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All posts tagged "windows mobile 6.5"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Windows Logo Button = Staples "Easy" Button?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 10:42 AM

"When Microsoft decided to revive its ailing cellphone software business, it turned to the marketer who came up with the Staples "Easy Button," which speaks the tagline "That was easy" when pushed. Starting Tuesday, Microsoft is introducing a new version of its cellphone operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5, with a barrage of television ads. The star, again, is a button. Not a big red one, but a tiny one on a cellphone, sporting the Windows flag logo."

This article on the New York Times site talks about Microsoft's change in leadership on the Windows Mobile team. Is it too early to judge how well the new leadership is doing? It's hard to say - Todd Peters, the one-time Staples executive who's now the Corporate VP for Mobile Communication Marketing - has been on the Windows Mobile team for a year and a half...certainly long enough to have some impact on Windows Mobile 6.5. However, maybe he's "just" a marketing guy and not the person making the calls on how the operating system is working. Regardless, Peters has his work cut out for him - Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't exactly getting the a warm reception...(more on that later).

Windows Phones Available Around the World

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC News" @ 10:00 AM

In Microsoft's press release today for the Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, there was a section that listed various Windows Phones available around the world, and I thought it would be helpful to re-publish that information here so we could get a handle on which devices are coming out in which markets:

In North America:

  • HTC Pure from AT&T
  • HTC Imagio from Verizon Wireless
  • Samsung Intrepid from Sprint, available Oct. 11, 2009
  • HTC Tilt 2 from AT&T, available in the coming weeks

In Latin America:

  • Samsung Omnia II available in the coming weeks from TIM Brasil Read more...

MobileBurn Unboxes the HTC Imagio and HTC Pure

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:47 AM

It's Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day, and that means that the sites that were lucky enough to get devices are launching their content. Here we have Michael Oryl taking a look at the HTC Imagio on Verizon, and the HTC Pure on AT&T.

Windows Phones Now Available, 6.5 Officially Released

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC News" @ 09:25 AM

"Microsoft today unveiled a new generation of phones from leading manufacturers and mobile operators that offer an intuitive user interface, powerful Web browsing, and access to an online library of downloadable services and applications. Windows® phones - a new brand for phones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system - are now available in retail stores worldwide in a broad range of styles and prices. The new phones were shown at press events in New York, hosted by Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, and in Paris, where Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer showed off the new Windows phones. They also announced the availability of two key services platforms for the new phones: My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. My Phone is a free service that helps people back up and manage photos, applications and other content from their phone or PC, as well as restore information in the event of a lost phone. Windows Marketplace for Mobile is an online library of business and leisure mobile applications - as well as games - that customers can buy and download directly to their phones."

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's official - Windows Mobile (the operating system) is now at version 6.5, and Windows Phones (the devices) are available. Now let's just hope all of us Dash 3G & Touch Pro 2 (As well as other devices) owners get upgrades in a timely manner!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Acer F1 Drives Into Town On October 6

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 PM

"Due to begin shipping from the 6th October, the Acer F1 is the most superior Windows Mobile 6.5 (Windows Phone) device that will be available upon launch. The competitor to the HTC Touch HD, the Acer F1 will have many advantages as of the 6th October, primarily the Windows Phone 6.5 operating system and 1Ghz processor (double that of the HTC Touch HD)."

Beware of October 6. On one hand, it marks the official release of Windows Mobile 6.5. On the other hand, the sheer number of devices to choose from will surely cause headaches. One such device is the Acer F1, and it's definitely no slouch. The beast packs a Snapdragon chipset clocked at 1 GHz, a 3.8" 480 x 800 touch screen, HSDPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an FM tuner, and a 5.0-megapixel camera with flash - all of which, unlike the debt-inducing XPERIA X2, is priced at £295 + VAT ($480 USD). Who wants one?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

HTC Unveils the Touch2, Rocks Windows Mobile 6.5

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:10 PM

"HTC Corporation today introduced the HTC Touch2, a compact and stylish smartphone that is one of the first Windows phones. Utilizing Windows Mobile 6.5 and new services like Microsoft My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, HTC Touch2 delivers a full touch experience that enables you to do all the things you want on your phone easily. The Touch2 expands HTC's portfolio of touch-based phones and is focused on delivering an advanced touch experience to a broader group of people."

