Better Navigation and Multi-Tasking Details on Windows Phone Mango

The Windows Phone Blog posted an insider’s look at the improvements coming to navigation and some details about multitasking in the Mango update today. First up, they are updating the app list, to add the same sort of alphabet grid that you see in your people hub. So, you can just tap on the alphabet header and quickly jump to whichever app you wanna launch. To maintain the aesthetics, they have decided to show these headers only if you have more than 45 apps to prevent wastage of screen estate. Also, you can now search for your apps and launch them , the same way you search for a contact.

You can now press and hold the back button, which will show you a set of 5 ‘cards’ which show the last five applications you used in the state you left them. Flick left/right to see other cards, all arranged in the order you last used them. The Windows Phone team will be monitoring customer reaction to ensure a smooth experience and will consider adjusting the number of cards based on response.

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WP7 NoDo compared to WP7 Mango (Part 1)

Before we begin. We have some exciting news. I (^RM) am pleased to announce that we have a new member, DbG33k, in our ever growing team of enthusiastic mobile geeks. DbG33K is an avid Dragon Ball Z fan, like me, and loves playing with his Windows Phone. He has a Youtube channel as well, go check it out.

- Rahul Mathur
Hi folks!
Like Rahul said, I am dbG33K, and I will be joining the team.
For my first post, I will begin linking you to a series of videos that compare a few of the features found in Windows Phone 7 with the features of the upcoming Mago update, Windows Phone 7.5. Part I is all about E-Mail and Internet Explorer 9.
Meet us after the break to take a look!


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Adding Third Dimension To Maps In Windows Phone (Developers)

Developers Developers Developers! No it’s not Steve Ballmer this time but Tim James over from EMC Consulting who is commanding the attention of Windows Phone Developers. He’s provided a detailed tutorial on how to give maps the 3D dimension. The trick is wrapping the map around a sphere allowing the user to swipe around to get the feel of the extra dimension. Tim has provided a complete instruction set in his blog over here.

map globe
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On similar lines is the application Stars 3D (opens Zune). This app (available in the Market Place) uses a similar ideology, but instead of locations on earth it presents stars in over the earth (a transparent sphere). It has views for constellations, planets and stars and latitude-longitude view. And don’t worry if you didn’t understand much from the video (below) because a help button is present in the app.
Here’s the link to the Stars 3D application video
Source: Wpcentral