Microsoft set to supply Windows Phone Mango developer devices next week

By Tom Warren, on 14th Jun 11 5:28 pm with 17 Comments

Microsoft is planning to supply a set of Windows Phone Mango developer devices next week, WinRumors has learned.

The software giant has been planning the developer device for the past few weeks and is set to release the first round of devices next week, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. The company 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. Microsoft previously revealed it was working on a “plan” for new 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.

ASUS Windows Phone 7 device

Image Credit: Rafael Rivera (withinwindows.com)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Marston/542557737 Jonathan Marston

    I was hoping they’d release the beta OS update to existing developer unlocked phones. Is that still a possibility?

    • http://twitter.com/PeterKremzar Peter Kremzar

      That would be great and probably even cheaper for MS.

    • GP007

      They might but I think they’re going to release new devices first so they can get the new supported hardware out there, like gyroscope for example and the new chipsets.  

    • GP007

      They might but I think they’re going to release new devices first so they can get the new supported hardware out there, like gyroscope for example and the new chipsets.  

  • GP007

    If this holds true then we’re on a good track for RTM it seems.  Sept seems more and more possible.

  • http://twitter.com/sidoh11 sydney siamayuwa

    This sounds great, faithfully waiting for these devices

  • Joe Sellner

    If I am a developer, how do I go about getting one of these test phones?

  • http://twitter.com/TheGeekNextDoor Bryan Gilomen

    Would be great if they sent them to all registered developers that have signed up to distribute apps through the phone.

    • Anonymous

      really can’t see this happening!! unless there’s a fee to pay else everyone would just pay $99 for the developer account and hope to get the phone.

  • Anonymous

    I hope they offer these to anyone with a developer account and not just the bigger developers.

  • KonAItor

    So the current set of WinPHone devices won’t be able to make use of some new features? (like the Gyroscope) 

    • Anonymous

      Don’t worry about that. I’ve had an iPhone 4 and the Gyro, while nice, is not THAT useful, and most apps don’t make use of it.

  • KonAItor

    So the current set of WinPHone devices won’t be able to make use of some new features? (like the Gyroscope) 

  • Daniel S

    Does anyone know if the mango updates will allow the phone to share its Internet connection with a laptop? Like iPhone currently has wifi, Bluetooth or USB cord options. This is one of the main things I’m wanting from a phone at moment, would be great if mango updates will have it, or to
    know when the WP’s will have this feature/s

    • Guest

      Yes, I would like to know this too.  Tethering or iPhone like Personal Wifi hotspots would be most welcome for me.

  • http://techtt.hassantt.com Hassan Voyeau

    how do I sign up for one of these phones?

  • Anonymous

    I was recently promised a phone from Brandon Watson, and he said he would be getting the phone to my school ASAP, so we’ll see how that goes.