Microsoft has already shown off early versions of several devices that will run Windows Phone 7. None of these are being made by HTC, but the president of this company promises that HTC will release a model based on Microsoft’s upcoming mobile operating system by the end of this year.
This announcement from Peter Chou doesn’t come as a surprise — HTC has been a very important part of the Windows Mobile market for many years. The switch to Windows Phone 7 is a significant departure for this operating system, but HTC has already stated that it is on board with this new version.
This company is feeling positive about Microsoft’s efforts — Chou told Forbes that, “They’re putting in tremendous effort to make Windows Phone 7 very appealing and competitive.”
HTC Touch Pro3?
The head of HTC did not give any details on the Windows Phone 7-based smartphone his company will release this year, but an unconfirmed report sys that this company plans to continue the popular Touch Pro line of business-oriented smartphones.
The third model in this series will supposedly sport a design that’s “much smaller and thinner” than the current one.
Whatever it’s name, Microsoft is requiring all devices running Windows Phone 7 to meet some fairly stringent hardware requirements.
At launch, all devices running this new operating system will have to have a WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive touchscreen. In addition, all models have to include Wi-Fi, a 5 megapixel camera with flash, a GPS receiver, and at least 8 GB of storage and 256 MB of RAM.
Microsoft is even specifying the number and arrangements of buttons below the screen, one of which has to be dedicated to the Bing search engine.
The feature list also must include an accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, and an FM radio.
More about Windows Phone 7
Despite its name, Microsoft’s next smartphone operating system has little in common with its predecessors. It will have a completely different user interface and won’t run applications written for the earlier versions nor will any current models be upgradeable.
Its focus has moved to consumers, and its UI emphasizes social networking, pictures, games, etc. It has also been redesigned to be controlled with a fingertip.
Just about the only significant similarity between old and new is that both include Microsoft Office Mobile and support for synchronizing with Microsoft Exchange.