After the odd leak or two Windows Mobile 6.5 finally had it’s day in the spotlight last month. Now though things have changed. Following negative feedback the honeycomb user interface has been adjusted to include slightly bigger icons and a much snappier scrolling system which stops dead the second your finger leaves the screen. According to arstechnica.com the changes were a result of internal testing by Microsoft after employees tried it out on their own phones.
Now, I’m a little puzzled. Have a look at the screenshot of the proposed 6.5 interface on the right. This is how it’ll look (unless further changes are made) when it ends up on your device. Nice huh? Well yes, but .. just how is this different to the existing interface? It’s virtually the same – the centre column has just been pushed down a little.
Confused? Read on. I’ll explain how to turn Windows Mobile 6.1 into 6.5 in four simple steps.
Link – arstechnica.com
Right, so here’s how I see it. The honeycomb is gone, but now we have the Pocket PC interface of old, but with a few small tweaks. Here’s how I think things happened…
Step 1 – Start with original Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro interface.
Step 2 – Move centre column down a little…
Step 3 – Make the background darker..
Step 4 – Restyle the buttons a little, add a highlight for the selected button and BLAM! 6.5!
Done! Now, forgive me Microsoft for this. I’m aware that rows and columns work – the iPhone uses it too, but it’s not exactly a collosal leap from WinMo 6.1 is it?