Microsoft has revealed some additional Windows Phone 7.5 features over the weekend.
Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk from the Windows Phone Dev Podcast revealed some new features from “Mango” on Sunday. Mango, known to be Windows Phone 7.5, will include Bing Audio/Video, SMS dictation, podcast support and turn-by-turn navigation. Paul Thurrott has detailed all the new features after listening to the podcast.
Bing Audio will allow Windows Phone 7.5 owners to search for music using Bing. The feature is similar to Shazam and will allow users to identify songs by holding their phones up to speakers playing music.
Bing Vision will be a search service using the phones camera. Bing Vision will support barcodes, Microsoft Tags, QR codes, Books, CDs, DVDs and text using OCR. Users will utilize the service by scanning products and finding competitive prices locally and online.
Turn-by-turn navigation / Podcast support
As part of Microsoft’s Bing Maps integration, the company plans to add voice guidance during driving directions. The feature will allow for true turn-by-turn navigation on Windows Phone.
Microsoft is also building in support for podcasts as part of Windows Phone 7.5. Owners will be able to download podcasts using the Windows Phone Marketplace.
SMS messages will be dictated using a new “speak” button inside the Windows Phone messaging client. This is useful for accessibility and for those wishing to read their messages whilst they are driving.
East Asian Language Keyboard, Handwriting and Dictionary Support
LiveSide has also posted details of handwriting and East Asian language support for Windows Phone 7.5.
Microsoft is currently hard at work on “Mango”, its next major release of Windows Phone. Microsoft has promised to ship “Mango” later in the year. “Mango” is currently in the early beta stages at Microsoft, built as 7.1 currently. The company revealed a number of new features in February that will ship as part of its Windows Phone point release later this year. Nokia is also reportedly waiting for the next release of Windows Phone before it unveils its first Windows Phone device.
“Mango” currently contains multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 mobile and Twitter integration. Microsoft unveiled a number of key developer enhancements at its MIX11 conference earlier this month. Developers will have access to the Motion Sensor library and the camera, enabling augmented reality experiences. Phone integration has also been greatly improved for developers wanting to do more with their apps. The Live Tiles functionality has been expanded to give developers more flexibility and engage with their customers better. Microsoft is also planning to expand on developer opportunities for Windows Phone. The company will expand its Marketplace to 35 countries soon.