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Windows Mobile 6.5 Gets October 6 Street Date

Windows Mobile 6.5 Gets October 6 Street Date

If you're one of the millions of people out there using Windows Mobile, then it's a safe bet that you've been stuck at 6.1 for far too long. Maybe that 'X' button up at the top corner isn't the easiest thing in the world to activate. Whatever your concerns are, it's looking like you have a bright future, and one that you don't need to wait too much longer for, either. Today marks the announcement, officially, that Windows Mobile 6.5 is coming to the market, with a street date and everything.

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AT&T Pro2, Warhawk, LG Monaco and Verizon Omnia 2 detailed in Sprint leak

AT&T Pro2, Warhawk, LG Monaco and Verizon Omnia 2 detailed in Sprint leak

A leaked Sprint spec sheet has delivered the details of a number of so-far unreleased Windows Mobile devices, including the AT&T HTC Touch Pro2, the LG Monaco, HTC Warhawk and Samsung Omnia 2.  While the existence of the four devices was already known, the Sprint document does go into more detail about specifics than earlier information; for instance, that the LG Monaco is now expected to land with Windows Mobile 6.x (likely 6.5) rather than the previously tipped Windows Mobile 7.

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Windows Mobile: Don’t write it off yet

Windows Mobile: Don’t write it off yet

Windows Mobile has been around for a long time. It started life in 1996 as Windows CE (which some say stood for Consumer Electronics and Microsoft insisted was an acronym for nothing) with the first clamshell device coming from Casio, called the Cassiopeia. Over time, it's evolved into a stable platform, with both enterprise and consumer appeal and devices from multiple vendors available for carriers around the world. Despite selling 20 million devices last year, there's still a lot of negative buzz about the platform. Bloggers, analysts and journalists have all called the platform's future into question (while still calling for a mythical Microsoft-created phone) and continue to raise the question of platform viability. I think the latest version of Windows Mobile, 6.5 addresses many of those issues along with strong support from OEMs who are still committed to the platform and will help drive business adoption further over the next 18 months.

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New Windows Mobile 6.5 Touch UI in February; dual-OS strategy with WinMo 7?

New Windows Mobile 6.5 Touch UI in February; dual-OS strategy with WinMo 7?

In terms of reliability we're filing this latest rumor right next to our trusty salt cellar, but given the general unpredictability of the smartphone market right now it's possible all the same.  DigiTimes are quoting their usual mysterious "Taiwan handset makers" who are claiming that Microsoft plan a dual-platform strategy with Windows Mobile.  Rather than kill off Windows Mobile 6.5 when version 7 arrives (tentatively scheduled for Q4 2010), they'll apparently keep it on complete with a new "touch interface".

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HTC Leo Makes Another Appearance, Gets a Face Lift

HTC Leo Makes Another Appearance, Gets a Face Lift

It may seem that HTC gets a large slice of the pie when it comes to mobile phone news and rumors, and maybe that's not too far from the truth. But when you have this many phones coming out, from all sorts of networks and operating systems, then it's hard to ignore. Here's the HTC Leo having another go around the internet, but this time it's looking a little different.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 build 23022 gets finger-friendly [Video]

Windows Mobile 6.5 build 23022 gets finger-friendly [Video]

More details and screenshots of the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 build, version 23022, have emerged, complete with a video demo of the new OS in action.  Key among the differences this time around are the new, finger-friendly buttons such as those you can see in the bottom softkey bar; they're part of Microsoft's attempt to do away with the stylus for regular interaction with your smartphone.

Video demo after the cut

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