SPB Software has announced that the 2.0 version of their TV VOD software for Windows Mobile is now free for everybody. This will probably piss off all the existing users who have already payed to use the product but if you haven’t yet, just head up to the company’s website to download the latest version which includes a couple of new features:
SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer, has updated the Windows Mobile version of its flagship application SPB TV to version 2.0. Due to advertising revenues support the program is now free-of-charge and subscription-free. Ads featured in SPB TV only last as long as channel buffering takes and therefore preserve the best user experience.
In addition to the existing features that include quick channel previews, a TV guide for more than 150 offered channels in more than 20 languages, picture-in-picture mode, fast channel launching and switching, the new version offers also a video on demand (VOD) option. With this new feature the users can control what they are watching and when. Unlike broadcast TV, VOD provides greater choice and interactivity.
Another significant enhancement is the Advanced Video Codec (H.264) support which improves video quality. As a result even with substantial lower bitrates the resolution is strongly improved. SPB TV 2.0 also allows to watch TV with low speed mobile network connections.
- Integrated TV Guide with the list of current and upcoming TV-shows
- Unique browser with fast channels launch and switching
- Quick channel preview (picture-in-picture mode)
- On-Screen Control Panel
- Video on Demand
- Setting a Reminder
- Video Quality Switcher
- Advanced Video Codec support
The only downside to this software is the channel selection which is mainly composed of non-English broadcasts (it has been update with some new channels thought. But I can’t wait to see what SPB can do with Windows Phone 7.
The HTC Incredible is finally rooted thanks to the Unrevoked team at XDA-Devs. It did take a while but it’s finally here and also nice (for the Incredible owners) to know that progress is being made. The instructions aren’t the easiest around but if you are brave enough head over to the source link.
Source: XDA-Devs & Unrevoked
Good news for all the T-Mobile users who own one of the Android myTouch 3D device. According to the screenshot above the whole line of myTouch 3G handsets will receive an update to Android 2.2 in the coming future. But don’t get you hopes up for Flash support because the ARM11 chipset of your phone isn’t supported by the plugin (only Cortex A8 / AMRv7 cores will be compatible).
The first Acer Stream review has just popped up a few minutes ago on Mobile-Review. Lots of photos and screenshots as usual with the Russian folks and some interesting talk about the hardware design, especially the weird placement of the dedicated multimedia buttons at the bottom of the device (while the 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top..). Acer seems to have done a pretty good job with their new custom UI this time around and according to them a Froyo / Android 2.2 is scheduled to be released approximately one moth after the product’s release. One of the most disappointing part is the camera quality especially when shooting 720P videos. As we have seen a few days ago the quality is far from good and it looks more like a low-res video upscaled to 720p instead od a native HD capture.
Microsoft’s recently sold ad agency (now part of Publicis), Razorfish, has pumped out a short advert for the Zune integration in Windows Phone 7. This looks like a proof of concept which means that it probably won’t be seen anywhere else (on TV etc..). It looks quite good so let’s all hope that the Windows Phone 7′s ads that will start to appear this fall will look similar to this one. Video after the break:
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