Zumobi has rolled out the Beta version of its user interface and mobile widget platform. A free download of Zumobi is available at the company website at www.zumobi.com. Content will be accessible from over 75 mobile widgets or Tiles, which includes several from Zumobi launch affiliates such as Amazon.com, MTV Networks, The Associated Press, AccuWeather.com, Traffic.com, FlightStats.com and OTOlabs, who developed Tiles for Vail Resorts and Fox Television’s “Family Guy.”
Zumobi has essentially redefined the manner in which people access, retrieve and share Web-based content on their mobile handsets. It has not only been a breath of fresh air for its users but has also transformed the way advertisers connect with their user base via their mobile phones.
Speaking about the latest beta launch, Zumobi CEO Eric Hertz said, “The Zumobi team has been working for over a year to make this product a reality, and we’re very excited to launch the first version of our public Beta today.” Adding, “Our partners who have created Zumobi Tiles for the initial Beta have delivered an excellent portfolio of news, entertainment, travel content and more.”
Jeremiah Zinn, Senior Vice President of Digital Distribution for MTV Networks said, “We’re constantly creating new touch points on-air, online and on handsets that deepen our audiences’ engagement with their favorite programming.” Adding, “Zumobi’s new platform brings Web 2.0 functionality to wireless devices, and that allows us to create even more experiences for our audiences to stay connected to their favorite music, music news and gaming content.”
The first Beta version of Zumobi supports devices running Windows Mobile 5 and 6, with Blackberry and selected J2ME compatibility are slated to available by Q2 of 2008. While the third party support should be available by Q1 of the coming year. Developers can download the SDK from http://dev.Zumobi.com.
Here’s the video of Zumobi’s beta launch video on YouTube.