Motorola skips Windows Mobile 6.5, waits for Windows Mobile 7

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, when asked about their “two strategic platforms” statement Motorola‘s Christy Wyatt, said that the company is waiting for Microsoft’s next generation mobile OS, Windows Mobile 7, and is not going to buid any WM6.5 device. The second platform being Android obviously.
Good to see Motorloa not dropping WinMo given how involed they were/are in the developement of WM7 (see the info here)

Source: PhoneScoop

HTC HD2 (Leo) full Specs list, Windows Mobile 7 support ?

B3ler3fonte over at XDA-Devs has once again posted some new HTC HD2 / Leo information. This time it’s the full specs list of the device which hints that the HD2 may be WM7 compatible:

Ultra slim bar type touch phone / Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional

Qualcomm MSM 8250, 1GHz

Memory / Internal Storage
ROM: 512 MB / RAM: 320 MB / HD: 207.13MB

Display Module
4.3-inch 480×800 WVGA resolution / 65K-color / Sensitive touch screen (Capacitive) / Keep support Multi-Touch capability for WM7 Chassis

Internal antenna
Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) / HSDPA / 3GPP Release 5 compliant
Up to 7.2Mbps / HSUPA / 3GPP release 6 compliant / UE category 5, up to 2 Mbps peak rate / EGPRS Functionality / EGPRS class B / Multi-slot class 12 (10 Operator dependent) / PBCCH

Standalone GPS
Internal GPS antenna

Motion G-sensor / Proximity sensor / Ambient Light Sensor / FM Radio / Digital Compass

Digital Camera
Main camera: 5 MP Color CMOS with auto focus / 2x LED flash

Volume up and down control / Send Key / End Key (Power Key) / Windows Key / Home Key / (Cinema mode Key, TBD) / Back Key / Reset

Notification by sound, vibration, LEDs or status shown on the display
One dual colors (Green and Amber) LED in the left / lens for PDA event, battery and charging / status

Built-in microphone / Receiver / Loud speaker with hands-free support

Connectivity & Interface
Bluetooth / Version 2.1 compliant with EDR / Wi-Fi / IEEE 802.11 b/g compliant / Micro-USB: / USB 2.0 High-Speed client / 3.5 mm stereo audio jack with mic / 1.8/3V USIM/SIM card slot / microSD card slot with SDHC support

Battery / Removable and chargeable battery, 1,230 mAh / AC adaptor / AC input: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz / DC output: 5V and 1A

Accessories (In-Box)
Quick Start Guide [Inbox] / Travel Charger, TC P300 [Inbox] / USB Sync Cable (Micro-USB to Standard USB) [Inbox] / Battery [Inbox] / Wired stereo headset with 3.5mm audio connector, HS G335 [Inbox] / Premium pouch (Carrying Case) [Inbox] / Car Charger [optional] /Car Holder with
battery cover [optional]

Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Applications
Microsoft Outlook Mobile / Messaging (SMS/E-mail), Contacts, Calendar,Tasks, Email Set Up Wizard / Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile / Microsoft Media Player Mobile / Microsoft ActiveSync / Microsoft Windows Mobile Update / Internet Sharing / Pictures & Videos / Games / MSFT Zip
File Explorer / Device Management / Security Enhancement / Microsoft Office Mobile / Microsoft Windows Live! / Microsoft Smart Dial / Microsoft Remote Desktop Mobile

Value-Added Applications
Windows Mobile Enhancements / Pictures & Videos enhancements / Ring Tone enhancements Telephony (HTC) Phone Canvas(HTC) Phone Experience Multimedia / (HTC) Camera Album / MP3 Trimmer / Streaming Media Player / FM Radio / Presentation mode / Web / Push Internet / RSS HUB / YouTube Client Social Networking / Input Method EZ-INPUT / Messaging SMS/MMS Client / GPS/LBS Navigation (CoPilot, Papago) / Google Maps / Quick GPS / Support CLL.dll library for indoor positioning andreverse geo-coding / Navi-panel / Calendar to Navi / User Interface (Enhanced Manila) / TouchFLO Footprints / Auto Screen Rotation /

Tools & Utilities
HTC Common Sense / 3G to WiFi router / Task Manager / Text selection (HTC) Connection Setup / OOBE / Voice Recorder / Document Viewer / PDF / OMA DRM Engine / Java virtual machine / Long Press / End Key Confirmation (to shut down) / STK SIM manager / (HTC) Volume Control / Business Card Reader / Document Printing / Magnifier.

Looks like the HTC Touch HD2 is going to be the first Windows Mobile 7 compatible device as it perfectly meets the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1 specs.

