WP7: Custom ringtones, video uploads, multiple calendars & more caught on video

Since last weeks two major Mango events in New York and London, Mango launch events around the world have been in progress. At a Mango event in Berlin, new features were shown off that were not unveiled at the other events. 

We already knew custom ringtone support was coming, but this is the first time we've really seen it in action. Anythingbutiphone reports that the "set ringtone" screen has not been seen before with custom ringtones, and in the video the custom ringtones are separate from the default ones for ease of access. 

Microsoft also showed off the new "battery saving" option, which puts the phone into battery save mode when it reaches a certain percent. Battery saving mode disables multitasking, stops email from automatically being checked and disables WiFi and data services to get the best battery life. The feature is disabled by default, and can be switched on and off at will. The video also shows off support for uploading video to Facebook from the OS, which has been a much requested feature. 

The Microsoft event in Berlin also provided the first visual proof that multiple calendar support is in the OS (even though it is in another language in the video). Still no official word on "turn by turn" navigation for Bing Maps from Microsoft, but last week it was uncovered in the Mango emulator.

Neowin has also uncovered a feedback program for the updated keyboard in the emulator, which will provide feedback to Microsoft based on usage of the keyboard and will help them improve it. The program is similar to the CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program) software that's commonly seen with other Microsoft products such as Office, and can be disabled.

Mango is expected to be released in September this year, and brings 500 new features to the Windows Phone 7 platform. A lot of features are yet to be revealed, so stay tuned for more. Check out the video showing off the features at the Microsoft Berlin event below.

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im looking forward to the custom ringtones, but the functionality is still unclear, like can you buy the song from zune to set as your ringtone?

jasonon said,
im looking forward to the custom ringtones, but the functionality is still unclear, like can you buy the song from zune to set as your ringtone?

They did demo the ability to "buy" ringtones back at MWC or maybe MiX? They showed the phone going to a webpage and downloading it and adding it into the ringtones list. What's not clear is if you can do it with the songs you have on the device etc, but I guess they'll get to that. They're showing us a few new things every few days it seems.

Just got my WP7 this weekend and I am in love with it. The native email client (Outlook) is amazing, along with WinMilk app for exchange task, Zune software, and OneNote, I am never looking back!!

@Brian Jackson
Good to hear you love it - everyone that I have heard, seen or properly dabbled with WP7 has fallen for it. I've had mine for a little over 2mths and I'm astounded at the ease and confidence I have in it, something I hadn't with my many other handsets in the past.

OneNote is AWESOME. I was entering a critical meeting that was heavy in technical details. I wanted to somehow record the meeting. Then I remembered OneNote on WP7 - (to be honest I thought it would crash or shutdown after several minutes) - an hour at the completion of the meeting OneNote didn't skip a beat!! I WAS IMPRESSED. And so were the meeting attendees.

I eagerly await Mango and all that it has to offer us.

Get WinPhoned - you won't be disappointed!

Mango has to be the bigger update for any mobile platform in years. The list of features is impressive, and we only know so much at this time.

ajua said,
Mango has to be the bigger update for any mobile platform in years. The list of features is impressive, and we only know so much at this time.

I like the way they're doing it this time, instead of just showing everything in one go and then having you wait till Sept, lots of people start to forget as other things happen, so now they're dripping out the info every few days to keep it in the tech site/blog news.

Although each update makes me more and more tempted to break away from iOS and go WP7. Im in love with it's UI. I think I'll wait to see what Hardware Nokia brings out.

Benjy91 said,
Although each update makes me more and more tempted to break away from iOS and go WP7. Im in love with it's UI. I think I'll wait to see what Hardware Nokia brings out.

Yeah, I'm looking forward to what Nokia brings too. Hopefully to Verizon...

