Microsoft have been giving impromptu demonstrations of Windows Mobile 6.5, showing what's said to be "the final build" of the upcoming smartphone OS to The Inquirer. Installed on an HTC Touch Diamond2, the platform includes the latest redesign of the UI, including 24-bit menu icons, together with Flash support and the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
Microsoft have thrown open the doors to Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store submissions, and to tempt developers away from Apple and other rival platforms they're offering some significant prizes. The Microsoft Race to Market Challenge will judge entrants in four criteria categories, with the winners each taking away - among other things - a Microsoft Surface multitouch table worth in excess of $10k.
Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X2 has been showing up more and more frequently over the past few weeks, and now there's an almost six minute video of the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone in action. The video - in which the XPERIA X2 is referred to by its internal codename, "Vulcan" - runs through the new Microsoft platform, as well as showing a few glimpses of what looks to be Sony Ericsson's own "Panels" UI.
HP's iPAQ K3 Obsidian has shown up in the wild, complete with the AT&T branding that you might expect given that the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone was first tipped in leaked documents from the carrier. The full QWERTY candybar has a 2.43-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G and WiFi.
A new render of what's tipped to be the HTC Leo (aka the Firestone) has emerged, said to be the company's Windows Mobile 6.5 successor to the HTC Touch HD. According to the unnamed source of the image, the smartphone will have an externally-accessible microSD card slot and large speakers on both the front and back for audio use.
Details of an upcoming HTC Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, the HTC Leo, have leaked, and if you thought the Toshiba TG01 had a big display then prepare for even more surprise. Like the TG01, the Leo is based on Qualcomm's MSM8250 1GHz Snapdragon chipset, only with a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen.
The latest build of Windows Mobile 6.5, version 21925, has leaked, showing Microsoft's latest attempts to accommodate fingertip control on the platform. Going by the screenshots, Microsoft have done away with many of the tabbed pages and instead replaced them with swipe-gestures and large, easily pressed arrow controls.
Acer haven't been especially shy about their smartphone plans but, according to the latest leaks over in Taiwan, the company could be closer to launching their range than originally suspected. The Acer F1 shown here - together with the A1, C1/E1 and L1 - will apparently arrive "at the end of September and in the fourth quarter of this year".
Contrary to initial reports that the Marketplace would run solely on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices and above, Microsoft have also confirmed that the download store will be available on WM6.0 and 6.1 by the end of 2009. Given the number of devices in circulation running WM6.1 alone, and uncertainties about which smartphones will be eligible for 6.5 upgrades, that certainly makes sense for widening Microsoft's user base.
We're not sure whether Orange have scooped Toshiba in advance of their event later on today, or this is all carefully planned, but the carrier has announced it will exclusively be offering the Toshiba TG01 from July 10th. Already on sale with Orange France, the UK version of the handset will be priced from free with a £39.15 ($63) 24-month contract with unlimited on-device browsing.