So, we all know that Windows Mobile 6.5 will officially be launching next month and handset manufacturers will be able to produce smartphones that come pre-loaded with the new platform right out of the box. This is supposed to represent a major leap forward from Windows Mobile 6.1, but how many phones will get this new OS? Quite a few, actually.
Benjamin Tan works at Microsoft China as the senior director of the GCR Mobile Team Unit and he’s saying that 15 different manufacturers are on board with the Windows Mobile 6.5 revolution. Not only that, but Tan also goes on to mention that these 15 manufacturers will be releasing 30 new Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets before the end of the year.
Considering that Windows Mobile 6.5 doesn’t officially hit the scene until next month, that only gives the handset makers about two and a half months to get their phones out in the marketplace. You have to remmember that this is on a worldwide scale, though, so this goes well beyond the AT&T Tilt2 smartphone.
Among the names mentioned are HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Acer, Toshiba, and HP. For the carrier side of the equation, Tan let us know that AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo, Softbank Mobile, SKT, Telstra, and Telus are all a part of the Windows Mobile 6.5 thing.
Will this be enough to make WM6.5 the preferred platform for both regular consumers and corporate customers? Will it be able to usurp Symbian, BlackBerry, and iPhone? With this many options in phones, it just might do it. Maybe.