Windows Mobile 6.5

Toshiba TG01 official launch on July 9th: SlashGear will be there!

Toshiba TG01 official launch on July 9th: SlashGear will be there!

It's been almost five months since Toshiba first revealed their TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone, and now the company has invited us back to London on Thursday July 9th for what we're assuming is the handset's official release.  Set to go on sale in Germany and Japan imminently, the TG01 has a vast 4.1-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen, 3G UMTS/HSPA, WiFi, A-GPS and Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset running the show.

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Sony Ericsson preparing XPERIA X2 for Wednesday reveal?

Sony Ericsson's last event delivered the Satio, Yari and Aino, but according to the latest rumors the company might be bringing along their XPERIA X2 to another press launch later this week.  Set to take place tomorrow, Wednesday 17th, in Singapore, there's no solid connection with the XPERIA X2, but the abundance of leaked photos and information about the upcoming smartphone would certainly suggest its nearing announcement.

Samsung Omnia Pro aka B7610 Louvre detailed

More on Samsung's upcoming B7610 Louvre this morning, and the suggestion that in fact the handset is set to arrive as the Samsung Omnia Pro.  New photos, including a live-shot of the smartphone, have emerged, together with specifications seemingly confirming the 3.5-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, HSDPA/HSUPA and WiFi connectivity, and a 5.1-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash.

Samsung B7610 Louvre with AMOLED touchscreen emerges

Samsung B7610 Louvre with AMOLED touchscreen emerges

A new image purporting to be of Samsung's B7610 "Louvre" Windows Mobile smartphone has emerged, complete with the latest version of the handset's spec-list.  The Louvre is believed to have a 3.5-inch AMOLED WVGA display, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with image stabilization, and 3G 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity.

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Silver Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 leaks

Silver Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 leaks

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 leaking continues, and after the black handsets we've seen it's a nice change to spot not only a silver version but one switched on.  Running Windows Mobile 6.5 as tipped in the earlier spec sheet, there's no telling whether the X2 actually has an OLED display or plain old LCD, but the D-pad does look to be an optical mouse.

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HTC Touch Pro2 video unboxing

HTC Touch Pro2 video unboxing

It feels like we've been waiting a long time for the HTC Touch Pro2 to arrive, though really it was only announced back in February at Mobile World Congress.  The flagship smartphone - which packs a 3.6-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen, 3G HSPA, WiFi b/g and a full QWERTY keyboard - is the second half of HTC's two-part Touch refresh, along with the Diamond2, and you can see our video unboxing after the cut.

Video unboxing after the cut

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 specs, photos leak

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 specs, photos leak

The small leaked Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 shot has apparently opened the floodgates, as there are now more live shots of the unannounced smartphone together with a tentative spec list.  According to the latest leak, the XPERIA X2 will have an 8.1-megapixel camera with autofocus and 30fps video recording, together with a 3.5-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen and a custom version of Windows Mobile 6.5.

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Pharos Traveler 137: AT&T and T-Mobile 3G

Pharos Traveler 137: AT&T and T-Mobile 3G

Whether the world (or, more accurately, the US) needs an unlocked Windows Mobile smartphone with the required band support for 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 2.1Mbps HSUPA on both AT&T and T-Mobile remains to be seen.  Nevertheless, Pharos believe that's just what network-hopping executives are looking for, hence the triband UMTS Traveler 137.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 leaks?

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 leaks?

This, if Engadget's anonymous tipster is to be believed, is Sony Ericsson's unannounced XPERIA X2, the smartphone that will eventually replace the company's XPERIA X1.  Bearing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, as with its predecessor, and what looks to be a curved profile, the X2 - codenamed "Vulcan" - bears the X Panel shortcut Sony Ericsson use to trigger their panel GUI.

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Acer F1 gets 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 5MP, WM6.5

Acer F1 gets 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 5MP, WM6.5

Acer have brought their F1 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone to Computex, and there's finally a spec sheet to go with the prototype.  We now know that the F1 is based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor - the same as Toshiba's TG01 - paired with a spacious 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen and 5-megapixel autofocus camera.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 team lacked time to polish UI; confirm no Silverlight

Windows Mobile 6.5 team lacked time to polish UI; confirm no Silverlight

While Windows Mobile devices have their strong points, the platform's UI has longed looked like the third-class citizen compared to rivals.  Windows Mobile 6.5 will go some small way to addressing that, but even the team behind the smartphone OS themselves admit that they lacked the time to give the upcoming refresh the visual makeover it needs. 

The WM6.5 developer team sat down for a 45 minute roundtable at TechEd 2009, to confirm UI rumors, discuss Widgets and why they count as "grown up" applications, and admit that no, Silverlight won't be integrated with the platform.  It's a surprisingly honest interview, but if we're fair it doesn't leave us particularly enthused about WM6.5.

Video roundtable after the cut

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Facebook for Windows Mobile app released

Facebook for Windows Mobile app released

Microsoft have announced a new Facebook client for Windows Mobile phones, and you won't have to wait for Windows Mobile 6.5 in order to use it.  The free app will work on any 6.0, 6.1 or 6.5 smartphone, touchscreen or non-touchscreen, and will allow full messaging, video and photo uploads and integration with the handset's phone features to place calls direct from Facebook profiles.

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