New Builds of Windows Mobile 6.5

Earlier this week I noticed a post on MoDaCo talking about newer builds of Windows Mobile 6.5.  By newer, I’m of course comparing the builds to what’s publically available in the emulator images as part of the Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Toolkit. As I’m currently wielding a HTC Touch Pro device (which for the record was one of the worst purchase decisions I’ve made due to the lack of support from both Expansys Australia and HTC) I figured I’d take a look at some of the xda-developer roms that they’ve been cooking with the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 bits.  Here are just a few screen shots from the NATF_WM6.5_TP_Lite_v5.5A ROM

Disclaimer: Please note I would NOT recommend trying cooked roms as they have the potential to brick your device – do so at your own peril. This post is just to highlight some of the new functionality that we may be expecting in production WM6.5 devices later this year.

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1) Notification bar – you will notice that the notification area at the top of the screen is a little smaller than before. It’s also missing the start icon.  Clicking any where in the notification area will show an enlarged notification bar (second image) where you can then click on the icon you actually want to access.

2) Start – this is no longer in the notification area, appearing instead in the SIP/Menu bar at the bottom of the screen.  This is applied throughout the device, not just the today screen.


3) Ok – this has also been moved out of the notification area and placed in the SIP/menu bar.

4) Gestures for Tabs –gesturing left and right navigates between tabs.


5) Slide Tabs – instead of tabs appearing at the bottom of the screen, they now appear as “previous and next” headings at the top of the screen.  You can use left and right gestures anywhere on the form to navigate to previous or next tabs. Note that they are cyclic so you can keep going “next” (or “previous”) to go repeatedly through all the tabs – imho not particularly intuitive as there’s no indication of what all the tabs are and how to jump straight to a specific tab.

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6) Start Menu – instead of the “Move to Top” option you got when you click and hold on an icon in the start menu.  Now when you click and hold you can drag the icon around the start menu to change the layout to suit you. Unfortunately you don’t seem to be able to add/remove folders, nor drop an icon into a folder.

Now I’m sure there are other new features that I haven’t come across but these are the ones that after 20secs caught my eyes.

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