WinMo 6.5.3 Specs Come to Light, No Stylus Necessary

Here’s a crazy thought: smartphone fans everywhere are excited about an OS update in which the number has 2 periods ahead of it. That type of update is normally reserved specifically for bug fixes and nothing else. Yet, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 is being discussed by folks in the know as a rather substantial update that’s supposed to bridge the gap between 6.5 and 7. What in the world?

We know about 6.5.3 through the announcement of the Sony Ericsson Aspen, a device that launches Q2 2010 with WinMo 6.5.3 natively on it. But until today we didn’t really know beyond the usual speculation as to what the update would involve. Boy Genius was nice enough to provide a list covering the notable feature changes.

  • Platform to enable multitouch
  • Touch controls throughout system (no need for stylus)
  • Consistent Navigation
  • Horizontal scroll bar replaces tabs (think settings>system>about screen)
  • Magnifier to bring touch support to legacy applications
  • Simplified out-of-box experience with fewer steps
  • Drag and drop icons on Start Screen
  • Browser page load time decreased and memory management improved
  • Browser pan & flick gestures smoothed and zoom & rotation speed increased
  • Updated runtime tools (.NET CF 3.5, SQL CE 3.1)
  • Arabic read/write document support
  • Watson (error reporting) improvements and bug fixes

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Not too shabby for a bug fix update. My favorite? Multitouch, with no need for a stylus. That is a wonderful thought, and it indicates that this is obvious direction Microsoft is heading in when considering the forthcoming WM7 update later this year. Also notable is the drag and drop feature, a smooth improvement to the effectiveness of the Start Menu. What else do you see in this update that would help make your WinMo experience better?

Author: Brad Molen

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  • Sty

    Windows Mobile still needs a stylus.

    Most of the applications were created for stylus use. For many, it is mandatory.

    This may change when Microsoft soon introduces its next phone platform, that requires apps to be rewritten for a capacitive touch screen. But current Windows Mobile phones need a stylus if they are to be used with applications.

  • Sty

    Windows Mobile still needs a stylus.

    Most of the applications were created for stylus use. For many, it is mandatory.

    This may change when Microsoft soon introduces its next phone platform, that requires apps to be rewritten for a capacitive touch screen. But current Windows Mobile phones need a stylus if they are to be used with applications.