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Programmers' / Webmasters' Corner: Real-life problems of the Windows Phone 7 browser and fixing them
- Bada using even last year's version 1.x+; see THIS
- and even the, otherwise, scripting-wise (see e.g. THIS) hugely restricted Opera Mini
New Bada-related post posted to http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/random-thoughts-bada-vs-ios
Now that Samsung seems to be still dedicated to the Bada platform and has even been releasing a continuously worked-on and enhanced firmware, I decided to fully support it and also purchase two current Bada phones (the high-end S8530 and the middle-of-the-road S723) to post on programming both the new and the old Bada versions and to (help) port some genuine iOS projects to Bada.
Today, I've played a bit with Nokia feature phone -> Android migration, file system access and Skype. I elaborate on them, should you face the same problem
Let's start with the second: file system and the phone with probably the best price/value ratio, the ZTE Blade. To make it visible for XP, you'll want to download the file system drivers from HERE.
This won't be strictly a programming-related post, but as you may find this information useful, particularly if you want to quickly get your new Android phone synchronized without reading through tons of (largely outdated) articles and spending hours reading forums for user opinions, I still post it.
Unfortunately, synchronizing PIM (Personal information management) data (calendars and contacts; let alone tasks!) with Android phones is in no way as seamless as is with, say, Palm OS, Windows Mobile or even the iPhone.
During the testing of the native Windows Mobile version of the current Opera Mini 5 beta (see THIS for more info), I've routinely tested it on my old, WM2003-only iPAQ 2210 Pocket PC.
While (as of today, a month after it being demoed at MWC for the press) there still isnâ€™t any sign of the native iPhone version of one of the best Web browsers, Opera Mini, in the AppStore, the Opera folks donâ€™t seem to have stopped with porting their browser into other platforms. In addition to the iPhone, thereâ€™s also a brand new Windows Mobile version released just two days after my publishing my previous news report on Windows Mobile browsers.
I’ve thoroughly tested the brand new Opera Mobile 10 beta on all the supported mobile phone platforms (Windows Mobile Professional / Standard and Symbian S60). In general, apart from some problems, I liked what I saw – particularly on Symbian and the touchscreen version of Windows Mobile.
The browser is available for download HERE for both operating systems. For Windows Mobile, a unified download (for both subtypes) is provided.
1. Windows Mobile
Iâ€™ve waited until now so that I can give the developers some time to enhance it so that I can recommend it. Unfortunately, the (today) current version, 0.2.2, still only has files dating back to August. (Compare this to the frequency (in general, at least one per month) of updates arriving to the now-extinct Iris, which was also based on WebKit.)
Opera Mini forum user / Serola has published an extensive, great comparison between it, Opera Mini 4.2 and UCWEB 6.3 HERE.
1. The first beta of Opera Mini 5, with a completely redesigned interface on both touchscreen and non-touchscreen phones has been released.
See http://blogs.sun.com/javafx/entry/want_to_try_javafx_on for more info and http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=4212017&postcount=142 for additional user reports.
According to them, it's pretty nice.
If you know my Multiplatform Bible of using your handset as a modem, you may already know ICSControl, WalkingHotSpot and WMWifiRouter, the (so far) three applications that make a Wi-Fi access point out of your Windows Mobile phone.
Touch Physics has become an instant success on the iPhone. I’ve also purchased it for my phone and spent a lot of time with it.
A Windows Mobile game based on the same ideas has just been released. It requires you to draw objects that, after falling down, trush a ball towards its destination. It’s a free title (as opposed to the iPhone one, which costs $3).
I’ve just published a roundup of current Web browsers under iPhone OS 3.0 with WM-related remarks as well. A goldmine for Windows Mobile browser developers – it’s always worth knowing what browsers on other mobile platforms are capable of, what features Windows Mobile lacks etc.
Another revolutionary multiplatform utility by me: add "find in page" support to most mobile web browsers!!!
All you need to do is, independent of the Web browser you use, add the following favorite: