The upcoming operating system update for Windows Phone 7 handsets will bring a suite of smart new features to the platform, developers working on the upgrade have disclosed.
Windows Phone 7 devs Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk spilled the beans on the so-called Mango OS bump during a podcast. According to the duo, chief among the additional features of Windows Phone 7.5 is the ability to obtain the names of unfamiliar music tracks simply by holding up the phone a la Shazam.
Also incoming is a barcode scanning app dubbed Bing Video, the option to compose text messages by speaking them via SMS Dictation and turn-by-turn voice directions for Bing Maps for easier navigation.
And (hurrah!) we’ve also got podcast support to look forward to, with a native podcast player.
Microsoft has yet to confirm a concrete date for when Mango is set to arrive, although it’s widely expected to drop in August. Assuming we can trust the Lowdermilk bros, however, the first phones to get the update will be the HTC HD7 and Samsung’s Omnia 7.