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Reason for Mango Beta Delay, New Mango Features Uncovered

June 23, 2011 1 Comment

It was believed that Microsoft would be releasing the Mango beta to developers this week, until Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore himself took to his Twitter page to shoot down peoples’ hopes.

As it seems Microsoft actually did intend to release Mango to developers this week but ran into an unexpected issue. Neowin was contacted by a source inside Microsoft who wanted to remain anonymous. The source divulged that there was a faulty upgrade script in the build that was to be released.

The source went on to say that “[The update process is a] Zune software update and an executable that makes some changes to the registry to get the Zune software to look at the right place for the pre-release updates. It’s a series of two updates, just like Nodo…The only guaranteed update path from this pre-Mango to the final Mango will be to revert back to the backup made by the pre-Mango update, since carrier-approved updates will only be made to carrier-stamped versions on the phone.”

Frustrating as it is to have to wait extra time for something you were hopeful of receiving, I think it’s better to have to wait an extra week and get something functional. Also I don’t know if I am alone in this but I find it a little bit intimidating that you need to revert your phone back to pre-Mango in order to update your phone when the final version of Mango is released.

Neowin also got the source to give some more privilaged information regarding some undisclosed features of Mango including an enhancement to the camera where you can simply touch on the screen to indicate the object you are trying to photograph and the camera will focus on that item. Also a phone lock delay, which will let you set the length of inactivity on your phone before it locks the screen.

The phone lock is nothing to get too excited over but if these features really make it to Mango that camera focus feature will be awesome.

Source: Neowin


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  • Anonymous

    Actually I disagree about the phone lock thing – as someone who has the the phone passworded and on a short timeout its a small change but huge step in useability for some of the things I do with the phone whereas I (still) haven’t grasped the notion of phone as camera… (and I have a much better camera).

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