The new devices just keep on coming. HTC's newest unveiling, the Touch2 (not to be confused with the Touch Diamond2 or Touch Pro2), packs a Qualcomm MSM7225 528 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band (900/2100 MHz) UMTS/HSDPA, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, GPS, a 3.5 mm audio jack (hurrah!), a 2.8" QVGA (240 x 320) touch screen, a 3.2-megapixel fixed-focus camera, a microSDHC slot, and Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. Yes, there are a handful of items in that specs list that don't quite live up to the Touch Diamond2's and Touch Pro2's standards, but then this is a mid-range device after all. And it's set to drop in the hands of consumers on - you guessed it - October 6.

Jump the break for a copy of the press release and some additional eye candy.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Windows Mobile Launch Dates

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC News" @ 02:00 AM

"Microsoft is expected to officially launch Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 1, 2009 and add an upgrade version with a touch interface in February 2010, the sources indicated citing Microsoft roadmap."

So we will get an interim OS version before WM7 is available. That's the good news. The bad news is that the same report states that WM7 will only be launched in Q4 2010, which is really disappointing to put it mildly. A dual-platform strategy to compete with Apple and Google's Android? Fragmenting your product offering and playing to your opponents' strengths doesn't strike me as a winning strategy - Microsoft's got to work harder and faster than this. To quote Terry Pratchett, "Early in the morning? My dear lad, you will need to stay up all night!”

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Version Of WM6 After WM6.5?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Software" @ 01:00 AM

"While WinMo 6.5 build 23022 is still pretty clumsy, those finger-friendly (well, at least, "finger-friendlier," or maybe "not as finger-hostile") buttons grace the bottom of the display, and there is an iPhone-esque magnifying glass option for zooming in on and editing text."

While for many WM6.5 is little more than a half-way house to the complete makeover that is WM7, it still represents an advance over the menu driven UI of WM6.1. Whether that's enough to regain the ground lost against WM's competitors is an open question. Now there's rumours of another interim step between WM6.5 and WM7 that will feature some further finger optimzation including: moving the ok/close button to the bottom, a sliding notification popup tray, and a zoom facility. Are these WM7 features being tested on a WM6.5 build, or signs of a new version of WM6? More important (to me at least), is this a potential sign that WM7 will be delayed? I hope not.

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Walk Through Windows Mobile 6.5 RTM

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Software" @ 11:00 AM

"The INQUIRER has been told that the Windows Phone OS will arrive before Christmas, possibly around the same time as the Vole's public release of the Windows 7 operating system for PCs on October 22."

The Inquirer has what it calls an exclusive first video of the finalized version of Windows Mobile 6.5, which is great if it's confirmed - that means we're still on track for a holiday release for the latest iteration of Windows Mobile. Unfortunately, so many people are hitting the site that The Inquirer are having bandwidth problems. I'd love to comment on this, but I haven't been able to get a peek at the video after over 12 hours of trying, much less try embedding it here. So hit the link for an overview, and let me know what I'm missing!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Getting Started With Widgets on Windows Mobile 6.5

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 07:00 AM

One of the cool new features of Windows Mobile 6.5 is its support for widgets. The Windows Mobile team has a blog post set up on getting started with your own widgets.

