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Big day for Microsoft today. It is set to unveil new Windows phones at 11am today at London’s Centre Point. Last week we reported on its supposed iPhone killer, the ‘pink phone‘. Today it announces its first smart phones with Windows Mobile 6.5.
Although precise handset details are still a closely guarded secret we have found a little bit about new integration services for the Windows phones which will be announced. These include My Phone and Marketplace. My Phone lets users back up and manage their photos and apps for free as well as other content from their phone including contacts, appointments and text messages directly onto their PC.
People can also publish their photos from the My Phone website or the phone directly to Windows Live, Facebook, My Space and Flickr as part of the free service. It’s also possible to go online to map the last known location of the phone from when it was last synchronised. There will also be a premium My Phone package which will immediately locate a phone’s current location on a map, will remotely lock a phone and will post an ‘if found’ message to its screen. Initially this will be available only in the US but it will come to Europe in the ‘near future’.
Essentially the device has three main selling points; firstly it has a large 4.3 inch touch screen – that's bigger than almost all its rivals. Secondly it runs a 1Ghz processor which is also faster than its rivals and is designed to make the most out of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.
LG has confirmed that it is still very keen on Windows Mobile and will release no fewer than 13 new Microsoft powered smart phones over the next 16 months. The first three will be unveiled in the next few weeks.
Nevertheless for the time being the X2 is a slightly smartened up version of its predecessor the X1 with slightly better specs. A lot remains from the X1 including the full QWERTY keypad and the SlideView feature, which provides quick access to frequently used phone activities.
T-Mobile is launching a smartphone of their very own into the wild on 21st May known as the MDA Compact V, or the HTC Diamond 2 to anyone else.
It’s a 3.2″ touchscreen device running Windows Mobile 6.1 (upgradeable to 6.5) and the big push is that, like all good TVs these days, it comes with a bunch of internet widgets on the desktop for easy web app access.
It’s got a 5-megapixel snapper with flash and it comes preloaded with a week-long trial of sat nav software CoPilot. However, from 1st June the first 10,000 people to buy the handset will get the benefit of the trial software for a whole year.
The MDA Compact V can be yours free with contracts over an extortionate £50 per month. iPhone 3G anyone?
I’m not going to hide my feelings here. I hate Windows Mobile. I’ve got no problem with the desktop OS but it was never meant to be jammed onto a mobile phone and the more they try to crowbar it on, the more I hate it. So, it brings me a strange cocktail of anger and mirth to see that they’re already making their Win Mob Marketplace app store about as open as HMP Parkhurst.
News comes our way today that there will be no 3rd party VoIP apps available. Naturally, that’s a good way of ensuring promotion among the mobile operators but not a good way to curry favour with consumers. The second kind of app forbidden from their phones are any that change the default browser.
But don’t worry, there’s more! In fact, there’s a list of 12 categories of application altogether that Windows has banned. Ah, the freedom of it. Owners of Windows Mobile handsets can look forward to enthralling games of Minesweeper and online Hearts when their app store opens later this year.