Web Technology @ CCBC

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Is your website Handheld friendly?

Posted by jrosero on February 11, 2008

Both the PSP and the DS have the ability to connect to the internet via Wi-fi.

Nintendo DS Browser – Here is the official browser for the DS. It is a version of the Opera browser which has a bunch of features to make surfing on a handheld as painless as possible. It supports Javascript but not flash and it has limited space of course. This won’t substitute a laptop or course but it might be useful to have.

DShobro– This one hasnt been updated recently from the look of this blog, but I will have a look around to see if there has been any other recent versions. I tried this one and it managed to load pictures and text but it did not have all the features of the official browser.

OKIWI– I havent tried this one out but it seems to be more popular as an alternative to the official Opera based browser for the DS. Work on this project seems to have slowed down unfortunately

In order to use the last two which are free, you need to have a flash cart for your DS. This is basically an empty game cartridge which can use micro/mini/or regular SD cards depending on what you buy. These are used by people who want to develop games or applications for the DS but mainly they are bought for pirating the actual games.

As for the PSP, It has a built in browser which runs a bit faster than the DS. There are a ton of “portals” built in flash which can be saved on your memory card in order to quickly access web pages.

Babblr is currently my favorite. It just looks more professional than most of the other ones Ive seen. Video

I just thought it was interesting how some pages have streamlined versions for mobile devices while others don’t.

-Jose

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One Response to “Is your website Handheld friendly?”

  1. veikoh said

    Most of the websites are crashing when using a handheld browser. Big problem but not yet recognised by webmasters and site owners. Issue I wrote my blog article WAP pages are essentials for eCommerce survival. Even I have expertise to make them work nobody haven’t yet ordered to use my skills so I consider it to be serious problem.

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