this year, a Microsoft back-up'd start-up
showed its new ZenZui interface for
smartphones which was renamed to Zumobi later and as promised, Zumobi finally
released a public Beta of its award-winning Zooming User Interface and mobile
widget platform. Zumobi can now be downloaded free after you've registered at
the company's Web site and as long as you are living in North America because
the download link will be send via SMS. Content will be available from more than 75 mobile widgets or
Tiles, including many from Zumobi launch partners such as Amazon.com, MTV
Networks, The Associated Press, AccuWeather.com, Traffic.com, FlightStats.com
and OTOlabs, who developed Tiles for Vail Resorts and Fox Television's "Family
Zumobi wants to revolutionize the way people access, retrieve and share
Web-based content on their mobile phones. Through an intuitive, lush user
interface, Zumobi allows people to easily "bounce" in and out of snack-sized
bits of the entertainment they want and to stay on top of the information they
need throughout the day, while offering advertisers a better way to connect with
consumers through their mobile phones.
To access the Beta version of Zumobi go to www.Zumobi.com and follow the
instructions on the website. The first Beta version of Zumobi is available for
phones running Windows Mobile 5 and 6, with Blackberry and selected J2ME
compatibility coming early in the second quarter of 2008. A North American
mobile phone number as well as a data plan is required and Zumobi strongly
recommends a unlimited data plan as well.
WTF??? U.S. only? Damn, did they worked in the Zune department before? If they don't want to share it with the rest of us, they can keep it!
Posted by znutar on 14.12.07 - 19:10:47
Installed it and played with it a bit on my BJ2. Looks pretty but it runs amazingly slow and the content is kind of weak right now. Makes yahoo2go look lightning fast in comparison. Also, the interface is not as intuitive as one would think since I couldn't figure out how to turn it off and had to use task manager to shut it down since it made everything else bog down on my phone. Hopefully further optimizations will improve the speed and processor utilization
Posted by Arne Hess on 14.12.07 - 19:21:19
Interesting, thanks for your feedback. "Thanks" to the limitation to send the download SMS to North American users only, I wasn't able to test it myself. Anything else you can share with us outside the U.S.?