Front facing camera support still in Windows Phone 7 Mango

Today's news that the long awaited Mango update for the Windows Phone 7 operating system is now available for developers was welcomed by many folks. As programmers and others checked out the code for the Mango update, it looks like a previously rumored feature might still be put into the Mango version of WP7. That's the front-facing camera support. It was previously spotted as a feature in a screenshot for an early version of the software's file system.

Now there's even more evidence of support for a front facing camera. WPCentral.com reports that a new icon in the WP7's camera application was revealed that seems to be for people to press to switch between front and rear facing cameras. Off the record Microsoft has said they are working on a Facetime like application, first reported by Neowin, but nothing has been set in stone. However, with Microsoft getting closer to finalizing its deal to acquire the Skype Internet phone company, it's possible that Microsoft will be adding Skype support to the Mango WP7 update.

In the meantime, the Mango update itself is finally scheduled to be released to Windows Phone 7 users sometime later this year with lots of improvements and changes planning for the OS including multitaking, Internet Explorer 9, better organization of media files, better game support and more. In fact the Internet rumor machine has already started turning on what the next version of WP7 might be like, a recent online report suggests that the code name for the next update might be Tango.

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scaramonga said,
Nice to know I can shove Mango on my Omnia 7 and a front camera appears magically

The power of software man.

alexalex said,

It is far less that 50 :-)

It's over 50, doubt that you're even counting though, but w/e. Not like it matters since you haven't used WP or will use it in the future.

nub said,
I don't understand these worthless features
If a feature like that alone will make the new handsets more expensive, I definitely wouldn't care about the front camera at all.

Having it doesn't hurt, and calling it worthless is too much, but a little used feature, sure...

ajua said,
If a feature like that alone will make the new handsets more expensive, I definitely wouldn't care about the front camera at all.

Having it doesn't hurt, and calling it worthless is too much, but a little used feature, sure...

In the grand scheme of things though, and going back to why MS grabbed skype, having built in VoIP does help you push the carriers around. Having it part of the OS is even better because then it makes it harder for AT&T or Verizon to screw with it. Seeing how often I'm on wifi vs 3G then I could totally drop any expensive voice plan and go prepaid or the cheapest one and use skype for calls and scew over the carriers. Now if millions do the same then think what will happen to them and their bottom line.

cleverclogs said,

It makes taking photos of yourself... easier.

Even easier than the bathroom mirror shots the tards always take of themselves because they're too stupid to use a timer?

nub said,
I don't understand these worthless features

It's so you can have the ability to do video chat. Not that anyone really does that more than once or twice before they tire of it, though.

Skwerl said,

It's so you can have the ability to do video chat. Not that anyone really does that more than once or twice before they tire of it, though.

Exactly. Its all just gimmicks.

FMH said,
It would be impossible, to not have a front-camera support in today's competition.

How many WP7 phones have front pacing camera ? Will you replace your existing non-front faced camera WP7 for a new one ? After all, Apple was laughed at for Facetime by WP7 users who claimed that this is a stupid feature.

alexalex said,

How many WP7 phones have front pacing camera ? Will you replace your existing non-front faced camera WP7 for a new one ? After all, Apple was laughed at for Facetime by WP7 users who claimed that this is a stupid feature.

Facetime was laughed at by every non-apple user, not just WP7 users. And people change phones often, many would update to a new WP7 device if they could if they liked what they saw.

GP007 said,

And people change phones often, many would update to a new WP7 device if they could if they liked what they saw.

it's strange that people change phones (and expensive ones) often nowdays. I mean they become powerful enough and smooth enough. I had crappy WM6 phone for 4 years before I finally bought WP7 device. and I waited exactly for this kind of phone that have just enough power and will receive major updates that only makes this phone more valuable over time. so this one should stay with me for anoter 4 years and more.

alexalex said,

How many WP7 phones have front pacing camera ? Will you replace your existing non-front faced camera WP7 for a new one ? After all, Apple was laughed at for Facetime by WP7 users who claimed that this is a stupid feature.

Yep you are right. Apple implementation is why it was funny. You can only use it over WIFI and not over 3G. Making it useless. If you are at home on WIFI and who u want to Facetime with is only on 3G, you cant use it. Thus its a failure. Nokia has had phones with front cameras for years. Even it was no huge deal. Its a fad.

Since they have WLM and Skype, I can well imagine they will incorporate their AV algorithms in to WP7x. This is rather awesome. And perhaps bitrates will be adjusted depending on type of connection used?