New Mango Features – Additional Information and Thoughts
Although the previous article provided the screenshots to many new features coming, Travis and Ryan Lowdermilk also gave us some great information on additional features coming that aren’t yet backed up by screenshots.
On their podcast, Travis and Ryan mention â€œNative Check-Insâ€ support is coming.Â Facebook Places is indicated to have native support, but FourSquare might require a plugin.
- rumored to use the OMTP â€“ Open Mobile Terminal Platform, which is what iOS and Android use.Â Nice that Microsoft isn’t reinventing the wheel on this one.
- with the addition of 3rd party multi-tasking, more battery management will be necessary.Â They mention that there should be an additional Battery section under the Settings menu.
WiFi Hotspot Support
- Should be coming with Mango, utilizing Microsoftâ€™s NCSI technology, which is behind the Internet Sharing features within Vista and Windows 7.Â Expect this to require individual carrier support, carrier pricing, and to go live on a carrier by carrier basis.
Ryan and Travis indicate they have a slew of additional screenshots, and plan on publishing them on their website and through their Twitter account, @wpdevpodcast.Â Make sure you follow them on Twitter to get this information as it becomes available.
Below is some more information provided on the screenshots that you’ve already seen on Pradeep’s article.Â Most of these thoughts are provided by Ryan and Travis, and I’ve interjected a few of my thoughts as well as 2 additional screenshots.
Facebook chat will be joining the integrated messaging experience along with Windows Live Messenger.Â Travis and Ryan state that there is other evidence that AOL Instant Messenger will be joining the mix as well.
The People Hub will show you which services your contacts are currently logged into, and the rumors are that when you try to send them an SMS, an option will pop up asking if youâ€™d like to contact them through the chat service they are currently using and showing as online.
It appears a more logical Office 365 experience and integrated SkyDrive support is coming in Mango.Â We see a link to â€œdocs.live.netâ€, with an option to â€œopen in browser.â€Â This indicates that you will be able to edit documents in the IE9 Mobile browser.
We see that the Xbox Games Hub is getting a graphical overhaul, bringing a consistency between the Xbox 360, and the Games experience on Windows Phone 7.Â Â We also see an added option called â€œAutomatic Syncâ€.Â Feel free to speculate what that might be syncing.Â Hopefully we will be getting some heavily improved online play through Mango.
Bringing back a feature that was already available with Windows Mobile 6.x, we now see a group feature.Â This allows for sending a text message to a work or family related group, as well as emailing them all at once.Â This is something I actually used on WM 6.5, and am glad to see its return.Â Travis and Ryan say that they would love to see the ability to view aggregated tweets or facebook updates.Â Calling it a â€œFavorites Listâ€, they love the idea of pinning that to the Start Menu.Â I have to agree!
Here we see that Mango can add Album / Artist art as your lockscreen background.Â Although not indicated, hopefully full Zune controls will also be built into the lockscreen.Â Also, we see the â€œneverâ€ option for screen time-out, which will hopefully be available for ALL WP7 devices, instead of just certain ones currently.