HTC London Invite Creates Hope for a Mango Device Unveil

HTC has announced via their Facebook page that they will be holding an event on September 1st to show the world what’s next. The specifics on what will be happening at the event are not yet known, but it’s believed and rumored by many that the September 1st date coupled with the previous rumor of a Mango unveil on the same day leaves speculation that HTC might use this event to announce new Windows Phone Mango devices. Here’s the invite:

It’s been a while since we last met, so we thought that we’d invite you to come party – and most importantly see what’s next.

There will be the usual food, drinks, music and a few phone treats for you to enjoy.

It would be great to see you. If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP to let us know. Just remember that it’s an event for people over 18 and it’s on a first come, first served basis.

As ever you can always follow the conversation via our Twitter Tag: #HTCQB

Look forward to seeing you there!
HTC Team

P.S. For those who are a little camera shy, please read the terms and conditions (http://goo.gl/ZBdaX) as we will have the photographers at the event

Everything you see and hear about this being a Windows Phone event is purely speculation at this point, so don’t be surprised if nothing mango-flavoured comes from all of this, but we will be keeping a close eye out on September 1st, just in case.

Fujitsu IS12T Caught on Display in Tokyo Store

The buz about the Fujitsu IS12T lately is that it might be the first device released with the final Mango Windows Phone OS. If a picture found on Nanapho.jp by Tezawaly is any indication, the rumored release date of August 25th may be accurate.

The devices in question were found in the Biccamera Yurakucho store in Tokyo, Japan and were apparently not charged, according to WMPoweruser. Check out the picture below to see the army of devices set to be released.

Coming Windows Phone Games & Features Announced at Gamescon

It’s Gamescon time and Microsoft has taken this opportunity via their Windows Phone Blog to announce some new Xbox LIVE titles coming to the mobile platform as well as some additions to gaming that will add more features to Windows Phone gaming in the upcoming ‘Mango’ update which should release for Windows Phone very soon.

Microsoft announced some new features coming to Windows Phone gaming. The new features include:

  • Avatar Awardables: Like achievements—but wearable. Once unlocked, these items will automatically appear in your avatar closet and can be worn on your avatar’s sleeve as a badge of honor. “Chickens Can’t Fly,a forthcoming Xbox LIVE release, will be among the first titles to feature them.
  • Game Add-ons:In the Xbox LIVE title “Beards & Beaks,” players can purchase extra mushrooms and other items from within the game using Microsoft Points. In the months ahead, keep your eyes out for more titles in Marketplace that let you buy in-game add-ons and downloadable content like extra weapons or levels.
  • Parental Controls: The next release of Windows Phone gives parents more control of what content their child can access on Windows Phone, including M-rated (Mature) games. The first M-rated Windows Phone title,Splinter Cell: Conviction,” is scheduled to arrive in the Marketplace later this fall.
  • Fast Async: A new Xbox LIVE service coming this fall that improves gameplay for multiplayer, turn-by-turn (or asynchronous) Windows Phone games.

They have also announced a number of new Xbox LIVE titles coming soon to the platform. Here is the list of upcoming titles:

  • “Beards & Beaks: Cave Area” The turf war between gnomes and crows moves to the cave with 15 challenging new levels and where a new gnome ally and new enemies await.
  • “Bug Village” Build and nurture a colony of active ants and busy bees. Construct homes to attract playful bugs and direct them to the garden, where they can gather resources to expand your village. Small is beautiful in bug village.
  • “Burn the Rope”Burn as much rope as you can in this challenging puzzle game. The catch? Fire only burns upwards. So you’ll have to madly tilt and turn your phone to keep the flame alive.
  • “Chickens Can’t Fly” You’re a corporate scientist assigned to see what chickens are capable of, answering critical questions such as: Is there life after the butcher? Are chickens afraid of ghosts? Does frozen chicken get dizzy?

 

