mango is coming to all existing phones on all carriers. We ARE windows phone, we expect and demand ongoing software support!

Microsoft have built it into their platform!

Life is good, Mango is Juicy.

sorry for sounding thick, but if I have an HTC phone running say android can I install a mango rom? my phone is unlocked, rooted, s-off etc etc

glen8 said,
sorry for sounding thick, but if I have an HTC phone running say android can I install a mango rom? my phone is unlocked, rooted, s-off etc etc

You could try it but you might end up bricking the phone.

LOL at naming the Phone "Paperweight!"...

I'm a little more optimistic with my HD7, and having used the Dev build of Mango for the past few months, I can't wait to get a retail Mango build and possibly upgrade to a Mango device with Front facing cameras and built-in gyroscope for some AR apps that I'm developing...

But where this ROM is concerned, I think I'll give it a skip.

if it might be out on wednesday, I can wait a little longer.. I hope TELUS will have a updated ROM for the Surround..

The DFT might have released Mango for HTC devices.....but what about the devices themselves ?????
When Mango is "properly" issued out by the various mobile manufacturers it will be on NEW devices, and afterall the buzz isn't about just the OS itself, it is about what the phone companies have been able to DO with those NEW attributes of the new OS !!!

Caveman-ugh said,
The DFT might have released Mango for HTC devices.....but what about the devices themselves ?????
When Mango is "properly" issued out by the various mobile manufacturers it will be on NEW devices, and afterall the buzz isn't about just the OS itself, it is about what the phone companies have been able to DO with those NEW attributes of the new OS !!!

What?

What do you mean by "What ?"
It is not just the WP7 people are waiting for but the NEW PHONES as well !!
I myself am waiting to see what new things the phone companies will bring out as well as MS bringing out Mango.

Caveman-ugh said,
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New hardware adds gyrosocope and front facing cameras (on some models).
Other than that, most phones are technically and functionally identical to their 1st gen models, updated to Mango.

Mango is great for existing windows phones as well as new unreleased devices.

For those who live in areas where their carrier gives the phone away under contract subsidies, early access to Mango on their existing sets is of more importance than new devices of which you speak.