question, as great and powerful the Windows Mobile platform is, as sexy is the
Apple iPhone graphical user interface (GUI). I mean, take the HTC Touch which
has a great new touch screen technology but a kind of poor user interface if you
want to use it with your thumbs only, since the Windows Mobile Professional and
Classic GUI is still pretty stylus driven.
This is where the WhoNeedsAniPhone.com project jumps into the game which plans to
develop a new interface which should be based on Adobe's Flash CS3:
I recently upgraded to Adobe's Flash CS3, and to my surprise I stumbled
upon Flash development for mobile devices... I knew from my web design
experience that Flash was no longer limited to just simple games and
interactive website but you could also develop some pretty functional
applications with it. When I opened up a new project for a Windows Mobile
device in CS3 and started digging around it became clear to me... THIS WOULD
BE A FANTASTIC DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT TO BUILD A NEW COOL INTERFACE FOR A
WINDOWS MOBILE PHONE! That's when I started playing around... and within
only a few hours I was able to have a new launcher screen up and running
with shortcuts to several apps on my device sporting full PNG transparency
support, a full screen interface, and interactive and dynamic content using
the wonders of Flash itself! I have played with the Windows Mobile SDK...
and unless you are a full on graphics (GAPI) geek you couldn't come close to
this "fancy" stuff using the SDK! So begins my new project!
Since this seems to be a one man project (yet), the developer has already
announced what he plans to do first:
- A New Launcher
- A New Locking Screen
- A Weather Application/Widget
The developer also want to let everyone know that the intent of this project
is not to duplicate the iPhone interface but it just want to take some of the
principles of that user interface and bring it to Windows Mobile platform! One
of the big keys here is operating the phone with just the thumbs.
The Beta (or better Alpha) isn't yet available for public download but you can
register on the site if you are interested to become a Beta tester.
Cheers ~ Arne