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stoffe
October 1st, 2006, 07:03 PM
Hello, not exactly a specialized forum for this I uess, but maybe someone knows the answer anyway. :) I'm looking to buy a new cell phone, and while playing sound isn't really the top priority, it would be a nice feature to have - but in that case, I would like the phone to handle Ogg, if at all possible.

Googling I've only found a few Samsung models, which seems to run Windows with Windows Media Player, and I don't really like the idea of that, not to mention I would think it won't play nicely with Ubuntu.

Does anybody know of any other alternatives, currently or underway?

stoffe
October 9th, 2006, 10:22 AM
One - and the only - bump just in case someone new sees this. Thanks.

Reshin
October 9th, 2006, 10:34 AM
...cell phones have windows nowadays? Now I can tell I've been living under a rock

stoffe
October 9th, 2006, 11:02 AM
...cell phones have windows nowadays? Now I can tell I've been living under a rock

Indeed they do... many of the new phones are more or less PDAs anyways, and in either case has pretty advanced operating systems, among them a version of Windows, I assume it's CE or something similar. Others go with Linux versions, and there are a few specialized systems as well.

Rhubarb
October 9th, 2006, 11:16 AM
You can play ogg files easily on any windows mobile phone.
I'm not sure about the ones with the small screens (the ones that look like mobile phones). But I do know the PDA style ones (screen resolution of 240x320) work fine.

To play oggs, I use MortPlayer:
http://www.sto-helit.de/modules/edito/content.php?id=28

To play most video formats like ogm, xvids, divxs, mpegs, and mp4s use TCPMP:
http://tcpmp.corecodec.org/

For some reason the site above seems to be down, so try:
http://picard.exceed.hu/tcpmp/

If you do get a phone with windows mobile, just remember that it does like to crash, the reset button is your friend.

stoffe
October 9th, 2006, 11:33 AM
You can play ogg files easily on any windows mobile phone.
I'm not sure about the ones with the small screens (the ones that look like mobile phones). But I do know the PDA style ones (screen resolution of 240x320) work fine.

To play oggs, I use MortPlayer:
http://www.sto-helit.de/modules/edito/content.php?id=28

To play most video formats like ogm, xvids, divxs, mpegs, and mp4s use TCPMP:
http://tcpmp.corecodec.org/

For some reason the site above seems to be down, so try:
http://picard.exceed.hu/tcpmp/

If you do get a phone with windows mobile, just remember that it does like to crash, the reset button is your friend.
Thanks, I was trying to *avoid* a Windows cell phone if possible, but good info in case I fail at this task. :)

Rhubarb
October 9th, 2006, 11:41 AM
I can't say that I'm a big fan of any form of windows myself.
But in my defense I bought my pocket pc phone 3 years ago, before I was actively using linux.

There's a lot of apps for symbian phones on the net, maybe one of those can plays oggs. I wouldn't expect any mobile phone salesman to have a clue about ogg support. In fact I personally think that mobile phone salesmen are just like secondhand car salesmen - I wouldn't trust what either of them know or say.

stoffe
October 9th, 2006, 12:04 PM
I can't say that I'm a big fan of any form of windows myself.
But in my defense I bought my pocket pc phone 3 years ago, before I was actively using linux.

There's a lot of apps for symbian phones on the net, maybe one of those can plays oggs. I wouldn't expect any mobile phone salesman to have a clue about ogg support. In fact I personally think that mobile phone salesmen are just like secondhand car salesmen - I wouldn't trust what either of them know or say.

Agreed, and that's why I ask in a place like this. :) I've been googling, reading up on specifications and checking places like the xiph.org wiki, but all I've found are those Win-Samsungs. Still, I have th hope that I'll find some other solution (and yes, adding extra apps manually is totally acceptable, especially if I can do it without needing a Windows machine).

Rhubarb
October 9th, 2006, 01:04 PM
Well, if you do find a non m$ phone that works fine for ogg playback (xvid video playback would be cool too), let me know by posting in this thread. My 3yo m$ phone will probably die soon :evil: