Windows Mobile 6.5

HTC HD2 Windows RT hack brings metro apps to WVGA

HTC HD2 Windows RT hack brings metro apps to WVGA

One of the most-hacked smartphones in the history of the mobile universe, the HTC HD2, is continuing to get its guts spun as Windows RT (tablet Windows 8) gets pushed to it with full-screen metro-style apps! This hack is a continuation of a project being run by @CotullaCode as mentioned a few weeks ago right here on SlashGear. This smartphone originally ran Windows Phone 6.5 and has since been hacked to run Android, Windows Phone 7, MeeGo, and even oddities such as First PlayStation Emulator for Windows CE.

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HTC HD2 gains Windows Phone 8 port

HTC HD2 gains Windows Phone 8 port

It's time again to call forth the beast from the pits of hacker heaven, that being the legendary HTC HD2, originally running Windows Mobile 6.5 back in 2009, here now with Windows Phone 8. This device has been a bit of a golden egg for hackers over the past few years, with the challenge being to get the newest and most fabulous mobile operating system running on it. Now it seems that even Windows Phone 8, a mobile operating system that has hardware requirements built-in, is no longer safe!

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Spotify for Windows Phone 6 released; Windows Phone 7 version incoming [Video]

Spotify for Windows Phone 6 released; Windows Phone 7 version incoming [Video]

Windows Mobile may not be the freshest of smartphone platforms, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of people still using handsets running the Microsoft OS.  Happily those people can now get Spotify on their devices, as the streaming audio company has just launched their new Spotify for Windows Mobile app.  Meanwhile, looking suitably ahead, they've also confirmed that Spotify for Windows Phone 7 will also be available.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony Ericsson Aspen Review

Sony Ericsson Aspen Review

Back when Sony Ericsson first announced the Aspen smartphone, a Windows Mobile 6.5.3, in early February 2010, we wondered whether the QWERTY-equipped handset would have enough room to make its mark before Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 by the end of the year. Now, five months later and even closer to the new platform's debut, the window of opportunity for the Aspen is even smaller. Can this combination touchscreen/keyboard candybar convince buyers with its green aspirations? Check out the full review after the cut.

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Samsung Omnia Pro 4 and Pro 5 prolong the WinMo agony

Samsung Omnia Pro 4 and Pro 5 prolong the WinMo agony

Samsung's final new phones for today pick up the not-long-for-this-world Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, with the Samsung Omnia Pro 4 B7350 and Samsung Omnia Pro 5 B6520 each toting full QWERTY keyboards and, on the Pro 4, a touchscreen too.  The Omnia Pro 4 has dualband (900/2100) 3G, a 2.62-inch 320 x 320 touchscreen and a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, while the Omnia Pro 5 has triband (900/1900/2100) 3G, a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 display and a 2-megapixel camera.

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HTC HD mini Review

HTC HD mini Review

It sounds like a recipe for success: take the surprisingly popular HTC HD2, shrink it down some, and offer it as a more pocketable alternative. Yet out of the three devices HTC announced at Mobile World Congress in February, the HTC HD mini has prompted the least interest. The HD mini has to convince prospective buyers not only of its own merits but that it's worth buying into an ageing OS that's just months away from replacement. Can it deliver? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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HTC HD mini unboxing

HTC HD mini unboxing

It's the last of HTC's trio of devices from MWC 2010 and, dare we say it, it's perhaps the least anticipated.  Still, the HTC HD mini has the potential to make a fair few fans, with the capacitive touch technology of the wildly popular HD2 shrunk down into a far more pocket-friendly package.  Check out our video unboxing, some comparison shots with the HD2, and a few first-impressions after the cut.

Video unboxing after the cut

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Breaking Windows is a good idea

Breaking Windows is a good idea

I have been reading a lot of critiques of Microsoft's mobile strategy lately, especially among those who think that breaking compatibility with older versions of Windows Mobile is a bad idea. Some of these opinions are just wrong, showing little knowledge of technical architectures. (If it's CE based, how come I can't run my old apps? Sheesh; CE was used in many different mobile devices, none of which could run Windows Mobile apps). For those that are dependent on some Windows Mobile app, Microsoft is wisely keeping the 6.5.x platform around for a while meaning folks can make a smooth transition as they need to.

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Windows Phone 7 gets Silverlight & XNA, but no old WinMo apps

Windows Phone 7 gets Silverlight & XNA, but no old WinMo apps

Microsoft deferred pretty much all technical questions at MWC 2010 about Windows Phone 7 to their upcoming MIX conference, but they've apparently relented and released a little information ahead of time.  Key is that they're using Silverlight and XNA for development, along with .NET, Silverlight being Microsoft's Flash alternative (and making its first appearance on a Microsoft mobile platform with WP7) while XNA is found powering 2D and 3D gaming on the Zune HD.

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WAD2 Windows Phone 7 theme boosts performance [Video]

WAD2 Windows Phone 7 theme boosts performance [Video]

Remember yesterday's Windows Phone 7 Metro UI theme for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices?  Performance on the early alpha was sluggish, but it looks like Jaxbot's project isn't the only one out there looking to put some new shine on older devices.  LeSScro has been working on a Metro UI theme, based on WisBar Advance Desktop 2.x, and it's running a whole lot more smoothly than yesterday's attempt.

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