Source: XDA-Devs thanks for the tip Josh

Windows Mobile 7 to natively support vector graphics & Silverlight

During his Windows Mobile Dev Camp session in san Fransisco, WinMo team member Mel Sempat, confirmred what I talked about a little while ago , let me quote myself :

I can tell you that Microsoft is betting heavily on Silverlight for mobile. SL 3 support is going to be the key here (there’s no need to support WPF given that SL 3 does nearly everything WPF does).
What is known is that WM7’s UI is Vector based to be totally resolution independent. This will enable developers to develop once for all phones (using MS’s latest release of Expression tools). As seen here Microsoft designers have been working on Silverlight for WM7. This will also enable Microsoft to push even harder the Widgets development (introduced in 6.5) now that Silverlight support out-of-the-browser applications.

Here’s the full Session:

Sarting at 23mins Mel states that they are working on Vector Graphics support in WM7 and that SilverLight support is also in there (and not WPF).

Like the zunehd, it [Windows Mobile 7] will surprise the market with really awesome stuff, when its ready

When it’s ready….

Source: Mel on Twitter

Windows Mobile 7′s 1000 strong team


Windows Mobile 7is late, really late. But in the shadows of Redmond, Ballmer is forming an army of sla….developers to finish the mobile OS in time for 2010 (you never could be delayed again to 2011..) More seriously, according to Paul Spain who attended TechEd in New Zealand last week:

One of the interesting facts that was announced during TechEd this week in New Zealand was that there now is a team of 1000 people working on Windows Mobile 7. That’s a fairly sizable team and suggests to me that Microsoft are really going to pull something solid out of the bag for this release next year.

One can only hope that it is going to be worth it…

Source: GeekZone via twitter

Windows Mobile 7 to natively feature Social Networks integration


Look at what I just found in a Microsoft Job ad:

“Social Networks” and “Mobile Phones” are two rapidly evolving socio-cultural phenomena that deeply impact the way in which people interact with each other. How would you like to be at the confluence of these phenomena – not as an observer but as someone who is defining the course?

The Windows Mobile 7 Communications group is building experiences on the phone that present your content – friends, pictures, messages, events – to you in immersive and engaging ways. Our vision is to bring social networks to life by integrating them into the core experience of the phone. For example imagine seeing all the newsfeeds from all the networks you care about in a single hub on the phone. Or imagine the phone instantly telling you what your friend is doing and where he is when you get a call from him.
To realize this vision and build these experiences it’s important to have a solid, well-thought out foundation. This is where the “Models” team comes in. This team owns the storage platform and the developer story for all the social content on the phone – friends, photos, newsfeeds, messages, events, etc. Our aim is to build a “Mobile Social Platform” that provides rich APIs to both internal and external applications and to not only enable but also inspire them to build compelling social experiences.

We are looking for a driven, self-starting and a highly technical program manager who can design this platform. We expect the PM to be able to quickly ramp up to the existing technology – the storage platform (Unified Store)and the APIs (POOM, SODA). Since there are several WM7 teams developing social experiences, the PM will work with these partner teams, understand their requirements and translate them into features for the Models team. The PM should be able to evaluate and consider technical details such as how best to store the data, how to expose it apps, and what the performance trade-off of the various options are as he/she is designing the feature.
The vision of WM7 and especially the Communications team is ambitious. We are not building yet another cool phone; but one that is truly personal and relevant. Yes – the competition is stiff; but it’s exceeded only by our desire to win. Come help us build this build this epic phone.

Sounds a lot like Motorola BLUR and Plam’s Synergy, no ? I also think that it is now safe to say that Windows Mobile 7 isn’t coming out until Q4 2010 as rummored a few days ago, especially after reading this:

We’ve just begun drawing the first lines of the “Mobile Social Platform”; we are looking for a PM who can envision the future requirements and paint the grand picture.

Unless MS is planning to ship WM7 and then add new features later on with OTA updates.

Source: Microsoft

No Windows Mobile 7 at PDC09, Q4 2010 delay confirmed?


Here’s some bad news for those hoping to catch a glimpse of Windows Mobile 7 during this years Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in mid-November. Mary Joe Foley contacted Microsoft about it and finally got the following answer:

“As I’m sure you know, Microsoft and its partners are squarely focused on introducing the Windows phone brand through the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 in October [October 6], which includes working closely with ISVs and developers to add even greater value to the Windows Mobile platform and new business opportunities for its mobile channel ecosystem. To properly set your expectations, wanted to let you know that Microsoft is not planning any sessions for PDC that look past the Windows Mobile OS in market at that time.”

When she asked again if they are going to talk about the rumored Windows Mobile 6.5 updated (for capacitive touch screens) version (that is leaking left and right lately):

The answer came back again as no. The spokesperson reiterated that Microsoft would not be doing anything related to Windows Mobile 7 at the PDC.

