We first heard about Spb Mobile Shell 5.0 back at Mobile World Congress in February of this year. The big news, beyond the major overhaul of the product, was that instead of being a Windows Phone-only product, Spb was changing its strategy by providing the custom interface for Android, Symbian, and Windows Phone.
Over the years, we’ve come to love Spb Mobile Shell as a way to drastically improve the interface of Windows Mobile. Now, with version 5.0, Spb has brought the product to a level that even Android users will find compelling. As you can see by the video above, Spb has aimed to improve upon widgets, folders, and homescreens with Mobile Shell 5.0. For example, widgets expand only when you want them open, instead of taking up large areas of your homescreens. Folders work much like the do already on Android and iPhone, but you can expose your most commonly used icons from within a folder without having to go into the folder itself. Spb has also improved up on their 3D carousel interface that lets you spin around your homescreens.
No word yet on availability, though we can say with confidence that this won’t be coming to Windows Phone 7 for now. According to the press release: SPB will be hosting a SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 Roadshow to launch the product, which starts today in San Francisco and will include cities such as London, Tokyo, Taipei, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Berlin, amongst others. And also, it looks like Spb is going to partner with OEMs and carriers on implementations of Mobile Shell 5.0. It’s unknown whether they’ll allow consumers to buy the interface directly.