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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TV on WP7 -- A review of SpbTV v2.0

Posted by Don Tolson in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 AM

Product Category: WP7 software
Manufacturer: Spb SoftwareHouse
Where to Buy: WP7 Marketplace
Price: Free! (for now...)
System Requirements: Available for Android, Mac, PC, Windows Mobile, Symbian, etc. Version reviewed is V2.0 for Windows Phone 7
Specifications: Requires approx. 0.7mb on the device. Requires access to location information and a data service (either via cell phone or WiFi)


  • It's free!;
  • Over 150 channels of programming available, from all over the globe.


  • Slow and requires constant buffering;
  • Sound and action aren't in sync;
  • Most of the channels are community access, religious, or news.

Summary: When I first heard about Spb coming out with a TV app for Windows Phone 7, I was intrigued since I have become quite enamored of non-North American news sites where I find provide a much broader perspective on world events. I was looking forward to streaming video material from beyond my backyard, right at my phone. Unfortunately, I don't think Spb has quite got the hang of WP7 just yet. Let me explain. Read more...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:30 AM

"SPB TV has been around for ages on Windows Mobile and is the second port by the popular software company to Windows Phone, the other being Brain Evolution 2. Offering free streaming TV from around the globe, SPB TV is quite popular outside the U.S. (US channel selection is limited, but it's still a great app to have on hand) and offers a excellent streaming experience."

For us old-timers, SPB is a familiar and welcome name, known for quality apps at affordable prices on Windows Mobile. They haven't foregone Windows Phone 7, and SPB TV is the second in their portfolio to be ported to Microsoft's new software platform. SPB TV will be offered free and should be in Windows Marketplace soon.

Monday, February 15, 2010

SPB Mobile Shell Hits Major Upgrade With Version 5

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:30 PM

"Major updates to the new version include a new 3D engine and an improved social networking integration. The former means support for new types of eye candy effects such as 3D Media Player, 3D Photo Viewer, 3D Weather, dynamic 3D widgets and more, while the latter involves message, contacts, photo and status sync with popular services, namely Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn...One important innovation in SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 is the Natural Interaction Engine which includes support for G-sensor and multitouch, a dedicated Feedback Engine providing realistic visual and haptic responses, and a Physics Engine responsible for the real-world behavior of all objects."

Among the alternative UIs available for Windows Mobile, SPB Mobile Shell was among the first and the best. It hits version 5 with some major improvements that take it to another level, though I wonder about the resource requirements for all the extra functionality and eye-candy you're getting with this version. The other major news with version 5 is that SPB has now ported Mobile Shell to the Android and Symbian platforms, a timely move given the UI lockdown coming in Windows 7 series phones (and maybe the reason for skipping a version number). There's no news on pricing, upgrade rights, or availability yet (it isn't even available from SPB's own store) though v3.5 retails for $29.95 (affiliate link). I'll update this post when those details come available.

Update: Mobile Shell v5 has been spotted on the upcoming Toshiba TG02. Still no word on pricing or consumer availability, but scuttlebutt has it we're looking at a Q2 2010 release.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

SPB Software's Mobile Survey

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Events" @ 07:00 AM

"SPB Software, world's leading mobile software developer, invites all mobile users to participate in its sixth annual SPB Survey ( The SPB Survey is a questionnaire that captures user preferences and builds up a combined report that identifies the changing user profiles, mobile device expectations and the handset use cases. This report is expected to be released in early December 2009."

If you want to help SPB gather information so they can better understand the user, take the survey and you'll have a chance to win a mobile device.

Tags: survey, spb

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SPB Updates Mobile Shell to 3.5

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Software" @ 01:00 PM

Looking to update your smartphone? Your device doesn't come with the latest wizz-bang eye-candy? SPB Mobile Shell to the rescue! It's come a long way since its first iteration way back in 2007, and MS3.5 adds a whole slew of updates that make this almost worthy of being called a major upgrade - including Facebook and Twitter widgets, a tasks widget, accelerometer and graphics hardware acceleration support, and a lot more options for customization (check this link for the full list of updates). While some manufacturers have put money and time into making their own UI overlay to Windows Mobile, few have the pedigree of the granddaddy of them all to the point where quite a few OEMs license SPB Mobile Shell instead. You can check out SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 through our affiliate link, or purchase it for $29.95. It's also a free upgrade for registered users of version 3.x.

SPB Releases Arcade Game Quads

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Software" @ 03:00 AM!

