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All posts tagged "widgets"


Monday, June 8, 2009

Opera Mobile 9.7 Is Beta, Faster

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 12:32 AM

http://www.opera.com/mobile/download/

"Opera Mobile 9.7 beta is now available to accelerate the mobile browsing experience for Windows Mobile-based phones. Speed is at the heart of this beta release due to the addition of Opera's recently launched technology for faster surfing, Opera Turbo. Opera has also included its newly upgraded browser engine, called Opera Presto 2.2, for faster page loads and better overall performance. With the added bonus of Opera Widgets, Opera Mobile 9.7 gets you the Web content you want in fewer clicks and less time."

The venerable Opera Mobile has just been updated to v9.7 and now promises a 25% faster mobile browsing experience. A beta version is up for grabs. It does have a few issues, though none too detrimental. And, unfortunately for Standard users, it's only compatible with Classic/Professional devices.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Getting Started With Widgets on Windows Mobile 6.5

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 07:00 AM

http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsmobile...mobile-6-5.aspx

One of the cool new features of Windows Mobile 6.5 is its support for widgets. The Windows Mobile team has a blog post set up on getting started with your own widgets.

You'll need the WinMo 6.5 emulator images, the development environment of your choosing and Windows Mobile Device Center (Vista) or ActiveSync (XP) to get started. The rest of the instructions are at the blog post. Get cranking on those widgets!


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

http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/poc...re/mobileshell/

"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.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Microsoft Confirms and Educates on Widgets in 6.5

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 02:13 PM

http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsmobile...developers.aspx

"Starting on 6.5 though we are adding a new option for developers out there… “Windows Mobile Widgets”. A good way to think of a Windows Mobile Widget is as a “Portable chunk of the web” or just basically a rich internet application. Widgets are written using all the web technologies we know and love (HTML, CSS, AJAX, JavaScript) and, since they are powered under the covers by our new internet browser, they have full access to flash and other ActiveX controls available on the device (Like MediaPlayer)."

This is good news for a lot of developers out there that would like to contribute to the Windows Mobile ecosystem but are unfamiliar with C, C++, or .NET. I feel this is a great step in the right direction for Microsoft as well. Making the platform easier to write for will allow designers and developers alike to bring new applications with more refreshing user interfaces to market. At the same token it is not often that a mobile phone application will have functionality that would require anything more than basic HTML, CSS, and javascript to create. As nice as this new feature is there is still the 800lbs gorilla in the room that seems to go unnoticed... All of Microsoft's latest news releases to the public regarding Windows Mobile 6.5, especially the recent widget screenshots they released, are all from the Windows Mobile Professional platform. Where the heck is the Windows Mobile Standard love, guys?! Are we getting left out in the cold when it comes to all of these awesome new features? Hopefully when it comes to widget support Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard will receive the same new functionality.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Widgets for Windows Mobile 6.5

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

http://wmpoweruser.com/?p=3548

"Windows Mobile 6.5 will have a widget engine, allowing applications built from HTML and JavaScript to run using the IE 6 Mobile engine, but without the "chrome" (IE menus, address bar etc) one normally associate with web pages."

This looks interesting - and probably not before time. Samsung for instance already have flash-based widgets for their WM devices, so to have Microsoft putting this capability right into the base OS is great. Maybe WM6.5 will be worth the wait after all, and I can imagine just how much better WM7 will (hopefully) be.


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