SPB has released a Beta Update to their Mobile Shell 3.0, SPB Mobile Shell 3.0.1 Beta 1. The update Beta fixes several "bugs" in the original and adds a few minor features. According to SPB, the release is not designed to add additional "standalone" features but rather to fix known bugs and add small features.
I installed the Beta update on the AT&T Fuze and the overall performance of Mobile Shell seemed to improve. The application felt more responsive to the touch. One fix was to resolve the tremendously slow screen rotation between portrait and landscape modes. The rotation speed was back to normal levels (maybe a hair faster) when you extend the keyboard of the Fuze. However, when you rotate the Fuze horizontally (without the keyboard extended) the screen no longer rotates. The fix is still in the Beta phase so I'm sure SPB will correct this.
A few of the more notable additions/fixes with the Beta include the addition of a "Show Today" widget; the addition of a "Remove All" command in the call log menu, and support for the "call" button in certain screens. From an individual contact screen, when you highlight the desired number to call and hit your "call" button the number is now dialed. In the original 3.0, the "call" button pulled up your dial screen.
There's no word from SPB when the update will be finalized and it's nice to see the prompt response SPB has made in addressing these issues. The SPB Mobile Shell 3.0.1 Beta can be downloaded here and for those interested, follow the break for the complete change log provided by SPB.
Change log for Mobile Shell 3.0.1 Beta:
- Feature: ability to save calls from unknown numbers to a new or existing contact
- Feature: ability to show/hide SIM contacts
- Feature: "Show Today" widget
- Feature: support for the hardware "Call" button from certain dialogs
- Feature: "Remove All" in call log - Bug fix: switch between portrait and landscape mode takes too much time
- Bug fix: contact sync can fail after using a picture from Facebook
- Bug fix: some calls cannot be resolved to their corresponding contacts
- Bug fix: calls from unidentified numbers are not shown in the call log
- Bug fix: "Edit Profile" doesn't work correctly on Treo
- Bug fix: devices cannot be turned off on HTC Kaiser cooked ROMs
- Change: "Hardware Acceleration" option is hidden for non-supported devices
- City database has been updated
- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations
George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
does it help with battery life? i had it on my omnia and had to return it because it just ruined my battery. id get like 5-6 hrs using it
Now that you mention it, there is a battery pull. I didn't notice it with the first release but the beta is definitely draining the battery noticeably faster.
Hey George -- I'm due to get my Diamond2 soon and this will be my first touchscreen/Flo2-3D device. I was planning on purchasing Spb 3.0 as soon as I got the phone since everyone is raving about it...or do you recommend me holding off until the beta is finalized OR get used to the Diamond2? Silly question, i know...but was curious. Thanks!
First, congrats on the TD2.
As far as Mobile Shell 3.0 is concerned, I'd get a feel for the TD2 first then download the trial to see if it's what you want. I'm checking with SPB to see how they are going to handle things when 3.0.1 goes into production (e.g. free upgrade?).
Once I find out, I'll pass it on.
Thanks for the kudos. Well, I really wanted to see if I could wait until it's released in the US on ATT but with my phone currently dying I needed something so I figured I'd try it. I'll take your advice and play around with the Touch Flo 3d and then, maybe, goto the Sph 3.0. Thanks!
Just got word from SPB that minor updates (such as 3.0.1) will be free while major updates (such as 4.0 whenever that happens) will be at a cost.
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