Microsoft is planning to make a new Windows Phone developer device available.
The software giant currently supplies ASUS E600 devices to some third-party developers. Microsoft previously distributed Samsung Taylor Windows Phone 7 devices during the summer months last year, ahead of general availability. The company now plans to distribute new devices to developers. “We’re working on a plan,” says Microsoft’s Windows Phone Developer Team. “Just like last year, when we made developer phones available with the Windows Phone 7 OS, we plan to have developer phones this summer supporting new Mango features like the gyroscope.”
Microsoft revealed the minute details in a developer news update published earlier this month. “We don’t have any dates to share just yet, so stay tuned,” they added. The company referenced Joe Belfiore’s tweet which appeared to promise Windows Phone Mango bits for existing developer devices. Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows Phone marketing told WinRumors that the company would release the bits in late June or early July. However, Microsoft’s plans may have shifted towards supplying dedicated devices.
It’s not yet known which devices Microsoft will supply and whether they plan to charge developers for said devices. Microsoft has also started to use a non-production HTC device for several Mango demos and internal development. The HTC Mazaa includes an updated CPU and GPU configuration and a 12MP camera. Microsoft unveiled a number of new Windows Phone Mango features last month. Mango will include over 500 new features ranging from multitasking through to some major Bing search improvements.
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