The Zeebo is a 3G enabled system for entertainment and educational use. It allows the user to play video games, connect to the Internet, and run educational programs. The unit was developed by Zeebo Inc. and announced in November 2008 in Brazil. It went on sale in limited supply on June 1, 2009.
The original price was dropped twice by November 2009, and was distributed nationwide in December 2009. By August 2010 around 40 games were released and on September 1, 2010 Zeebo was going to add new accessories and capabilities. Internet connectivity, a keyboard and a new gamepad were among the upgrades. Owners of the previous model were allowed to upgrade to the new unit for free.
In November 2009, the Zeebo was released in Mexico, in Russia and India in 2010, and in China in 2011. An agreement with AT&T in March 2010 would allow international trials of the Zeebo platform to expand to other regions.
On May 27, 2011, Zeebo announced the end of its operation in Brazil and Mexico. And on September 30, 2011 the unit was discontinued. Zeebo states on its website that Qualcomm Ventures from San Diego is working on a android based platform for release in 2012 but as of yet, nothing has been accomplished.
Games and programs for the Zeebo are downloaded wirelessly over broadband cellular networks. There are no cartridges DVDs or CDs for the unit. It also has connectivity to the Internet for access to e-mail, social networking, and other content.
Many companies like Activision, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Namco, and many more supply content for the Zeebo.
The Zeebo has a 528 Mhz CPU, 1 GB of flash storage, 160 MB RAM, 3 USB ports, and an SD Card slot. It is powered through an AC adapter, using 15 W. It uses 8 channels for Audio with MP3, ADPCM, and MIDI formats. It has a 640×480 resolution and weighs 3 lbs. A total of 46 Games were released for the Zeebo. Zeebo not only developed its own games, it also used remade versions of other games from mobile phones and consoles. In March 2010, a series of arcade games began to be released by Zeebo. In June 2010, Football Club titles were released emphasizing soccer skills.
Three embedded games were released with the system in Brazil: FIFA 09, Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City, and Brain Challenge. In Mexico, five embedded games were released with the unit: Crash Bandicoot: Nitro Kart 3D, Pac Mania, Tekken 2, Zenonia, and Zeebo Family Pack.
More than 50 websites are available through the system that are grouped in categories called Z-Channels.
Image Caption: An unopened Zeebo Console. Credit: CrazySpy/Wikipedia