Funny that we don't yet have a
working name for what could be one of the bigger alliance / partnerships of 2006, but Microsoft and Nokia
are working with one of the more impressive rosters of
companies we've seen for a while on a new mobile gaming architecture standard, which will include work with Activision,
Digital Chocolate, Electronic Arts, Ideaworks3D, Konami, MontaVista Software, SK Telecom, Square Enix, Symbian, Samsung
Electronics, Tao Group, and Texas Instruments. Apparently TI's set to release an OMAP 2 implementation in the second
half of this year, so we may soon be playing a lot more profesionally developed mobile games than nowadays -- for
better or worse.