Fat Reg slims down for spanking new mobile phone version
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We’ve had a few goes with various technology partners at pumping out a mobile version of The Register over the years. But for reasons too dull to dwell on, each attempt foundered on the shores of irrelevance and indifference.
Undaunted, we are back, this time with our own try-out at Register Mobile. [We won’t call it the Mobile Register — as this makes our Alabama chums unhappy.]
Register Mobile should work on any phone with a reasonably standards-compliant browser. It seems to work as intended with BlackBerry 9000 series handsets, but we know there are some rendering issues with older BlackBerry models — or is it with their horrible browsers? Even so, the mobile version is a better bet than reading El Reg Gordo on your phone.
In due course, we will deploy browser sniffing to serve up the mobile version to cell phones. That requires some more dev time, which is in short supply around these parts.
And yes, we are prepping an iPhone app version of The Reg. But apart from the obvious eye candy, we’re hard pressed to think of anything unique that we can bring to the party — that is, anything that we would not also add to our “vanilla” mobile version. All suggestions welcome. ®
Obviously you should have a choir of angels singing in the background.
"And yes, we are prepping an iPhone app version of The Reg. But apart from the obvious eye candy, we're hard pressed to think of anything unique that we can bring to the party - that is, anything that we would not also add to our "vanilla" mobile version. All suggestions welcome."
Commentard filtering for those who don't want to see their beloved iPaidtoomuch mocked on its own screen...?
I, for one, welcome our El Reg Technical Overlord.....
iPhone app suggestion
How about using push notifications to be alerted to articles that mention pre-defined keywords?
Another vote for mobile comments
As the 'free wisdom' offered in comments often contains as much insight as the original article, they're an integral part of the 'El Reg' experience, and as such really need to be supported in the 'slim' version.
It doesn't need to be anything sophisticated, just a simple https form to add a comment, and the comments themselves linked from the bottom of the article as in the 'full-fat' version... they need no additional formatting whatever.
I really welcome the idea of the low bandwidth version - not all of us are physically able to use the latest and greatest (?) touchscreen marvels when we're out and about, so it's an important step forwards in accessibility terms too.