Ben Elliott · Oct 2, 2010 at 06:00 am

Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Ported to First Non-Touchscreen Device

Microsoft have always tried to establish a separation between non-touchscreen Smartphones and touchscreen PocketPCs. By doing so, they have allowed themselves to also segregate the two groups’ software and to give that of each different features. Smartphones were branded separately to PocketPCs when they first arrived – they were more suited for communication, and were more like a cross between a PocketPC and a traditional feature phone. The PocketPC was capable of more due to its more advanced hardware and higher popularity and was seen as a phone for the business environment.

As a result of this rift between the two lines of products, their operating systems are quite contrasting. While PocketPC owners regularly received the newest builds straight from Microsoft, which include the most recent additions and fixes, Smartphone owners were always somewhat left behind.

This is particularly obvious in the case of Windows Mobile 6.5: Microsoft have marketed the Smartphone version of the OS as ‘Standard’ and the PocketPC as ‘Professional’. However, in many cases the internal hardware of the Smartphones are up to scratch with the requirements of the Professional version of WM6.5, with only their lack of a touchscreen holding them back.

To highlight this, XDA member tj_style has managed to get one of the more recent builds of the popular Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operational on a non-touchscreen Samsung GT-6625. Although developmentally young, the project is very interesting and a downloadable ROM should hopefully be made available to the XDA community soon.

Included in the port of WM6.5.3 are the instantly recognisable buttons-at-bottom layout and the Titanium home screen interface (a cursor is used) along with other improvements Microsoft have made. In porting this previously exclusive operating system to a Smartphone, tj_style opens the door to a vast number of possibilites for non-touchscreen chefs. To find out more about this project (and to view an evidential video of the port at work), take a look at this thread.

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Ben Elliott

ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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