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Discussion in 'Travel Technology' started by stimpy, Feb 5, 2011.
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I am actually able to use the site with my iPhone, while on the Eurostar, but it isn't pretty.
It's definitely being worked on! I think they're hoping to have a mobile version live before launch.
It appears to work okay on my iPad (though my testing so far has only extended as far as logging in, navigating to this thread, and posting this reply).
One thing to note: no rich text editor on the iPad.
Next: testing iPhone and Android (Droid, Google TV)
Still Beta, I'm sure the team has plans and ideas.
Works alright on blackberry, though its definitely not mobile optimized yet.
Any thoughts about letting it be accessed via Tapatalk?
What is TapaTalk? /me goes googling.
Looks neat, giving it a shot now on my bb.
Don't forget Android for us non US customers.
While normally I am a proponent of getting everything working, I agree with what they are doing. Randy even admitted that they are working on a mobile, but decided getting content online was more important than having the mobile site ready for the beta. A mobile website is only as good as the content, and a site as large as this is growing to be is difficult to get right (and so many have failed) so I am happy that they are taking the time to get it right.
Or if not a mobile website - maybe apps for some smartphones?
works okish on the iPhone but keeps crashing on iPad.
On Android: browsing is fine if not optimized, but I had some trouble logging in.
The whole editing box is missing on iPhone, all you can do is type text, no smilies, bolding, photos, etc. It does load pretty quickly though which is great!
Works okay on iPhone, but small
That is what has been happening to me especially when a new email comes in.
Would love to see a native iPhone app (and other mobile platforms as well). I'm starting to dabble in iOS development myself, and it's a beast to learn.
A BB App would be nice as well.
Given the worldwide audience of this site, please give us a standard/general mobile platform first. OS-specific "apps" can come later.
Agreed. A very low bandwidth, fast loading version would be great. I like flyertalk mobile.
Agreed with a usable mobile site before a mobile app. Custom apps are nice but I object to the appification of the internet. I don't want to use an app for the best mobile experience of every site I want to use. 20 or 30 favorite sites means 20 or 30 apps cluttering up my phone just for basic website usage. Exit one, open another. We don't do this on our laptops / desktops. So much easier to just switch browser tabs for multiple sites.
No idea what is actually in the works here but I know this forum software has a free plugin available. Then a downloadable app for $2 from iTunes or Android Market will allow smartphone access (free version is read only). But not BlackBerry to my knowledge But conveniently the same app also reads forums of other varieties (phpBB, vBulletin, et al) - though you'd have to convince the administrators to install yet another plugin.
The problem I have with this is that many people and countless forums already use the Tapatalk plugin. The smartphone app is available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry & Windows Phone 7. I'd rather not have to buy another app for forum reading. Not that I'd have a choice since as far as I know Taptalk doesn't have a plugin for XenForo.
So there's a plugin and mobile app for this forum but no BB accessibility and the plugin isn't widely used. There's Tapatalk app which is widely used but no XenForo plugin. Then there are sites (cough FT) that have no plugins period but instead provide their own custom app for one platform such as the iPhone only. Just can't please everybody all of the time!
So I repeat my previous request that an HTML based skin for mobile browsing be a higher priority than an application. This would also keep Milepoint available on any smartphone with a standards-based browser since the next great phone / upgrade may break mobile apps initially.