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  • pit 5:15 pm on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community, mobilerevamp   

    Mobile development revamped, on MobileRevamp.org 

    A new community for all mobile developers, designers and everything-else gets officially launched today, thanks to the efforts of Giorgio Natili, Leonardo Risuleo, and Alessandro La Rosa (me ;)): http://www.mobilerevamp.org

    With different backgrounds, we all aim at providing useful information about the mobile environment, in all its aspects. From its manifesto:

    The aim of this community is to share as much as possible information related to the mobile development using all the social networks and the new capabilities of the NET to make easier find updated contents and to create a deep feeling of connection between developers.

    The journey is at the beginning, hope you’ll join in! :)

  • pit 1:21 pm on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , online, simulator   

    Preview Mobile Joomla! with the online simulator 

    I had some fun putting together an online simulator for MobileJoomla!, that allows to preview and test the MobileJoomla! features directly on your Web browser.

    In this first version, the online simulator allows you to pick one of 4 devices (Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N95 8GB, Apple iPhone and HTC Dream), and see how the MobileJoomla! website looks on that.

    MobileJoomla! allows you to turn your Joomla web site into a mobile one, compatible with all the existing mobile phones. For more information, you can take a look at MobileJoomla! Wiki.

    • jay 10:25 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink

      dang! something new for me to play with

    • Marco 10:40 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink

      molto interessante, รจ eventualmente possibile testare un proprio sito?

  • pit 10:42 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , clients,   

    WordPress client for Android is now available 

    Good news for all Android users blogging on WordPress: the first version of the Android client is finally available, and allows you to configure multiple accounts, and so to easily keep updates all your blogs.

    Features’ list include:

    • Configure and manage multiple blogs
    • Comment moderation including the ability to reply to comments
    • Create and Edit Posts including categories, tags and photos
    • Create and Edit Pages
    • Get notified of new comments in the Android notification bar

    To download WordPress for Android, just point your browser to the download page.

    (via ReadWriteWeb)

  • pit 2:44 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , apn italy, ,   

    Android Market update: downloads and considerations 

    Time for a quick update about some apps I’ve published some months ago on Android Market.

    I want to share the data related to 3 applications (Televideo, APN Italy and Codice Fiscale), especially intended for the Italian market and users. As you can see in the picture below, download counts are not that great. This is someway predictable, as in Italy the diffusion of Android devices is still in an early phase, and has to battle with phone operators that don’t seem to support them at all.


    Operators, at least in Italy, don’t seem to care about the fact that the Android platform, being open, could bring them great benefits. Just consider the distribution of applications: operators could easily setup their own Application Stores, pre-installing those into their devices, and have users download their applications without forcing them to pass by third-party stores. This would bring more incomes (no shares to be divided) and more freedom (no third-party policies to follow) to the distribution of their own content.

    So, right now, Italy doesn’t seem to be the best market to distribute Android apps in, but what about other countries? Has anyone some data to share?

    • Mylo 6:08 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      Those download counts are to be expected considering your target audience is Italian; however, your retention rate is good and I would guess the number of comments users have made are above average. I have an app that has approx 50,000 downloads and has only 400 or so user comments. The retention rate is currently at 40%.

      I agree that most operators are missing the benefits Android could bring them. HTC and T-Mobile are the onvious exclusions and as such have been quite successful the last year having jumped on the Android bandwagon so to speak. I do believe Android will be adopted ever more so in the coming year however and in time will be the OS of choice for most manufacturers – it’ll just take time.

      Nice blog btw, I have bookmarked you ;)

    • pit 10:37 am on February 2, 2010 Permalink

      Hello Mylo,

      thank you for your insights into this post! :)

      I’m not that optimistic about Android for the next year, I just think It’ll take more time to create a clearer identity around Android devices, especially for tech-unaware users. Right now, Android is clearly geek, and people without a minimum of mobile expertise are reluctant to try and purchase it..

  • pit 7:05 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , updates, upgrades   

    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 1:48 pm on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , ugur   

    Let your website go mobile with Mobile Joomla! 

    Kuneri just released a new, powerful tool for all mobile web developers: Mobile Joomla!

    Mobile Joomla allows to turn an existing Joomla website into a mobile website, compatible with all phones in the world!

    Its features include:

    • Advaced User Agent detection (multiple methods i.e WURFL, Compact WURFL, fixed or none)
    • Multi site support
    • Advanced image adaptation
    • Flexible layout settings
    • Sub-domain redirection
    • Advanced device categorization: XHTML, iPhone, iMode and WAP
    • Custom templates per device category
    • Menu exclusion per device category
    • Fully customizable with different modules and templates
    • Compatibility with 3rd party extensions, modules and components

    Mobile Joomla really seems to address all the major hurdles of mobile web development, and I really can’t expect to try it out :)

    Kudos to Ugur and his great team!!

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