Microsoft has confirmed that new Windows Phone handsets 7 that launch with the imminent Mango software will feature front-facing cameras and Skype integration. The revelation came at New Zealand’s TechEd event, from where the official NZ Windows Phone account tweeted:
“Nice, they just confirmed at TechEd NZ that #WP7 devices with forward-facing cameras are coming with Mango – and Skype will support it.”
It’s not clear if the Skype integration will land at the same time as the Mango update itself (for which the good money is on a 1 September launch) or if it’ll be a separate app or a future update.
But what is fairly safe to assume is that a number of the new batch of Windows Phone 7 handsets, if not all, will come with video-call-friendly front-mounted cameras.
So, we’re locked and loaded for HTC’s 1 September launch which coincides with IFA 2011 – over to you, LG, Samsung, Dell et al.