Sprint’s HTC Touch Pro2 Getting Long-Awaited Windows Mobile 6.5 Upgrade this Month

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Sprint’s version of the HTC Touch Pro2 is still running Windows Mobile 6.1, but that is expected to change soon. This wireless carrier has reitered its promise to release an operating system upgrade for this high-end business smartphone before the end of this month.

A mailer sent out to many of Sprint’s business customers this week incles a note that the Touch Pro2 will soon get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro.

The other three top U.S. carriers also offer this model, and all of them are already running version 6.5, so Sprint is somewhat behind the curve.

New OS and New UI
The latest version of Microsoft’s operating system for high-end phones isn’t a major upgrade, but tweaks the user interface to make it more fingertip friendly, with many on-screen elements enlarged so users can select them without a stylus.

HTC Touch Pro2 for SprintWindows Mobile 6.5 also has more of a focus on consumers, as the Today Screen has been modified to include items like a music player and photo viewer.

However, the Touch Pro2 comes with HTC’s alternate user interface, so many of these changes aren’t apparent to users. Still, the new version also comes with a new version of Internet Explorer, and includes access to Microsoft’s recently-launched on-device software store.

In January, Sprint revealed some details on this upcoming release:

This upgrade will not only provide updates to the Windows Mobile platform, but also significant enhancements to the Touch Pro2 user interface which will allow additional customization/personalization options and more integration with the applications users access most.

An Overview of the HTC Touch Pro2
This smartphone has a 3.6 inch, WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) touchscreen and a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard. The Touch Pro2 marks mark the return of the slide-and-tilt screen that was a hallmark of an earlier smartphone from HTC, the AT&T Tilt.

This phone runs on a 528 MHz processor from Qualcomm, with 288 MB of RAM.

It offers support for Sprint’s mobile broadband network, as well as Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Other features include a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera, a GPS receiver, a microSD card slot, and a 1500 mAh battery.

Source: PPCGeeks Forums

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