After a day or so of using PointUI, it only seems fair to give the public a first assessment of the software. PointUI is by far one of the easiest and intuitive new user interface programs for Windows Mobile. At first glance, it does resemble the iPhone’s interface, but once you give into things you come to realize that it’s just as simple as the iPhone, but with it’s own unique feel and experience. Let’s keep in mind that the iPhone does not hold the market for clean and easy UI’s.
When PointUI first loads up, it walks you through an introduction sequence. The intro does everything on its own and highlights the features in PointUI. Like the iPhone, it does have some main icons on the bottom of the home page, but the one thing that really makes PointUI unique is the ribbons in the middle of the home page with different widgets that can slide from side to side. The current widgets display tasks, appointments, calendar, clock, and the weather. The developers have stated on their forum that they are working to make more widgets.
For now, PointUI is the new and cool application for the year, but unless new features are added, it will soon fade away. Most people like to customize their unser interface to their taste. PointUI currently does not let you customize it or an anything to it. I’m sure once we get through a few releases of the software, things will only get better.
It seems like 2007 has been a year of great progress and setbacks for Windows Mobile devices. At the start of the year, Windows Mobile devices were in a solid second place in the smartphone market in the U.S. unfortunately things changed a little when Apple launched the iPhone half way through the year. With only about six months under their belt, Apple has pushed their way into second place with the iPhone.
A lot of people will debate that the iPhone is not a real smartphone since it lacks somekey features, Microsoft has come to realize that their products need to have something new is order to stay competative. We all know that competition will only bring some great innovation to the Windows Mobile platform. Lets hope we can see some of this innovation in 2008 and gain back some market share.
For months, T-Mobile UK has watch silently as Orange UK sold the new HTC touch Dual. T-Mobile has chosed to change the name of the HTC Touch Dual to the HTC touch Plus. T-Mobile UK also opted for the 12 keys keypad-type version over the 20 key Suretype layout which a few other European cell carriers have chosen to use. Other than those changes, the T-Mobile HTC Touch Plus will have a standard feature layout on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
I'd expect to see t-Mobile UK to have a release date for the HTC Touch Plus in late January sicne they are already featureing the device on their website.
Taiwan's High Tech Computer Corp, or HTC (by which most of us know them by) recently announced that their sales for Q4 of 2007 grew roughly 20 percent. HTC has yet to release any sales data for the month of December, but since they previously announced a 22.3 percent sales growth in October year-on-year and 32.7 percent in November, we can easily assume that the numbers for December were not as high as HTC had hoped for.
Last week, HTC assured the media that the 3G chip shortage would not damper its sale numbers in any way for the first quarter of 2008. they also mentioned that HTC is expecting a 20 percent growth rate for 2008 as they continue to build thei own brand to drive sales.
It seems as if a few people are hard at work, trying to make our experience with our Windows Mobile devices a little more simple and user friendly. PointUI is a new software that will run on top of Windows Mobile, but gives a much nicer interface experience.
PointIU does have some similarities with the iPhone interface in the way it displays some information on the screen, but unlick a lock of iPhone interface rip-offs, PointIU does not steal any of the graphics. PointUI’s interface is unique and extremely appealing.
hte control of PointIU does take some inspiration form HTC’s TouchFLO technology. Unlike iPhone’s interface in which you simply tap on menu items, in order to slide PointIU’s menues to the left or right, you slide your finger left or right. This is the same trick touchFLO utilizes to navitage through it’s Cube interface.
Unfortunately we do not have a hands on review of PointIU just yet, but according to the countdown on their website, it will be available by January 1 of 2008.
2007 has been an great year for HTC with a slew of new Windows Mobile 6 devices and their entry into the UMPC market with the Shift. Probably the phone which has received the most news and hype this year is the HTC Touch. With Apple introducing the iPhone, HTC knew they had to fins a way to differentiate their Windows Mobile devices from the rest of the pack. The Touch introduced us their HTC's new TouchFLO technology which gave the HTC Touch what is now known as the 3D Cube interface which allows you to access its menus through swiping gestures on the screen. HTC had just created a Windows Mobile Pocket PC with which you no longer needed the stylus. HTC did not stop there. A few months after the release of the Touch, the announced the Touch Dual which was very similar to the Touch, but added a slide-up keypad for those who still were not completely sold on using the touch screen for typing and dialing numbers. Not content with introducing two of the best pocket pc phones of the year, HTC went one step further and launched the HTC Touch Cruise. The main feature upgrade the Touch Cruise had over the Touch and Touch Dual was its integration of GPS so that users can "cruise" around with their Touch Cruise. 2007 had some great devices, but I'm sure a lot of people can't wait till we dive into 2008. With the partnership HTC has announced with Google to develop several handsets which will use the new Androis OS platform, HTC is setting the stage to have an incredible year.
The highly anticipated Google Android powered phones could see the light of day as early as this February at the Mobile World Congress show. According to the exhibitor listing, Google will have two large spaces on the show floor which they most likely will use to show off some new features to the Android platform as well as a veriety of handsets running the mobile OS. Google has not released a list of manufacturers will be with them at the Mobile World Congress, but I’d imagine HTC would be more than happy to show the public what they plan on doing with Google’s Android platform.