Rumor: First Windows Phone 7 Mango smartphone coming in August

The Windows Phone 7 community has been waiting for the first smartphone that will have the much anticipated "Mango" update. Now it appears that the first such smartphone with Mango inside may be available a bit sooner than expected. The Next Web reports that the Fujitsu IS12T smartphone will have the honor of becoming the first "Mango" based phone to be released to consumers. Furthermore, the phone is scheduled to be released in August. Previous Internet reports predicted that the first Mango phones will show up in September. Other than the fact that the phone will come with a 3.7 inch screen and is waterproof, not much else is known about the product.

Keep in mind that this phone is currently scheduled for release only in Japan, so its not clear if the phone will ever be released here in the US. Other Mango based Windows Phone 7 smartphones are scheduled to be released later this fall. That includes the first WP7 devices made by Finland-based Nokia.

The Mango update will have a number of new Windows Phone 7 features including support for multitaksing, improved media and gaming organization support and more. The market share for Windows Phone 7 is currently very small; just a few percent of smartphone users had a smartphone that used WP7. However, some analysts believe that the deal with Nokia could cause Windows Phone 7 to finally get a big foothold in the smartphone market.

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According to rumors Mango will come without VKontakte, LiveJournal and ICQ out of box at first. And without any usable web services in Russia.

Microsoft explicitly said that Nokia will release the first Mango device, on Mango Preview event.

Yeah, I decided to go with USCC for my next phone and contract because by time the bugs are out and whatnot, it'll be srping here in the us. USCC has a rediculous easy plan which makes it so enticing that you may want to wait out whatever upgrade or they make it so cheap (compared to the big 4) to end a contract... so you can go after the dream phone. Anyways, I'm getting a HTC 7 Pro on Monday.... in 6-9mos. it'll be a real cheap to bounce or to upgrade. Check em' out.

Unfortunately, US Cellular doesn't operate in my part of the country. We do have Cellular South, which is comparable, and that is who we have my wife's HTC Desire through, but they don't currently carry any WP7 phones. I just got one through T-Mobile (an HD7), so I'm really looking forward to the improvements in Mango.

edit: I just checked and Cellular South does now carry one WP7 phone (the HTC 7 Pro), which looks to be the HD7 with an added keyboard. They must have just gotten those in, because they didn't have them a few days ago.

roadwarrior said,
Unfortunately, US Cellular doesn't operate in my part of the country. We do have Cellular South, which is comparable, and that is who we have my wife's HTC Desire through, but they don't currently carry any WP7 phones. I just got one through T-Mobile (an HD7), so I'm really looking forward to the improvements in Mango.

edit: I just checked and Cellular South does now carry one WP7 phone (the HTC 7 Pro), which looks to be the HD7 with an added keyboard. They must have just gotten those in, because they didn't have them a few days ago.

It's very small compared to HD7, unfortunately it's got a good keypad but the rest is rubbish.

Digitalx said,

It's very small compared to HD7, unfortunately it's got a good keypad but the rest is rubbish.


I'm quite happy with my HD7 so far (only had it a couple of days), and I got it for free, versus $199 for the 7 Pro.

Argote said,
I hope that means an August rollout of Mango for current devices as well.

Existing devices are nice, but I'm selling off my focus as soon as the new Samsung is released.

Augmented reality apps won't work on 1st generation phones due to lack of gyroscope.

dotf said,

Existing devices are nice, but I'm selling off my focus as soon as the new Samsung is released.

Augmented reality apps won't work on 1st generation phones due to lack of gyroscope.

They will through the motion sensor api that provides software emulation.

dotf said,

Existing devices are nice, but I'm selling off my focus as soon as the new Samsung is released.

Augmented reality apps won't work on 1st generation phones due to lack of gyroscope.

I feel you man...sometimes my phone feels like just a fancy feature phone compared to iPhone or Android...but Windows Phone 7 has so much potential and Mango makes my Samsung Focus incredibly fun to use again!

definitely getting new phone!

dotf said,

Existing devices are nice, but I'm selling off my focus as soon as the new Samsung is released.

Augmented reality apps won't work on 1st generation phones due to lack of gyroscope.

LG has an augmented reality app that works fine on existing devices.

dotf said,

Existing devices are nice, but I'm selling off my focus as soon as the new Samsung is released.

Augmented reality apps won't work on 1st generation phones due to lack of gyroscope.


I'm considering the same thing, but mostly to get rid of my Samsung and go back to HTC. Samsung made changes in the build specs without notifying anyone, so AT&T & Microsoft had to spend more time on testing NoDo for the Focus. HTC appeared to stay consistent and have the least amount of problems in upgrading. For me, it would be an upgrade in manufacturer rather than hardware features.