Like many who use a smartphone I'm always looking to fill any downtime, whether it's in a queue or waiting for someone - the idea of a wasted moment is anathema. SPB aims to help manic souls like me with their lineup of games, the latest of which is Quads. The game is simple enough - in a screen full of coloured bricks, identify those that form a rectangle to score points - but there's enough brain engagement to make Quads more than just a time filler (take a look at the press release for more info). You can test it out or buy through our affiliate store for $9.95.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Spb Releases Spb News 2.0, Free Upgrade for Insight 1.x Owners

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Software" @ 06:30 PM

"SPB Software, a top mobile applications developer, releases SPB News 2.0 - formerly known as SPB Insight - an intelligent news reader that makes full-text articles (including images) available for offline reading on Windows phones. SPB News gives users the freedom to read the daily news from online sources of their choice, at a time and place most convenient to them. SPB News 2.0 has a new user-friendly touch interface, supports gestures, automatic updates, and smart scrolling in articles. Users of SPB Insight 1.x are entitled to a free update to SPB News 2.0."

Formerly known as Spb Insight, Spb News 2.0 is the latest release of this RSS/offline Web site reader. Improvements in this new version include a new touch-oriented interface, automatic and scheduled updates, smart scrolling in articles, and a bunch of fixes in overall stability and performance. Since it's not available yet in our affiliate store, you can grab it directly from Spb's Web site. Though the Web site doesn't mean Windows Mobile Standard smartphones, the information I was emailed does, so this should be compatible with both platforms.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Time To Learn Geography With SPB Geo

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Software" @ 02:00 PM

It's something of a truism that the rest of the world regards Americans relatively uninformed about geography - here's a way to prove that you aren't (and get up to speed if you are)! SPB Geo quizzes you on the capitals and flags of the countries of the world, and displays answers on a 3D globe. Fairly simple but effective stuff, and a nice time-wast...I mean educational program. You can download the trial or purchase it for $4.95 through our affiliate link.

Tags: software, spb, spb geo

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Spb Software Adds Over 40 New Channels to Spb TV

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 05:46 AM

"Spb TV is a subscription-free mobile IPTV viewer, designed for tuning in to publicly available digital TV channels from all over the world. A downloadable software client, Spb TV makes a wide range of international live TV channels available for viewing directly on Windows Mobile phones. Spb TV does not only provide users with access to a world of live TV streaming on the go, but it offers exclusive on-screen controls and an integrated TV guide. Spb TV supports fast channels switching, use of intelligent stream correction, picture-in-picture mode, and export of show reminders into Outlook, brining the genuine TV watching experience onto mobile. Spb TV requires a high speed mobile data connection which may be available via 3G, Wi-Fi, or WiMax networks."

Spb Software has just added over forty new international channels to Spb TV, bringing the total channel count to close to a hundred. The majority of them were suggested by users, so if you can't find your favourite channel in the list, simply suggest it; there's a good chance that Spb Software will take it into consideration. If you've yet to try or buy Spb TV, head over to our affiliate software store (Classic/Professional, Standard).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 Adds Widgets, Facebook Support, 3D Carousel

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 11:00 AM

"Spb Software, a leading maker of mobile software, releases Spb Mobile Shell 3.0, the next-generation user interface for Windows phones. According to Handango Yardstick, Spb Mobile Shell was the world's number one bestselling application of 2008 among all mobile platforms. Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 accounts for two different smartphone use scenarios: at work and at play. The application offers distinctive 'professional' and 'lifestyle' desktops, integration of picture contacts with Facebook, account-sensitive email indicators, handsome time and weather screens, widgets, responsive kinetic scrolling, signature 3D animation engine, and other appealing assets that change the way a Windows phone is used altogether."

Spb Software has released v3.0 of its ever-popular UI for Windows Mobile, and it adds some impressive features such as widgets, Facebook integration, a 3D carousel with hardware acceleration support, and Professional and Lifestyle home screens. Interested in trying or buying? Head over to our affiliate software store. If you're a registered user of v2.x, the upgrade is available at a discounted price of $14.95, or free if you purchased it within the last 90 days.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spb TV: Mobile TV On the Go

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:46 PM

"Today at CTIA Wireless, Spb Software - a leading maker of mobile applications, announces the release of Spb TV - a practical mobile TV player with patent-pending on-screen controls and fast channel switching technology, use of intelligent stream correction, picture-in-picture mode, and an integrated TV guide with export of show reminders into Outlook. Spb TV is a subscription-free and international live mobile TV solution that is geared up to utilize the new generation of faster wireless networks. The now standalone mobile TV solution for Windows Phones, Spb TV was first introduced to the market in September 2008 as the flagship feature of Spb Online. Since then, it has hosted millions of mobile TV sessions. Spb TV is unique in its approach to the mobile TV experience, offering the unexpectedly natural simplicity of watching live TV on a phone. Spb TV goes a long way to support the genuine TV watching behavior on a handset: quick TV guide check-up and channel hopping, on-screen controls for volume and backlight, neat integration of TV functionality with other mobile features (such as messages, calls, and battery life monitoring)."

