Tag Archives: WebOS
Opera Mobile and Firefox Mobile and the browsers on other smartphone platforms are often as poweful or more powerfull than iOS Safari or the Android browser. But they don't have the market share and designers (and the bean counters who control development budgets) could care less about low market share platforms and browsers. I can't really blame them, it's not cost effective to develop for or test against a platform that accounts for a single digit percentage of traffic.
Fortunately, some web publishers do expose URLs that will let you load the bleeding edge webapp goodness on any device. I've started to try to find as many of these URLs as I can and test them against all the reasonably capable browsers I have access to, which is currently the Symbian Belle browser, Opera Mobile 12.0 on Symbian and Android, Firefox Mobile Beta 11.0 on Android, the WebOS 18.104.22.168 browser, bada 1.0 browser and Opera Mini Next on Android and Symbian.
I'll be adding the URLs of Android and iOS webapps that work on one or more of my alternate browsers to the WapReview Mobile Directory. To distinguish them from legacy webapps from the same Publisher I'm adding "Touch" to the site's name. Today, I added the following Touch apps to the Directory. I'll add more in upcoming editions of the regular "Found on the Mobile Web" feature here on WapReview.
Facebook Touch touch.facebook.com Advanced mobile version of Facebook that's served to the Android, bada and iPhone browsers by default. Also works in Firefox Mobile and Opera Mobile, the Symbian browser and, except for the check-in feature, the WebOS 22.214.171.124. (Pixi, Pixi Plus) browser (the WebOS browser has no geoLocation support).
Google+ Touch m.google.com/app/plus/?force=1 The rich mobile web version of Google Plus with check in and the ability to create circles, which are missing in the basic mobile version. Served by default to Android, the iPhone and Firefox Mobile. Also works well in the WebOS, Symbian, bada and Opera Mobile browsers. There's a link to this version at the bottom of the basic mobile version (m.google.com/app/plus/x/) that's served to unsupported browsers.
Google News Touch www.google.com/news/i The iPhone and Android version of Google News. It uses geolocation to serve local news based on where you are and has a a more attractive layout, more content per page and more and larger images than the basic mobile versiion at news.google.com/m/news.
IPhone, Android, WebOS and bada browser visitors to news.google.com are redirected to this touch version. But it also works well in Opera Mobile, Opera Mini, Firefox Mobile and Symbian browsers it you enter the URL
Google Calendar Touch www.google.com/calendar/gp Google Calendar optimized for advanced mobile browsers. Looks and works more like a native calendar app with separate day and month views. Served by default to the iPhone, bada, WebOS and Android browsers. Works well in the Symbian browser. Minor rendering issues but usable in Firefox Mobile, Opera Mobile and Opera Mini.
Google Reader Touch www.google.com/reader/i/ Enhanced mobile version of Google Reader served by default to Android, bada, iPhone, WebOS and Firefox Mobile browsers. Also works well in Opera Mobile and the Symbian browser. It's usable in Opera Mini but slow because expanding items requires a server round trip
Not everyone of these iPhone/Android apps works perfectly in every unsupported browser. There can be, mostly minor, performance or rendering issues, but I generally prefer these Touch webapps to their legacy equivalents in all the browsers mentioned in this post.
Welcome to the latest edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists, a recurring showcase of the best recent blog posts on mobile topics. This month's Carnival offers a fine selection of posts from all areas of the mobile ecosystem.
In The End of Cross-Platform Mobile Operating Systems Richard Monson-Haefel at Ambient Strategic Mobility argues that tightly integrated mobile ecosystems à la iOS are the key to success for mobile platforms. Agree or disagree?
Sachendra Yadav at Technology, Mobility, Usability and other Musings analyzes UX issues in a popular iPhone RSS reader app and offers suggestions for fixing them in How NOT to design for multiple screens: Pulse iPhone App Usability issues.
Which world city makes the greatest and most sophisticated use of mobile technology? The mobile city project – the blueprint of a truly mobilized city by mobiThinking's Andy looks for the answer.
Helen also alerts us that the Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards are open for entries. Prizes totalling €200k will be awarded to the apps that best enable social participation, independent living, mobility and well-being for disabled and elderly individuals.
MediaNama's Nikhil Pahwa presents some ideas for encouraging India's mobile services ecosystem to government regulators in MediaNama’s Final Recommendations To TRAI On Regulation Of MVAS.
At MobileGrove Peggy Anne Salz interviews Ogilvy's Rory Sutherland who tells marketers that the best way to get consumer's attention is by providing real value. Peggy's Rory Sutherland Tells Mobile Marketers: Focus On Value Exchange & Consumer Experience is a must read for mobile marketers.
