Surfcube 3D browser for Windows Phone just got updated to v5 with many new features. The new Windows Phone 8 version takes advantage of Windows Phone 8’s new speech API. It has an interesting new feature called ‘Article Cinema’.
Article Cinema turns articles into a cinema-like experience: images from the article are shown, while the text of the article is read aloud. Article Cinema is basically a new, permanent tab, and can be initiated from the context menu. You can also add multiple articles to Article Cinema, and have them played in a row. For example, I get in the car, tap-and-hold on a dozen or so interesting links on my favorite portals’ home page, select “Play later” – and then the phone reads them to me while I’m driving.
Other features as part of this version,
- Wmv, avi, pdf, files are now played back (most of the time)
- First steps of Readability integration. Readability gives us a “Reader mode”, stripping a web page down to its content, showing only the text and images for an article. You can access Readability in the context menu (tap and hold on a page)
- Cosmetic changes, bug fixes