Now that NoDo is finally being slowly oozed out in the world, we can turn our attention to more pressing matters: The next Windows Phone update!!
OK, just kidding. Actually, my intention is start discussing some more pragmatic (“pragmaticer”?) issues in the days ahead, such as how we can work around some of Windows Phone’s more irritating limitations.
But let’s put that on hold for one moment. Because there’s a YouTube video out, featuring NoDo running on an HD2 (lame!). Which wouldn’t be interesting at all except that another phone, apparently running what appears to be an early developer build of Mango, appears toward the end of the video. (Jump to about 2:45) Mango, of course, is the “RTM +1” version of Windows Phone that Microsoft intends to ship later this year. (It will most likely be called Windows Phone 7.1 or 7.5.) Here is the full video. But here is a shot that shows off this alleged Mango device:
Is it Mango?
I’m not sure, as I’ve not heard or seen of that little Search button. But for those of you still dazzled by the NoDo feature set (ahem), Mango will come as a bit of a shock: This release will actually include many new features, including of course some that have been publicly discussed, like Internet Explorer 9 (with hardware acceleration and partial HTML 5 standards support), support for more languages, and better enterprise support (today’s Windows Phone offers only a portion of the EAS/enterprise functionality provided by, say, Windows Mobile). There are also unannounced features coming, including background downloading, third party audio enhancements, third party multitasking, and so on.
But the big question around Mango, I think, is whether (or how) this release will change because of Nokia’s input. You have to think both Microsoft and Nokia are racing to add Nokia features that will first debut in Mango, and that could impact both the product and, of course, its schedule.