A member of Microsoft’s Windows Phone team says that current models will be receiving upgrades to the “Mango” version of this operating before too much longer. He also urges users to be patient and not install unofficial versions of the 7.5 version.
The post on the Windows Team Blog by Eric Hautala says that upgrades will be “rolling it out in the next week or two”. He suggests people keep an eye on the official Where’s My Phone Update? page that will status reports for every model. Currently, this page is only a placeholder, however.
Previous unconfirmed reports had indicated these upgrades would start going out at the beginning of this month. This was later changed to mid-month, and now it’s apparently going to be around the end of the month. They will be going out to devices from HTC, Samsung, Dell, and LG that are offered by all of the top U.S. carriers.
Hautala also uses this blog post to warn users away from installing leaked copies of Windows Phone 7.5. His reason is:
During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone-and apps-work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.
More About Windows 7.5
The latest version of Microsoft’s operating system for smartphones will bring changes to just about every feature. It is the second major upgrade since this OS was introduced a year ago.
Windows Phone 7.5, AKA Mango, is going to include Internet Explorer 9 which Microsoft says will be exactly the same as the version that runs on desktops. More fully developed multi-tasking will move apps to the background and freeze them in place when a new one is opened, so users can switch easily between them.
Other new features will include single thread messaging, integrated Bing search information, and a free turn-by-turn navigation app.
At this point, the first smartphone to debut in the U.S. with Windows Phone 7.5 is most likely to be the HTC Titan, which is headed for AT&T. This model is going to sport a 5.7-inch display and a 1.5 MHz single-core processor.