WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

Summary: We still have months before we see the Windows Phone 7.5 update, but more details are coming out about the features we can expect.

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Regular readers know I am a big fan of Windows Phone 7 and my Dell Venue Pro so even while there are other fantastic devices available from T-Mobile my SIM stays in my DVP or my Nokia N8. We are expecting that the outstanding Ovi Maps application and service will be on Windows Phone 7, but there is also other news posted on WPCentral showing that the Mango update will include turn-by-turn Bing Maps, voice to text, and Bing Audio/Vision integration.

Voice guided driving directions is one area where Windows Phone 7 lags behind Android, although you can use TeleNav now for this. SMS dictation through TellMe is nice to see, especially since I get so many texts from my teen daughters. Bing Audio looks to be a Shazam/SoundHound type of service with Zune Marketplace integration. Bing Vision appears to be an image scanner program that rolls barcodes, Microsoft Tags, QR codes, etc. into one single application, which is a great thing!

I am looking forward to Mango with hopes that it brings more advance hardware as well. I am not that confident about a 2011 release, but we'll see if Microsoft can surprise me.

Topics: Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Telcos, Windows

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  • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

    "Voice guided driving directions is one area where Windows Phone 7 lags behind Android..."<br><br>There is more than one area! Windows 7 has poor Adobe Flash, Silverlight, and HTML5 support compared to Android; no tethering; no type of video calling, no easy means of side-loading third party apps, it has limited removable storage support, much less theme support, and no true multitasking, something that Android also had from day one. I mean if you use Windows Phone 7 and like it then you're basically saying, "I like tiles or I have an XBOX." - But it's not functionally at the level of Android at any level.
    Socratesfoot
    • Which could be why Android is so buggy

      @Socratesfoot
      on different phones? Do deny that, otherwose you'll be calling manu people here at work liers.
      Bill Pharaoh
    • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

      @Socratesfoot
      [i]no type of video calling[/i]
      A feature no one uses

      [i]no easy means of side-loading third party apps[/i]
      Have you tried to root an android phone to install 3rd party apps? A friend who is an android fiend showed me the process, it was ridiculous. It took him well over an hour to do it. That is not an easy way to side load 3rd party apps.
      LoverockDavidson
      • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

        @LoverockDavidson
        Either you are pretending to know what you are talking about or your friend was making fool of you (just to laugh together later). ;-)

        In my EVO 4G it is "Menu --> Settings --> Applications --> Unknown Sources" checkbox that you need to check if you want to load 3rd party app (with a huge warning when you are checking the box).
        Solid Water
    • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

      @Socratesfoot
      Silverlight for Android? I don't know whether you really know about it or just spouting.
      Ram U
      • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

        @Rama.NET
        I think that he is in line with what you were saying about Mono port to Android.
        Solid Water
  • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

    It's not that big of a deal, each company releasing new phone OS's to the wild all have their own approach. I do agree it would be nice to have full compatibility out the gate but on the other hand having a glitchy crap OS that barely runs but can play flash is not quite what people want to deal with and would rather wait for the support to come so they don't have glitchy crap ;)
    Mango will have Silverlight, Adobe flash support natively and HTML5 support with IE9 and hardware acceleration. Tethering is important but on the other hand with carriers trying to black ball tethering apps and seems GFail has no problem bending over for them... This can be tossed out the window.
    There is a easy means of side loading apps as the Chevron team is working for MS on just the application as they unlocked WP7 and have ways of side loading and it seems MS is happy with them. Not like I can say the same about other companies like Apple which would have just sued them.
    Storage support I can see your gripe but I'm not sure just how much storage you need. Personally I have a 16GB card in my worthless BB Storm2 and have not even used a gig of space with all the pictures and video... No big deal yet but I'm sure they will have more support moving forward but the 25GB of free cloud storage isn't a bad offering either.
    I don't think the theme is terribly relevant but customization is nice. I do believe there should be a certain amount of customization that the user can apply but not something so much where they break the software and have to take it back to the carrier for a re-flash. Most users aren't that bright.
    Multitasking is coming with Mango as well which seems to have a nice task manager making it easy to switch apps and see all that is running. From what I've seen with Google Hemroid is you need "App Killer" in order to manage tasks as well try to save battery. A lot of good is coming with Mango which you do not appear to be aware of.
    All phones have their own strong points. iOS I feel is plain, bland and boring and the one button to do all is pretty annoying. Google's offerings are decent and I like the idea of open source but Google I don't feel quite fits the bill with their spyware tactics, ad ridden OS that is a glitchy crap with constant updates and resource hog. Need a dual or quad core just to run it smoothly... WP7 runs on basic and simple hardware and things will only get better moving forward. A nice simple and light weight OS and everything is fluid and fast. They've had issues with updates and I feel they could do a better job with venders but I feel their offerings are solid and appealing. I love Windows and I love Linux... Not a huge fan of Crapple but we all have our reasons which truly only apply to ourselves. Do what you want and enjoy what you enjoy.
    I'm still waiting for Verizon to get WP7 but they seem too inept to get it to the market. I'm ready to go to AT&T or Sprint if they keep up with this BS. Should have had the phone out latest with the Sprint launch like 2 months ago but no, Verizon dragging their feet with no official announcements... Oh well time will tell.
    audidiablo
    • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

      @audidiablo

      Well put! MS knows Operating Systems...PERIOD! Give these guys some time and they'll dominate down the road.
      Rob.sharp
  • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

    The analysts predictions about WP7 in a few years seems to be getting more accurate. Now if Verizon would finally release their WP7 phones.
    LoverockDavidson
  • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

    Hey ZDNet...how about a Windows 7 phone app? You guys have one for Android and iPhone...where's my Windows 7 Phone app for ZDNet?
    GeiselS
    • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

      @GeiselS@...

      I just use my WP7 browser ;-)
      tonymcs@...
      • ZDNet for WP7

        GeiselS@... im with you on this one, they have an app for android and iOS, as a WP7 user I feel discriminated against :(
        PriMinister
    • RE: WP7 Mango to include turn-by-turn, Bing Audio, and Bing Vision

      I guess what they are saying is that the iPhone and Android platforms web browser is so poor that they must release an application to these third tier (at the very best) platforms to attempt to come close to parity with the Windows Phone 7 platform. Otherwise it would say that it takes them 3-4 years to develop applications. Both the iOS and Android platforms are pretty dead, you need to build your application for a better platform!
      jfreedle2@...
  • Wait until the Nokia WP7 w/Mango comes out

    THAT will be the iPhone killer. No doubt in my mind.
    MSFTWorshipper