Analysis: Windows Mobile 6.5 in the US–Toshiba In, Palm Out.
With the imminent launch of Windows Mobile in the US, an interesting piece on the Microsoft press site reveals some of the carriers and manufacturing partners for Windows Mobile 6.5 in different worldwide geographic locations. Of particular interest is the region for North America, which reveals that Windows Mobile 6.5 will be present on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless; noticeably absent is T-Mobile, though the carrier got its version of the HTC Snap called the Dash 3G and the Touch Pro2. Both those units, in its un-branded form, will be getting an update from HTC to 6.5.
On the device maker side, Microsoft states that HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp. are all on board for Windows Mobile 6.5. That leaves out an interesting player–Palm. Palm has recently shifted its focus to its own newly developed and released webOS platform for the Palm Pre and Pixi, leaving msmobiles to speculate that perhaps the Treo Pro may be the last Windows Mobile device from the company.
On the device side, a curious addition to the list is Toshiba, which has since pulled out of the handheld/PDA market in the US making the Toshiba e740 the last Pocket PC/Windows Mobile device released by the manufacturer on American soil. However, a lot has changed with the smartphone industry, and there has been some rumors that the flagship Toshiba TG01 may actually come to the US. Toshiba’s return to the US may not be easy though, as rumors have it that the firm may need to rely on a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to do so, possibly in a partnership with NTT Docomo.
Is Palm leaving for good and will Toshiba make a return? All bets are on at this time, but we’ll see how things pan out on October 6, 2009.