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Windows Phone Mango to Launch Next Week?

Windows Phone 7 Mango Orange Logo

I know you Windows Phone fans have been patiently awaiting the Mango update for a while now, but your wait may be about to come to an end, according to the Windows Phone Dev Podcast.

“Various sources” have revealed that Windows Phone 7.5 Mango will be available from next week, along with the final tools for developers:

“Next week is going to be a big week for Windows Phone. We have been told by various sources that Mango will be dropping, and the final tools will be dropping for developers. So that would be interesting and something to look forward to.”

Windows Phone device manufacturers have been enjoying the Mango operating system since Microsoft seeded it out to them in July, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on it while trying out the HTC Radar and HTC Titan at the beginning of this month.

In addition to some updates to the Windows Phone 7 user interface, the Mango release also introduces a new ‘try before you buy’ option in the Marketplace, and better integration for your social networks.

According to TechRadar, the update will actually be available for all Windows Phone devices this week, but some users will be waiting a short while for carriers to pass it on.

As for new Windows Phone Mango devices, AT&T has announced today that it will be introducing the Samsung Focus S, Focus Flash¬†and the HTC Titan to its Windows Phone lineup. The devices have been given that all too familiar “this fall” release date, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on the AT&T website over the course of the next month.

Unfortunately, AT&T also didn’t mention a release date for Mango for its existing Windows Phone lineup. While this may not be good news to some, at least it doesn’t rule out next week’s rumored release.

Are you looking forward to getting your hands on the Mango update?

[via TechRadar]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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