Microsoft’s major update to Windows Phone 7, codenamed Mango, may be rolling out much sooner than we expected. Fall was the time frame given by Microsoft and along the way evidence has cropped up suggesting an arrival sometime in September. But now, new reports from insider sources claim that the update will be released starting September 1.
According to Pocket-lint, multiple trusted sources have confirmed that the Mango update will be rolled out right at the beginning of next month. A major factor for such an early release is so that it can coincide with IFA, which is the largest consumer electronics show in Europe. The event will take place from September 2-7 in Berlin, where Windows Phone 7 manufacturers such as Samsung, Acer, ZTE, and LG will be able to unveil their new Mango devices.
However, Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 handsets will not be among this early batch. Instead, its Mango devices are expected to debut at the Nokia World event in October. The first of its offerings has already been leaked as a device codenamed “Sea Ray” that looks very similar to the N9 MeeGo handset.
The Mango update was released to manufacturing back in mid-July with a timeline for Mango developers to submit apps for approval starting late August. To get an idea of what to expect with the update, make sure to check out our full technical preview.