If you're anything like us, you just can't get enough speculation over exactly what Windows Mobile 6.5 is going to look like. And you just can't go wrong when your home screen has a big, crazy bird on it.
We should find out for reals in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and our own Dieter Bohn's going to be there. For now, we've found some more screenshots on XDA Developers of what user xaoc747 says are "Real screens of Windows Mobile 6.5!"
Read on for more pictures and our thoughts on them.
UPDATE: Here's yet another thread over at ppcgeeks. Seriously. Has this thing been launched yet?
On the left, that same homescreen we've been seeing for a while now. Note that we also get the number of texts, voicemails and missed calls. On the right, the new Internet Explorer Mobile, with Opera-esque buttons at the bottom. We're betting the buttons are back, bookmarks, soft keyboard, zoom and tabs. Not that big a limb to go out on.
On the left, a zoom scroller in IE. On the right, another shot of that honeycomb feature. One interesting thing to note is how the honeycomb appears to continue below the visible screen. Because we can see that, it would eliminate the need for the unsightly scroll bar on the edge.
And, lastly, we're back to that crazy bird. Look at the top of his head. We're betting that's a touch-based unlock feature.
Anyone starting to get a little more excited now?
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The home screen is definitely very Zune/WM-Standard-like, which isn't a bad thing as that works great for touchflicking as well as with D-pads. Still not sure what to make of this whole honeycomb thing. Looks kind of odd in stills. Might make more sense if there's some sort of motion action associated with it. Anything to make the OS (and it's inner workings) more finger-friendly would be great. We know how robust a platform it can be. It just needs some UI refinements to bring that power out.
I am so stoked! It all looks fantastic. I wonder how deep this will go into the OS. Is this just a skin, or will they go further into the guts? I know this is just a step before the (hopefully BIG) leap into WM7, but with them calling it 6.5, I like to imagin that it is going to be half way there to 7, and should do more than what TF3D or winterface or MyHome can do. I was a palm(OS) user for a long time, and I got fed up with weighting for change. It looks like MS is actually delivering on there promises... Lets hope so.
Without GPU support, Windows Mobile -in this day and age- will always look lacking. Here's for a glorious Tegra phone.
Its not as nice as an iPhone. God your windows fan boys really are stupid
^and trolls remain the stupidest of all. Following development and betas doesn't make one a fanboy. It just makes you someone interested in phones. Now someone who goes around saying one product is the best in all ways ans that no other is ever worth using...that is the mark of the idiotic fanboy
...at least our phones can do more than just basic phone things... Hell, my old RAZR can send MMS and copy and paste... Can your iphone?
to be honest, this screenshots made me less excited.
Honestly i'm more intrested after seen more screens of IE 6 on 6. If this browser does everything i've read about then I wouldnt be missing Skyfire so much on my Touch Pro.
Thanks for the previews, but seriously, they look rinky-dink. There's very little excitement gen'ed with these. The honeycomb motif looks totally lame as does the message statusing screen. 3rd party software apps don't have to worry about losing business if this is M$ intends to implement this - heck, they'll even laugh because it'll drive MORE business to them.
I'm sure we'll be saying this a lot lately, but wait for WM7 ... 6.5 is an interim step.
I like the zoom slider in the browser. It's so simple that begs the question: why didn't someone come up with this before? Looks like zooming will be quick and easy without having to repeatedly push plus and minus signs. It would also allow quick moves while getting around the iPhone multi-touch lawsuit ;-)
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