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THOUGHT: The silent death of the Motorola MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 02.05.05 - 20:50:00 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 13930x
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While I was pretty happy to announce - back on 3GSM Congress - the European availability of the MPx, last week we have heard of the official end of Motorola's MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition (which started its career in Cannes also, but one year ago).

Also last Friday I got my MPx updated - officially to the latest ROM and it's sad to see it will never make it to the market anymore since Motorola worked hard over the past weeks to get it updated and workable as good as possible and as much as the limited 32 MB allows it.

So the last ROM version (there are newer anyway but they don't work on my device) is ROM build 2.0418.0409 and it still leaves around 23 MB RAM and 16 MB residential flash memory only for the user:

Nevertheless, Motorola tried hard to "solve" the memory problem and even added the "close" functionality as well as a kind of auto-close (close - not hide) if you close the cover:

The latest ROM even includes Microsoft's AKU 2.0 which also includes Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, so OS-wise the Motorola MPx is still state of the art:

But as I said before, we will not see it anymore in any shops or at least it's most unlikely.

So it's time to say good bye to a follower who never made it to the masses. Nevertheless, thanks Motorola for introducing such a revolutionary design - at least it was a great "proof of concept" device which showed us what a Pocket PC Phone Edition can looks like. Bye bye MPx - may he rest in peace.

Cheers ~ Arne