Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Ported to First Non-Touchscreen Device
Posted October 2, 2010 at 06:00 am by Ben Elliott
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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