Spb Software has packaged the TV feature of Spb Online into its own product, Spb TV. The application includes a unique TV browser, an integrated TV guide, PiP mode, support for reminders, and a touch-friendly interface. There's a free, trial version (Windows Mobile Classic/Professional, Windows Mobile Standard) at our affiliate software store. The full version will set you back $14.95.

Friday, February 6, 2009

New UI, Templates, and Sync Engine In Spb Wallet 2.0

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 11:00 AM

"The new Spb Wallet 2.0 - a secure repository of most valuable private information, such as PINs, passwords, keys, account, passport, and credit card numbers - has versions for non- and touchscreen Windows Mobile devices, Symbian Series 60 smartphones (including Nokia 5800 touch screen), Apple's iPhone and iPod, and a desktop component. The new multiplatform approach allows users of Spb Wallet to keep their private data safe, even when they swap phones or mobile platforms. Spb Wallet securely stores sensitive information AES 256-encrypted and password-protected, supports automatic lockup, clipboard cleanup, and protects from phishing. The data can be synchronized between (and accessed from) multiple PCs and mobile devices. The virtual, electronically stored items, such as cards and passports look like real ones: Spb Wallet 2.0 offers an integrated online database of over seven thousand most popular cards, and the option to order more custom images - for free. The new Wallet 2.0 for Windows Mobile boasts Autocomplete for PIE, new finger-friendly UI, adaptive skins, smart scrolling, gestures, animation effects, and a new logon panel. The desktop version offers advanced integration with web browsers, automatic supply and capture of websites login information, password generator, migration wizard from custom CSV formats and other wallet applications."

There's certainly no shortage of new and improved features in Spb Wallet 2.0. It's in our affiliate software store (Windows Mobile Standard and Classic/Professional) in the form of a free trial version, or a full version for $29.95. However, if you're an Spb Wallet 1.x user, you can upgrade to Spb Wallet 2.0 for $14.95 - or for the sweet price of $0, if you purchased it within the last 90 days. Check out the press release for links and additional details.

Tags: software, wallet, 2.0, spb

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Spb Weather 2.0 Adds Support for Foreca, New UI

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 08:05 PM

"Spb Software, the world's top Windows Mobile software developer releases a major update for Spb Weather - an award-winning and world's best-selling weather application for Windows Mobile touch-screen phones. Aside from the modernized finger-friendly UI, Spb Weather 2.0 offers forecasts by Foreca - the trusted weather source of, quotes current outside weather conditions, has an expanded city database, and a revolutionary 3D globe with animated weather forecasts over a real satellite image of the sky."

Spb Weather 2.0 packs a host of new features, including a 3D globe, and support for Foreca. It also includes features from v1.x such as the Today plug-in and integration with other Spb products. If you've yet to try or buy Spb Weather 2.0, head over to our affiliate software store - it's currently showing v1.7.4, but should be updated in the coming hours. If you're a registered user of v1.x, $9.95 will get you an upgrade to v2.0; however, if you purchased v1.x in the last ninety days, then v2.0 is yours for free. Similarly, all registered users of Spb Traveler 2.x are entitled to the full version of Spb Weather 2.0 for free.

Tags: software, weather, spb

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Spb Software House Announces Survey Results

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 03:40 AM

"Spb Software, a leading mobile software developer announces the results of fifth annual Spb Survey. This year, Spb Survey was held between 10th and 24th of November, and aimed to track changes in mobile device preferences and brand loyalty, smartphone and software use cases, user profiles and behavior. Originally, Spb Survey addressed only the Windows Mobile audience, but this year, users of all mobile platforms were invited to participate. The majority of Spb Survey respondents are mobile activists with clear interest in mobile technology, and are not fully representative of the entire global mobile community. However, as mobile connectivity enters more spheres of everyday life - the global mobile community is becoming more active and technologically-savvy throughout, and accurate industrial outlooks and estimations can be made, based on the answers provided by Spb Survey respondents."

