Microsoft Promises 30 Windows Mobile 6.5 Devices this Year

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Windows Mobile 6.5 will debut on October 6, and it’s going to quickly be available on a wide variety of smartphones. A Microsoft executive has promised the new version of his company’s mobile operating system will be on over 30 smartphones by the end of this year.

Benjamin Tan from Microsoft China also said that at least 15 companies plan to release devices running Windows Mobile 6.5.

New and Upgraded Models
So far, neither Microsoft nor its licensees have revealed what new models will be released with the latest version of this OS, but a few details have come out.

AT&T is rumored to be planning four models with v6.5: the AT&T Tilt2 and Pure, LG Monaco and HP Obsidian. The first two are versions of the HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Touch Diamond2.

The carriers that have already released the Touch Pro2, Touch Diamond2, or the HTC Snap — including T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon — are expected to introduce OS upgrades for them.

Verizon is reportedly going to release the HTC Imagio on the same days that v6.5 debuts.

In addition, the Samsung Epix and the Samsung Jack will be getting upgrades to Windows Mobile 6.5.

Plenty of Carrier Support
The carriers in N. America that will be offering Windows Mobile 6.5 devices include AT&T, Bell Canada, Sprint, TELUS, and Verizon Wireless. These will be made by HP, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, and Toshiba.

Windows Mobile 6.5 Today ScreenIn Europe, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Vodafone will be offering smartphones running this new OS version made by Acer, HTC, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba.

Carriers in the Asia Pacific region who will be adding WinMo 6.5 models include NTT DOCOMO, SOFTBANK Mobile, SK Telecom, Telstra and WILLCOM. These device will be produced by Acer, HTC, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba.

And in Latin America, the mobile operator TIM Brazil will release smartphones made by HTC, LG Electronics, and Samsung.

More about Windows Mobile 6.5
The next version of Microsoft’s operating system for high-end phones isn’t a major upgrade, but it will include significant changes to its appearance.

It will be more fingertip friendly, with many on-screen elements enlarged so users can select them without a stylus. Windows Mobile 6.5 will also have more of a focus on consumers, as the Today Screen has been modified to include items like a music player and photo viewer.

An overview of the changes can be found in this article: Windows Mobile 6.5 Is Official

Source: DigiTimes

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