Windows Phone “Mango” Details Made Official, Acer, ZTE, And Fujitsu All Partners

Now we have all the details pertaining to Windows Phone 7 Mango. First of all, Acer, ZTE, and Fujitsu have joined in as OEM partners. Secondly is the long list of new features, which includes text-to-speech, speech-to-text, Grouping (which allows you to place contacts in a group), threaded messaging in email, SMS and Windows Live Messenger, Twitter and LinkedIn integration baked into the OS, facial-recognition software for social networks like Facebook, better Live Tiles which have more detail, multitasking/ fast app-switching (started by holding the back button), brand new Bing search, better integration of friends in the Xbox LIVE Hub, the new Internet Explorer 9 with HTML 5 support, landscape typing, access to apps, your location, a new on-screen keyboard that is smarter, and hardware acceleration.

Also, the update will be released sometimes in the early autumn, for free, for all current Windows Phone 7 devices. More details on things like multitasking and such will be posted here when the event ends. Also, Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta SDK tools will be provided to devs for free within the next 24 hours.

Update: Press release after the break. Also, the image above is the new representative of the Mango interface.

Opera Mini 6 Brings iPad Support, New Interface And More

New day, new Opera Mini. The arguably best cloud-enhanced mobile web browser (Skyfire, being the competitor, with a workaround for true Flash support on iOS) has been re-released with a new update meant to add iPad support, Retina display support is improved, better panning and multitouch, new UI changes on all iOS devices and site sharing through MyOpera for Twitter and Facebook.

I’ve also had the the time to test the app on the iPad 2, and I do have to admit it’s a better experience. At the moment I may very well make this one of the browsers I use on a daily basis, and heck, everyone should download it, IMHO, since it’s free.Via: App Store (iTunes link)

Apple’s App Store Has Reached The Glorious 500,000 App Mark

It’s a new milestone. The biggest app store in the business has gotten even bigger, and it’s none other than Apple’s: 500,000 approved apps in total, all created in 34 months since the launch of the App Store. Although currently through attrition, replacement and withdrawal, the number of apps available for download is 20% lower — around 400,000 — the number still is impressive, considering that there has been 10 billion app downloads in total on the App Store, still higher than the 3 billion Google’s Android Market has seen with its 294,000 apps. Congrats to Apple and Co. (and the amazing developers) on this achievement. Via: Fortune

T-Mobile Is Bumping Its 4G/HSPA+ Speeds To 42Mbps In 55 New Markets, Debuts New Rocket 3.0 Data Stick

T-Mobile is bumping its 4G/HSPA+ speeds to 42MBps in 55 new cities, seen below in blockquote.

Albany, GA, Athens, GA, Auburn, AL, Augusta, GA, Austin, TX, Bentonville, AK, Boulder, CO, Chattanooga, TN, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, Durham, NC, El Paso, TX, Fort Collins, CO, Gainesville, FL, Gainesville, GA, Greeley, CO, Honolulu, HI, Houston, TX, Jacksonville, FL, Long Island, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Long Beach, CA, Santa Ana, CA, Macon, GA, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA, Oklahoma City, OK, Olympia, WA, Omaha, NE, Oxnard, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA, Ventura, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Pittsburgh, PA, Ponce, Puerto Rico, Portland, OR, Salinas, CA, San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, Fremont, CA, San Jose, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, Santa Clara, CA, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Santa Cruz, CA, Watsonville, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, Petaluma, CA, Savannah, CA, Seattle, WA, Spokane, WA, Tampa, FL, Tulsa, OK, Valdosta, GA, Vellejo, CA, Fairfield, CA, Warner Robins, GA, Wichita, KS.

They are also launching the new Rocket 3.0 data stick, which takes advantage of said speeds in all new markets, is produced by ZTE, and launches tomorrow for $99. PR after the jump.

Apple Debuts Apple Store 2.0, A Revision For Its Retail Locations

It is nearly 10 years since the first Apple Store opened, so according to much rumor and speculation, Apple was planning something special for the anniversary. Turns out it is a smart move: Using the iPad 2 as an information device rather than numerous placards and stands for other Apple products (including specs, pricing, features, etc.), as well as calling an Apple Specialist to your aid without even going near the employee and kindly asking for help. It’s an amazing addition with a smart execution, as every iPad 2 is enclosed with a thick, sold layer of protection by what seems to be plastic. Via: 9to5Mac