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Upcoming HubPages Mobile Application: Looking for Feedback

  1. larryfreeman profile image86
    larryfreemanposted 7 years ago

    Hi Everyone,

    HubPages is planning a mobile version of HubPages. 

    We are targeting this application for the iPhone and Android phones.

    The first version will include the following:

    User Summary Page
    HubFeed
    My Account Stats
    Comment Moderation

    What other features would you like to see in a mobile phone application?

    Cheers,

    -Larry

    1. Sally's Trove profile image99
      Sally's Troveposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Does this enhancement have anything to do with this forum thread...http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/33960?

      As for chronological vs threaded views, does everyone know what that means?  When I came back to HP a few minutes ago, after being away for a few hours, I refreshed my browser and found a view I'd never seen before...smaller font, nothing consistently left-justified, clickable icons that made no sense to me.

      Maybe you could explain for those of us who don't know, what mobile, android, and iphone versions of HP are supposed to do and how they are supposed to benefit this site.

      1. larryfreeman profile image86
        larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Sally's Trove,

        The mobile version of HubPages will enable mobile phone users to access HubPages more easily from their iPhones or their Android Phones.

        For example, it is planned that a person can do a quick check of their stats, moderate comments, and use their hub feed from a mobile phone.

        This work is independent of the Japanese web site that you mentioned.

        As for the chronological/threaded views, this is a new forum feature that makes it easier to use the forums.  You can change back your forum format by clicking the "Chronological" link in the upper right of the page.

        1. Sally's Trove profile image99
          Sally's Troveposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks for your reply. I am not up on things like Android phones, and I appreciate the information.

          Some of these timely changes on HP based on new technology are obvious to some, but they are not obvious to all. Not that it's necessary for HP to educate members about Androids, but I do think it's important to communicate change when it happens and then document that change (as the feature it resulted in) in the Help pages.

          As Pat Summitt said a few years ago about the Tennessee Lady Vols match with Rutgers, "The ladies had great energy...communication was key."

          For those of us who are not techies, communication is key to sustaining energy here.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image91
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      this sounds great.  covers just about everything that's needed on a mobile. the feed covers a lot in itself. do you know when it will be available? smile

      1. larryfreeman profile image86
        larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I rebekahELLE,

        We are starting work on it now so it is planned to be ready in 2-3 months depending upon how many features we implement in the first release.

        -Larry

    3. twisterdude1009 profile image80
      twisterdude1009posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      NICE! Cant wait big_smile hubing and driving ftw lol i kid

    4. profile image59
      jimmyianposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi alllll

                   I am a new member.Hope to share a good time.

    5. TerrenceYoung profile image59
      TerrenceYoungposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Larry---great to know... I have Android. Howdy from Spokane! It's Terry.

      1. larryfreeman profile image86
        larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Terry,

        Welcome to HubPages!

        -Larry

    6. G Miah profile image81
      G Miahposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Larry, this sounds very good, but i can already access HP on my Nokia E71. I can do everything with the phone apart from writing hubs!

      If you could add that feature where hubs can be written it will be excellent. Like i said, every single thing is possible, only the writing capsule does not appear.

      My activity on hubpages is probably 90% on my phone and the rest is on my pc/laptop.

      Please see if you can add that feature on phones.

      Just one question, would Google ads appear in the hubs through the application?

      Thanks.

      1. larryfreeman profile image86
        larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Hi G. Miah,

        Thanks for your feedback.  The goal with the app will be to improve the user experience for HubPages.  For the first version of the app, we will focus on using the feed from a mobile phone.

        In the release after that, we will probably focus on the ability to create hubs.

        -Larry

        1. G Miah profile image81
          G Miahposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Excellent! I can't wait! That means i can write hubs anywhere and everywhere!

          There is a feature though, which let's you write new hubs, but is called 'simplified version' and is actually useless because you can't add any capsules apart from just writing the text.

