SPB TV for Windows Phone 7 released for free

Russian mobile developers SPB software have finally release their famous SPB TV streaming application on Windows Phone 7 today and the good news is that it’s totally free of charge. In terms of features the application is nearly identical to what we had on Windows Mobile 6.X:

SPB TV for Windows Phone 7 Main Features:

•More than 150 TV channels from more than 20 countries, subscription free

• Unique TV browser with fast channel launching and switching

• Integrated TV Guide with a list of current & upcoming TV shows

• Video-on-demand

• Network bandwidth fluctuations support

• Onscreen controls

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SPB software not ready to release Windows Phone 7 applications yet

A bit more than a week ago I wonder on Twitter if anybody heard anything about SPB Software’s Windows Phone 7 support. The famous Russian mobile developer initialy announced support for the OS back in March but nothing but nothing has been heard about this subject ever since. One of my Russian followers replied to me by telling me that the company had a WP7 sessionduring a Microsoft Russia developer event back in September so I guessed that it would only be a matter of time before we see their first applications in the Marketplace. Unfortunately the company seems to be taking a “wait and see” approach according to one of their latest tweets on the subject:

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SPB TV 2.0 is now free

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.

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 released & reviewed

SPB Software has just announced the availability of SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 hich brings some news features and improvement to the best selling and most famous Windows Mobile third-party UI.

Taipei, September 30th, 2009 – SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer and a holder of numerous globally recognized mobile application awards, officially announced the release of SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 for Windows Mobile today at a press event in Taipei, Taiwan.

SPB Mobile Shell has been publicly recognized as the best-selling mobile application across all smartphone platforms for three consecutive years: 2007, 2008 and 2009. By encapsulating support for gravity sensors and 3D hardware accelerators, the new version offers a thrilling, easy and fun to use interaction model with eye-catching 3D visual effects. For example, browsing email and text messages unfolds an intuitive animation offering both natural and engaging user experience.

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 is all about customization and personalization. By incorporating great feedback from partners and customers, SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 increases flexibility in personalization and customization, enabling partners to build their own preferred styles with reduced time-to-market and low commercial risks. SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 works well with Microsoft’s most recent Windows Mobile 6.5 release.

The new release presents several additional widgets supporting social networks like Facebook and Twitter, enhanced Internet searching with instant suggestions and many others.

“This version clearly shows where SPB Software is going,” – says Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of SPB Software. “We are on the way to make it even more flexible for user personalization, as well as being a great partner for phone manufacturers and mobile operators. The fast changing market needs the right user interface with great flexibility in customization. And we are well prepared for the demand.”

In addition to numerous OEMs that already license SPB Mobile Shell, SPB Software has announced several new partnerships, involving China’s ZTE, Huawei and the biggest China-based OEM K-Touch. At the event SPB Software has also announced signing of a significant agreement with MediaTek, a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions.

Pricing and Availability
SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 is available for Windows Mobile touchscreen devices (works on WM 5 or higher) from September 30th and on. A free trial version working for 15 days with some restrictions can be downloaded, or the full version can be purchased for $29.95 from www.spbsoftware.com. All registered user of SPB Mobile Shell 3.x can upgrade it to the version 3.5 for free.

WMexperts also managed to post a full review of this new release:

All in all, we are quit impressed with the updated version of Mobile Shell. SPB Mobile Shell has traditionally focused on putting more functionality at your fingertips and the updated version maintains that tradition really well. Add the vast amount of customization that is present and you get the flash with the functionality. Resulting in another outstanding application from SPB Software.

Source: SPB Software