Microsoft revealed on Thursday that it plans to officially support forward facing cameras on its upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” handsets.
After months of speculation, leaks, rumors and near confirmations, HTC unveiled two new Windows Phone 7.5 devices on Thursday that both include a forward facing camera. The support in Windows Phone 7.5 will allow third party developers to integrate forward facing camera support into their applications. Microsoft has included APIs for developers to leverage to create a variety of applications for Windows Phone 7.5. Natively and out of the box, there’s no inbuilt application that will take advantage of forward facing cameras apart from the standard Camera app.
To activate a forward facing camera, users simply have to toggle an onscreen switch in the camera application to activate the front facing or rear facing camera.
The confirmation of forward facing cameras will likely pave the way for the introduction of Skype on Windows Phone. Microsoft revealed earlier this year that Skype is coming to Windows Phone. Microsoft is also in the process of acquiring Skype, a deal that it expects to close by the end of the year. Although Microsoft are still tight lipped about their Skype plans, treat this support as confirmation of video calling support in Skype for Windows Phone.