Intended to boost Windows Mobile's popularity, third-party facelifts to the smartphone operating system might instead contribute to its demise. At least, that's according to a thought-provoking blog posting by Alex Kac, a mobile programmer and CEO of Web Information Solutions (WebIS), Inc.
Kac and WebIS have been responsible for a variety of Windows CE and Windows Mobile-based applications, ranging from an email client integrated with Intrinsyc's Soleus platform, to Pocket Informant, an award-winning PIM (personal information manager) for Windows Mobile that has been on the market for more than eight years. While not abandoning Windows, WebIS just announced a version of Pocket Informant for the iPhone -- a platform to which many developers will migrate if present trends continue, charges Kac.
The problem, in Kac's view, is third-party Windows Mobile extensions such as HTC's TouchFLO, seen above in its latest “3D” incarnation. Writes Kac on his blog, “In the past we could write to the Windows Mobile spec and mostly everything worked on any device. But of late I've had things that worked for hundreds of devices stop working for just one, because that OEM simply did a poor job.”
Add-ons such as TouchFLO 3D (above) beautify Windows Mobile, but can reportedly break third-party applications: Demo video: TouchFLO.