SPB Mobile Shell developer bought by Yandex
Anybody still remember SPB Mobile Shell, that insanely popular home screen replacement back in the heyday of Windows Mobile? Many people preferred it over other home screens plugins, like HTC’s own TouchFLO/Manila, because it was so customizable. Many of the most popular threads in our Windows Mobile Themes subforum are about Mobile Shell. The company behind it, SPB, also developed lots of other high-quality applications for Windows Mobile, and eventually, with its decreasing populartiy, expanded into Android, iOS and other operating systems as well.
Now, SPB has been acquired by Yandex, the most popular search engine in Russia. This comes only a few days after the same company has inked a deal (which we wrote about) with Microsoft and various Windows Phone OEMs, namely Nokia, Samsung, and HTC, to replace Bing as the default search engine on Windows Phones sold in Russia.
I’m sure lots of people that once used a Windows Mobile device and have been active on this forum will still have some fond memories about tinkering with their devices, like trying out different home screens, and Mobile Shell was probably one of them. So, it’s kind of sad to see the once premier mobile software developer being bought in what seems to be a strategic move by Yandex to bolster its search market share.