          Looking forward to It. Thanks.

    7. Shadesbreath profile image90
      Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Blackberry love.  smile  Don't forget the BB people.

    8. BristolBoy profile image84
      BristolBoyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Great to see that it is also planned to come to Android smile.  With the Motorola Milestone (Driod in US) and Nexus One, not to mention the amazing new phones from HTC (including some which are considered by techies at least to easily beat iPhone on all counts with the sole exception of the number of apps) I can really see Android use skyrocketing.  Not got a smart phone yet but when I do I expect to get an Android one. 

      Presumably there are no plans to charge for this?  Only reason I ask is most apps in the UK linked to websites even if the website is free the application isn't! 

      Finally how come only iPhone/Android are being supported with apps?  How come not Nokia's Symbian system (39% of smart phones shipped in 2009 were Nokia's: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61B1MA20100212 ).  Notice the iPhone only has a 14% market share (below RIM/Blackberry with 20%).

      1. larryfreeman profile image86
        larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Hi BristolBoy,

        The main reason for starting with iPhone and Android is that these are fast growing sectors of mobile phones. 

        We may support Blackberry and Symbian at a later time.  You have to start somewhere.  smile

        Cheers,

        -Larry

        1. BristolBoy profile image84
          BristolBoyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Hi Larry,

          Thanks for the quick reply - it all makes sense.  I guess I also forgot that Nokia in particular is most popular in Europe and Asia which are obviously large areas with non English speaking populations and therefore unlikely to use Hubpages as much as Americans/Canadian etc.

          Cheers,
          Matt

    9. profile image0
      Twenty One Daysposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      sounds fun.

      might be a fun addition: mini-hub publishing for mobile.
      (being able to publish a new hub via mobile)
      especially if you are on-the-go, flying or generally away from your iMac/PC.

      cheers.

  2. girly_girl09 profile image76
    girly_girl09posted 7 years ago

    Sounds like another reason to get an iPhone. (I'm a current crackberry user)

    I'd like to see: Comment approval and fan mail approval

    Any plans to eventually make hubs mobile search friendly and monetize through Google mobile ads?

    1. ngureco profile image86
      ngurecoposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, ability to make hubs mobile search friendly and monetize through Google mobile ads should be a priority number one.

      1. kirstenblog profile image77
        kirstenblogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Here Here! Spot on! I am getting pretty excited thinking about the possibilities big_smile

    2. sumonali profile image61
      sumonaliposted 7 years ago in reply to this

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    3. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi girly_girl09,

      Comment approval is planned.  Fan mail approval is on the list of nice to haves.

      Yes, this is part of our strategy to make hubs more mobile search friendly.

      -Larry

  3. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    I have no use for it, but sounds like a step forward for HubPages. smile

  4. camlo profile image85
    camloposted 7 years ago

    This is a great idea! I know you've told us everything that's included, but I'm a little dense sometimes; would the Hubber Score be included too?

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi camlo,

      Yes, hubber score will be part of it.  The plan is to have three pages that will be available:

      (1)  Home Page (Hubber Score, Notifications, Summary Data)

      (2)  Hub Statistics (similiar to My Account)

      (3)  Hub Feed

      -Larry

  5. Michael Willis profile image77
    Michael Willisposted 7 years ago

    How about a feature to disable while a person is driving?

    1. hublim profile image78
      hublimposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah Don't Hub and Drive.

  6. Rose West profile image92
    Rose Westposted 7 years ago

    I was wondering if hubpages would ever go mobile. That would be so great! I'm sure the first version will be wonderful; I can't think of anything else to add!

  7. sarovai profile image63
    sarovaiposted 7 years ago

    hi Larry, I welcome this approach. Why can't we include the forum posting?

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Sarovai,

      Forum posts will be accessible through the Hub Feed feature.  We are planning to use this as the main interface for viewing all HubPages activity from the mobile phone.

