Mango update squashes location sharing bug, another surfaces
While the Mango update continues to roll out to Windows Phone customers it seems that the new Windows Phone 7.5 not only adds new features but also fixes an unwanted bug. The location information sharing issue that was discovered in the Camera application is now fixed. Yet like a game of Whack-a-Mole, the little bugger seems to have popped up elsewhere.
We at butterscotch.com reported not long ago that Windows Phone's Camera application collected location information surreptitiously and without authorization even before such authorization was requested. This was deemed an "unintended behavior" by Microsoft and it seems that Mango fixes that problem, according to blogger Rafael Rivera.
(As an aside, isn't that a brilliant word pairing? Unintended behavior. It's almost like Microsoft simultaneously dumps responsibility off themselves and onto the platform that they created while also clearly stating that their creation didn't actually mean to do that. It's the legalese equivalent to a shrug of the shoulders.)
Unfortunately while they managed to plug that leak another one seems to have sprung up elsewhere. It was reported by PCMag.com yesterday that Windows Phone's Me feature now has its own "unintended behavior." Microsoft has nipped this one in the bud though and stated that the issue will be fixed in the next update to Windows Phone.
No word as to when that will be, however.