Gigabyte touts 'world's first' phone with Flash UI
One small problem: the claim's boll*cks
A phone sporting what its maker has claimed is the first mobile equipped with an Adobe Flash-based UI is on its way to the UK.
The GSmart S1200 has a Flash-based UI
According to Gigabyte, the company behind the GSmart S1200, Flash provides a basis for creating fluid, dynamic new user interfaces.
A Gigabyte spokesman told Register Hardware that Flash only requires a minimal amount of phone power, meaning users can benefit from a funky UI without running out of juice.
Maybe, but Gigabyte is not the first company to use the Adobe technology. Readers may recall UK company Pogo Technology, which launched a GPRS-based handheld internet tablet phone way back in 2002. OK, so Pogo subsequently stopped making it less than a year later, but its Flash-based phone was (briefly) on the market long before Gigabyte's offering.
The S1200 is actually based on Windows Mobile 6.1 – with a 6.5 version to follow later on. Users can flick between the standard UI and Gigabyte's Flash front end using the small circular button at the bottom of the rather iPhone-esque handset.
Elsewhere on the 105 x 52 x 11.4mm device you’ll find HSDPA connectivity and Wi-Fi support. Bluetooth 2.0 and mini USB provide alternative ways of moving data to and from the phone’s Micro SD memory card.
Switch to Windows Mobile at the flick of a button
The 3.1in screen can display snaps captured using the rear-mounted 3Mp camera.
Gigabyte’s GSmart S1200 will hit the UK during Q2. A Price hasn’t been set. ®
The LG viewty et al have a Flash UI and its quite quite crappy.
Paris, because she likes to flash her user interface.
Nonsense - loads of Flash based UIs out there!
This is nonsense - a massive number of Samsung's handsets (G600, F480i spring immediately to mind) have Flash based UIs.
Aren't all those Far East iPhone clones flash based?
It's not clear as to why this is news to anyone.
Users are not clamoring for a flash phone. Only flash developers and advertisers.
I guess if all you know is flash, it makes it easy to just port your app but really, no one wants the same experience on every device.
"Flash only requires a minimal amount of phone power"
...Not according to a report I read on a dodgy news site last year.