of Microsoft, I've just received a couple of screenshots from T-Mobile's
recently announced T-Mobile Shadow Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone.
These screenshots shows T-Mobile's new Home screen interface which T-Mobile
calls an "enhanced user-interface". And if you follow the photos bellow, it
looks like this is the 3rd edition of a new kind of Windows Mobile Standard Home
screen, we've seen first as the
Samsung Carousel and after as the
Vodafone TPP user interface. Like the Samsung Carousel and the Vodafone TPP,
this Home screen replaces the typical Windows Mobile Standard Home screen layout
by adding a kind of (in this case T-Mobile) customized layout on top:
Please note, the screenshots above shows the new T-Mobile Shadow Home screen
UI in landscape but the Shadow isn't landscape but portrait.
Looks good, even if the layout takes away the "on the glance" overview of your
upcoming events, missed calls and received messages, I'm definitely a big fan of
the new and enhanced Home screen interfaces.
However, I'm not yet sure who has developed this UI: Microsoft, HTC or T-Mobile?
UPDATE: Just in time to my previous question of who developed the new
Microsoft just gave the answer - it was Microsoft itself, based on specs by
T-Mobile - as
Normally when Windows Mobile creates a release, we release it out to OEMs
who then do their own customizations. With this release, however, Microsoft
worked with the OEM to create an experience that catered to what T-Mobile
wanted. The OEM, HTC, had their talented industrial design team working on
the hardware form-factor and wheel. Microsoft wrote the homescreen and
worked out an interface for the myFaves information to bubble up for the
user to see.
We worked with T-Mobile to finalize the user interaction as per their
Finally, we presented various asset and color combinations to T-Mobile to
finalize the look and feel. Li, our PM, spent many nights up with HTC and
T-Mobile to match software colors with hardware, and now the Shadow comes in
two hardware colors that match the UI.