Microsoft has, now, officially released its first Windows Phone devices in India and the first three to arrive will all run on the company’s new Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango‘ OS. The three devices in question are HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro, and the company believes the trio is good enough to eat into Android’s growing market share in the sub-continent, especially in India, and make Windows Phone devices the number one choice for consumers in this part of the world.
Among the three, the HTC Radar will be the first one to be available from as early as next week for a rumored price of around Rs. 23,000 (Approx. $490), while the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro are all set to arrive sometime in November.
Some rumors also suggest that the Acer Allegro will be the cheapest of the lot and will retail for something around Rs. 18,000 (Approx. $400).
Microsoft has also launched Windows Phone Marketplace and voice recognition support in India officially in order to win over some hearts.
We’ve all been waiting for Microsoft to launch their next-gen OS, Windows Phone 7.1/7.5 Mango ever since we first heard about it back in May. Since then, the operating system has been progressing really well, being released to manufacturing (RTM) some time back. And now, some reports are suggesting that Mango could be within our reach as early as this Thursday, September 15th.
The rumored release date was first revealed on the Windows Phone Dev Podcast, a date that was allegedly backed up by numerous sources:
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.
While its not yet confirmed, 15 September is surely booked on our calendar in Microsoft’s favor. The reports also suggest that Microsoft will roll out the Mango update to existing devices, though not all devices should expect an update as it is usually the carriers and OEMs who have the last word on when each device is updated.
Microsoft yesterday launched a new breed of Windows Phone software dubbed ‘Mango’ with a formality numerical of ‘7.1’. The latest software coming out of Redmond will be the one used on the first Nokia devices as part of the Microkia deal, and will be available for all present Windows Phone device holders to upgrade to from early autumn this year for free.
So what’s so special about Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ ? Yesterday, we told you about Microsoft’s ‘VIP Preview’ event where Steve Ballmer will unveil and detail 500 new features present in ‘Mango’. Though he didn’t list all of the 500 individually, he did give us a good clear picture of what ‘Mango’ can do.
“When we looked ahead to the next release, we wanted to stay true to the principles of Windows Phone 7 – that software should get out of your way and quickly connect you to the things that matter most… Mango builds on the work that we did in Windows Phone 7 and extends a lot of key scenarios around communications, apps, and Internet experiences -with even more capability and a deeper level of integration,” said Greg Sullivan, senior product manager of mobile communications for Windows Phone at Microsoft.
Some of the new features of ‘Mango’ include a revamped Bing app, Internet Explorer 9 Mobile, Threading (tabbing — Windows Live Messenger, SMS, etc), Groups, enhanced social integration with built-in support for Twitter & LinkedIn, improved personalized Live Tiles experience, multitasking, Quick Cards, multiple email accounts, Live Scout, Live Agents, built-in voice-to-text/text-to-voice functionality, and a hell lot more than you can imagine!
This ‘Mango’ sure looks sweeter to consume and we just can’t wait to get our hands of one of such Mango-powered devices. If you’re still on shaky grounds over this one then check out this video below and convince yourself that this time, Microsoft has nailed it!
Workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were evacuated after a fresh earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1, but officials said it had no detectable effect at the plant.
A tsunami alert for north-east Japan was issued but lifted after 90 minutes.
The earthquake – at a depth of 49km (32 miles) – struck close to the epicenter of the 11 March quake, which triggered a devastating tsunami.
Japanese authorities ordered a new evacuation from the warning zone.
All seven of the workers at Fukushima Daiichi were safe, a spokesman for plant operator Tepco told a news conference in Tokyo.
“They have not been injured and they have all taken shelter in our seismic resistant building. We are continuing to inject water, or we are continuing the injection operation at reactors 1, 2 and 3,” said the spokesman, whose name was not given.
The workers are trying to keep the damaged reactors cool to stop further releases of radioactive material.
Thursday’s quake struck at 2332 local time (1432 GMT) on Thursday, 118km (78 miles) north of Fukushima, 40km offshore.