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    Why the Motorola Q is a WM5 device – The Microsoft Nomenclature

    Back when I purchased my Samsung i600, there was a very clear delineation between the Smartphone OS (hereafter “SP”) and the Pocket PC Phone Edition OS (“PPC”).

    An article describing these differences can be found here:


    Although the article is almost 2 years old now, it does give a general comparison.

    What can be confusing is that they are both marked under the Windows Mobile brand name. For example, at least for now, (and at least officially) the Samsung i730 as available through Verison operates on the “Windows Mobile™ 2003 Pocket PC Phone 2nd Edition” software according to Verizon’s website. On the other hand, the Motorola MPX220 runs “Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition”, but the SP variant.

    Microsoft itself is making less distinction between the two products. On its “Window Mobile” website, if you search for SP devices, it just shows what version of the OS it has, without reference to whether it is a SP edition or PPC edition. See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobi.../americas.mspx.

    I believe that it is the stated intent of Microsoft to work to eventually “merge” these two different systems into a single OS. See http://msmobiles.com/news.php/5148.html.

    Thus, the marketing push is on the Windows Mobile brand, not which “flavor” of the OS you choose. As you will see on the Microsoft link, there are already smartphones listed as being WM5 products.

    Motorola claims that “The uber-intelligent Q leverages Microsoft’s familiar and trusted Windows Mobile software and is one of the first devices to operate on the latest release, Windows Mobile 5.0.” at http://www.motorola.com/mediacenter/...d=5804_5772_23

    With that said, as I understand it, under WM5, the two OSes will still be different enough that there will need to be different versions of programs to support each flavor of the OS

    I hope this helps.
    Last edited by ffballid; 05-01-2006 at 05:50 PM.

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