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Major Improvements Coming to Windows Phone Camera in Mango

August 30, 2011 No Comments

The Mango update is no longer a thing of mystery to us since many of the details have already been released. It should come as no surprise that the Windows Phone Blog is choosing to share some more stuff that we can expect with the Mango update.


  • Autofix—Apply some common photographic fixes to a picture, on your phone, in
    one tap.
  • Touch focus and capture—Tap any spot on the screen to focus there and take
    the shot. (This varies according to hardware—some phones will have
    tap-to-capture but will still automatically center focus.)
  • Sticky settings—Save your custom camera settings for next time.
  • Ability to mute the shutter sound—Good for taking pictures at those school
    holiday pageants (not available in all countries and regions).
  • Review pictures above the lock—Snap a photo when your phone is locked, then
    take a peek at it above the lock. You’ll only be able to get to photos you just
    took—better for security.
  • Changes for portrait orientation—Now, when you take a picture in portrait
    orientation, you’ll see it in portrait orientation when you review it.



  • Video sharing—Send your vids in email or post them to Facebook or
  • Twitter integration—Tweet your pics!
  • Easy picture tagging on upload to Facebook or SkyDrive.
  • View and add tags on your friends’ Facebook and SkyDrive pictures.
  • Integration with the People Hub—View your friends’ albums on their contact
    cards and on Group cards.
  • People view—See snapshots and albums from your favorite contacts in the
    Pictures Hub.
  • Personalize—Tag some favorites and choose Shuffle background in the Pictures
    Hub, and you’ll see your favorite photos on the Hub and on Start.
  • When you choose a photo from within an app, you can now pick from online
    albums on Facebook or SkyDrive, not just pictures saved on your phone.
  • Quick access to the Camera Roll—Before, it took two taps in the Pictures Hub
    to get the photos you’ve snapped. Now it’s front and center.
  • Apps pane—Developers can register their photo-related apps to show up in the
    Pictures Hub for easy access.
  • Autoshare to SkyDrive changed to Automatically upload to SkyDrive, which you
    can turn on to upload a lower-res version of every picture you take to a private
    location on SkyDrive.
  • Pin any album to Start, including Facebook albums.

I have to admit that the camera has been a big issue for me with my HD7. I haven’t felt as though I am getting quality pictures from it, so hopefully these changes help provide better pictures because I really enjoy having a camera accessible all the time.


Source: Windows Phone Blog

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