Microsoft just unloaded the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update, bringing over 500 new features to the platform – namely improved web browser, Twitter integration and multitasking capabilities.
Although the company isn’t thrilled with the number of handsets people have purchased, they are optimistic about the future. During an interview with All Things D, Andrew Lees, president of the Windows Phone Division, said the one of the great milestones Microsoft reached this year was establishing credibility within the market, something that is hard to do with a new mobile platform. The goal for this coming year is to become the 3rd most popular mobile OS, just behind Android and Apple (ousting RIM).
Competing manufacturers are launching LTE-capable devices with dual-core processors, but Lees says they too will eventually release phones with these specs, but gave no indication of when. The reason for stalling is because they wanted to “wait until the software was more ready to take advantage of multiple cores”, and that single core devices, according to Lees, “I suspect that they will be faster in usage than any dual-core phone that you put against it”. In regards to LTE devices, Lees noted that “The first LTE phones were big and big (users) of the battery, and I think it’s possible to do it in a way that is far more efficient, and that’s what we will be doing”.
Over the past few weeks there has been several new Window Phones 7.5 devices leaked online: Yukon, Sun, Wembley and Sabre, but no official confirmation of when these will be available to us Canadians.