      -Larry

  8. Phrenism profile image60
    Phrenismposted 7 years ago

    My goodness, what can't you do on an iphone now? Great update, checking my account on the go will be quite a convenience

  9. profile image0
    B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 7 years ago

    I think it is a very good idea from the staff..I do have a few idea's, but I currently am not able to access the internet mobile for now, so I will let those who can suggest the features they want to use.
    Thank You and keep up the good work  smile

  10. Flightkeeper profile image80
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    This is a great step.  I'll be able to access it via Opera Mini.

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Flightkeeper,

      The first version will only support iPhone and Android phones.  We may look at customizing an application for Opera Mini later on.

  11. Beth100 profile image83
    Beth100posted 7 years ago

    Great forward thinking! 

    I would like to see (probably not in the first version, but later) the ability to publish and edit.  That would be the cat's meow!  smile

    For the first release, it would be good to include:

    bookmarking
    hubber search
    hubber contact (email)
    perhaps indexing the hubbers you frequent in a contact listing format
    ability to ask a question of a hubber

    Looking forward to the new application.  Great work HP team!

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Beth100,

      Thanks for the great suggestions!  I'll add them to our list.

      Hubber contact (email) is planned for the first release.

      Bookmarking and Hubber Search is on the list of nice-to-haves.

      1. Beth100 profile image83
        Beth100posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Larry for keeping up on these great suggestions!  I appreciate your answer. 

        Is there a targeted release date for the first version?  Or a beta?

        1. larryfreeman profile image86
          larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Hi Beth100,

          The current roadmap is to have the first version (beta) of the mobile app ready in 2-3 months.  I'll post on this thread when we have a firmer date.

          -Larry

          1. Beth100 profile image83
            Beth100posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks Larry!  I'll be looking for the post!

  12. gamergirl profile image60
    gamergirlposted 7 years ago

    YES!!! As of December, I am the proud owner of the T-Mobile myTouch, and one of the things that aggravates me the most is Hubpages just doesn't give me what I want through the browser.

    I think that the options Larry has listed are fantastic, and would be thrilled if those options as well as easy ratings on hubs and hub request short answers were also included.

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi gamergirl,

      I've got hub request short answers on the nice-to-haves.  Most likely, it will be included as part of the HubFeed feature.

      -Larry

  13. Dao Hoa profile image60
    Dao Hoaposted 7 years ago

    I think it is a good idea. Ability to post on forum is good too.

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Dao Hoa,

      Ability to post on forums is on the nice-to-have feature.  Forum posting is expected to also be part of the HubFeed feature.

      -Larry

  14. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    I think device detection should be there. Current forum interface which is modified for the mobile device makes it hard to navigate for desktop users. Better to have device detection and arranging forum interface as per that.

    Old interface should be there for desktop users IMO.

    Other than that promote buttons, text stats of hub should be there if possible.

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Skyfire,

      We are planning to customize HubPages to the mobile user while keeping the existing form for desktop users.

      Hub stats is planned as part of the release.

      -Larry

  15. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    Let's be able to make hubs.  Hubs on the Go.

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Lyricsingray,

      Authoring hubs will probably not make it on this first release.  We are focusing on HubFeed and Stats.

      This will most likely make it in the second release which will be planned for 5-6 months.

      -Larry

      1. hublim profile image78
        hublimposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        It may be beneficial to have some sort of memo type feature. If you’re on the go and you get an idea on your head, it’s good to have somewhere to dump your thoughts into.

        If this could be tied into the Hubpages application, when you get back to a pc you can pick up your ideas and refine them.

        It sounds like the first release of the application will be more of a social networking application, which I think is a great place to start.

        I just recently moved to a blackberry and have logged on to the site and posted forum comments easily using the current mobile browser. I tried to edit a hub module and had no luck. Perhaps future releases of this app would make this possible.

  16. thisisoli profile image56
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    Make Sure Hubpages is iSlate compatable, thats the future of mobile computing, and this is coming from someone who is no fan of Macs!

