You may remember back in January we ran this story about phonethemes.com. I got the chance to play with some of these excellent animated homescreens – which are far more than an animated gif! Phonethemes bundle background images, colour schemes, theme animation and sometimes even a ringtone too. Even the mighty Bill Gates showcased their work during his MEDC keynote. These are really that good ! However, up until fairly recently you couldn’t get your hands on one.
Well now you can!
PhoneThemes.com has gone live this morning – with lush, beautiful moving themes selling for around £2 a shot. These themes are also very efficient and have a power-management utility ensuring minimal impact on the battery life of your phone. Installation is easy too!
To celebrate the launch of PhoneThemes.com, they’re giving away the Coral Aquarium, XP Sky, Snow Mountain AND Pretty Girl for FREE! How good is that eh?!?!?
PhoneThemes.com have also sent in a Press Release which you can read below, but to be honest these awesome themes speak for themselves. Get yourself one now at the link below – believe me you won’t regret it (plus they’re a million times better than a crazy frog ringtone on your phone!)
Link – PhoneThemes.com
Update – Click below for more examples of their excellent work!
23rd June 2005 – Phonethemes Limited releases new multimedia format for smartphones after successful completion of field trials
Phonethemes Limited has released a secure multimedia format for mobile phones that allows customers to benefit from compelling and exciting content that use high value audio-visual assets.
The general release of the phonethemes format follows a successful field trial involving 350 European consumers using a range of Microsoft Mobile smartphone devices on operating a range of mobile networks.
The new phonethemes format enables another step forward in mobile phone personalisation by allowing multimedia assets such as video files or high quality animations to be permanently resident on the main screen of the device. The new phonethemes can also integrate phone skins and ringtones to ensure a consistent look and feel around the house style of a brand. A designer can therefore change the colour schemes of screens as well as the resident home screen and menu windows.
A phonetheme encapsulates multimedia content from traditional video, still and audio formats into a proprietary format that is suitable for transmission over mobile networks by being efficient in terms of size. PhoneThemes CTO Jim Hunt said, “We were so frustrated by the lack of asset protection for multimedia content in the mobile world that we made a strategic decision to develop our own systems. We believe that copyright owners now have a chance to securely access the mobile services market without the threat of viral distribution and no remuneration. ”
The phonetheme is also independent of relatively expensive platforms such as Macromedia Flash and allows a multimedia interface to be permanently resident on the mobile device without unnecessary consumption of power resources. A phonetheme can also integrate phone skins and ringtones to ensure a consistent look and feel around the house style of a brand. A designer can therefore change the colour schemes of screens as well as the resident home screen and menu windows.
Mobile device support
PhoneThemes supports the two main ‘voice centric’ operating systems for Smartphones: Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 for SmartPhone and Symbian Series 60. These types of device predominantly use a traditional telephone keypad interface. Phonethemes can also operate on Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) using Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. Visit www.phonethemes.com for a fuller list of mobile devices that currently use these operating systems.
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