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Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:30 pm
|Kinoma Play released, claims to be the best media player for Windows Mobile
August 26, 2008 [General] | By Edward J. R.
Previously available for Palm OS operating system, now it is has been ported to Windows Mobile. It is not free, but it can play and upload YouTube videos and more, although we would not call "streaming podcasts instead downloading them" an innovation at all (it is like step back):
Among the key innovations in Kinoma Play:
Streaming podcasts – Instead of tediously downloading and syncing, podcasts stream on-demand, so users are always up to date
“Media First” user interface – User interface elements all-but-disappear when viewing photos, listening to music, or watching video to keep the focus on the media
High quality YouTube – Kinoma Play provides high quality YouTube video by playing the same feeds delivered to your PC, when bandwidth permits
Integrated search – Search your phone, your home PC and the Internet to find what you want
Menu Pod – A beautifully animated dynamic menu providing fast access to many powerful features
To learn more, visit Kinoma Play announcement.
Commentary: removing features is not an innovation and ability to download podcasts over RSS feeds for off-line listening is certainly not an innovation. While it is great to see long-year Palm OS developer coming to Windows Mobile, it is not good that this developer is arrogant and utters false claims (streaming is not podcasting, podcasting = downloading of files over RSS feeds). Since AAC is nowadays supported in several Windows Mobile phones out of the box and free YouTube players are also either included or available for free, we don't see compelling reason to buy this program.