If Firefox ‘pleased’ to have Buzz It, Chrome browser have it too, with no less than 3 extensions available right now.
The first extension that I tried is Chrome Buzz. It’s the most popular right now, but apparently only allows you to view the notification or buzz or update (whichever you think accurate). Quite disappointing.
The developer is working on enhancement such as updating your Buzz and comments function which is essential for Chrome Buzz to grows. One thing great about this extension is, it opens at lightning speed!
Buzz Mobilizer Extension is more advance in the sense that you can post new update to your Google Buzz, but the performance is sluggish. To post update, it will search your location first which is very slow, before enable the text box so you can writing and post the update.
Other than that, it has search function (appears not yet working), nearby buzz and search people (not working as well).
I have to say that this is half finished extension; not yet ready for prime time. It still has potential to be popular if all functions works nicely with improved performance.
If there is one thing that Microsoft should have done years ago, it’s none other than Windows Phone 7 series. That’s what I feel and also some respond that I read about the newest mobile operating system that Microsoft just unveiled yesterday. The Windows Phone 7 Series is on the class on it’s own, stated by Endgadget in one of it’s post.
As excited as you’re, I have followed the Engadget’s live blog (coincidentally I work at night GMT+8 time, so no problem stay late) to witness the new beginning, of what I can say is the true contender for the next generation mobile operating system.
It’s totally awesome I have to admit. The UI concept is moving away from the common UI mobile OS in the market, which pretty much doing what iPhone has invented, slide left an right or up and down, and with big move-able icons on each page, some with customize background.
Windows Phone 7 Series UI is giving new perspective of what Mobile OS should be, although the main interface remain ‘slide up an down’ concept. Called Metro, the shortcut to program is like tiles, as they were actually called ‘live tiles’ with 1 or 2 ’tiles’ at each row.
Well, you know, photo is always the best way to describe the beauty, so here is the Windows Phone 7 series Start Screen. It’s almost similar as Zune, but as most non-US folks never had chance to use Zune, consider this is new, at least to us in other part of the world.
Hub is what they called each section in this phone have. Among the hubs are
Music & Video Hub for music, videos, podcast and live streaming.
People Hub which keep the relevant contact detail along side integration with their social networking feeds.
Marketplace Hub – Like app store
Games Hub – For Xbox LIVE integration
Office Hub – Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace and Outlook Mobile
Some features that each Windows Phone 7 Series going to or might have. This is by far that I have read on.
Every Windows Phone 7 Series will have 3 button – Home, Back and Search
No UI customization is allowed, which means all Windows Phone 7 series will have same looks regardless the manufacturer.
Xbox LIVE Integration
Windows Mobile 6.X applications will not compatible with Windows Phone 7 series
Capacitive and multi touch is a mandatory on each phone.
Microsoft will not manufacture and sell it’s own Windows Phone 7 Series.
Again, it’s best to let official videos from Microsoft to tell the features and demo the new mobile OS.
Windows Phone 7 Series Feature Videos
Windows Phone 7 Series Demos
Windows Phone 7 Series Promo Videos
Microsoft is not alone in bringing Windows Phone 7 Series to the world. AT&T has been chosen as be US’s premier partners. Other carries include Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Manufacturers likes Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc are among that Microsoft has team up to manufacture the phone.
The first phones will be available by holiday 2010, which means by December 2010. So until then, stay still with your current phone. Hopefully the final product will deliver the same or higher excitement than what was demoed today. Microsoft can’t afford to fail again this time.
Opera has released the latest version of it’s Opera web browser, now in version Opera 10.5 for Windows. Mac and Linux version will out soon. Opera 10.50 is said to be the most advance and the fastest web browser with Opera Turbo, first introduced last year.
The interface is now have cleaner looks and minimalist. The new feature such as Speed Dial, effects on visual tabs were introduced to improve visual. Taking advantage of Aero Glass effect on Windows 7, Opera is now looks more sleek than before.
Using Opera is still easy as before even with all these improvements. Just like other modern browsers, there are address bar, search box at the header, the bookmarked website at the main body along the Ask search box, and the Speed Dial.
Safari is currently the only web browser available for iPhone. But that is going to change very soon when Opera Mini for iPhone from Opera will be unveiled during World Mobile Congress (MWC) 2010.
Opera Mini will be equipped with features that focused on performance, as stated in press release “Opera Mini is renowned for its compression technology, which results in significantly faster Web-page loading and reduces data surcharges. With favorite desktop features in its arsenal, such as tabs, Speed Dial and the password manager, Opera Mini is designed with usability in mind“.
At a glance, Opera Mini will have the address bar and search box on the header. The main body will shows what believed as recently browsed sites or bookmarked sites. The footer will feature back and forward button, refresh, new windows and setting page. No estimated date when Opera Mini will available in App Store, so stay tune for the announcement next week.