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Old 10-10-2009, 09:29 AM   #1
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Smartphone/mobile browser friendly version of LQ?


I regularly use LQ on my android phone, in particular LQSpy. I find that since the browser fits the width of the page to the dimensions of the screen on my phone (320x480), the page becomes very long and thin (see attachment), with a lot of information squeezed into a relatively small space. I can disable to auto-resizing which my phone does, but then I'm left with scrolling from left to right a lot. It'd be nice if the text from the post were removed from the "mobile" version, such that the Thread/Post column would have much less text in it which would have the effect of reducing the height of all the columns.

Several other sites I use have a mobile-friendly (usually cut-down) version of their site which fits more easily into small, phone sized screens. One particularly successful example, as far as I'm concerned, is the UK National Rail Enquiries website, which ordinarily looks like this: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/. However, they also have a version which automatically detects which browser you're using, and therefore whether you're on a phone or not, which looks like this: http://pda.ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/pj/pj. As you can see, there's a more limited number of options, but I'm still able to use the site as I need.

Are there any plans to have such a version of LQ? Or have I missed an existing version?
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Old 10-11-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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Comes up alright on my BB Curve 8330. Lots of scrolling but that's the case for most smartphones.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 03:05 PM   #3
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Comes up alright on my BB Curve 8330. Lots of scrolling but that's the case for most smartphones.
Yes, it comes up alright on my phone too, but what I was suggesting was whether a specific version tailored to smartphones was possible or in the pipelines.
 
Old 12-15-2009, 07:02 PM   #4
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I would like to see a smartphone/mobile version of LQ myself... as when I'm on the road and parked at a motel for the night, I don't even drag out my netbook or laptop, but go for the smartphone instead.
 
Old 12-16-2009, 10:20 AM   #5
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Nothing beats sifting through forums on a blackberry.. Especially if you're using the Bolt Browser... Good way to kill time when bored.
 
Old 12-16-2009, 12:55 PM   #6
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would be nice to have such a compact version of lq
 
Old 12-16-2009, 01:46 PM   #7
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Terrific idea - to have a 'mobile' version - when I commute I could spend more time reading - and helping others too.

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Old 12-16-2009, 07:01 PM   #8
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We've actually considered this, but with the proliferation of mobile operating systems such as Android, Maemo, iPhone and WebOS I think the "mobile" experience is going to be nearly as robust as the desktop in the very near future. We'll do what we can to ensure LQ always works on those smaller screens, but the pro's of a dedicated version may be outweighed by the time and cost to develop and maintain it. Thanks for the feedback and I'm certainly open to suggestions here.

--jeremy
 
Old 12-16-2009, 07:55 PM   #9
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good idea! I think it'd be better if there were less ads on LQ!! :-)
 
Old 12-16-2009, 08:15 PM   #10
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The more you post at LQ, the less ads you see - right up to pretty much no ads at all.

--jeremy
 
Old 12-16-2009, 09:04 PM   #11
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I want there to be as many ads as needed. Sites like these are always expensive to maintain.

I would like to see a version that works well on my psp. (not asking for much I know with it's crippled browser, but it can't hurt!) LOL

HTH
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:15 PM   #12
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Agree, would be a good idea.
 
Old 12-17-2009, 04:42 AM   #13
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The more you post at LQ, the less ads you see - right up to pretty much no ads at all.

--jeremy

Or they can donate and not see any adds at all . I really do like my add free experience there jeremy.
 
  


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