vendredi 29 février 2008

Google Reader for mobile ... Stop wasting your time in the toilets!

For 2 months now, I have been testing Google Reader for mobile on my Pocket PC (windows Pocket PC 2003 with GPRS connection). As the Google Reader web version, it is a great product. It is really great to be able to read news when you usually waste your time.

On the home page, the last 10 items are listed and you can click to expand them. In the detail of an item, pictures are displayed correctly. It also dynamically updates URLs inside the items to a mobile version if it exist. So, becomes can also navigate by tags and subscriptions.

Taking into account the fact that you really want to save page loads because of slow mobile rendering, here are for me the things that could be enhanced in this product:

  • Add the possibility to define a default tag(s) and/or subscription(s). At least use the default tag defined in the web version.
  • At the end of the detail of an item, add a link to see the list of the next 10 items. For the moment, you must go back to list where there is a part of the list that you probably already checked (personally I check all the item before to click on one of them).

There is also no indication about which items were already clicked.

Here are some screenshots of the Google reader for mobile product:

Home page:
Homepage options:

Item detail:

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