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HTC is preparing multiple Windows Phone 7.1 handsets, including these 3.7-inch low end models.  (Source: Phone House)

The HTC Eternity, the company's flagship WP7.1 model, will be a whopping 4.7-inches -- almost worthy of the designation "mini tablet".  (Source: HTC Inside)

Samsung will reportedly be offering Mango slider goodness (far right).  (Source: Nanapho.jp)
Nokia, HTC, LG, Acer, Huawei, ZTE and Samsung hope to overwhelm Apple, give fight to Google

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is viewed by many as the slumbering giant of the smartphone market.  With arguably the most innovative interface available on a smartphone today, the platform is mainly lacking in polish and selection.

The company's answer to those shortcomings is one word -- Mango.  Mango -- the Windows Phone 7.1 update -- promises more of everything good about Windows 7; more polish (notably third party multi-tasking, third party tiles, streamlined Office software, and a dramatically improved HTML5-ready browser) and more phones.

As far as the more phones part of the equation, we're starting to get a feel for what's in store when Mango launches in September.  Among the high-profile players to commit to Mango devices are Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V), Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO:005930), HTC Corp. (SEO:066570), LG Electronics (SEO:066570), Acer Inc. (TPE:2353), ZTE Corp. (SHE:000063), and Huawei technologies.  Fujitsu Ltd. (TYO:6702) and Dell, Inc. (DELL) are also rumored to be preparing designs.

HTC, perhaps a bit concerned about its legal troubles with its Android OS line, is diving deep into Mango with multiple handsets.  Two low-end models -- the keyboard equipped Prime and the touchscreen-only Ignite have been spotted after being accidentally posted by Dutch retailer Phone House.  Both phones pack a lowly 800 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera, and 3.7-inch LCD display.

Moving to the cream of the crop, HTC will be pushing the definition of a "smart phone" with its giant "Eternity" handset.  With a whopping 4.7-inch SLCD screen, the Eternity is almost the Windows Phone 7 tablet which some users have demanded.  It will pack a 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB of storage, an 8MP rear camera, and a 1.3MP front camera.  This handset will surely prompt debate over whether slower Android phones with more cores are "better" or whether a faster single core is better suited for a smart phone.  Images of the Eternity have already leaked.

Samsung, meanwhile is preparing a model with a slide-out bottom keyboard, the SGH-i677.  Little is known about the specs or official name, at this point.  Likewise, the hardware for Nokia's much-anticipated "Sea Ray" -- rumored to launch in October at Nokia World -- is unknown.

If Microsoft can flood the market with high quality offerings, it could overwhelm Apple, Inc. (AAPL) to seize second place -- something DailyTech and a number of top analysts predicted [1][2] would happen within the next couple of years.  From there the company can move on to challenging Google Inc.'s (GOOG) prolific Android platform for world domination.

Windows Phone 7, officially hit its release to manufacturing (RTM) build just days ago.  It appears on pace to meet its planned release schedule.



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By inighthawki on 7/30/2011 10:24:39 PM , Rating: 3
As a developer I have access to the releasable of Mango, and all I can say is that it makes the phone 100 times better than it already was. So if you like WP7 now, you will love it when Mango finally comes around.
It is even more responsive and has a plethora of great new features, including pretty much everything that anyone previously had problems with (notably multitasking and things like custom ringtones).

It even comes equipped with a few features I would have never expected, like the ability to scan barcodes, QR codes, etc in real-time from the search menu (search button). It works way better than the apps I've seen on my friends' android and iphones and it's built right into the OS.


By themaster08 on 7/31/2011 5:19:54 AM , Rating: 2
It's good to hear the point of view from someone who has already used Mango. With all of the big features coming to the platform it's nice to know some of the more humble features such as custom ringtones, which seem to have not been mentioned all that much.

It would also be nice if they included more theme colours, or even a colour palette, but I can understand from a font readability perspective why they may not. Occasionally when browsing the Marketplace, it can be difficult to read some of the titles due to the background image. But that's something the homebrew community could come up with. I just hope that they point their efforts a little more in the direction of Windows Phone once Mango has been released. A Cydia-like marketplace would be awesome.

I think Mango covers all of the major shortcomings with the platform, particularly my own gripes. Looking forward to the final release!


By CptBlu on 8/2/2011 3:41:56 PM , Rating: 2
unfortunately no new colors but orange is now called Mango LOL thats exciting but as stated there are so many new features and so much more polish applied that it will not matter the market is 10000 times better and usefull now this was my major complaint the rest of it i knew was comming and was normal for an intial launch crap search is just not excuseable

the group tiles are awesome I actually use facebook now mainly because i never have to log into the site my phone display any bit of usefull information that it contained. windows phone sets the standard for a modern OS i stress modern becuase both ios and android conform to the same old way of doing things a grid of icons in no way is innovative or magical i think that UI was actually developed back in the 70's with LISA its nothing more then a modified desktop metor is simply diffrent and webos while innovative i dont find very intresting but it is a better shot at modern then the other guys


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