Microsoft has just announced that the first phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 will hit store shelves on October 6.
Exactly what models will be released on that day is not yet known, but Microsoft was willing to reveal a list of which wireless carriers around the world will be supporting this new version.
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.
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