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December 14, 2007 at 12:01 AM

Zumobi zooms beta to the public

Zumobi, which is developing a highly interactive user interface for the mobile phone, is releasing its beta to the public today.

The company, formerly known as Zenzui, has created an interface that is a combination of widgets and visuals to help people navigate a lot of information by zooming in and out to see more or fewer details. The application addresses the inherent difficulties of searching and navigating the Web on the mobile phone.

Zumobi can now be downloaded free on the the company’s site.

The user chooses a number of “tiles,” which widgets of sorts. Web sites and media companies will have to create those tiles specifically for Zumobi.

It sounds like the company is off to a great start with a pretty impressive list of launch partners, including Amazon.com, MTV Networks, The Associated Press, AccuWeather.com, Traffic.com, FlightStats.com, Vail Resorts and Fox Television’s “Family Guy.”

The beta is available for phones running Windows Mobile 5 and 6. In the second quarter, a version will become available for BlackBerry and selected Java-compatible phones. The application requires a data plan, and an unlimited all-you-can-eat plan is strongly recommended.

The company has a video explaining the service here.

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