HTC's Touch2 First to Run Windows Mobile 6.5
Today HTC introduced the Touch2, the first smartphone announced to support Windows Mobile 6.5. The Touch2 will feature HTC's TouchFLO user interface, Internet Explorer 6 with Flash support and the zoom bar for resizing text to make it easier to read. The Touch2 will come with access to Microsoft My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, as well as support for Microsoft Exchange. The Touch2 will be available in select European markets later this year. Pricing was not disclosed.
Microsoft Wallet Gains Tap-to-Pay Functionality
Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Wallet app and gave Lumia smartphone owners the ability to make mobile payments at supporting retailers. Windows Mobile has long included a Wallet app, but until today it was reserved for loyalty cards and other retail programs.
Microsoft Adding Biometric Security Support to Windows 10
Microsoft today said Windows 10 will natively support biometric security measures, such as fingerprints, retina scans, or facial recognition. Microsoft's biometric authentication service is called Windows Hello and it will be available to PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
Windows 10 to Run Android and iOS Apps
Microsoft today said Windows 10 devices will be able to run Android applications. According to Microsoft, developers will be able to reuse Java and C++ code to run Android apps in an Android subsystem on Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft Says Older Phones Won't Get Windows 10 Until 2016
Microsoft today said owners of handsets running Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 will have to wait a bit longer to receive Windows 10. The update was originally expected to arrive this month, but Microsoft has now delayed the rollout.