Windows Mobile 6.5, improvements in the use of the touch screen
Admittedly, Windows Mobile, especially its interface, was out of date long ago. At a time when the use of stylus It has declined so much, in which device manufacturers are betting on finger-operated touch screens and a beautiful interface is more striking than a powerful one, Microsoft was off the hook.
With Windows Mobile 6.5, presented today at the Mobile World Congress, it aims to provide solutions to some of the problems that plague this operating system. It does not do it completely, because for this you will have to wait, surely, for Windows 7, but it is going in the right direction.
We are not going to tell you all the news of Windows Mobile 6.5, because for that we have already prepared a couple of articles in Xataka Móvil, but we do want to explain the concept on which this version of the Microsoft operating system is based.
And this is none other than solving what we said at the beginning: the need to use a stylus. To use the previous versions of Windows Mobile it was essential to have one, or very precisely when pressing with your fingernail, changing these in 6.5.
Windows Mobile 6.5 is designed to be fully finger-friendly. The change affects multiple parts of the system, from the home screen to context menus or pick lists. All of them have adapted their size so that the pulsation with the thumbs is simple and comfortable.
The changes that stand out the most are those of the main screen, which has a system similar to that of the panels of previous versions, but with a very to the Zune, and the Start menu, which varies completely to switch to using a cell-based interface.
It will have to be tested first to be able to judge it, but in my opinion, this change leaves the interfaces that several manufacturers have implemented on Windows Mobile, for example the TouchFlo3D of HTC. These are generally designed to be easier to use with your fingers, something that with Windows Mobile 6.5 already comes by default, which makes them unnecessary.
On the other hand, there are still several negative points. The first is the availability of the operating system, which will not see the light of day on consumer devices until the end of this year. There is still a lot left for that date, which will make its competitors evolve and face it without problems.
The second is that support for capacitive touch screens has not been implemented, which are those that carry terminals such as the iPhone or the HTC Dream and easy to use with your fingers by not requiring pressure on the screen.
Finally, we have the number of existing Windows Mobile applications that do not use this new philosophy and that are still intended to be used, in most cases, with a stylus. It will take time for them to adapt, while in other systems such as the iPhone from the beginning they were already designed for it.
In conclusion, a good but short step, and one that will have to be seen if it arrives in time to compete in conditions.