You'll need the WinMo 6.5 emulator images, the development environment of your choosing and Windows Mobile Device Center (Vista) or ActiveSync (XP) to get started. The rest of the instructions are at the blog post. Get cranking on those widgets!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pharos Traveler 137 Now Available, Upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:01 AM

"Pharos Science & Applications, Inc., a leading provider of location-based information and services, today announced the immediate availability of the Traveler 137, a striking Windows phone that is the first to give users access to 3G data speeds on both the T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless networks. The Traveler 137 features hybrid navigation software, giving it the unique ability to provide voice-prompted navigation even without a connection to a carrier's network. The Traveler 137 is sold unlocked, enabling users to use local GSM SIM cards worldwide and avoid international roaming charges. The Traveler 137 is available today from,,, and for the suggested retail price of $599.95. Users can obtain a $250 discount on the phone if signing up for a new T-Mobile two-year contract through Pharos."

The Pharos Traveler 137, which was unveiled back in January, is now available from major retailers for $599.95. If you're interested in saving a little and don't mind waiting a day, our affiliate hardware store should have some in stock tomorrow at the discounted price of $559.99.

The specs? A Qualcomm MSM 7201A 528 MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band (1700/1900/2100 MHz) UMTS/HSUPA/HSDPA connectivity, a stunning 3.5", 480 x 800 touch screen, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, an FM tuner, aGPS, dual-cameras (3.0-megapixel on the rear, 0.3-megapixel on the front), a microSDHC slot, USB 2.0, a stereo audio jack, and a 1380 mAh Li-Ion battery. It ships with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, though we have confirmation from Pharos that it will be upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 DTK Released

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 10:00 PM

"The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit adds documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools to Visual Studio that let you build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. A new set of APIs is being introduced that will enable application developers to take advantage of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 touch gesture framework. The gesture APIs allow an application to handle touch gesture input and provide a visually consistent experience with the rest of the device UI. Note that the gesture APIs are only available on the Windows Mobile Classic and Professional SKUs."

Microsoft has just released the Windows Mobile 6.5 DTK to developers. It includes seven new emulator images, and is available in English, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and separately for Standard and Professional devices.

Update: This is the DTK, not the SDK. You'll still need to install the Windows Mobile 6 SDK in order to develop for Windows Mobile 6.5.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mobinnova Remains Tight-Lipped on New Device

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:30 PM

You've seen the Mobinnova ICE before. Now catch a glimpse of the company's upcoming device (translated version). Specs-wise, it packs a 480 x 800 touch screen and a slide-out, four-row QWERTY keyboard. It also runs Windows Mobile 6.5. Unfortunately, everything else is a mystery. What would make it a perfect device for you? Sound off in this thread.

Acer's Entry-Level L1 and C1 Due In Q4, 2009

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:16 PM

If Acer's F1 seems a little extreme for your needs, or the form factor just isn't to your liking, then you may be interested in the entry-level, Windows Mobile 6.5-based L1 (translated version), pictured above, and C1 (translated version), pictured after the break. The two, which made an appearance at MWC 2009, are now strutting their stuff at Computex, and should be on shelves sometime in the fourth quarter. Details are a little light, though it's known that the L1 includes a slide-out, 12-key numeric keypad, and the C1 includes a 528MHz processor and a 2.0-megapixel camera, while both have 2.8", 240 x 400 touch screens.


1GHz Snapdragon-Based Acer F1 Demoed at Computex

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:46 PM

Ever since Acer scooped up E-TEN, the company's been churning out some pretty compelling Windows Mobile devices, though none more compelling than the Windows Mobile 6.5-based F1 (translated version), which Acer says will be out in the second half of the year. Like the Toshiba TG01, the F1 packs a Snapdragon chipset clocked at 1GHz. It also features a 3.8", 480 x 800 touch screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, a 5.0-megapixel camera with flash, GPS, an FM tuner, and a 3.5mm headphone jack (you hear that, HTC?). Who wants one?


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 is DONE!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 02:46 AM

"For the record, Windows Mobile 6.5 is DONE... complete... looks really good IOHO and every bit functional. ping us if u want to know more."

