New Windows Phone Mango consumer features revealed

By Kip Kniskern | Posted May 8, 2011 18 comments

A Windows Phone developer podcast hosted by Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk have some new good news for Windows Phone developers, and ultimately users.  Along with news about a new partnership between MetroTwit and Rowi, and an interview with Microsoft’s Brandon Watson, the podcast episode reveals some new features coming to Windows Phone.

First up are some new features for Bing, including “Bing Vision” and “Bing Audio”:

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According to Paul Thurrott in the Windows Phone Secrets blog, he described Bing Audio as allowing you to “hold up the phone to a song and identify it”, similar to how Shazam works, and Bing Vision “will be a search service using the camera”.  (update) The podcast provides some more information as to how the services will work, give it a listen!

The podcast also reveals a popular request for Windows Phones, turn-by-turn navigation:

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One feature that Thurrott will be sure to enjoy is the “on device podcast support”, and there’s news of SMS dictation, allowing you to “speak” an SMS message.

At Mix, Microsoft promised announcements about consumer features “coming soon”, as well as a new “Mango” SDK, including a new emulator and new tools, so this information (and hopefully a lot more) have been expected, but it’s good to hear the news start to filter out.

(update): Just to make clear, the WPDevPodcast guys were “given some images and information”, so while this all looks good, and is consistent with what we’re expecting, this all has to be treated as “rumor” at this point, or, as they say in the podcast “in this age of PhotoShop we always run the risk of these being doctored”.

You can listen to the podcast at WPDevPodcast.com

Posted May 8th, 2011 at 5:54 pm
Category: Mobile
Tags: Bing, Mango, Windows Phone
  • The black Mamba

    I am loving it. The turn-by-turn navigation and the voice-text capabilities. I cannot wait.

  • The black Mamba

    I am loving it. The turn-by-turn navigation and the voice-text capabilities. I cannot wait.

  • Mario Albertico

    All very good and exciting news! Very happy to see the iPhone/iPad/iPod camera-powered search functionality coming to Windows Phone under one feature as “Vision.” The turn-by-turn “voice guidance” and speech-to-text will sure be a hit with all kinds of users, if the voice recognition is any good, of course. But, “Bing Audio” makes me wonder how Shazam must feel after developing and publishing their app so early in Windows Phone’s launch, and having done a great job at it too…

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if the Bing team has licensed the Shazam technology from the masters themselves, developing things in house hasn’t been Microsoft’s style recently when there’s a dominant player already on the market- it wouldn’t surprise me to see a “Powered by Shazam” on my screen when I use Bing Audio.

  • Mario Albertico

    All very good and exciting news! Very happy to see the iPhone/iPad/iPod camera-powered search functionality coming to Windows Phone under one feature as “Vision.” The turn-by-turn “voice guidance” and speech-to-text will sure be a hit with all kinds of users, if the voice recognition is any good, of course. But, “Bing Audio” makes me wonder how Shazam must feel after developing and publishing their app so early in Windows Phone’s launch, and having done a great job at it too…

    • northerngeek

      I wonder if the Bing team has licensed the Shazam technology from the masters themselves, developing things in house hasn’t been Microsoft’s style recently when there’s a dominant player already on the market- it wouldn’t surprise me to see a “Powered by Shazam” on my screen when I use Bing Audio.

  • PHuZZy

    @THURROTT:twitter now the BIG QUESTION, how much of these features will be USA only??? probably ALL of them and us non Americans will be left in the dart again.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      For the Bing Audio, at least, it’s more than US only, according to the podcast. They list out 5 markets (US, UK, France, Germany, Spain?? I’ll have to go back and listen) that according to their sources the features will ship, to start. Of course this is all in the “Mango” time frame, and we fully expect Mango devices to ship new well before a Mango update gets delivered to pre-Mango devices.

  • PHuZZy

    @THURROTT:twitter now the BIG QUESTION, how much of these features will be USA only??? probably ALL of them and us non Americans will be left in the dart again.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      For the Bing Audio, at least, it’s more than US only, according to the podcast. They list out 5 markets (US, UK, France, Germany, Spain?? I’ll have to go back and listen) that according to their sources the features will ship, to start. Of course this is all in the “Mango” time frame, and we fully expect new Mango devices to ship well before an update gets delivered to pre-Mango devices.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that Microsoft will not forget to make this device become a SMARTphone before starting to think about toys and features which anyway available from 3rd parties (Shazam).

    Separate volumes for system, conversation, and ringtones. Support of other data sources for Office than just Sharepoint 2010 (Webdav, Skydrive, Sharepoint 2007 – I know the last one they won’t to but just to try-, folders to structure local files in the office hub, support of multiple Hotmails calendars for one account (such as birthday calendar), Bluetooth file exchange, …

    If they enable me to work with my phone, I wil be more than happy to play with it. Otherwise it would be better to get a decent phone plus some PS Mobile kind of toy.

  • phoyer

    I hope that Microsoft will not forget to make this device become a SMARTphone before starting to think about toys and features which anyway available from 3rd parties (Shazam).

    Separate volumes for system, conversation, and ringtones. Support of other data sources for Office than just Sharepoint 2010 (Webdav, Skydrive, Sharepoint 2007 – I know the last one they won’t to but just to try-, folders to structure local files in the office hub, support of multiple Hotmails calendars for one account (such as birthday calendar), Bluetooth file exchange, …

    If they enable me to work with my phone, I wil be more than happy to play with it. Otherwise it would be better to get a decent phone plus some PS Mobile kind of toy.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely love all of these features- things like SMS dictation baked right in sounds great (I want to see where they go forward with this- ford sync features??)

    Two things though:

    1. Build in a [beep]ing timer/countdown functionality!
    2. Better volume management would be lovely :)

    Seems that Microsoft has won my cash once again.

  • northerngeek

    Absolutely love all of these features- things like SMS dictation baked right in sounds great (I want to see where they go forward with this- ford sync features??)

    Two things though:

    1. Build in a [beep]ing timer/countdown functionality!
    2. Better volume management would be lovely :)

    Seems that Microsoft has won my cash once again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emiliano.magliocca Emiliano Magliocca

    really good and lot things…but why don’t give us more updates during the year with less things? for example next month an update of maps with turn by turn, in june intrnet explorer 9 and so on…

    • Anonymous

      Based on the backlash they got from the first update being delayed by some carriers, they’re probably better off lumping these features into as few updates as possible, otherwise they could end up with some people being two or three updates behind and people would start complaining about fragmentation.

  • Emiliano Magliocca

    really good and lot things…but why don’t give us more updates during the year with less things? for example next month an update of maps with turn by turn, in june intrnet explorer 9 and so on…

    • chefgon

      Based on the backlash they got from the first update being delayed by some carriers, they’re probably better off lumping these features into as few updates as possible, otherwise they could end up with some people being two or three updates behind and people would start complaining about fragmentation.