System software upgrades are supposed to start going out today that will move already released smartphones to the next version of Microsoft Windows Phone. However, these are apparently not going to be available for another two weeks.
Microsoft never announced that Sept. 1 would be the day the first updates to version 7.5 (AKA Mango) would be available, but that date appeared in multiple unofficial reports. Many believed this date was picked to allow vendors to show off their devices at the IFA tradeshow, which kicks off tomorrow.
New evidence suggests that these upgrades won’t begin until mid-month. wpcentral is reporting be told by an unnamed but supposedly prominent third-party software developer that “Mango is delayed until September 15th.”
In addition, the Dell Venue Pro, which has been unavailable for some time, is now scheduled to go on sale again on Sept. 15. When it re-launches, it’s expected to be running Windows Phone 7.5.
The remaining evidence is a bit more direct: it’s September 1 now, and so far there is no word on any companies releasing Mango upgrades.
More about Mango
Windows Phone 7.5 is the second update to the smartphone operating system Microsoft released last year. It will bring changes to just about every feature in this OS.
Mango will include a full version of Internet Explorer 9, which Microsoft says will be exactly the same as the version that runs on desktops. More fully developed multi-tasking will mean apps will be moved to the background and freeze in place 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.