To me this kinda confirms what Digitimes reported not long ago, saying that WM7 was now only going to be launched in Q4 2010. I’m still expecting some sort of announcement either during Steve Ballmer’s CES Keynote in January 2010 or at MWC in February.

Source: All About Microsoft

Windows Mobile 7 slated for release in 2010, closer integration with OEMs


IT Pro got some quotes from Microsoft‘s business marketing manager, James McCarthy, talking a bit about Windows Mobile 7 and confirming that there are indeed different chassis (see the specs here) being worked on with OEMs:

“Steve Ballmer has mentioned publicly that Windows Mobile 7 is slated for release in 2010 and we’re always working with our key OEM and operator partners on future products, although we have nothing formal to announce for now.”

“In the future, we are looking to deepen our development work with a handful of key OEMs at the hardware design phase, with much more carefully defined hardware specifications to match software requirements, which in turn will deliver even more powerful mobile experiences for our customers.”

“This has led to this chassis’ concept that is familiar to the work Microsoft does with hardware partners in the PC industry to create high quality products.”

Well if they could hurry up a little bit…

Source: IT Pro

Windows Mobile 7 already in Beta and OS Features confirmed ?

UXEvangelsit just found out some interesting info about Windows Mobile 7. This LinkedIn profile of a Motorola employee shows:

“Runtime Environment: Windows Mobile 7.0 (Beta)”

A couple more LinkedIn profiles hint at the Windows Mobile 7 feature set:

Developer for the WM7 Handwriting Recognition system. Source

I am responsible for designing and developing the Multimedia subsystem development for Tegra (APX2500) on Windows platforms including latest OS Windows Mobile 7. Source

Planned, designed, architected and implemented MEMS sensor capabilities in Windows Mobile 7-based platform, including accelerometer and compass. Source

Owned the testing of the Nickname Cache feature and Windows Live ID feature implemented by the Exchange Mobile Client team to be included in the Windows Mobile 7 release. Source

Sr. SW Dev. Engineer – Symbian S60 & WM7 (2008 to 2009), System Integration & “Bring Up” Flow, using diff. Design Platforms (Linux/Java, Symbian/S60 and WM6/WM7) Source

Responsible for the integration of BCM4325 wlan chip on Caesar Platform (OMAP3430) on WM7 as a native host driver. Source

Oversaw development of the Rich Video Call(AT&T Video Share) UI, session control, and porting of the IP Multimedia Subsystem stack to Windows Mobile 7. Source

Working on creating and maintining automation software used for automated testing of ActiveSync in Windows Mobile 7. Source

(Premium Mobile Experience Group) RIL, GPS, WiFi, and USB on Windows Mobile 7. Source

Managed Test Automation for Windows Mobile 7 Outlook Mobile syncing. Source

Low level programming (database/sync management) for Outlook in Win Mobile 7.

Windows Mobile 7 Board Support Package for Freescale chipset. Bootloader development, NAND and OneNAND Flash Memory drivers. Source

Development of Test automation for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Mobile 7, the next generation of Mobile Operating System. Source

Last assignment was as consulting Dev PM/Lead on the Windows Mobile Platform Team (MESE Dogfood). Working to help make Windows Mobile 7 rock on Motorola and Samsung devices. Source

Develop Windows Mobile 7 BSP for Freescale ICs. Source

Collect requirements from internal teams and create a long term deployment plan for Windows Mobile 7 Labs. Design and direct the creation of self servicing lab spaces for three Windows Mobile 7 add on projects. Oversee the public launch of one of the Windows Mobile 7 add on projects. Source

Windows Mobile 7 integration on TI chipset platform. Source

Now, I’m leading a team, responsibility for Qualcomm platform and Windows Mobile 7. Source

Working on the (then) next generation Windows Mobile 7 Messaging Application. Focusing on Messaging functionality and interface. Source

As a researcher, gathered requirements from the project team and formed the test task list and test document of WM7 IME, Live
Video Search, and Mobile Search usability test.

Microsoft UX Team Project Manager for the Mobile Insights Panel
• Drove progress for this $2 million instrumented mobile phone research project to collect user activity data from 400+ users to improve the Windows Mobile software experience.
• Worked with the Windows Mobile team to create special data collection software for the MIP devices. The WM team is looking to include parts of this software in the production release of WM 7.


Creating feature prototypes for Windows Mobile 7 in Silverlight. Source

It’s speculated that some WM7 will be revealed during PDC09 in a few weeks.

It looks like WinMo 7 has already been 6 years in the making!
LinkedIn profile:

Product / Interaction Designer, Illustrator
2004 – 2005 (1 year)
Illustration for user research and internal communication materials
communication applications for Windows Mobile 7 (blue sky exploration)

Source: UXEvangelist here