An update to Zune software and allowing developers to submit Mango apps to Windows Phone Marketplace clearly indicates that the Mango update for Windows Phone is just around the corner!
The v4.8 of Zune software can be downloaded from here or you can update the installed version on your computer by going through Settings > Software > General, and then clicking Check For Updates.
Although, there are no feature additions or UI changes in the update, there are a bunch of under-the-hood refinements and fixes. The latest version provides a streamlined process to progressively update your phone. You only have to click the update button once for multiple updates. Once an update is finished, the software automatically checks for more and repeats the installation process until your phone is completely up to date. The time to back up your phone is lowered, and you additionally have an option to skip the phone backup.
Zune 4.8 also gets ready to support the number of new locations and languages that Mango will support. Zune 4.8 now supports 22 display languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (US and UK), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish. In addition, Zune 4.8 is available in these countries or regions: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Starting today, App Hub would start accepting and certifying Mango apps. This means that new and existing titles optimized for Mango features like fast app switching, background audio, multiple and double sided Live Tiles, better Search integration and more will begin publishing in a matter of days. If you are running early builds of Mango, you can experience these new apps and games.
Also, developers can now cross submit games to the newly supported Mango countries, as well as include any game ratings information, via App Hub.