While most of the talk of the various operating systems for smartphones centers on Android and iOS, Microsoft are hoping to gain market share with their Windows Phone 7 OS. They recently released the Mango update for the operating system to manufactures. Now we have news that the iPhone 5 release could coincide with the first Mango handsets being available to consumers.
AppleInsider are reporting that industry sources are claiming that the likes of LG, HTC, and Samsung will be releasing the first Mango handsets in September to directly compete with the iPhone 5. Other companies including Acer and Fujitsu Toshiba are planning to bring Mango handsets this fall, while Fujitsu Toshiba are said to be working on the IS12T with a Japanese carrier.
Meanwhile HTC are thought to be releasing a few Mango handsets which will have 1.5GHz single core processors made by Qualcomm, with a number of displays sized between 3.8 and 4.7 inches. While Nokia who are relying on the Windows Phone 7 platform to change its fortunes, are thought to be releasing the first handsets sometime in October.
It is thought that Nokia wants to wait until after other handset manufacturers have already got the Mango market rolling before bringing its first devices out. Stephen Elop Nokia’s CEO has recently said he had “increased confidence“, that the company would have its first Windows devices available this year. He also feels the company will start shifting big volumes of the devices next year.
Mango was first reveled by Microsoft last may with over 500 new features promised. Some of these include the Conversation View for emails and threaded conversations. This brings together text, instant message and Facebook chat into one conversation. There will also be IE9 and app multitasking, along with support for new HTML websites.
While the platform only holds nine percent of market share in the US, Microsoft feels with the support of the handset manufacturers will gain momentum to take on Android and iOS. The new iPhone 5 looks set for release in September, with rumors recently gaining strength with comments made by Apple’s Peter Oppenheimer a couple of weeks ago.
The rumors of two handsets coming out keep surfacing with Apple thought to be working on a more affordable option, while recent images may have strengthened these rumors. This makes sense and will open the iPhone up to new markets and expand the user base.
Do you think the Windows Phone 7 platform can compete with Android and the iPhone