Microsoft Driven Zumobi Launches Today

Microsoft backed technology Zumobi has finally launched today in beta form. Zumobi started life as ZenZui back in the Microsoft research labs. Zumobi is now a seperate startup company but still has strong roots to Microsoft. Zumobi offers a zooming web interface across a broad range of devices like Apple's iPhone, RIM's Blackberry and Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices. Zumobi does not offer the full web but custom tiles from 3rd parties.

Although the beta is currently US only (you need to supply a US cell number) I have downloaded and used the Zumobi service today on my HTC TyTN II device. Although this is beta, the service seems a little slow and the zooming features aren't always very responsive compared to other Zooming technologies that Opera uses for example. The tiles are excellent and rich in content, I'd love to see them fully support touchflo for Windows Mobile in the future.

Setting up tiles within Zumobi is fairly straight forward as they are pushed to the service and available within an inbox to add to the main wall of tiles. Even though this is early stages, the technology looks promising. Multi platform services like Zumobi are exactly what the industry needs right now and the amount of partners that are getting behind Zumobi (amazon, MTV etc) shows that this could be popular technology.

Screenshot: Zumobi - Main Screen
Screenshot: Zumobi - Inbox for tiles
Screenshot: Zumobi - 1 Level Zoom in
Video: Brief Tour - Neowin
Video: Zumobi Beta Launch - Range of devices
View: Sign up for Zumobi Beta

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It looks cool, but it seems to me that it's just a glorified bookmark manager. Presumably the icons represent links to content.

So is this like a web browser that only works with offline stuff you have previously downloaded to your phone?

It clearly states that it's US-only in the report. Quite understandable as most contents are US-only. Guess we'll just have to be a little more patient.

Apple made technology fashionable. Just a shame the iPhone lacks a **** load of basic features. I would like to see this phone do well, but the people buying such phones are the younger generation who like eye candy. This is doomed to fail due to it's looks. Shame really.

I will stick to Nokia for now.

It looks kinda cool, but it looks like you would have to have a beast of a phone to run it smoothly. Not to mention, unlimited data access.

this is one of the slowest piece of software I have ever used in my phone. It takes 10 MB of ram just to start up. Then the load time of the "tiles" are just painfully slow.. Its easier to just browse the mobile version of sites..

Seems like an upgrade of our phone will be required. Looks nice. And on a wifi enabled phone i guess the content would run smoother.

coolkat007 said,
bring on deepfish first!! [http://labs.live.com/deepfish/]

Yeah really. What is the hold up. You would think with the iPhone and OperaMini 4 that Deepfish would be top priority.

Yeah I have to agree, upon reading the article I thougth it was just a tool to zoom in and out of the screen. Now from looking at the pics, I have no idea what it's for.....

"Zumobi offers a zooming web interface" and "Zumobi does not offer the full web but custom tiles from 3rd parties." not to mention the screenshots and links to videos that demonstrate it. What else do you want me to do, come to your house with my phone and demonstrate it fully?

creamhackered said,
"Zumobi offers a zooming web interface" and "Zumobi does not offer the full web but custom tiles from 3rd parties." not to mention the screenshots and links to videos that demonstrate it. What else do you want me to do, come to your house with my phone and demonstrate it fully? :wub:

So it's a web browser?

Kushan said,

So it's a web browser?


You might call it that, it's for browsing web content that is produced by 3rd parties in the form of a tile within the application. You can't simply surf to address it has to have a tile and one that is downloaded into your wall of tiles. I guess the implementation is a little complicated but it's fairly simple to use.