Also at MobileGroove, Charles Knight looks at recently acquired Goby, an app that helps you find things to do nearby and interviews Goby's CEO in Mobile Search App Goby Finds Fun Stuff Nearby; Acquired By TeleNav.
At SmartMobs Judy Breck explores the unlikely reason that Martha's Vineyard residents warmly welcome the president of the United States when he vacations there. It's because Obama brings cell power to the Vineyard.
WapReview's contribution to the Carnival is GetGlue's Mobile Webapp Lets you Check-in to Books, Movies, Music, Baseball Games and More, my review of the trending mobile media check in service GetGlue.
Mark Bridge at the TheFoneCast presents an Interview with Neal Fullman, CEO of Get Taxi about the startup's plans to use an app running on a dedicated mobile device to revolutionize the way London cabs are dispatched and booked.
My Post of the Month pick goes to ppk for his suggestions for saving WebOS. I hope someone does pick up HP's cast off mobile OS and that they take the suggestions to heart. We need more, not less mobile ecosystem diversity and WebOS is arguably the most interesting and innovative of the current crop of mobile operating systems and too good to die.
The Best Post by a New Carnival Participant honors go to Richard Monson-Haefel for his well reasoned analysis of the relative merits of a closed, integrated mobile ecosystem like the iPhone vs. the Windows PC/Linux/Android approach of supplying a platform to multiple hardware vendors.
Watch for a new Carnival of the Mobiliists next month a site to be announced. If you write about mobile topics of any type consider submitting you best post to the next Carnival. It's easy and will bring new readers to your blog. Just send your entry to: [email protected] Anyone writing about mobile is welcome. For more about the Carnival visit mobili.st.
Found on the Mobile Web is a weekly WAP Review feature listing newly added and updated sites on the YesWAP.com mobile portal and WapReview mobile site directory. With these latest additions the directory and portal now list 2343 mobile sites.
Web, Mobile Development www.blog.highub.com Shi Chuan is a mobile web developer and contributor to the HTML5 Boilerplate and Smartphone front-end Matrices projects. His blog covers mobile and web design and development topics and includes lots of tips and tutorials.
wappstart www.wappstart.com (for Web App Start) is an attractive new mobile portal listing a good selection of well chosen mobile web apps. Listings include a description and screenshot. Registered users can create a personal "wapplist" of their favorite web apps and can leave public comments on individual apps.
ComputerWorld m.computerworld.com Computerworld is IDG's long running bi-monthly print magazine and website targeted at high-level enterprise IT managers. The site's mobile view, which was created by Mobify, features IT news, features, blogs, tech reviews and career advice.
InfoWorld m.infoworld.com Another IDG "world" site targeted at IT managers, InfoWorld provides news and analysis of new technologies and trends from the world of enterprise IT.
InfoWorld recently launched a slick new mobile view designed by Mobify. It's packed with hundred of news articles and reviews as well as InfoWorld's blogs.
NetworkWorld m.networkworld.com is a free weekly "controlled circulation" print newspaper and web site targeted at IT networking professionals. The Network World mobile site (designed by Mobify) features news, reviews, buying guides, editorials and forums. Free registration is required to see the full content of articles.
WebOS Internals en.m.webos-internals.org WebOS Internals' Wiki is one of the leading independent resources for WebOS developers and the vibrant homebrew community. HP and Palm have been quite supportive of users who want to access Linux (aka root) and hack their Pres, Pixis, Veers and TouchPads. HP even donated a $10,000 server to WebOS Internals to better host the site.
The mobile version of WebOS Internals has selected content from of the full version of the Wiki.
See Washington DC seewashingtondc.net/mobile/ Mobile version of the See Washington DC travel guide to monuments, memorials, museums, attractions and things to do and see in the nation's capital and Northern Virginia. Also includes a hotel search form with (non-mobile optimized) online booking.
The Do's & Don'ts Band www.escortsdosdonts.com/index-mobile.html The Do's & Don'ts are a 50's & 60's Rock and Roll oldies band that's been together for over 50 years. They are an Iowa Rock 'N' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame Inductee. The band's mobile site has photo's, fan comments, a sample mp3, click to call contact number and schedule of upcoming appearances.
GamePro Mobile m.gamepro.com Gamepro Magazine's mobile site covers video game industry news and has reviews of games and game hardware for all platforms including PC, console and mobile
Pocket Gamer www.pocketgamer.biz/m_homepage.asp Pocket Gamer covers games for mobile phone and handheld consoles with the latest news, previews, reviews, tips, features and practical guides for gaming on mobile phones, PSP, DS, DS Lite, GBA and N-Gage.