YouTube have released a free video viewer for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 phones. The app, which supports searches together with browsing through the Top Rated, Most Viewed and Most Viewed categories, goes some way to making up for the lack of Flash support in many mobile browsers.
Video demos on WM6.1 and S60 devices after the cut
Microsoft have released operational details of the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, including fees for developers hoping to distribute their applications via the system. Both paid and free software will be available, with a $99 yearly registration fee for developers; 70-percent of app revenue will go to the developer themselves.
The yearly registration fee includes up to five submissions to the Marketplace; subsequent submissions are charged at $99 per app. Student developers can bypass the fees by signing up to the Microsoft DreamSpark program. As for the price of each individual app, that can be set by the developer themselves.
A website for the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Microsoft's answer to the Apple App Store, has gone live, complete with a mobile-formatted layout and the promise that downloads will be "coming soon". Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, the Marketplace will offer developers a straightforward way to reach would-be users, with on-device downloads and increased publicity.
What's currently unclear, though, is what format the new Windows Mobile Marketplace will take. Although Microsoft played their cards close to their chest at MWC, the assumption had been that the store would be a standalone application. This new website could be a sign that Microsoft have instead gone for an internet portal.
We caught up with HTC this morning to check out their new Windows Phones, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and the HTC Touch Pro2, as announced yesterday. Say what you like about the Microsoft OS, HTC have put together a pair of slick handsets, taking the best of the original Diamond and Pro and packing in extra screen size, more sensible hardware controls and higher-capability media functionality.
Full hands-on gallery with both HTC handsets, the Touch Diamond2 and the Touch Pro2, after the cut
Today at Mobile World Congress, Adobe revealed its new Flash Lite - version 3.1. The Advanced Flash Lite features functionality of Adobe Flash 10 and supports more phones than its previous version. Lists of supported devices can be found on Adobe Labs page.
"Flash Lite 3.1 includes the same features as Flash Lite 3.0, such as support for Flash Player compatible video, with some additional enhancements including improved security model for SWF file access. The solution delivers a standalone player for applications, without affecting the Flash Lite browser plug-in or pre-installed standalone player, if present."
Palm has also announced that webOS will be able to run Flash Lite on its Pre phone. Flash Lite 3.1 is currently available on Adobe’s site as public beta for Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 Symbian OS. Now if only Apple would make it easier for Adobe to put Flash on the iPhone, life would be much better for iPhone users.
No great surprise, but Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has officially announced the latest version of Windows Mobile, version 6.5, today at Mobile World Congress, complete with a new name: Windows Phones. The newest version of the platform, as we've already seen in leaked screenshots, introduces a honeycomb launcher GUI which can be organized with often-used applications to the top of the screen, has customizable widgets and improved browsing via Internet Explorer Mobile 6.5 with the same browser engine as IE on the desktop.
After laying off 77 engineers and ending Windows Mobile development at their Plantation facility, speculation abounded that Motorola was planning a wholesale switch from the Microsoft smartphone platform to Google's open-source Android OS. However the company is insisting that such a move is not on the cards, with Motorola spokesperson Maya Komadina claiming that development of the platform continues at the company's other facilities.
After Microsoft announced 5,000 job cuts as part of its financial control measures, speculation has begun about which departments will be hardest hit. The earliest identified target appears to be the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) unit, responsible for Xbox, Zune and Windows Mobile development, who according to some sources will be bearing the brunt of the initial 1,400 redundancies.
From one NVIDIA rumor to another; now it's the turn of the company's Tegra platform to make headlines, with at least one analyst suggesting [via] that HTC have chosen the applications processor for models in its upcoming range. Tegra combines an ARM-based processing core, running at either 700MHz or 800MHz, with a 1080p HD-capable GeForce graphics core and direct support for WiFi and input peripherals onto a single chip, and could enable HTC to create a high-power smartphone with low energy demands.
President-elect Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States in exactly one week - January 20. Sure, that's good news for the former Illinois Senator, but his promotion doesn't come without a little bit of sacrifice - namely, he'll have to give up his precious BlackBerry. Fortunately, the President does have a few NSA-approved smartphones he can use.