When it comes to trade shows and other industry events, when something is announced in Vegas, that pretty much makes it official. This week at the CTIA conference in Sin City Microsoft has announced wide industry support the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform, and more importantly for Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
The list of companies on board for the Windows Marketplace for Mobile include some pretty big app players, including AccuWeather.com, The Associated Press, CNBC, Developer One Mobile Software and EA Mobile, Facebook, Gameloft, Glu Mobile, Handmark, Ilium Software, Jeyo, Kinoma, LiteScape, Magmic Games, Melodis, MySpace, Namco Networks, Netflix, Pandora, PhatWare, Resco, ShoZu, Sling Media, SBSH Mobile Software, Spb Software, Web Information Solutions and Zagat Survey.
Key features of the Windows Marketplace for Mobile:
- Ability to pay for applications with a credit card or the option to have charges appear on the mobile phone bill
- Option to return an app after purchase with 24 hours for a full refund
- Developers will be able to deliver free updates to applications
- Mobile operators will be able to have a branded section of the catalog
On notable point of the key features is the return policy, which differs slightly from the Apple App Store policy. While Apple allows returns, it still charges developers 30 percent to cover the cost of the transaction, but Microsoft is stating that if a refund is made, it won’t cost the developer anything.
CTIA News and Happenings: Social Networking On Deck
Also at this week’s CTIA, MySpace announced that it will release an application for the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform, which will be pre-loaded on LG phones. Microsoft will also be partnering with Facebook on a Windows Mobile App, which will allow users to record and upload videos for their Facebook profiles. Both apps will be available for download when the Windows Martketplace for Windows opens later this year.
Rumors & Releases: Samsung Debuts WiMAX Handset
That’s no April Fools joke. At the CTIA show Samsung unveiled two new touchscreen handsets, along with an update to its TouchWiz interface. The Samsung Mondi features a 4.3-inch LCD touch display, 4GB of onboard memory, QWERTY keyboard and… wait for it… support for WiMAX!
While the “blanket” network is still in developmental stages – and remains more promise than practice – Samsung isn’t waiting for tomorrow. The Mondi, which runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and is preloaded with Route66 turn-by-turn GPS and the Opera 9.5 browser, is truly the mobile Internet machine for the future. Now if only someone could get that WiMAX thing truly ready for drive time.
But in the meantime, Samsung remained true to its instincts, or rather the Instinct S30, the latest in the line of the popular handsets. This new version comes loaded with features, including a calendar sync, IM, and will offer 32GB of memory. However, the S30 won’t run the new TouchWiz interface, but it will be available for Sprint users on April 19, for $129.99 with a two-year contract.