  • “Collapse!” The blockbusting, color-matching excitement of “Collapse!” returns with award-winning gameplay, all-new customizable characters, and fantastic new foes.
  • “Gravity Guy” In a world where gravity laws were broken, a brave guy was held captive for defying the rules. Not happy, he decided to escape. Your job: guide him through a world of impossible mazes, flipping gravity at will.
  • “Farm Frenzy 2” If you think the big city is crazy, wait until you get a load of country life. Manage a wild and wacky farm by growing grass, feeding chickens, collecting eggs and taking your produce to market.
  • “Fight Game Rivals” Become the king of kings among tournament fighters around the world. Enter different tournaments on distinct locations, earn credits and unlock devastating attacks and skills.
  • “IonballEX”  A modern twist on a classic Breakout-style game, all delivered in a unique steampunk style.
  • “Kinectimals Mobile” Play with, care for, and fall in love with your very own Kinectimal cub. The hit Xbox 360 game comes to Windows Phone.
  • “Mush” This puzzle platformer (and Windows Phone exclusive) gives you control over how your character feels. Change their emotions by drawing smiles and sad faces, and by rotating or shaking the phone.
  • “Orbital” An addictive puzzle game that challenges you to destroy as many orbs as possible.
  • “TextTwist 2” From Game House, creators of “Bounce Out” and “Collapse!”, comes a more cerebral challenge: How many words can you form in two-and-a-half minutes with a handful of random letters? Figure out the combination with the most letters and move to the next level.
  • “Toy Soldiers Boot Camp” Wage war on a tiny scale with four fun and addictive shooting gallery mini-games from “Toy Soldiers: Cold War”.

It’s great to see such a large list of expected titles. Hopefully we will start to see these game roll out very soon. For screenshots and a ton of extras on these titles, check out the Xbox Gamescon presskit.

 

 

IM+ to Drop MSN/WLM

IM+ posted on its Facebook page that v 1.4 of its Windows Phone app has been submitted to Microsoft for approval. So we should be seeing the update in the Marketplace shortly. In its post, IM+ says this is a “good news, bad news” situation. The bad news is that IM+ is dropping MSN and WLM from its next update. They go on to say

Bad news: MSN/WLM support has been dropped due to Microsoft’s request. For those of you who care more about MSN/WLM support than new features (again, new features list will follow), we strongly recommend to do not update once version 1.4 is released.

Good news: IM+ Windows Phone version 1.4 has been submitted to Microsoft Marketplace with new awesome features,

  • Significantly improved contact list scrolling and overall application performance
  • Push-to-Email option allows incoming messages to be forwarded to your email
  • Autoreply feature will instantly notify your contacts that your are in Push mode
  • ICQ / AIM / AOL / iChat group chats
  • ICQ contacts can now be added into your AOL/AIM/iChat contact lists and vice versa
  • VKontakte and Yandex IM services are now supported

For those of you that use MSN or WLM on your IM+ app, we recommend you ignore the update. Though this move by Microsoft is another sign that their Mango release is just around the corner as MSN and WLM instant messaging will already be integrated.

Source: IM+ Facebook

Mango RTM Build (7720) Leaks to the Web

Yes, it’s true. The Mango RTM build (7720) has leaked to the web via the XDA Forums and users have successfully flashed their devices to the new build, however, I would not recommend your average user flash their device as well as it can brick the device or even void out the warranty.

For those brave souls who know what they are doing, you can find instructions on how to take your device, no matter what build is currently running, to the RTM. For everyone else, I would highly suggest you do not try this at home and just be a little more patient for the official Mango release.

For instructions on how to flash your device to build 7720, click here.

Thanks for the tip Jon

[Speculation] Might Higher Resolution Devices Be Coming with Mango?

We know just a few of the extra features that might show up on some new Windows Phone devices when Mango ships, but screen resolution is one that hasn’t really been talked about. Currently, Windows Phone run at 480×800 pixels, some on LCD, some on AMOLED technologies. In a tease tweet by Brandon Watson, there is a hint which leads to speculation that at least one new Windows Phone device might have screen technology which is really exciting and we’re not talking about screen size. Here’s the tweet exchange between Brandon Watson and another user:

WMPoweruser originally posted, in speculation, that this might mean a resolution bump or maybe even a new screen technology. Perhaps a Super AMOLED Plus device? Nobody knows, but with the Mango release seemingly around the corner, we should find out very soon what new features Mango handsets will be sporting.

Belfiore Debunks September 1st Mango Release as Rumor

Yesterday the web was buzzing about a report from PocketLint that Microsoft was panning on a release for their latest update to Windows Phone, Mango, on September 1st to coincide with an IFA event in Europe. Many were surprised that Mango would release so soon and here comes Windows Phone head, Joe Belfiore, to throw some water on the rumor fire with a tweet about the September 1st date:

Keep in mind that we’ve seen this from the Windows Phone team before. If you remember, the “rumor” about Windows Phone hitting RTM came out and was billed as a rumor only to be officially announced just days later, so this could just be Microsoft muddying the waters because they want to be the ones to reveal the date for Mango’s release and then again, it could really just be one big rumor. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out, but I have a feeling we’ll hear something very soon. Stay tuned…