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Windows Mobile 7 UX concepts tip native multitouch

Windows Mobile 7 UX concepts tip native multitouch

Is it time to start getting just a little bit excited about Windows Mobile 7?  The OS has been going through something of a slump recently, but these purported WM7 user experience concepts do have us curious.  They're the handiwork of Jeremiah Whitaker, a freelance designer whose LinkedIn profile indicates he worked on UX design for Windows Mobile 7; while he's prevented from sharing his work because of an NDA, his portfolio does include some screenshots.

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Windows Mobile 7 looks set for MWC 2010; Dev training in March

Windows Mobile 7 looks set for MWC 2010; Dev training in March

Last week DigiTimes, this week CNET; the likelihood of Microsoft making at least some demonstration of Windows Mobile 7 at Mobile World Congress 2010 looks ever more probable.  The latest sources reckon Microsoft will be previewing the latest build of the smartphone OS next month, with plans in place to finalize the platform's code by the summer.  Meanwhile, they're also saying that Microsoft's consumer phone range - tipped to be the fruits of the Pink project - is well underway, and should beat WM7 devices to market.

T-Mobile USA HD2 gets memory boost; Euro model may miss WinMo7?

T-Mobile USA HD2 gets memory boost; Euro model may miss WinMo7?

US HTC HD2 owners could see their patience rewarded with boosted specifications when the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone arrives on T-Mobile in March.  The official listing for the handset has gone live on HTC's site, and where the original European model packs a 512MB ROM and 448MB RAM, the US version will apparently get 1GB ROM and 576MB RAM.  That should mean the US-spec HD2 runs faster and has more room for onboard applications, as well as having longer-term implications for Windows Mobile 7 upgrades.

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HTC Touch Diamond3 is AMOLED WM7 Obsession?

HTC Touch Diamond3 is AMOLED WM7 Obsession?

The tipped HTC Obsession Windows Mobile 7 smartphone could end up as the HTC Touch Diamond3, sequel to the Diamond2.  According to WMPoweruser's tipster, the Obsession/Diamond3 will have a 3.7-inch AMOLED display using a multitouch-capable capacitive touchscreen, run a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (like the HTC HD2) and have a 5-megapixel autofocus camera capable of 720p HD 25fps video.

Windows Mobile 7 arriving Q4 2010, HTC Obsession work-in-progress?

Windows Mobile 7 arriving Q4 2010, HTC Obsession work-in-progress?

Confusing rumors regarding Microsoft's Windows Mobile plans for MWC 2010 probably aren't going to become clear until the February show itself, but according to DigiTimes the Seattle firm expect both Windows Mobile 6.6 and Windows Mobile 7 to take the stage.  They're quoting the usual unnamed sources, who reckon Microsoft will deliver WM7 to handset manufacturers in September 2010, with initial devices expected in Q4 2010 or early Q1 2011.

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Microsoft considering Windows Mobile 7 showcase at MWC 2010?

Microsoft considering Windows Mobile 7 showcase at MWC 2010?

Only the other day we were fielding rumors that Windows Mobile 6.6 would be the best Microsoft could do at Mobile World Congress this coming February, when along come Bloomberg with "a person familiar with the matter" who claims the company are considering demonstrating Windows Mobile 7 at the cellularly-obsessed show.  According to their source, Microsoft haven't yet decided whether to put WM7 on the agenda; last we heard, the company intended to launch another interim version, Windows Mobile 6.6, which would add native support for capacitive touchscreens as found on the HTC HD2.

HTC HD2 WinMo 7 upgrade tipped by HTC support team

HTC HD2 WinMo 7 upgrade tipped by HTC support team

Windows Mobile 7 has been in the headlines this week - and not for the best of reasons - when sources in Asia suggested it might be delayed into 2011, but there's some potentially positive news for HTC HD2 owners or would-be owners.  According to an email from HTC's European customer support team to an xda-developers forum member, HTC plan to offer a free Windows Mobile 7 ROM download to HD2 owners "when it is available".

Windows Mobile 6.6 in Feb 2010 with native capacitive touch support?

Windows Mobile 6.6 in Feb 2010 with native capacitive touch support?

Despite their best efforts with Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft's smartphone platform continued to fall behind in mindshare faced with Android, iPhone OS and webOS, and the latest rumors are that the company plans an incremental update in order to tide us over until Windows Mobile 7.  Digitimes' industry sources reckon that Microsoft plan to release Windows Mobile 6.6 (codenamed Maldives) in February 2010, and while no specific event is mentioned it seems likely that such a launch would take place at Mobile World Congress 2010.

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