(Left) Original Windows Mobile 6.5 look and feel. (Center) Customized Windows Mobile 6.5 theme.
(Right) Custom Windows Mobile 6.5 Titanium plugin.
Windows Mobile 6.5 may still be a month away from release-to-manufacturing (RTM), but that hasn’t stopped the thriving Windows Mobile modding community from already working on and releasing some promising customizations to take advantage of the new themes and Titanium plugins engines. Here’s a couple examples where WM6.5 allows for more powerful customizations for its new look and feel without any third-party software.
Up to and including WM6.1, “themes” were nothing more than simple a color scheme and a background picture. In WM6.5, themes can be much more varied with greater control over the fine details of the UI, not just colors. For example, here’s three themes created by user “rpereira” which shows off what can now be done with themes. However bear in mind his themes are quite conservative and more can be done (for example the scrollbar can be styled too).
Besides look and feel, WM6.5 also allows for developers to tap into the new panel-based home screen functionality dubbed “Titanium” (based on the “CHome” functionality in WM6.1 Standard edition). These panels are interesting because they can display useful information in a single line at-a-glance, but can also be selected and scrolled horizontally to display more detail. Two self-explanatory examples of developers taking advantage of this is the “Favorite people” plugin and “TitaniumWeather” plugin.
Bear in mind that everything done so far has been without the help of any formal documentation or developer guides, much of the knowledge the result of trial and error. Needless to say when WM6.5 is finally released it’ll be very interesting to see what designers and developers can do with this platform.