We still have not gotten and invite for SkyFire beta, but that has not stopped us from doing a little more research on their new browser for Windows Mobile devices. We were able to dig up from infomration on CNET.com about how the browser works.
Skyfire's secret to offering a full browser on your windows Mobile device lies in that it is really a proxy browser. What this mean is that all your web requests through skyfire actually goes through Skyfire's servers which then transfer the data to you. What this really means is that the Skyfire brower really is not playing flash, ajax or your favorite Youtube video, but just showing you a mirrored image of the site on Skyfire's servers.
This is very similar to a few other browsers that have popped up over the past few years.
Microsoft was working on a project code names Deep Fish (which now seems dead i nthe water) and there was also Picsel Browser which is not released to the publis, but features on a number of Samsung Windows Mobile devices.
Skyfire is hoping to monetize their browser though advertisements in the browser and is also hoping to seal some deals with mobile providers who want their Windows Mobile devices to have a better change in competing with the iPhone.
Skyfire browser has appeared out of nowhere and now is offering the most complete mobile web browser on the market. Skyfire has only started releasing a beta version on their browser, but it seems like we are all in for a treat. Skyfire's new browser offers full website support when means that all the pages you have come to love on your computer will look identical an you Windows Mobile device. Skyfire supports full flash integration which means no more workarounds to get youtube videos to play on your HTC device. Skyfire has also shown off its ability to use google Maps through the browser.
We have not gotten a hand-on review of the Skyfire browser quite yet, but as soon as we do, we'll be sure to post any additional thoughts. Be sure to check out the video as well.
Why wait till Q3 of 2008 to have Google's Android intalled on yout HTC device? a la Mobile has just shown off how Android operated on an old HTC Qtek 9090. a la Mobile also gave a sneak peak of some of the different applications they are developing for the new Android OS. Some of the apps that a la Moble showed off included an audio player, maps, camera, games, calendar, contacts manager, calculator, task manager, and notes.
CES is in full swing this week in Vegas, but not all big news seems to make it there some times. It seems like new details on the new windows Mobile Operating System have surfaced, along with some great pictures of how Windows Mobile 7 will be changing its platform.
Some of the highlights from Windows Mobile 7 include
- Surface – Windows Mobile’s multitouch similar to the iPhone
- Device controlls through rotation and shaking
- Camera based gesture recognition
Microsoft has not officially mentioned anything in regards to Windows Mobile 7, except that they are working on it. If there rumors and images turn out to be true, Microsoft is deffinitely going to have a great upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.
More images after the link.
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.
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.