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Thisisoli,

      As far as I understand it, the iPad is compatible with the iPhone so we are good.

      -Larry

  17. rmr profile image88
    rmrposted 7 years ago

    Not being a techie, I'm not sure what the difference is. Since the last software update on my T-Mobile G1, I can do pretty much anything on my phone that I can do on my pc. It just takes a lot longer to load. In general, I'd say anything that makes HP more accessible is fantastic!

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi rmr,

      The application is meant as an alternative to the browser.  We are doing some changes to make HubPages more accessible from a mobile phone browser.

      In addition, we are writing an application that should work better than the browser since it will written especially for mobile phones.

      -Larry

  18. nanospeck profile image76
    nanospeckposted 7 years ago

    Hi larry,
    Feels like a good idea!But it better to limit the features so that the interface stays simple and agile.

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi nanospeck,

      I agree with you about keeping everything as simple and agile as possible.

      The plan is not to change the existing desktop interface but rather develop a special application for mobile phones.

      -Larry

  19. maguijo profile image59
    maguijoposted 7 years ago

    read and post in forums, please!

    1. larryfreeman profile image86
      larryfreemanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Maguijo,

      We'll do our best to get forum post/read features in the first release.

      -Larry

  20. amy jane profile image83
    amy janeposted 7 years ago

    I think this is a terrific idea and I'm looking forward to using it! Safari on the iPhone doesn't display Hubs nicely at all, so I don't bother trying to keep up with HubPages on the go.
    I don't have ideas to add - I think you have covered everything I would want already.  Can't wait to give it a try!

  21. LaVieja profile image60
    LaViejaposted 7 years ago

    All sounds good to me - except I feel very left out! When will it be available on Blackberry's????

  22. Dame Scribe profile image62
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    There's a app for that lol lol. Ok. smile I think that's a awesome move! can people vote?

  23. AEvans profile image70
    AEvansposted 7 years ago

    What a wonderful idea!! I love it can't think of anything I have to sleep on this one I am sooooooo excited! smile

  24. writer83 profile image59
    writer83posted 7 years ago

    sounds like a great idea!

  25. Has_aWayWithWords profile image81
    Has_aWayWithWordsposted 7 years ago

    make sure it also compatible with the iPad, imagine the ability to not only view hubs but even respond to forums or write hubs from your iPad when you are on the go. That would be awesome.

  26. G Miah profile image81
    G Miahposted 7 years ago

    Editing is possible on the Nokia E71, only not possible to edit the texts as the text capsule does not appear.

    I love it! I am writing this through my mobile phone. Even checking the Google Adsense is easily accessible. So is Google Analytics. I am making anyone jealous? Hmm, maybe not. That's not what i want, just wanted to share my ability to be able to access HP whenever and wherever i want.

  27. profile image0
    shinujohn2008posted 7 years ago

    Hope we can make use of adsense mobile ads too.

    Nice decision to make hubpages mobile friendly.

  28. Internetwriter62 profile image85
    Internetwriter62posted 7 years ago

    That sounds like a fantastic idea! I know there are probably a lot of details, you will have to iron out to make this technology effective and available, but when its out there, it's going to take the world by storm. I mean when your bored, and on a long train, or plain trip and you don't have your laptop, or book you can still read some great quality articles, written by hubbers everywhere. Great idea!!!

  29. marieryan profile image88
    marieryanposted 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful innovation, Sorry friends and family, but this means I am going 24/7 hubpages! Oh My Goodness!!!

  30. PaulaK profile image78
    PaulaKposted 7 years ago

    I am excited about the iphone adaptation. I check emails and Facebook regularly. Will be nice to have Hubpages adapted to the screen, Looking forward to the release!

  31. Research Analyst profile image78
    Research Analystposted 7 years ago

    Nice feature, Thanks!

  32. profile image0
    moonphlowerposted 7 years ago

    Love this idea...as my iPhone is usually glued to my hand!

 
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