Spb Software House has released the results of this year's Spb Survey. Some interesting (though not necessarily surprising) points:

  • 49% of all survey participants currently use HTC devices, followed by 6% who use HP devices, 5.5% who use ASUS devices, and 4% who use E-TEN (now Acer) devices;
  • The TyTN II is the most popular device, with the Diamond and Touch Pro claiming second and third place respectively; and
  • 80% of survey participants backup their data, which is consistent with what was reported in previous years.

Click for the complete set of results.

Tags: survey, 2008, results, spb

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Watch Those Bytes with Spb Wireless Monitor 3.0

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 11:25 AM

"Spb Software releases Spb Wireless Monitor 3.0 - a powerful software solution that offers full control over all types of smartphone data connections by monitoring them in accordance with configurable tariffs and data plans, and providing per application data traffic reports. First brought to market in 2002, Spb Wireless Monitor, formerly known as Spb GPRS Monitor, accounts for the lack of a built-in data tracking tool in Windows Mobile devices. A four-time prize winner in the Smartphone and Pocket PC magazine’s Best Software Awards, shipped in over a dozen devices by ASUS, HTC, O2, Samsung, and T-Mobile, the Spb Wireless Monitor has over 3,000,000 loyal customers worldwide. The new name of version 3.0 comes with massive enhancements in features and abilities. With the growing popularity of mobile Internet and captivating online services - crossing the data plan limits and receiving painful phone bills is common, especially with the high cost of roaming. Spb Wireless Monitor 3.0 prevents unwanted mobile service charges and gives subscribers control over their mobile data spending, by measuring data traffic, calculating the network charges, warning of costly data usage, and reporting which application exactly generates what kind of data traffic. The new Wireless Monitor supports both touch and non-touch screen devices, it can manage CDMA, GPRS, 3G, and even Wi-Fi and USB connections. Spb Wireless Monitor can provide per application traffic and cost reports, allowing users to single out guilty applications, responsible for high data charges. The new version has a modern, multilingual user interface and can manage several connections simultaneously."

Spb GPRS Monitor is dead. But, all is not lost, as the new Spb Wireless Monitor 3.0 is now available for all flavours of Windows Mobile. Head over to our affiliate software store (Pocket PC - Professional, Smartphone - Standard) for free trial versions and/or full versions for $19.95. Upgrades from Spb GPRS Monitor 2.0 are $9.95.

Tags: wireless, monitor, spb

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Treat Your Fingers to Spb Keyboard 4.0

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 12:30 PM

"Spb Software, world's leading Windows Mobile software developer releases Spb Keyboard 4.0 - an award-winning on-screen keyboard, which works great with the stylus, but is optimized for typing text with one's bare hands. Created back in 2002, Spb Full Screen Keyboard pioneered in the finger-friendly approach to interfacing with a mobile device, and in its six years of market presence, proved to be a bestseller with the end-users, and a hit with the device manufacturers (recently seen as a customization enhancement in Toshiba's Portégé G810). Committed to usability and clarity in device navigation, Spb conducted research and gathered feedback from customers, identifying a demand for more flexible mobile text input methods. The new version of Spb's keyboard now offers three modes of on-screen text input, and has received a new name to portray the change - Spb Keyboard 4.0. The new keyboard benefits from an Spb Mobile Shell-like skin engine, and is optimized for working with both stylus and fingers. Among other things, the new Spb Keyboard offers dozens of languages with the default skin, is more compact in memory consumption, supports smart gestures and 'sliding pop-ups', which help to make sure the right key is tapped."

Sick of the default on-screen keyboard? Spb Keyboard 4.0 offers three text input modes, a new finger-friendly UI, a new skin engine, support for 35 languages, sliding pop-ups, smart gestures, and auto-complete. If all that has you perked, head over to our affiliate software store to download a free trial version, or purchase the full version for $14.95. An upgrade from 3.0 costs just $4.95.

Tags: keyboard, spb, 4.0

Participate In the 5th Annual Spb Survey and Win!

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 11:30 AM

"Spb Software, world's leading mobile software developer, invites all mobile users to participate in its fifth annual Spb Survey. The Spb Survey is a mobile software industry report that identifies the changing user profiles, mobile device preferences, and handset use cases. Spb Software will release a report on the results of its fifth annual Spb Survey in the beginning of December 2008. Issued by a mobile software usability expert and a recognized brand on the consumer market, Spb Survey reaches out to mobile users directly, bypassing the prism of mobile operators and professional analytical houses. This year's survey has a more compact structure, new questions, and is supported by eXpansys, the world's leading retailer of smartphones and handheld devices with wireless connectivity. A few lucky, randomly picked Spb Survey participants will receive valuable 'thank you' gifts, such as a Windows Mobile device or software by Spb."

