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Programmers' / Webmasters' Corner: Real-life problems of the Windows Phone 7 browser and fixing them

OK, so, you want your pages to be rendered on the current pre-Mango (pre-7.5) Windows Phone 7 correctly? Don't be mislead that all(!) the other mobile platforms render them OK. Some of these platforms:

- Bada using even last year's version 1.x+; see THIS
- iOS
- and even the, otherwise, scripting-wise (see e.g. THIS) hugely restricted Opera Mini


Quick tip: flashing the beta version of Bada 2.0 to your Samsung Wave (II)

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.


Migrating data from Nokia phones to Android; other Android and OS X (Windows virtualization) tips

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.


Synchronizing PIM data on Android

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particularly if you want to quickly get your new Android phone synchronized without reading through tons of (largely outdated) articles and spending hours reading forums for user opinions, I still post it.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.


My small gift to all of you WM2003(SE) users: great Web browser Opera Mini 5!

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.


Native Opera Mini version released and is just great!

While (as of today, a month after it being demoed at MWC for the press) there still isn’t any sign of the native iPhone version of one of the best Web browsers, Opera Mini, in the AppStore, the Opera folks don’t seem to have stopped with porting their browser into other platforms. In addition to the iPhone, there’s also a brand new Windows Mobile version released just two days after my publishing my previous news report on Windows Mobile browsers.


Web Browsing News & Reviews & Tips and Tricks (01/Mar/2010)

While there are very-very few new releases for Windows Mobile (almost all of the games and a lot of app/utility developers seem to have jumped ship and went straight for the iPhone), Web browsers seem to continuously receive love from app developers. At MWC (where I was also present), there have been even two major, new releases (the new Opera Mobile and BOLT).


Great Playstation emulator FpseCE 0.10, finally, released! + video

We emulator freaks have been waiting for version FpseCE 0.10 for at least two and a half years. Back in May-June 2007 when I published my (almost) all-in-one article series on emulating other computing platforms (see THIS) on Windows Mobile, everyone was already waiting for FpseCE 0.10. This is why, back in 2007, I chose not to publish a PS Emulation Bible back in 2007, by the way – I didn’t want to end up having to (completely) rewrite it after the imminent release of the brand new version.


Multiplatform(!) review: Opera Mobile 10 beta released!

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


REVIEW: New Windows Mobile Web browser "Dorothy"

A new Web browser, Dorothy, has been announced slightly more than two months ago.

I’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.)


Web browser BOLT 1.5 out; comparison published

The new, 1.5 version of Java-based Web browser BOLT has just been released.

Opera Mini forum user / Serola has published an extensive, great comparison between it, Opera Mini 4.2 and UCWEB 6.3 HERE.


Is the Zune HD this bad? Definitely NOT!

While this subject isn’t strictly a Windows Mobile-specific one, I’ve found it necessary to devote a specific article to it – after all, WinMo 7 will be pretty similar to the OS running in the Zune HD.


Web browsing news: Opera Mini 5b; no Iris browser any more; Fennec 1.0b3

1. The first beta of Opera Mini 5, with a completely redesigned interface on both touchscreen and non-touchscreen phones has been released.


Quick Web browser test & comparison: latest Iris and Opera Mobile versions

I’ve quickly tested the latest, current Iris and Opera Mobile versions, 1.1.9 and 9.7b1, respectively. (The former is available HERE, the latter HERE) I’ve done so on both VGA (the IPAQ 210 and the HTC Universal) and QVGA (the HTC Wizard) devices.


New, free(!) cellular-to-Wi-Fi Internet sharing app released

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.


Numpty Physics released for Windows Mobile!

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).

Availability, compatibility


The One and only Real iPhone Web Browser Roundup


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.

See http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/one-and-only-real-iphone-web-browser-roundup  



Another revolutionary multiplatform utility by me: add "find in page" support to most mobile web browsers!!!

I’ve long been complaining about the lack of any “find in page” functionality in most mobile Web browsers. Now that I’ve played a bit with JavaScript scriptlets, I can proudly present a working solution to this problem.

All you need to do is, independent of the Web browser you use, add the following favorite:


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