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FEEDBACK: Orange responds to the Windows Mobile 5 upgrade question
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 13.05.05 - 00:01:07 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10034x
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While the community is excited about what we've heard about Windows Mobile 5.0, more and more questions appears (also I got a lot of questions by E-Mail) on the web if current devices will be upgradeable, especially after Dell's and HP's previous announcement to offer such upgrades.

Jason over at Smartphone Thoughts has posted a feedback from Orange now:

"Orange is looking forward to launching the new Windows Mobile platform across a range of attractive devices in 2005. The key benefits to customers and to Orange will be an enhanced phone experience, increased customisation possibilities, as well as improved overall performance." said Florian Seiche, Director of Devices, Orange Group

No word about the current Windows Mobile devices but about future devices only. So the expected Orange SPV C550 might be the first one with Windows Mobile 5.0? I don't know but it looks that the previous SPV's will not get an upgrade at all. :-(

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Onedutch on 13.05.05 - 00:03:35

That would be a Real Domber... I purchased the m500 last week and was in the 90% hope that their would be a WM5 upgrade.

Lucky me that the iMATE and Qtek device are the same and I think that iMATE will appear with a WM5 rom very soon !

Regards Dutch Tom

Posted by jomni on 13.05.05 - 02:52:24

I was suspecting that Windows Mobile 5 will only work on QVGA screens.  So the current lineup of smartphones won't get an upgrade.  Am I wrong?

Posted by Stephan Schmidt on 13.05.05 - 17:05:24

jomni wrote:

I was suspecting that Windows Mobile 5 will only work on QVGA screens.  So the current lineup of smartphones won't get an upgrade.  Am I wrong?

Windows Mobile 5 is backwards compatible. So you could use it on every Smartphone with enough memory space.

Posted by Arne Hess on 13.05.05 - 17:15:40

jomni wrote:

I was suspecting that Windows Mobile 5 will only work on QVGA screens.  So the current lineup of smartphones won't get an upgrade.  Am I wrong?

You are right and wrong. wink You are right in terms of the upgrades for the SPVs as it seems we wont see any. However, your are wrong in terms of the screen resolution. With introduction of Windows Mobile 2003SE, Microsoft lifted the specs and manufactures are free to use different screen resolutions. A manufacture could continue with the 176x220 but they can also use 220x320 instead - up to the manufacture.
In terms of screen resolutions, today's devices are good enough.

Posted by micaels on 13.05.05 - 22:50:27

Arne Hess wrote:

jomni wrote:

I was suspecting that Windows Mobile 5 will only work on QVGA screens. So the current lineup of smartphones won't get an upgrade. Am I wrong?

You are right and wrong. wink You are right in terms of the upgrades for the SPVs as it seems we wont see any. However, your are wrong in terms of the screen resolution. With introduction of Windows Mobile 2003SE, Microsoft lifted the specs and manufactures are free to use different screen resolutions. A manufacture could continue with the 176x220 but they can also use 220x320 instead - up to the manufacture. In terms of screen resolutions, today's devices are good enough.

Arne,
If I understand this correctly each manufacturer have a test rom and they choose wether to release it or not.  But when they have a working version why do they not launch it? Boost their sales?

Posted by jomni on 14.05.05 - 15:09:39

It was just a theory  roll  big_smile

Posted by micaels on 19.05.05 - 15:35:04

jomni wrote:

It was just a theory  roll  big_smile

Seems to me like you hit right on the nail.

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