As well as providing the industry with a valuable insight into changing trends, the annual Spb Survey is a chance for you to win big. This year, Spb Software House will select participants on a random basis and offer them prizes. Said prizes range from bundles of Spb software to any Windows Mobile device and related accessories valued at up to $1,000 USD. Now, if that's not attractive enough to encourage participation, then I'm not sure what else is.

Tags: survey, annual, spb, 5th

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Spb Traveler 2.0 Released

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 10:20 AM

"Spb Software, world's leading Windows Mobile software developer releases Spb Traveler 2.0 - an expert mobile travel assistant application that is a pleasure to handle. The new Spb Traveler 2.0 offers a revolutionary animated finger-friendly user interface, a subscription-free flight search engine (powered by OAG), an animated 3D Globe with real satellite image of the sky, and a Geo Game for fun and learning. Winner in Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine's Best Software Awards, Spb Traveler provides valuable tools and information to travelers such as world time and global weather service (powered by Foreca, the trusted provider of, tip calculator and multilanguage phrase book, as well as currency, unit, and clothing size converters. In all it does, Spb Traveler 2.0 has the speed and usability of an Spb Mobile Shell-powered interface, topped off with high-class 3D animation and gestures."

There's plenty going on today: the launch of Apple Thoughts, a certain election, and now, the introduction of Spb Traveler 2.0. This new version includes some great features such as flight search, a three-dimensional globe, a geographical game, an improved trip assistant, and a gorgeous, touch-friendly UI. If you own Spb Traveler 1.x, an upgrade to 2.0 will cost $14.95, or is free if you purchased 1.x within the last 90 days; otherwise, our affiliate software store has a free trial version, or the full version for $29.95.

Tags: traveler, 2.0, spb

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Spb Infiltrates the Xperia X1

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 03:15 PM

"Spb Software, the world's leading maker of Windows Mobile applications, develops a user interface panel for Xperia™ X1. As part of the strategic partnership between Sony Ericsson and Spb Software, Spb has put forth a top-notch, Spb Mobile Shell-based solution that compliments the X1 in both style and speed. Taking advantage of the smartphone’s unique panel technology, impressive hardware and dynamic wide VGA touchscreen, this custom version of Spb Mobile Shell is optimized for the new Xperia, and comes with all X1 devices as a free download... Spb Mobile Shell is an application that improves the innate Windows Mobile user interface, making it more direct, logical, and slick. The first version of software came out in February 2007 and quickly gained recognition among end-users and media. Spb Mobile Shell fulfills the highest requirements of in-ROM software, paying a great deal of respect to criteria such as ROM, RAM, performance, battery life, and stability. Customized and improved menus of Windows Mobile devices are achieved without any damage to built-in system features or other third-party software."

Spb Software House: if it's not creating great software for general consumption, it's forging partnerships with some big names. For example, Sony Ericsson; the two companies have worked together to offer Xperia X1 users a treat. If you're one such user, check out the custom version of Spb Mobile Shell that's available for download. Shots after the break.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Spb Online Games Released

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 04:55 AM

"Spb Software, the world's leading maker of Windows Mobile applications announces the release of Spb Online Games as a separate suite. Originally, part of Spb Online - a set of online services under one roof, which attracted over 15,000 users in under two weeks (at the rate of more than 1000 users per day) - Spb Online Games is a collection of four instant online games, supplemented with an online chat service. Spb Online Games makes it possible to play two versions of Checkers, Hexagon, or Reversi with real people from virtually anywhere in the world, in real-time. Any online game can be launched within 30 seconds and if interrupted – continued from the spot it was left off. The service already has thousands of registered players on the network, with each potential opponent equipped with a configurable user profile (might include picture, name, type of handset, and network). The online gaming experience can be further personalized through real-time chatting with active online players. All of new Spb Online Games features (such as the online chat service and more informative user profile) will become available to registered users of Spb Online through automatic ‘push’ update to Spb Online version 1.1."

If you tried Spb Online, loved it, but held off purchasing because you felt that the games were all you needed, then take a look at Spb Online Games, available for both Windows Mobile Standard and Professional. A trail version is available, and if you like what you see, $14.95 will get you the full version.

Tags: games, online, spb

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