Nero previews Apple Front Row clone ‘Nero Mobile’ for smartphones, PDAs

Nero has announced they will preview Nero Mobile, a state-of-the-art mobile multimedia center for Smartphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs), at CeBIT 2006. Nero Mobile, a complete mobile media center, allows users to browse, play and organize media (Photos, Audio and Video clips) on a mobile phone or a PDA by streaming content from a home media center (e.g. Nero MediaHome) over the UPnP protocol. With it, users can also enjoy online Internet radio and TV broadcasts on their hand-held devices.

Nero Mobile supports latest codecs supported by Nero Digital, including MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 Video and High Efficiency AAC v2 Audio, MP3, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP/ASP, Ogg Vorbis and many more. Nero Mobile is also optimized for the many hardware platforms powering modern mobile phones, such as Intel XScale, ARM, TI-OMAP and Freescale mx.21. Nero Mobile runs on Windows Mobile, Symbian OS and mobile Linux platforms.

“The parameters of the digital lifestyle have expanded beyond the home to anywhere consumers may find themselves, such as commuting, working remotely, relaxing outdoors, or waiting in a doctor’s office,” said Jim Corbett, Executive Director of Nero AG in the press release. “Nero Mobile gives people the opportunity to stay connected, informed and entertained with high quality video and audio content at any location via their phones and PDAs.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

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  1. Clone is the correct word. My God, can’t anyone come up with anything “new” other than Apple?

    MDN Magic Word: “Ill” as in “Sputnik and this Nero thing make me ill”

  2. its an accidental clone.

    its simply a good interface design – and i can imagine its been in development for a good while on both sides.

    front row was certainly not the first time i’d seen a ‘rotating’ interface.

    pull your head out ya ass for a second.

  3. OK, Andrew.

    Try to be a little more specific – WHERE in the hell have you ever seen a “rotating” interface used for accessing multi-media stored on a device – other than on a Mac?


  4. I dont think it looks like it all that much, not to mention its a completely different STYLE, anyone who works in graphic or design can tell, sure similar “ideas” but the style and design are different than each other…

  5. Alice: the style and design are different than each other

    ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”hmmm” style=”border:0;” /> How do you figure? Because it’s red?? Face it, save for the color and the use of more generic icons (Apple’s are trademarked), this is identical, right down to the reflection of the icon in the “surface”!!!

    Sony Ericsson has no shame.

  6. um…. yeah, clone is a strong word indeed… its obvious products like front row will come out, but just because they do come out doesn’t make them clones.

    Not every car that comes out is a “clone” of the model T

  7. If you thought Apple came up with this idea, you are a loser and obviously haven’t been around long enough to separate facts from blind faith…

    Not to say you are idiots… just that you really need to dig deeper to see that not all ideas are Apple-first… It’s just that Apple has been the first one to make them better…

    Before you start flaming, I am a Mac-freak myself… But at least I am grounded enough to know that some of Apple’s technologies/UI designs have been around before Apple’s implementation..

    In the case of Front Row style UI…. check out, of all companies, Sun’s implementation YEARS before Front Row:

    It’s a shame that Sun isn’t exactly a big player in the consumer desktop market… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    And that Mighty Mouse they started shipping last year? It’s been Jef Raskin’s idea in his book for YEARS!!!

    So, yes… Apple “pirates” too!

  8. Off topic, but I am posting this here because it is a newer thread.

    Click on the link below, it will take you to the DigitalLife TV site – EPISODE 42. They encode it in many formats including H.264 – cool. This episode has quite a bit of Mac stuff in it (it’s usually Win stuff). They talk to a guy who went to the Intel Developers Forum and he talks about the new Intel Conroe(sp?) processors that may possibly go into the PowerMac line. 3-4 instructions per clock cycle, 300% gain in rendering speed, and at minimum a 100% gain in video encoding speed. It’s a good show and well worth the download. It’s says it’s 153MB (H.264), but its actually about 240MB. With a decent broadband connection it takes about 5-6 minutes. Oh, and they also talk about the Mac mini briefly and in the next episode they are going to show how to upgrade the memory in it on your own. Check it out – worth the download if you’re interested.

    DL TV Episode 42

    I have no affiliation with this site.

  9. I just want to clarify that…

    Project Looking Glass has only defined the primative look/feel of the initial Front Row screens. The rest of the stuff is all Apple… The navigation into each library, song, playlist… etc. Looking Glass wasn’t even anywhere close to what Apple has implemented…

    So, there… Apple scored big on that one.

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