Microsoft is all set to warm OS competition in the Indian market with its brand new Mango a.k.a Windows Mobile 7.5 OS . The tech giant will soon start to woo their customers in Indian Smartphone market, before the iOS and Android conquer it completely. The face lifted OS, after the less impressive Windows Mobile 7 has been spruced up with many new apps (approx. more than 500 new additions) and services to compete with the market giants.
The new leap in market has been flagged off by the release of Windows Mobile 7.5 OS in the new HTC Radar in October, which will be majestically followed bySamsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro in November.
The Os on HTC Radar was unveiled officially at an official unveiling in India. Bhaskar Pramanik, Microsoft India chairman, announced that the first phone packing Mango HTC Radar will be available from next week onwards in India.
The WP7.5 OS has come after ironing out all shortcomings it had on the earlier version. It now support front-facing cameras, there by allowing third-party app developers to develop video conferencing Apps.
There is no doubt that Mango has a long way to go to beat the iOS and Android league of apps. But it has started the race – better late than never.
WP 7.5 has finally polished enough to handle the multitasking smoothly.
It also random access social network integration along with valuable improvements to email and exchange, including new voice dictation features. But the MS phone OS still will not support the dual core processor, but it will go well with Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU.
It demands a minimum of 384MB of RAM, and at least 4GB of flash memory. Latest Mango OS has less difference in its ‘Metro UI’ compared to its predecessors.
Mango has updated its communication hub which adds Twitter and Linked In to the already present FB and Windows messenger in the former edition. It also had added a novel group features that works along with SMS. As there are not many Mango phone that created waves in Market, MS has put all its hope in HTC and Samsung phones. There are also rumors about a Nokia Mango phone releasing by the end of year, which will be great boost for Microsoft’s phone-OS ambitions in Indian market.
However, what we are now interested are the upcoming HTC, Sammy and ACER handheld.
HTC Radar will be featuring an array of features complementing well with its new OS. It touts a 3.8-inch WVGA SLCD screen. Its brand-new Mango OS will run on a1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, with other usual goodies. Radar also includes 5MP rear camera and VGA front camera for video conferencing. With more third-party Apps fueling on front camera feature of WP 7.5 we can expect more Apps for it in soon future. Radar will also support regional Apps for spicing up the Indian market. The HTC Radar is slated to sale for Rs.23,990 ($489)
Samsung Omnia W will have a 3.7-inch 800×480 Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 8GB internal memory. It will have a VGA webcam on the front along with a rear 5MP cam able of shooting 720p video. Sammy’s Mango avatar will likely cause a ‘Mango War’ with HTC Radar, as both are leading brand in Smartphone market. Omina W is likely to cost around Rs 19, 900 ($406) when hit markets in November.
Acer Allegro (alleged to be the same as the W4) will also be hitting the shelves by November. Allegro will have a 3.7 inch LCD touchscreen featuring 480 x 800 pixel resolution touted to offer 16 million colors. Under the hood, it has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with Adreno 205 GPU. It will work with the 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of inbuilt memory (little of which will be occupied by WP 7.5 installation). For the shutterbugs it has a flash-less 5-megapixel camera, able of recording 720p HD clarity videos .But it unfortunately will not have a front camera for video conferencing. Though there are any official reports about the Allegros market price, we guess one can grab it finally for around Rs 20,000
Now it’s up to you to decide as to which Mango bearing phone you would want to buy.