Whenever Apple or Google release a new software version for their mobile operating systems we are eager to find out whether existing devices will receive the update, well today we can reveal that AT&T will be rolling out Windows Phone 7.5 Mango to all of its WP7 offerings – this is great news.
An exact quote from a recent AT&T press release clearly states: “AT&T will be among the first carriers to start updating existing phones and all Windows Phones already sold by AT&T will receive the Windows Phone 7.5 update this fall”, this means that whether you bought the Dell Venue Pro, HTC HD7S, HTC Surround, Samsung Focus or LG Quantum the update is not too far away.
Not only does AT&T’s press release confirm this but it also suggests a few things, firstly it looks like Microsoft are looking to keep all of its devices running one platform, currently other mobile platforms such as Google Android do not roll out updates for all devices – this creates fragmentation and the lack of a “level playing field” means that it is hard for developers to ensure that its apps etc run on all devices. Secondly it suggests that other Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung WP7 devices should get the update when other carriers get round to rolling Mango out.
One other things which was revealed by the AT&T press release includes fact that AT&T sell more Windows Phone 7 smartphones than any other carrier, it looks like AT&T is keen to build on this as they also announced three new Windows Phone 7 Mango (WP7.5) smartphones – these are the Samsung Focus S, the HTC Titan and the Samsung Focus Flash, we will speak about these three smartphones in more detail soon.
We would imagine that these three smartphones will all feature front-facing cameras, this is because Mango comes with Skype integration – as previously mentioned we will bring you more information soon.
2011 has been a great year for Windows Phone 7, previous we heard that Nokia was choosing WP7 over Symbian, now AT&T is pushing Microsoft’s mobile OS – it will be interesting to see the smartphone OS market share this time next year.