“A newly published patent application assigned to Microsoft provides a unique insight into what the Zune Phone interface might look like. The patent, filed on June 16th 2006 and published on 12th April 1007, covers Tile Space User Interface for Mobile devices and discusses how small screens and a large number of features make it “difficult for users to access commonly used data and functions” on many mobile phones.” (Source)
Regarding the interface, I have to say that it looks like a novel idea to use in the mobile phone industry. Microsoft trying to compete with Apple, Samsung, and all the other mobile companies with a new interface again? Possibly so.
FCC, probably one of the major “leak portal”-if that’s the way you want to put it :D-just gave it away once again! According to MarketWatch, something similar to a Zune Phone may be in the works. CrunchGear was also able to find clues on a possible Zune Phone back in Monday, but it seems as if it is now true and confirmed.
On Monday, Microsoft filed a mysterious FCC application that seemed to somewhat resemble a wireless device able to work as something like a VoiP.
According to CrunchGear and the FCC filings, this “mysterious device” will actually be using OFDM (orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing) rather than WiFi or Bluetooth. OFDM is actually going to be a widely used modulation scheme in the 4G standards in near future. Despite the fact that current companies such as T-Mobile are still struggling with 3G standards, as Sprint/Nextel have actually announced plans to build a 4G network on a 802.16e mobile WiMax standard, it seems like the Zune Phone may just be the device that may lead the way…
If what CrunchGear is speculating is correct, that’d be great! 🙂 At least some competition for the upcoming Apple iPhone and at least some sort of a new upgrade to the Zune in a sense, right?
I’m looking forward to it at least. 😛
Zune Phone seems to not be too far away. With the Apple iPhone planning on being released in mid-2007 this year, we’ve been hearing all sorts of news on when Zune Phone will be released or if it ever will be released. But according to CrunchGear, it seems as if the Microsoft team is once again in their round table, working their minds to capture and seriously compete against Steve Job and Apple’s iPhone.
But considering how only idea clouds are being formed as of, there aren’t really specific launch dates (although we’ve heard a ready to be sold at 2007 Holidays news) or even specifications on the Zune Phone.
Despite this fact, a Zune Phone looks as if it’ll be more of a smartphone that’ll co-work with the Zune AND the Zune Marketplace. Windows Mobile running on the Zune Phone seems like an unlikely decision by Microsoft. Probably an interface similar to the current Zune’s UI? After all, people are quite fond of the revolution that Zune has brought in terms of MP3 interface.
More updates on the Zune Phone as they’re released. But with the iPod coming in June and hopefully the Zune Phone coming in late 2007, I wonder how many will bite the Apple rather than wait for the Zune Phone…
Recently, with some news at Gizmodo, we have been receiving many emails on Zune being released at Wal-mart. Well, guess what? I guess that Wal-mart will be looking to distribute these!
The above image is a screenshot that Engadget managed to take. Right now, with all the speculation, it seems like Wal-mart decided to take the item down. But as you can see from the picture, Zune is listed at $284.00. Before you get all hyped up, it’s only at a “Learn More” stage unlike the Zen beside it, which you can order now. Or wait for Zune. 😉 Anyways this pricing makes us wonder about an entry a few weeks ago. I guess that the pricing on that entry may be indeed the final pricing.
Please note that Microsoft have not yet commented on this, so we can’t be too sure that it’ll be a penny below $300 just yet! But it seems like it’ll most likely be that price! 🙂
Also, further talks regarding the Zune Phone has been going around. So far, Microsoft seems to be saying that there will be one. But so far, nothing is unconfirmed. But here’s a picture for you to enjoy. 🙂
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