As you know, we want WP7 to be good. Really, really good – because it’s got the potential to be really great. Leaked details reveal that WP7’s next step (codenamed “Mango”) will be a sweet, delicious bite of update fruit.
We already knew that Mango was going to deliver some seriously needed multitasking and background service boosts – but new screenshots of the WP7.5 expose some pretty neat features.
First off is Bing Audio – essentially a Shazam clone. Which is great! Natively integrating a great app is good design. It’s the same deal as ever – hold your phone up to the audio source, impress your friends with your innate knowledge of every song ever recorded.
Bing Vision is another clone – this time of Google Goggles. Bar codes, DVDs, book covers, text – all scannable and searchable with your device’s camera. It’s unclear if you’ll be able to do anything cool with this data beyond a Bing search (translation, please!), but again, a great tool to integrate into the OS itself.
Turn by turn Bing Maps navigation will also pop in, along with speech-to-text SMS drafting, and integrated podcast support. The latter’s always seemed like an obnoxious semi-feature to me in any device, but for those of you without hands or non-conductive fingertips, it’ll be a treat.
These aren’t tectonic plate-smashing additions, fine, but an encouraging sign that Microsoft wants to pump some great functionality into its wheezing contender. Go! Faster, young man! You can do it! Pump those legs! Hustle!