Windows Phone 7.5 Mango updates rolling out today

By on September 27, 2011, 4:30 PM

Microsoft has started delivering Windows Phone 7.5 Mango updates to select handsets and users across the globe. The rollout started around 10am Pacific time this morning but it could take up to a month before all Windows Phone 7 users have access to the updated operating system.

Eric Hautala at Windows Phone Blog says Microsoft is making the update available to only 10 percent of customers this week. If all goes well, another 25 percent or so will have access the following week. After another week or two of testing, the update will be made available to nearly 98 percent of existing Windows Phone customers. Users are encouraged to check the “where’s my phone update?” page for updates on when their phone will receive the new OS.

The staggered approach makes sense for anyone that’s tried to update their phone as part of a full launch day release. Of course, if you don’t make the initial cut and have to wait a month while your friends have the update, that’s no fun either.

Considering that Microsoft’s smartphone ownership sat at just 5.8 percent in a recent US mobile subscriber report, taking a full month to roll out an update seems a bit excessive. Of course we are talking about a global update, but I digress.

In addition to what has previously been advertised with Mango, Microsoft kept a few aspects under wraps.

The first is Internet Sharing, otherwise known as tethering. Hardware partners and mobile service providers will have the option to offer this feature, although I suspect this won’t come free of charge. Microsoft also unveiled the Web Marketplace, otherwise known as their app store. Neither new feature is groundbreaking but of course necessary to compete in today’s smartphone market.




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KG363 KG363 said:

I can't wait for the Samsung Focus S. I want to get that the day it comes out. My iPhone 3G is showing its age

Guest said:

You can force the RTM Mango update now on your WP7 by doing this:

http://www.wpcentral.com/force-mango-update-early-through-zu
e-software

derwynr said:

Updating as we speak:))))

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

I can't wait to get home and see if there's an update waiting for me!

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Already have it. For folks who don't have it, and have Zune keep sayin the phone is up to date, then do the following:

1. Start Zune

2. Turn off Data connection and Wifi on the Phone

3. Connect the Phone with the PC (USB)

4. Start the update search in Zune

5. About 3 seconds later (has to be precise; try again if needed), disconnect your PC from the internet (Turn WLAN off).

6. Zune should find an update available. It will vary depending on your current version. (If you are on NoDo (7392), then you should see that Zune finds the pre-beta (7403), and consequently you'll see 7720.68, aka Mango. Zune will take you through all updates, to get you all they way up to 7720, so be patient!)

7. Connect to the internet again and install the update(s).

This is not a "hack" per se. Zune's update check process consists of two phases: First it checks if there is any update available, once it finds it on Microsoft's servers then phase two starts, which is when Zune checks for carrier/OEM approval. According to this very article, Microsoft has told carriers not to release it to everybody just yet (only 10% of customers), but instead send it in batches throughout the month. All this little trick does is prevent Zune from ever asking carrier permission, and stop it from determining if your phone is part of that 10%.

So yeah, it's the real deal.

Guest said:

Ha! Ha!

What a piece of crap.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yep I got the mango update using the above method - disconnect the internet on the pc after clicking update and after a couple of goes it offers the update.

Very happy with it so far.

yRaz yRaz said:

@lawfer

I've been trying that for about 20 minutes now and I still can't get it to work.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I didnt leave it as long as 3 seconds to disconnect. Had to get it to do it 3 times as the zune software wanted to update as well as 2 updates to the phone.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

yRaz said:

@lawfer

I've been trying that for about 20 minutes now and I still can't get it to work.

What Zune version are you using? Make sure it's 4.8.2345.

Also, if it fails, not just hit the update option in Zune to try again. Make sure to disconnect the phone, and connect it again to try it again. Every time.

When you check for an update, a bar in the middle of the program pop us and fills up to the right; I timed it so that as soon as that bar hits the end, at least a second later I disconnected my wireless.

It actually took me quite a few tries to get it, just like yukka, but I eventually made Zune find the update in under 5 min or so. Just gotta keep trying.

Hope that helps.

nismo91 said:

it takes more than 20 attempts for me since this morning before i got lucky and see the 7430 update an then the 7720 (using LG E900). but yes, im joining the mango bandwagon today!

xplayer xplayer said:

great updating Done!!!

TekGun TekGun said:

@lawfer

Thanks for the tip, now running mango on my omnia7, it took about 10 attempts.

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