Exclusive: Large update on Paris

‘Paris’ is the codename of the speculated high-end phone P5.
Sliding keyboard and different home screens you can navigate between by pressing left and right. Also, we’ve got a sliding mechanism on the back of the phone as a lens protector for the camera. “5 MP” is also stated on the back near the camera. It comes with a stylus even though the user interface can easily be used with your finger as well. It’s black and a bit smaller than P1. It has a built-in GPS (NaviLink 5.0 NL5350) with WayFinder 7.0 built-in as well as a weather application and the new Opera Mobile 9 with intelligent zoom and widgets. Based on OMAP34xx hardware platform.

Paris is going to be announced along with Beibei, if everything goes as planned, which it should.

Exclusive: Beibei user interface pictures

Lots of icons from the upcoming Beibei’s user interface. The phone will be running UIQ 3.2, and this is an exclusive preview of what the future will hold 😀 I guess the picture pretty much speaks for itself, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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Exclusive: Beibei photoshop

Here goes another USEB exclusive. This is the first ever photoshop of the upcoming Beibei from Sony Ericsson. It’s a slim Walkman smart phone running UIQ with a touch screen, 3.2 mega pixels camera and a scroll wheel instead of joystick. Very interesting!

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QuickBlock – extremely cool freeware game for UIQ 3!

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QuickBlock is an extremely cool freeware game for Sony Ericsson smart phones running UIQ 3. It makes use of the touch screen on the phone and will seriously put your reaction skills to a test!

In this game it’s all about moving and staying alive. You have to move around your orange block and avoid the green block, which will continuously morph into more – smaller – blocks.

As said, it’s freeware so give it a try. My best time is 57 now 59 seconds – see if you can beat it!

USEB in partnership with The UIQ Evangelist

The UIQ Evangelist is a great blog about UIQ, which is an operating system I fancy a lot. UIQ Technology is a joint-venture owned by Motorola and Sony Ericsson, and both manufacturers make use of it in their smart phones. My main phone is currently a W960, which runs UIQ.

So, now to the point of this post. I have joined Asri al-Baker, the owner of the site, in posting about the UIQ-sphere and we hope to make it the best UIQ blog ever! So, if you’re interested in UIQ, you should definitely check out the blog. Much stuff will change there in the future and we’ll add some features and and modifications – if you have any questions or suggestions, please email me on michell@uiqblog.com.

Audio and video podcaster for UIQ 3

My friend Sebastian Brännström (aka teknolog) and Lars Persson (aka AnotherGuest) have been developing a really cool freeware application for UIQ 3. It’s an audio and video podcast application called Escarpod. The graphics in the application has been created by Alan Eddie, who has done a fabulous job! I was first helping a little with the icons, but Alan’s are far better 🙂

Escarpod was recently submitted to the UIQ Open contest and was then published on the project website on the first of January. Escarpod is currently in a beta 2 stage and the release version will come later in January with more translations (I’ve added the Danish translation!). Escarpod will run on any UIQ 3 phone, but it’s highly recommended to use it on one with WLAN to cut the data expenses.

You can read more and download the free application here.

The open source Bergamot project – as this UIQ 3 project has been called – also includes other applications and very exciting future projects and ports from S60 to UIQ 3. You can find more info about the project on its Google Code website.

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Fring now supports W960

Fring is a VoIP application that also supports all kinds of Instant Messaging services like Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger and of course MSN Messenger. And best of all, it’s free 🙂 Up until now W960 hasn’t been supported, but as a Christmas present for all of us with a W960, it now works.

Go, get the application here! 🙂