A leaked internal build of the upcoming Mango refresh of the Windows Phone operating system has been leaked online, giving fresh credence to rumours that it may launch on September 1st after all.
Build 7720, sent out internally to developers for testing and obtained by the eagled-eye folk at xda-developers, bumps Microsoft’s OS up to version 7.10.7720.68. Although officially it will be called Windows Phone 7.5, or Mango as we already know.
Early reports suggest the install will work as long as your phone is running the Nodo build (7392) or one of two beta builds, Mango (7661) or Mango Developer Beta (7712). Handsets that been successfully updated are: HTC HD7, HTC Mozart, HTC Trophy, Samsung Focus, HTC Arrive, Dell Venue Pro, and LG Optimus 7.
The process is said to take at least an hour or two to complete and requires a fair degree of technical know-how. If you manage to come through unscathed, though, you’ll be treated to a new Internet Explorer, version 9, with HTML5 support and hardware-accelerated graphics.
There’s also a tighter integration with Bing for GPS-powered localised searches and a Shazam-like feature to identify a song you’re listening to.
Elsewhere you'll find an integrated visual search similar to Google Googles that allows you to scan any physical product or item using the camera and look it up online as well as many more new additions yet to be catalogued.
Although Microsoft has denied Mango will land next month, we are almost certain it will be launched by October to coincide with the first anniversary of the reinvigorated platform.