Announcing Digg Mobile

Digg is these days one of the most popular techie blog sites, and most people love it. Problem is, it has no mobile version. There were 4-5 earlier efforts by fans to create a mobile interface to Digg, but their creations don’t work or look great on most mobile browsers.

This is why I decided to create a new mobile interface, and make sure it works with all cHTML-capable mobile browsers:

The content is based on the main Digg RSS feed and so the story links drive you back to instead of the actual article. I spent the whole evening testing it with 11 different mobile browsers: PocketIE, Netfront, SonyEricsson’s SEC, Motorola MiB, Openwave, Opera Mobile, Opera Mini, Blackberry, Nokia S40, Nokia S60, AvantGo. I am sure the page works fine with other browsers too, like Obigo, Blazer, Sunrise/JPluck/iSilo, Unix text mode browsers, Sidekick, Sony PSP and more. In any case, let me know if rendering is under-par on your browser, send me a picture too if possible.

My implementation features 4 pages, with 10 digg posts on each page. On average each of these pages is between 7 and 8 KB (so when applicable, GPRS charges are kept really low).

Here are screenshots on some of the most popular mobile browsers. Send me via email yours too if your browser is not shown below!

Also, please digg this announcement to let more users know of this free service. Finally, the PHP source code that generates this layout is now available.

Nokia S60 WebKit-based browser

Openwave 7.x

Motorola MiB 2.2.x

Nokia S40

Opera Mobile

Pocket IE

Blackberry (with HTML features enabled)

Opera Mini 2.0.4459

Netfront on a VGA PDA

Web Pro 3.5 on a Tungsten T3 (courtecy of TamsPalm)

Teleca Obigo (courtecy of Göran Svennarp)

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Eugenia wrote on August 11th, 2006 at 5:10 AM PST:

Yes, I have a lot, plus emulators. But I have none that run Teleca’s Obigo browser (usually used by LG and few Samsungs) or Danger’s Sidekick and I don’t have a real phone with the Openwave browser either (only their pretty old emulator). The brand new Motorolas have an updated browser too (Motorola doesn’t offer ADKs anymore for their browser so my MiB screenshot looks bad because it’s an older version of the browser). Update: Michael from MobileBurn sent me a shot from the new Motokrzr k1 phone, I replaced the old shot with this.

Tam Hanna wrote on August 11th, 2006 at 6:42 AM PST:

I’ll feature you on TamsPalm tomorrow. If you want some screenshots from various Palm OS browsers, just email me!

Best regards
Tam Hanna

binarycrusader wrote on August 11th, 2006 at 11:39 AM PST:

I don’t have any mobile devices, although apparently you have way too many judging from the screenshots! :)


Wap Review wrote on August 12th, 2006 at 6:36 AM PST:

Digg Mobile

Eugenia, the developer responsible for the awesome OSNews mobile site has created a mobile front end to Digg! The site presents the current top 40 on Digg in a compact format that displays nicely on any WAP2 phone.
The only thing I’m not fond of about…

Anonymous Palm 700p User wrote on August 12th, 2006 at 7:16 AM PST:

FYI, this implementation requires horizontal scrolling on my Palm — Blazer 4.5 on a Treo 700p. It looks great, just needs an extra tweak. Thanks so much.

Anonymous Palm 700p User wrote on August 12th, 2006 at 7:18 AM PST:

Oops — Just realized, the horiz scrolling is because of the long filename in the Leopard Leaked entry. FYI…

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Eugenia wrote on August 12th, 2006 at 7:35 AM PST:

Yes, normally you would not get a scrollbar.

norg wrote on August 13th, 2006 at 4:54 AM PST:

You people need to get a life.

Tam Hanna wrote on August 14th, 2006 at 12:47 PM PST:

this is WEB PRO 3.5; not Blazer!!!!

Best regards
Tam Hanna

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