Despite Windows Phone 7 currently being the underdog OS, Mango will add a number of compelling features that should tempt consumers and the enterprise market over to the platform. The way user data is used will also change with the new Mango update.
Currently, most apps cannot access user data, which limits the level of user experience and personalisation. With Mango, a new system of user data management is added that will enable apps to access the data in a secure manner in order to enhance the ways in which users interact with the device. This is something that Windows Phone has in the past been behind on and was therefore a key update.
With the growth of third party music players such as Spotify, and the ability to play music or radio through a web browser, being able to listen to music in the background has been lacking from Windows Phone. With Mango, this is all about to change, with the ability to play Background Audio, so that non-propriety audio applications can run in the background. Users will even be able to access to the volume controls without having to re-launch the application.
One important development is the ability to start file transfers in the background. This will mean that if an app contains images, videos or documents, users will be able to download these files and jump into other apps without the download stopping or cancelling. For the enterprise market, this will enable users to download presentations or information on the move, whilst still getting the most from their phone. For consumers, this development could enable users to download add-ons and updates for apps, games, or other content.
This is the third article of a series of three looking at what Windows Phone 7 Mango is bringing to the table. You can read the other two and all other posts published by me here.