After an exciting announcement, many rumors, and even a release to manufacturers all the way back in July, it looks like the long-awaited Windows Phone 7 Mango will finally be arriving in the next couple weeks. If U.K phone retailer Phones 4u is to be believed, instead of being released as a standalone update, Mango will be launching in conjunction with the HTC Radar on October 1.
Both of these releases are pretty big news for Windows Phone 7 fans. The Mango update is a huge overhaul of Windows Phone 7, bringing over 500 much-need new features, with plenty of other fixes along for the ride. This update is going to be very important for Windows Phone 7, because if Mango is not as great as it is supposed to be, the platform will lose much of its momentum.
Of course, an OS can not succeed without good hardware support as well as software. So it is fortunate that Mango will launch with the Radar's respectable hardware, which includes a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, 3.8-inch SLCD display, 512MB of RAM, and dual cameras, not to mention the Radar's good looks.
Windows Phone Mango and the Radar are both exciting new products, but they face stiff competition from from Android and the iPhone. Even though I personally don't use Windows Phone 7, I hope the platform will succeed to help keep competition up. (Especially with the recent deaths of other OSs we have been seeing lately.)
Will you buy the HTC Radar if it is released on October 1, or have you already given up on Windows Phone 7?[WPCentral]