Feeds

Other smart phones are people too, says ex-Apple team

Delivers media browser for all

High performance access to file storage

A team of former Apple engineers are promising to bring TV-like simplicity and some iPhone touches to the task of finding and consuming media on any smart phone.

Their company, Kinoma, is today launching a smart media browser and player - Kinoma Play - to search video, photos, music, radio and podcasts on your phone and online, and to consolidate them behind a single interface. Kinoma Play 1.0 lets you create playlists and slideshows, find RSS feeds and zoom and rotate pictures and video on any smart phone.

The company claims it can bring these features to devices with different hardware and operating systems as Kinoma Play - a native C application - runs in an abstraction layer.

Kinoma Play 1.0 is for Windows Mobile 5.0 and higher, but co-founder and chief executive Peter Hoddie told The Reg during a demo the browser also runs on Symbian, Linux and the iPhone - although it's "not great yet".

Support for a second platform is due by the end of the year. Hoddie would not say what that platform will be, but noted: "We really like Linux - the OEMs are using Linux under the covers. It works beautifully there."

Linux would certainly have more to offer for Kinoma than Windows: Linux accounts for about 19 per cent of the smart-phone market versus around five per cent for Windows, according to various figures. Linux is expected to outsell Windows by 2013. Symbian, of course, remains the market leader.

In the meantime, though, there remain millions of Windows-powered smart phones sold and still in circulation. Kinoma 1.0 is available for these as a 2MB download.

Hoddie, who demo'd the player on a Samsung Blackjack and Spring Treo, has a background in supporting different platforms: he led the Apple engineering team that made Apple's QuickTime a cross-platform player. With Kinoma, Hoddie went on to hire some of those who'd worked on the iPhone.

"If you are going to buy an iPhone you buy an iPhone," Hoddie said of the Kinoma Player. "But there are also people who will never buy an iPhone. They have something that's already interesting and they want to do something their browser can't."

He has a point. And, while the same handset manufacturers that sat on their fat backsides for years without offering anything substantially new are now touting the touchability and screen size of new phones, some are coming up short on usability and integrated features. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.