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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Mango the code name given by Microsoft for their latest OS, windows phone 7.5. During the first eleven months of the existence  of  windows phone it was lacked with the whole set of interesting features which can be easily experienced with Android or iOS. But after few months,  Microsoft made a giant leap by delivering their  fresh product with all of new features less than 500.

Mango comes to you with lot of promising apps which are capable of giving the maximum experience to the users. Therefore the Mango is filled with social network integration, new voice detection features, improvements for email exchanging. So in short,  Mango is precisely what we wish Windows Phone would’ve been from the beginning — a platform that’s capable of handling all of our needs, no matter how crazy they may be.

Hardware requirements for Mango

Although the OS contain various features, all of them would be no use unless the hardware support it. So, for sure,  proper hardware configuration of the mobile will enhance the user experience. All Windows Phone 7.5 devices will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU (new devices will use 8×55 or 7×30, though existing ones that use an 8×50 CPU will be supported as well), DirectX graphics hardware support with hardware acceleration for Direct3D, a minimum of 384MB of RAM, at least 4GB of flash memory, WVGA (800 x 480) display resolution, a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 b / g support (n is optional), FM radio, Bluetooth and at least four required sensors (with more optional).

User Interface

Although several new feature have been introduced with the Mango,  the user interface stays as it was. This is because the Microsoft has so much worried about preserving the signature of Windows phone, they manged it by using  their own Metro-UI,  complete with two columns of tiles on the Start screen and the full alphabetical listing of apps after a quick swipe to the left.While the size and placement of these tiles haven’t changed, the content displayed within them has; many of the native tiles contain more viewable information, and even third-party apps are able to turn their small bit of real estate into a live tile capable of being updated dynamically.

Email and Messanging

The greatest weakness that was incurred with previous versions was email and messaging, has been successfully addressed and fixed in Mango. In with Mango is a linked email inbox, which lets you combine multiple email accounts into one consolidated tile. The concept of a universal inbox is one that’s been done on most mobile operating systems at this point, but Windows Phone added a twist: instead of forcing all of your email accounts into the same box, you can pick and choose exactly which ones you’d like together. Prior to Mango, the system was inefficient and inconvenient — it used up a tile for each individual account, taking up extra space and wasting our time by making us flip through separate boxes (although if tiles are your thing, you can pin specific email folders to the Start screen so you can go directly to that folder). This is a mammoth improvement and one of our favorite features in Mango.

There’s more where that came from: all the conversations are now threaded. In 2011, millions of WP7 users were wandering around not only with separate inboxes, but unthreaded emails as well. In previous versions of Windows Phone, each email was treated as its own entity, regardless of if it’s part of a full-length conversation. With Mango, you can have a long argument with Jerry Smith about TPS reports via email, and the full correspondence is grouped together so you don’t have to hunt through hundreds upon hundreds of other messages to find each segment of the conversation.

The messaging app also gives you an effective way, going from a regular SMS / MMS depository to a consolidated place where all your texts, Facebook chats and Windows Live IMs live in one threaded conversation. You’re chatting with some one on Facebook, but she/he  needs to log off, so when you continue talking to him/her via text you can still see him/her Facebook responses in the same conversation thread.  Believe me, both Android and iOS haven’t come up with anything like this yet.

Social Network integration

Mango has  the ability to integrate social network content with many of the platform’s other key features would be near the top of the list. In other words, your phone is now filled with plenty of ways to interact with your friends and family via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

In the previous build, the Twitter integration was not successfully tested.But unfortunately In the new update, bits and pieces of Twitter are woven into several native apps such as the Me Hub, People Hub and camera app.

Multitasking

In Mango, all the frustrations regarding to multitasking  are getting rectified — albeit slowly. The functionality is all built in so a simple long-press of the back button pulls up your most recently opened apps in a webOS-style card view (each card being a thumbnail of that particular app, which puzzles us as to why we can’t actually take our own screenshots on the phone). So far, we’ve been able to easily switch back and forth between apps this way, but unfortunately our experience multitasking hasn’t greatly improved otherwise yet. This is primarily because few third-party apps are compatible with the update yet, though this incompatibility will be a concern of the past soon enough, as devs work to get their apps ready. We did try out a few Mango apps, however, and they all paused as advertised; our only issue here was the extra time it took to resume them. In some instances, we waited roughly 10 seconds before we were back into the same place on the app. As a curious aside, native Microsoft apps didn’t have the same problem.

Marketplace

Marketplace is appearing on the phone  has remained mostly unchanged since the preview build; podcasts can be downloaded directly from the device, the drop-down menu appears as you type in a Marketplace search, and the app can be accessed from the web. The Web Marketplace, as it’s being called, behaves in a much similar way to the Android online Market: pick out an app or song that interests you and it will automatically install on your device. You can also witness your purchase history and reinstall any apps you may have accidentally lost or purposely deleted.

There is, however, another feature that we didn’t see previously: hidden apps. When a company wants to dole out an app to its employees for internal use, it naturally doesn’t want the average Joe to find and download it. The company can therefore “hide” an app so it doesn’t show up on the public catalog, and is only accessible through a “deep link” URL that can be distributed to only those who need to download it.

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  1. dharshana Gimhara
    February 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Great Topic.Like it

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