Windows Mobile 6.5

Microsoft app “kill switch” detailed: only for “harmful” software

Microsoft app “kill switch” detailed: only for “harmful” software

Microsoft have attempted to clarify the widely-reported "kill switch" present in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, after reports earlier this week that the company would "automatically" remove applications from users' smartphones should the apps be pulled from the official download store.  According to a Microsoft spokesperson, that would only in fact occur should an application be found to exhibit "harmful behavior or [have] unforseen effects".

HTC Leo in wild: capacitive touchscreen confirmed [Update: Video]

HTC Leo in wild: capacitive touchscreen confirmed [Update: Video]

We're still not sure how they've managed it, but ai.rs have acquired a pre-production HTC Leo - the company's upcoming 1GHz Snapdragon smartphone - and have sat it down for a serious photoshoot and screengrab session.  Top of our list of questions was the Leo's screen type, and sure enough HTC have used a 4.3-inch multitouch-capable capacitive panel for the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone.

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Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 gets hands-on preview: promising

Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 gets hands-on preview: promising

Samsung may have only announced their new Windows Mobile 6.5 QWERTY candybar, the Omnia Pro B7330, yesterday, but already the hands-on reports are coming out of the woodwork.  phoneArena have been playing with a prototype and come away full of hope for the production model; they reckon the B7330 mixes decent style, build quality and functionality to draw in the "my first smartphone" market.

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HTC Desire and Passion Android phones hitting Verizon Q4?

HTC Desire and Passion Android phones hitting Verizon Q4?

According to ChinaTimes, HTC will be providing Verizon with their first Android smartphone in Q4 this year, in the shape of the HTC Desire.  That certainly concurs with previous leaks from Verizon's inventory system, which tipped the "with Google" smartphone back at the start of the month.  They also suggest that there's another Android device on its way to Verizon, the HTC Passion, which will launch by the end of 2009.

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Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 launches; Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade for existing Omnias

Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 launches; Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade for existing Omnias

Samsung have announced a new Windows Mobile smartphone and promised a lease of new life for several other existing models, each of which will get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5.  The new Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 is a straightforward QWERTY-toting candybar running Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard, and pretty much takes the core of the B7320 and slaps a 320 x 320 display and HSUPA support into the handset.

Meanwhile the five existing Samsung Omnia models currently on sale - which means the i8000, B7320, B7300, B7330 and B7610 - are all getting an update to the newest version of Microsoft's smartphone OS, v6.5.  That's new handsets sold, incidentally; existing owners of the Omnia II, B7610 and B7320 will be eligible for an update from 6.1 to WinMo 6.5.

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HTC Leo multitouch display gets video demo

HTC Leo multitouch display gets video demo

While this may simply look like someone trying to catch a small fish next to a Windows Mobile phone, you might be more interested if we told you that the phone is in fact HTC's mysterious, unannounced Leo and the fish-pinching is actually a multitouch demo.  Over at PocketPT.net someone managed to score a Leo prototype, and shot a brief video demonstrating its new touchscreen skills.

Video demo after the cut

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Microsoft remote software “kill switch” confirmed

Microsoft remote software “kill switch” confirmed

Microsoft have been spilling the beans on more Windows Marketplace for Mobile details at Tech.Ed New Zealand, including confirmation that the company will install a remote "kill switch" for removing software from users' smartphones.  The backdoor access will be used, apparently, should Microsoft approve and then later remove a title from the Marketplace; not only will it be stripped from the virtual store shelves, but automatically removed from any devices that have installed it.

HTC Touch HD 2 Shuns Windows Mobile and Embraces Android

HTC Touch HD 2 Shuns Windows Mobile and Embraces Android

The Touch HD released last year, and while it held its own within its fifteen minutes of fame, like many other HTC/Windows Mobile devices out there, it quickly faded into the throes of the past. Well, it's time for HTC to release a sequel, and yes, you can guess what it's called: the Touch HD 2. But we're not getting a simple rehash this time around, or even an upgraded Windows Mobile 6.5. No, we get to see more Android.

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