News by Dan Seifert on Monday May 09, 2011.
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Some unannounced new features that will be a part of the next version of Windows Phone (7.5, or Mango if you are into code names) have been revealed via developers tearing into the new SDK. Most notable is a new turn-by-turn navigation system, though there are some other interesting features coming as well.
The new turn-by-turn navigation system will be built into Bing Maps, and looks to be a direct competitor to the Google Maps with Navigation feature that comes with all Android handsets. Not too much is revealed about this yet, though voice guidance will be provided with the driving directions.
Other new Bing apps include Bing Audio and Bing Vision. Bing Audio appears to be similar to Shazam and other music identifying services, as it allows users to hold their phone up to a speaker that is playing music to identify the song, artist, and album title. Bing Vision looks to be very similar to Google Goggles on the iPhone and Android, and allows users to take pictures of barcodes, QR codes, Microsoft Tags, books, CDs, DVDs, text, and other products and initiate a search through Bing.
There is also baked-in podcast support coming, as well as SMS dictation. These new features look quite promising and should allow Microsoft to be more competitive with the Android and iOS platforms when Windows Phone 7.5 gets released this fall. Of course, with Google holding its annual developer conference, Google I/O, this week, and very likely to announce new Android features, Microsoft might have to add a quite a few more features by fall to stay in the race. [via Windows Phone Secrets]
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