I was always wondering why the ability to send/upload videos was not added... Its good they have FINALLY added it to the feature list

brent3000 said,
I was always wondering why the ability to send/upload videos was not added... Its good they have FINALLY added it to the feature list

Yes. A year is SUCH a long time.

brent3000 said,
I was always wondering why the ability to send/upload videos was not added... Its good they have FINALLY added it to the feature list

Because videos tend to be on the big side and will eat up your data (if it's 3G and not wifi, but lets face it you'll probably not be on wifi when you take the video anyways), and they wanted to get an idea of battery so they left things out. They said this from the start actually, they wanted to see how the battery life would be from real world users before they started to add things that like to kill the battery into the OS, like multitasking.

Last thing I need is to have all this stuff going on I probably don't use much eating away on my battery.

Got to love SSH transfer of songs directly into the iPhone 4's Ringtone folder. Can even have 10 minute ringtones.

Love Jailbreaking =D

Benjy91 said,
Got to love SSH transfer of songs directly into the iPhone 4's Ringtone folder. Can even have 10 minute ringtones.

Love Jailbreaking =D


well congratulations

sexypeperodri said,
Wait, you can't add custom ringtones to Windows Phone 7?

How can something so simple be missing?

iPhone would like a word with you, or were you just trollin'?

Coolaaron88 said,

iPhone would like a word with you, or were you just trollin'?

To my understanding, you can add custom ringtones to the iPhone and Android phones. Why is this missing in Windows Phone 7?

sexypeperodri said,

To my understanding, you can add custom ringtones to the iPhone and Android phones. Why is this missing in Windows Phone 7?

When the first iPhone was launched, there wasn't an ability to add custom ringtones and even after a while, you can only do it after iTunes. I don't what the situation is right now as I don't use an iPhone.

Give Microsoft time, it's only just starting to come up.

Scirwode

sexypeperodri said,
Wait, you can't add custom ringtones to Windows Phone 7?

How can something so simple be missing?

well its a new platform, which is so much better than windows mobile like 91283901 times better, with less features because it was something they had to release before having all the features windows mobile had.

AND honestly, custom ringtones its nice but it wasn't a priority phones with daddy yankee gasolina ringtone and super mario bros music, or a loud (annoying) anime intro song... but they are adding it, a year after release of this new platform, so a year of non custom ringtones doesnt mean the phone is useless.

sexypeperodri said,
Wait, you can't add custom ringtones to Windows Phone 7?

How can something so simple be missing?


I always love the trollibg comments that focus on a single mundane feature (which is voming in the next update), as if Microsoft didn 't focus their attention on much more important things... lol

day2die said,

You need to ask Steve Jobs.

Why? I use a WP7 phone and, as far as I know, Steve jobs is not the MS CEO.......

sexypeperodri said,
Wait, you can't add custom ringtones to Windows Phone 7?

How can something so simple be missing?


Simple really, other features had a higher priority. They had to meet a deadline and features had to be delayed. Its a nice feature, but not that important.

EmilyTheStrange said,

well its a new platform, which is so much better than windows mobile like 91283901 times better, so a year of non custom ringtones doesnt mean the phone is useless.

We are all entitled to our opinion, personally I do not feel that WP7 is better than WM 6.5; actually not yet, time will tell.

I agree that the lack of custom ringtones does not make the platform useless; lack of a decent calendar, no tasks, no categories, no desktop syncing, a very poor SMS app, an useless alarm app greatly undermine its uselfulness though.
I hope it will improve although I am afraid that I will have to wait until W8 will be available.

Fritzly said,

We are all entitled to our opinion, personally I do not feel that WP7 is better than WM 6.5; actually not yet, time will tell.

I agree that the lack of custom ringtones does not make the platform useless; lack of a decent calendar, no tasks, no categories, no desktop syncing, a very poor SMS app, an useless alarm app greatly undermine its uselfulness though.
I hope it will improve although I am afraid that I will have to wait until W8 will be available.

the SMS app woks great, pretty much the best one I've used on a cell phone. alarms, I can set as many alarms as I want, when I want, and they always ring. that makes it a good alarm, and the fact it always works and at the correct time makes it better than any other phone alarm. Desktop syncing isn't necessary anymore, it's antiquated. Tasks is getting fazed out so get used to it. the calendar does it's job, but will be a lot better with Mango. and considering the calendar on the competing platforms, it's a damn good one, the only one that had a better calendar was WM. But Mango will make it better than the WM calendar.