There you have it - straight from the developers mouths... or tweets. Windows Mobile 6.5 is done. Stick a fork in it because it is good to go. Now all we have to do is wait around for one of hardware manufacturers to bestow one of these brand spanking new devices on us. Hopefully we will not have to wait too long.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Akihabara News Video Interview With Eric Lin Of HTC

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:00 PM

"HTC, a Taiwan based company, is by far one of the largest PDA and Smartphone manufacturers in the world. So when last year one of my friends, Eric Lin, became HTC Global PR and Online Community Manager for HTC, I had everything at hand to give you an exclusive 40 minute plus video interview with Eric about HTC's latest products, the Touch Diamond 2, Touch Pro 2, and the Snap and the Android based Smartphone the HTC Magic."

Akihabara News had a sit-down with Eric Lin and talks about HTC's branding, markets and latest products. Nothing earth-shattering, but these make good viewing and has some decent info on the devices talked about:

  • Part I (embedded above) - 6:54 mins long - covers who Eric is and the HTC brand;
  • Part II (17:48 mins) talks about the Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 and the improvements made to both (and in passing possible plans for sucessors to the HTC Advantage and HTC Shift); while
  • Part III (22:34 mins) shows off an early engineering sample of the HTC Magic (HTC's upcoming Android phone) and also covers the HTC Snap, along with a general discussion on upgrading possibilities to WM6.5 (bad news for Snap fans - no confirmation yet).

Friday, April 24, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 and Exchange to Auto-Sync SMS Messages

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 02:05 AM

"Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is apparently looking to integrate Windows Mobile more tightly with the Windows computing experience. The newly available Exchange Server 2010 beta has shed some light on an upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 feature - the ability to synchronize and archive all SMS text messages on the Exchange Server! Never again will you have to worry about losing important text messages or having to scroll through endless text-convos just to find a phone number."

The idea of being able to backup your text messages has been a very popular request I have seen throughout the years but I it makes me uneasy to think that any SMS messages that were coming into my Windows Mobile handset were being backed up on an Exchange server somewhere. Email, contacts, calendar appointments and tasks are one thing since I purposely use Exchange to route that information between the cloud, my device, and my various computers. My text messages however have nothing to do with Exchange and it is my own personal feeling that they never should. Any information that was ever of value that was sent to me via SMS - such as a phone number, appointment, or address - was something that I would take the time to put in the appropriate program that managed that information. If I did lose a text message it wasn't that hard to ask the sender to pound out another 160 characters so I could have that message again. Am I the only one bothered by this new upcoming feature? This also brings up another interesting question I have been thinking about for a while now – how much syncing is too much syncing?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 Release Date Set - May 11th!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 01:15 PM

"Stephanie Ferguson, GM of Business Experiences at Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business is going to deliver the kick off launch presentation of Windows Mobile 6.5 on Monday, May 11th at 1:00PM – 2:15PM. This TechEd 2009 session focuses on one of the biggest launches in the history of Windows Mobile..."

Start marking your calendars everyone! May 11th is not that far down the road and on that date we will finally get a new release to Windows Mobile! Now the real question is - how long do we have to wait to get our hands on some of these new Windows Mobile 6.5 powered handsets?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Over 10 Windows Mobile 6.5 Phones Expected in US Alone

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 10:46 PM

"Microsoft Corp. expects several phones on the U.S. market to be powered by its Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system after it launches in the fall of 2009, according to a company executive. "We will have over 10 phones available in the U.S. alone. We expect to see that grow," said Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division said during his keynote speech at the CTIA wireless technology showcase."

With all the talk of Windows Mobile 6.5 lately I find myself growing a little more excited every day. Unfortunately Mr. Bach did not mention how long it will take to have over 10 devices running Windows Mobile 6.5 available here in the United States. I'm also curious as to how many of those devices will be running the Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard platform. It is, however, nice to see Microsoft starting to gain a little momentum moving forward in the "Smartphone Wars" after such a long period of being stale and feeling dated.

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