Posts tagged smartphone
The major players are on the stage now, with releases ’sometime soon’ for most, and the mobile community has only to wait to catch some browsing goodness.
SkyFire promises a mobile experience similar to the desktop, is light on the CPU as it renders on the server side. That is the downside though. Someone can easily have access to what you are viewing. So for those with privacy concerns, this might not be the browser for you.
Opera has Mobile and Mini. Mini requires Java on your device to use and can be buggy because of this implementation. Mini also uses server side rendering. The current version of Opera Mobile is nice with the Tabbed Browsing and other features, but doesn’t pack enough punch for me to shell out some dollars for it. The upcoming version is positioned to change my stance though. With desktop-like browsing accomplished all on the device this appears to be the winner for me, but we will have to wait and see.
As of right now Mozilla’s Mobile Firefox looks like it wants to fight but no solid release date is in site. The super old version of it was nice to play with but had way too many bugs to be useful. The new version is a completely new beast and has one major advantage over SkyFire and Opera Mobile, it’s free. The downside is that it is open source and sometimes these projects take way too long to come to fruition.
There are other 3rd party browsers and plugins for PIE that enhance it’s functionality but none that complete the experience.
If you want to stay on track with Skyfire, sign up for notifications at their website.
Opera has a nice page about the upcoming Opera Mobile 9.5 and provides a sly download link for the current version 8.95 if you haven’t tried it out yet.
If you want to keep track of Mobile Firefox or even contribute to the project a good place to start is their Project Page. There are meeting minutes, bug tracking and to do lists galore for the devout.
Stayed tuned into AllShadow.com for full coverage of this war as it pertains to Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone and the T-Mobile Shadow.
If you have a Tivo and a Shadow you will be happy to know that you can take your recorded shows with you easily. Tivo offers desktop software that will connect your computer to your Tivo, allow you to share media from your PC to your Tivo, transfer shows to your PC and automatically convert them to watch on your Shadow Smartphone (or other Windows Mobile Standard phone).
If you are ready to get started just click on read more
Rinku, a fine upstanding member of the Shadow community, has developed a beautiful plugin for the Shadow Home Screen. Instead of the monochromatic icons in the top of your screen, you can look at wonderfully colored icons. So far they are only visible from the Home Screen but Rinku is working on it.
If you want to skip right to the main course Freddy Reyes created a .cab file that allows you to just install the needed files so you don’t have to hunt for them. You can get that at his site listed in the forum thread (You do need to register on Reyes’ site to download). You will still need to read the thread and change some files yourself, but there is satisfaction to be gained from getting your hands dirty.
I know you don’t like Pocket Internet Explorer and more than likely you have tried Opera Mini or Opera Mobile, and perhaps you are even waiting for FireFox Mobile to come out. I’ve tried many a different browser on the Shadow and other Windows Mobile phones and haven’t found the perfect experience, yet. Until I heard about Skyfire you would be hard pressed to get me excited about browsing the internet from a phone.
Supposedly, with Skyfire, you can view ANY online video or Web 2.0 site. Now that’s something to get out of bed for. It is in private Beta now with the US beta expanding soon. There is a sign up available on their site. So head over to Skyfire.com and get signed up. As soon as it comes out we’ll do a little piece on it for those of you that just want to read AllShadow.com
Watching video on your Shadow Smartphone helps pass a lot of time. There are various applications and methods available and this application is highly favored by many in the forums, the interface is a lot cleaner than the other method of watching online videos. Plus it has the ability to search for related content and even bookmark your favorites. The sites it draws from aren’t as numerous as our other method but it is very user friendly.
Point your mobile browser to www.vtap.com and enjoy yourself. As with any online video it helps to have a WiFi connection (home/work/school)
We just added a new page so members of the T-Mobile Shadow community can ask questions and let us know about new discoveries related to the Shadow. So if you know of any Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone related news that you would like others to know about feel free to let us know in Ask Mike! (also linked to in the menu on the right)
You are not alone, one of the great features about Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphones like the T-Mobile Shadow is the ability to modify and customise just about any aspect of it. Themes are one of the easier ways to do this. If you find yourself bored with the Neo interface there is always the standard Windows Mobile interface. There are hundreds of themes available out there and the possibilities are endless.
If you need a good reference to start customising your Shadow head over to this thread in our forums. Enjoy!