It was the hope of many Windows Mobile users that Mobile World Congress 2009 would make up for the lackluster showing at the CES in January. While some may think different, Barcelona was a cornucopia of announcements, displays and rumors of what the rest of the year holds for Windows Mobile. Coverage of the event by our own EIC Dieter Bohn was logged not in yards but in miles, and it's time to wrap up all the stories he tracked down.
Read on for a breakdown of all that went down in Barcelona.
While HTC may have been the biggest bang heard around the MWC grounds, it wasn't the manufacturer with new phones on display.
- Hands on with the HTC Touch Pro 2
- Hands on with the HTC Touch Diamond 2
- LG HQ
- Pantech Matrix Pro
- HTC Touch Cruise (2)
- Garmin/Asus M20
- Acer DX900
- Acer X960
- Acer F900 and M900
- Samsung Valencia
- Toshiba TG01
- LG Eigen/GM730
- Imate 810F
Windows Mobile 6.5 was the big announcement and largely matched up with the numerous leaks that appeared in the weeks before the show. The jury is still out on whether 6.5's going to be anything to write home about, though Dieter was less than impressed.
- Hands on with Windows Mobile 6.5
- SPB Mobile Shell 3
- Windows Marketplace Mobile
- Microsoft Recite
- Microsoft My Phone
- Blackberry Application Suite
- Sony's New Xperia Panels
- Bolt Mobile Web Browser
- Windows Mobile 6.5 Full Feature List
- HTC to Update TouchFlo 3D
LG stood up and joined hands with Microsoft, pledging to make Windows Mobile the company's main smartphone OS and to crank out 50 new devices by 2012. We also saw a commitment by industry leaders to seek standardization and continue to strive for more effective and efficient technologies.
So, providing everything stays on schedule, we've got some exciting new phones and an incremental upgrade to Windows Mobile on the way this year. And we'll be on top of it every step of the way.