The new smartphone OS from Microsoft is receiving praise for usability on par with iPhone and Android's experiences. But to reel consumers in, Microsoft will have to court app developers first.
In an exploding market where an estimated $6.2 billion will be spent on 4.5 billion mobile apps this year alone, consumers find themselves essentially deluged with a large selection of smartphones powered by an increasing number of mobile operating systems from Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), RIM (RIMM), HP's Palm (HPQ) and now Microsoft (MSFT).
With Windows Phone 7-loaded devices just launched to the public, the software company that helped define the PC is hoping it can wipe its slate clean and start anew in mobile. Critics so far agree that the interface, an unorthodox unified tile-based menu system, is fluid and easy enough to navigate, but the bigger question remains: will mobile application developers back a new OS in a space dominated by Apple and Google? More
Today's Fring 2.1 update for Android allows owners of devices like HTC's EVO to make video calls from their phones.
Besting Apple's next iPhone by at least a few weeks, Fring announced today the general availability of its Fring 2.1 software for Android. With a front-facing camera phone like the Sprint EVO 4G, you can now make video calls to your Skype contacts on their computers or other devices with front MORESeth Weintraub - May 27, 2010 10:45 PM ET
It's the application Steve Jobs says he has no intention of putting on the iPhone.
And it's here anyway.
On Wednesday, an Israeli company called Fring began offering free downloads of a program that lets you make toll-free phone calls on an iPhone, bypassing AT&T and every other cellular carrier. In other words, it does for the iPhone what Skype does for computers.
Technically, the service Fring offers is peer-to-peer Mobile VoIP (voice MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 15, 2008 6:13 PM ET
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