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  • pit 7:05 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    WordPress update progress and the experience on mobile 

    I’ve just upgraded WordPress to its latest version, and can say without any doubts that its upgrade process is by far the best I’ve seen for any Web-based tools.

    Why I think it’s great? Because you have to perform 2 mouse clicks and wait a couple of seconds, and you can continue working on your WordPress (upgraded) blog without any other hassles.

    Looking at that made me think about the update process of mobile applications.

    In many cases, applications are simply not aware of the availability of updated versions, and so users are supposed to manually check (e.g.: going on the publisher website) for updates. What does this mean? Simple: terrible User Experience (if even we can say that), and in most cases old (and possibly bugged) versions of your applications running everywhere.

    For this reasons, developers started to implement their own “updates-availability-check” systems, letting their applications check for updates and prompt the user about the availability of those. Anyway, this approach has 2 important drawbacks:

    • users must open the application in order to have it check for updates
    • the very same logic (checking for updates, downloading and installing the updated application) is replicated in each application

    Luckily enough, mobile platforms are fast moving toward an integrated approach, based on the concept that updates have to be pushed to the user. Examples of this are iPhone and Maemo, both notifying the user in case of available updates.

    While this is currently the best approach from a UX point of view, the same makes me wonder if a better approach (maybe totally transparent to the user?) could ever be possible, considering all the technology and security concerns of such an approach when talking about mobile devices.

  • pit 11:10 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Which feature would you like to see most in next Gcal version? 

    I’m working on the next Gcal version, and would be interested to know which features Gcal users would like to see most in the very next release. If your most wished feature is not listed below, just add it as a comment to this post!

    Which feature would you like to see in next Gcal version?

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    • pit 8:10 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      Thank you for these initial votes! It seems that syncing is by far the most desired feature on Gcal :)

      In some way this is something I didn’t expect, for 2 reasons:

      • there are some syncing solutions, implemented in Java ME, that already do a good job of syncing the local calendar with Google Calendar
      • Gcal is some way should “substitute” the need of syncing the 2 calendar, since it gives you access to Google Calendar in every moment

      Probably, having Gcal working also offline could be an intermediate solution that could fit the same needs, what do you think about it?

    • aston 8:58 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      native blackberry support.

    • pit 10:34 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      Hi aston,

      thank you for your feedback. BlackBerry support is one of the poll’s options, so let’s vote it to push onto the next release :)

    • Xa 12:10 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink

      Support for OAuth so that no password is required?

  • pit 10:48 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia N97 firmware update 2.1 releasing on February 1st 

    Via thenokiablog, good news for all Nokia N97 owners: a new firmware upgrade will be available tomorrow, February 1st, and promises to improve the overall stability of the device, including:

    • Improved call reliability
    • Smooth touch screen scrolling
    • Browser improvements
    • Music player improvements
    • Improved image and video stability

    Nokia N97 software update

    This is actually what the N97 device needs since it could be, in my opinion, the best Symbian smartphone around, if it gets improved overall stability. Let’s wait for the update and see!

  • pit 1:00 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Twitter Updates for 2010-01-31 

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    • pit 5:45 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink

      Testing inline comments

  • pit 10:41 pm on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Firefox Mobile brings the ultimate browsing experienceTM to your N900 

    Via Alessandro, Firefox Mobile is now officially available for Maemo-powered devices.

    Firefox Mobile for Maemo

    Features’ list is absolutely interesting, but my personal favorites are the availability of add-ons, and the possibility to sync your desktop and mobile Firefox instances  in a snap.

    N900 Web browsing experience was already astonishing (actually, the closest to desktop you can find on any mobile device), but maybe it’s time to leave the beloved MicroB? ;)

    • Meet 11:19 am on March 24, 2010 Permalink

      Its use in utf 8 is good

  • pit 10:10 pm on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Think you’re a mobile Champion? Forum Nokia is looking for you! 

    Every six months Forum Nokia, the largest mobile development community worldwide, awards top mobile developers with the Forum Nokia Champion title.

    Forum Nokia Champion selection process

    So, as in every end of January, Forum Nokia is now actively seeking for new nominations for future Champions. This is your possibility to let Nokia know about your activities, regardeless if online or offline, that someway contributed to the growth of the community of Nokia mobile developers around the world.

    In my own experience, being awarded with the Forum Nokia Champion title was and is absolutely great. You have the chance to enter a community of experienced and passionate developers, share your thoughts with them, and benefit from a spirit of true partnership with other fellow developers. So, don’t miss this opportunity, and tell Forum Nokia who has to be the next Champion!

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