LG and Sony Ericsson have unveiled devices based on Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system (OS), joining HTC in becoming some of the first vendors to back the upgraded software platform. LG's GM750 will be available from 6 October (the launch date for version 6.5). In Europe, Vodafone will be the exclusive operator provider until the end of this year, offering the device in Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the UK and France (through SFR).
According to a Reuters report yesterday, LG plans to launch a total of 13 new 'Windows phones' (the moniker Microsoft has given devices that run its new 6.5 OS) globally by end-2010. LG's commitment to Windows follows a deal between the South Korean vendor and Microsoft earlier this year under which Windows Mobile is expected to become LG's primary smartphone platform. Meanwhile, Sony Ericsson x2on Wednesday unveiled the XPERIA X2 (pictured, right), an HSPA device due to go on sale next month in selected markets. Also this week Taiwanese vendor HTC said its new Touch2 device will support Windows Mobile 6.5 upon launch in October.