Windows Mobile 7 : Too Little Too Late??…

Microsoft recently unveiled their latest mobile OS, Windows Mobile 7 @ MWC, Barcelona.

Windows Mobile 7 chalks up a revolutionary way content is organised and presented to the user. Focusing mainly on People, Pictures, Office, Music & Video and Games.

The “Start-screen” consists of customisable “Live Tiles”, which can be customised to pull web-updates and display them in real-time. This allows users to dramatically alter the startup screen according to their individual needs.

Windows Mobile 7: Start-Screen with "LIVE Tiles"

“Microsoft promises a fresh approach to phone software,
distinguished by smart design and truly integrated experiences…
…Content people care about from the web and applications.”
Tech.uk.msn.com

Here’s a list of Hardware that a device running Windows Mobile 7 would support. Looks like Microsoft is going all out to replace low-power Netbooks with the “All-powerful” mobile device running Windows Mobile 7.

Core requirements:
Processor: ARM v6+, L2 Cache, VFP, Open GL ES 2.0 graphics HW (QCOM 8k, Nvidia “Tegra” AP15/16* and TI 3430 all meet spec)
Memory: 256MB+ DRAM, 1G+ Flash (at least 512MB fast flash – 5MB/s unbuffered read @4K block size)
Display: WVGA (800×480) or FWVGA (854×480) 3.5” or greater diagonal
Touch: Multi-touch required
Battery: Sufficient to meet Days of Use LTK requirements.
Controls: Start, Back, Send and End are required (soft controls allowed as long as they are always present).

Peripherals:
Camera: 3MP+, flash optional, 2nd camera optional (VGA resolution sufficient)
GPS: aGPS required
Sensors required: Light Sensor, Compass (3 axis, 5 degrees, 100 Hz sample rate), Accelerometer (3 axis, 2mg resolution, 100 Hz sample rate)
USB: High speed required, 20 MB/s transfer rate.
BlueTooth: BT2.1 required, must run MSFT BT stack, CSR BlueCore6 or later recommended.
Wi-Fi: 802.11B/G required, must run MSFT Native Wi-Fi stack, Atheros 6002 or Broadcomm 4325 recommended.
Connectors: Micro USB and 3.5mm Audio required.

Options:
FM tuner: If tuner HW is present it will be detected and supported by the Media application.
SD Card (Micro SD recommended)
DPAD, qwerty or 12/20 key keyboards all optional

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All said and done, Windows Mobile still seems far out in the future. With no plans to roll out a device till the end of this year, Microsoft sure has made tall claims and only time will tell if they deliver what they have promised.

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~ by CVS268 on Fri, 19 Feb, 2010.

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