SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile Smartphone now available

SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile Smartphone now available

Sling Media today announced the availability of SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile Smartphone. Previous mobile-viewing software has been available since March 22, but that app was limited to Pocket PC Windows Mobile devices that were touch-screen enabled. The new software works with non-touch-screen phones running Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphone that have a 144MHz or faster CPU, 900K of free space to install the software, at least 4MB of available program memory to run it, and a network speed of at least 112Kbps. Currently available compatible phones include the Cingular 2125, the T-Mobile SDA, the I-mate SP5, and the just-released Motorola Q.

We recently had a chance to see a near-final build of the SlingPlayer smart-phone software in action, running on a Motorola Q. The lack of a touch screen creates a control challenge, but Sling Media has done a good job of optimizing its viewing software for the smart-phone environment. Anyone used to the Windows "right-click contextual menus, left-click select" standard should have no trouble using it. The software will work with the standard 12-digit phone keypad and Windows Mobile keys (the five-way select button is critical, for instance), but the QWERTY keyboard found on phones such as the Motorola Q adds the capability for customized shortcuts--especially useful for DVR controls.

The smart-phone version of the SlingPlayer Mobile software isn't any more revolutionary than the previous Windows Mobile edition, but it expands the ability to interact with a Slingbox to another class of devices. Like the previous version, the smart-phone SlingPlayer costs only a one-time fee of $30. The free beta version is available for download at Sling Media's Web site. Users will need one a compatible phone, a broadband data package from their mobile provider (such as EV-DO), and of course, a Slingbox hooked up at home.

Next up for Sling is the long-promised Mac viewing client, still on track to hit later this year.
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