The Smartphone Upgrades Have Begun: AT&T Releases Windows Phone 7.5

As expected, Windows Phone 7.5, aka Mango, started being pushed out to AT&T customers today. Unfortunately, if you are on a carrier other than AT&T it is currently not known when the update might be pushed to your phone.

Microsoft has an update status page on their web site that you can check to see if a rollout date has been set for your phone. If you are impatient, you can try tricking the Zune desktop software to install the Mango update by following instructions provided by GottaBeMobile.

The release of Windows Phone 7.5 marks the beginning of the upgrades that will be released for the majority of  smartphone platforms this fall. Google will be releasing the next major version of Android known as Ice Cream Sandwich and Apple will be releasing iOS 5, which is the next version of their operating system for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

One of the main “features” of Ice Cream Sandwich is the unification of the tablet and smartphone versions of Android into one operating system. We also expect to see the user interface updated, a new launcher, improved multitasking, and new widgets.

iOS 5 will include improvements to notifications, Twitter integration, a new messaging app, an improved camera app, and a new mail app, which are just a few of 200 new features Apple has said will be in this upgrade. Apple is hosting an event next Tuesday, October 4, and though the specific announcements are not known, we do know the iPhone is the subject of the event. Speculation ranges from Apple announcing two new iPhones (the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5) to announcing the release date of iOS 5.

Throw in Amazon’s anticipated tablet announcement tomorrow, September 28, and we are right at the beginning an exciting time of the year for mobile enthusiasts.