Scott Guthrie, at the Mix’08 keynote, just dropped a massive hint about Silverlight on iPhone:
We’re releasing Silverlight on more and more mobile platforms. We’ll release it on anything with an SDK.
Could the man get any less subtle?
The newly announced X1 phone and XPERIA brand from Sony Ericsson has generated a bit of enthusiasm. Some are calling it the iPhone killer, I’m not so sure myself.
In any case, we’ve kicked off a new site for XPERIA enthusiasts. The news will flow thick and fast over at goXPERIA.com, and we’ll see what we can do about busting into launch events and press junkets.
According to a PR contact at Sony Ericsson, the XPERIA brand, as unveiled with the new X1 phone, is a taste of things to come:
The trend towards device convergence has been on-going for some time within the mobile communications industry. Sony Ericsson has pioneered the combination of devices such as a good quality camera or high quality digital music player with a mobile phone, without compromising the capability of individual functions. Now, we see a clear demand from high-end users who wish to combine a number of different capabilities into a single device – the best of all worlds. The new XPERIA line of products, of which the first is the X1, will target these users directly.
Additional, Sony has re-iterated that the foray into Windows Mobile is not at the expense of the Symbian OS (as seen in the P series of phones, and the new G700 and G900).
The XPERIA X1 will be available to New Zealand consumers in "late 2008".
There have been a whole heap of new phone announcements over the past couple of days, but only one has really caught my eye. Sony’s new Xperia phone looks like a lovely replacement for my ageing* Nokia E70.
The device looks incredibly slick, and is definitely the nicest looking side-sliding qwerty I’ve ever laid eyes on.
The Xperia runs the latest version of Windows Mobile, but Sony have done well to disguise it. I am extremely skeptical that the interface will respond as smoothly as is represented in the video, but we can live in hope:
Nokia wants you to get all hot and sweaty in their Mosh pit.? MOSH (which apparently stands for mobilize and share) is Nokia’s new multimedia mashup site.? MOSH consist of? a social networking website for sharing images, videos and other files; and a client application on your phone.? However, if you’re thinking of an integrated application like Shozu or Vox, think again.
The MOSH client is pretty strange.? It runs like an application on your phone, but it only has five buttons, all of which take you straight into your phone’s browser to the cut-down MOSH site.? For example, click ‘Upload’ in the MOSH client, and you’re taken to an upload webpage, where you can select a file and upload it.? No previews are available for the files you upload, so picking a picture to upload can be hit-and-miss.? You’ll have to run the gallery/album app on your phone, find the filename you want to upload, then go into MOSH and upload it.
Compare this to Shozu, where you can be prompted to upload an image to Flickr as soon as the image is captured on your phone.? This makes for a much more interactive experience and makes it more likely for people to actually upload images.? Uploading in MOSH was just a pain, with more emphasis placed on the fact that my image would be virus scanned than anything else.
Add to all of this the fact that the MOSH site is very beta, and Nokia has their work cut out for them.? I experience weird font resizing, AJAX updates placing content out to the right of the page, access denied after uploading a photo (I presume it was being virus scanned, but nothing told me that), and other strangeness.
With plenty of social networking sites our there for sharing images (Flickr, Facebook) and video (YouTube, etc), I can’t really see the point of MOSH.? Good luck Nokia, but I think this entry is too late in the game and not unique enough to make an impact.