HawkMan said,

"the SMS app woks great, pretty much the best one I've used on a cell phone. "

Hardly: a different color for incoming and outgoing sms is a must..... and other platforms have it.


"Desktop syncing isn't necessary anymore, it's antiquated."

Maybe it is for you; besides the fact that a lot of companies have policies not allowing to sync in the cloud there are also many others that cannot do it by legal requirements.


"Tasks is getting fazed out so get used to it."

Again just your opinion; check what Office users (the biggest source of MS revevenues together with Windows) think about the usefulness of tasks.

" the calendar does it's job, but will be a lot better with Mango. and considering the calendar on the competing platforms, it's a damn good one, the only one that had a better calendar was WM."

A calendar app without a week view, a working\readable monthly view and without categories is not what I would call something that does it work; at least for business people. Besides: yes WM 6.5 calendar app was already better plus with WM 6.XX you could use third part apps like Pocket Informant.

As I said different people have different needs; WP7 shortcomings are the reasons why I had to put my HD7 in the closet and pull out my HD2.


Fritzly said,

"the SMS app woks great, pretty much the best one I've used on a cell phone. "

Hardly: a different color for incoming and outgoing sms is a must..... and other platforms have it.

Though I agree that this would be nice, it hardly makes it "Very poor"... LOL You can still clearly see who sent the message. Additionally, though it has not been reported, I've seen pics of Mango that are using two separate colors, so I take it this feature is coming in Mango... And this IS something I commented to Microsoft on when they first started showing off WP7...

Fritzly said,

We are all entitled to our opinion, personally I do not feel that WP7 is better than WM 6.5; actually not yet, time will tell.

I agree that the lack of custom ringtones does not make the platform useless; lack of a decent calendar, no tasks, no categories, no desktop syncing, a very poor SMS app, an useless alarm app greatly undermine its uselfulness though.
I hope it will improve although I am afraid that I will have to wait until W8 will be available.

well like i have said... features doesn't make something better. yeah features are cool... but the core OS is more important. winmo was slow and you had to reset it if you had alot of stuff on it, and still it was so slow. so how cant a windows phone which a fuild UI, a nice UI, a nice touch UI, with alot of applications (remember winmo didn't have that many), getting really support... obviously it would lack from winmo features because they had to release winpho, not because any stupid smartphone war or whatever people say, its because they knew they had to update windows mobile brand, because it wasnt the best, it was old and then it was slow, and it wasn't really good to be like "ok... we can make it for smartphones" so they had to release winphone with no many features, but slowly they are getting it, within a year of released there is mango, which is going to be huge... how many features did you see from winmo 2003 to 6? it wasn't so much of a progress. so how cant a nice windows phone be better? yeah it didn't get to sync more than the main calendar, nor ringtones, nor copy and paste... BUT its getting it all those features and more. you are seeing present winmo and winphoe, obviously winmo will win in features but in a future vision, windows phone is going to be better, yeah.. OS development is not fast as people wished but they are making it better and better, because future winmo was *bad* AND now, the future of winphone is amazing. just wait and see

Some how I have a feeling that the Video Upload feature will come in handy for reporting a democratic uprising like the one in Egypt.

PlogCF said,
Some how I have a feeling that the Video Upload feature will come in handy for reporting a democratic uprising like the one in Egypt.

Only if the government doesn't force the ISPs to shut down first.

PlogCF said,
Some how I have a feeling that the Video Upload feature will come in handy for reporting a democratic uprising like the one in Egypt.

Only if the government doesn't force the ISPs to shut down first.

The battery saver sounds a good feature, there's been a few times where I've ended up getting low on battery on a night out and had to turn off Wifi, Email and brightness etc.