Microsoft will allow developers writing applications for Windows Phone 'Mango' to submit their applications for approval starting in August 22, 2011, tweeted Joe Belfiore, Microsoft Windows Phone Corporate Vice President. Here's what Belifore tweeted:
Devs… we're dying to try your Fast-App-Switching apps! #WP7 Marketplace opens to Mango submissions 8/22.
It is not only the timing that Microsoft announced today, the Redmond company today announced some updates to the Windows Phone App Hub developer portal.
So does this mean that Mango is "done" and that the code has been sent from Microsoft to handset makers and its telco partners for testing? Here's what the softies has to say:
"Mango App ingestion starting next month is the only news today. Will follow up once the team reaches the next platform milestone. As for update delivery, all I can confirm is that Microsoft is on track to deliver Mango to Windows Phone customers as a free upgrade later this year," a Windows Phone spokesperson said, via e-mail.
In other news releated to Windows Phone, "some AT&T's Samsung Focus users who have been waiting to get the 'NoDo' 7392 update on their phones received the updates, as the updates to Focus v 1.4 rolled out as of July 19," blogged Eric Hautala over at Windows Phone blog. If you have not received the update yet, please try to connect your Samsung Focus v.1.4 to your PC to update your phone.
There's still no word on when v 1.3 users will get that update, however. The 7392 update is listed as being in the "planning" stage for Verizon HTC Trophy phones. The 7392 update includes the SSL certificate security fix, plus some other general firmware updates.
Update: Some readers have already started receiving hardware updates, on HTC 7 Mozart (Orange), LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7 handsets.