With Microsoft now sending the final version of its "Mango" update of its Windows Phone 7 operating system to hardware vendors, the company also sent out word that it was looking for students to create some cool and innovative apps for Windows Phone 7. In the most recent entry of the Windows Phone Developer blog, the company talked about some of the more interesting student apps that were submitted.
One of the apps was a variation of the typical smartphone alarm clock. It wakes you up and doesn't stop until you solve some math puzzles. Yet another app compares sales of textbooks and another app can try to identify animals by taking pictures of them with a smartphone. Finally, there's an app made for people who suffer from color blindness. The app helps them to know what kind of colors are around them.
The blog site has links to 20 of the apps submitted by students in simulated form. The students who have had their apps picked by Microsoft will receive a Windows Phone 7 developer phone. Microsoft is still looking for student created apps for WP7 and plans to give out 30 more developer phones for the apps that it deems worthy.
The Mango update to Windows Phone 7 has now reached the Release to Manufacturing phase and is now being sent out to various phone makers and wireless carriers. The first Mango Windows Phone 7 device, the Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T, is expected to launch in August. The first US-based Mango phones are scheduled to be released sometime in September.
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