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
My Account Stats
What other features would you like to see in a mobile phone application?
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.
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.
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.
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?
NICE! Cant wait hubing and driving ftw lol i kid
I am a new member.Hope to share a good time.
Hi Larry---great to know... I have Android. Howdy from Spokane! It's Terry.
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?
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.
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.
Blackberry love. Don't forget the BB people.
Great to see that it is also planned to come to Android . 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%).
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.
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.
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.
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?
Yes, ability to make hubs mobile search friendly and monetize through Google mobile ads should be a priority number one.
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.
I have no use for it, but sounds like a step forward for HubPages.
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?
How about a feature to disable while a person is driving?
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!
hi Larry, I welcome this approach. Why can't we include the forum posting?
My goodness, what can't you do on an iphone now? Great update, checking my account on the go will be quite a convenience
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
This is a great step. I'll be able to access it via Opera Mini.
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!
For the first release, it would be good to include:
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
I think it is a good idea. Ability to post on forum is good too.
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.
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.
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.
Make Sure Hubpages is iSlate compatable, thats the future of mobile computing, and this is coming from someone who is no fan of Macs!
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!
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.
Feels like a good idea!But it better to limit the features so that the interface stays simple and agile.
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!
All sounds good to me - except I feel very left out! When will it be available on Blackberry's????
There's a app for that lol. Ok. I think that's a awesome move! can people vote?
What a wonderful idea!! I love it can't think of anything I have to sleep on this one I am sooooooo excited!
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.
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.
Hope we can make use of adsense mobile ads too.
Nice decision to make hubpages mobile friendly.
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!!!
This is a wonderful innovation, Sorry friends and family, but this means I am going 24/7 hubpages! Oh My Goodness!!!
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!
Love this idea...as my iPhone is usually glued to my hand!
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