With the 2012 Summer Olympics about to get underway, I wanted to get ready with the best mobile websites to follow along with all the action. So far these are the best I’ve found, brought to you by the BBC, ESPN, the official London 2012 site, and NBC. The content is just starting to roll in, so we’ll soon see which of these have the best coverage.
In addition to Android Screencast (which I just demonstrated with my broken HTC Evo), I’ve had good success with another Java desktop application called Android Screenshot and Screen Capture. Both products are very similar, and have similar issues such as the slow refresh rate. But, Android Screenshot and Screen Capture has a higher resolution, and looks much better when the desktop window is expanded – like you might do in an online meeting.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison:
And here’s a screenshot of the software in an online meeting:
My HTC Evo Android phone recently met its demise when I dropped it. Today I found using Android Screencast was a handy way to get some data off the phone even though most of the screen isn’t working:
Recently I started volunteering as webmaster for the Stanford girls water polo club: upgrading WordPress, improving the design templates, and adding more features to make the site more useful to both parents and players.
I added Google Analytics at the start of the year to get a better sense of page views and traffic sources. Looking at the mobile stats today, I was surprised to see just how dominant the iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod) was. In the last 2 months, there were about 7500 visits, of which mobile comprised about 1500 (20%). Within the visitors counted as mobile, the Apple devices accounted for almost 90%, with Android taking less than 10%:
I think a safe conclusion is that Apple mobile products are very popular among this population – not too much of a surprise. I’m going to work on making the site more mobile-friendly, so this type of data will certainly help pinpoint which devices are worth testing.
If you want to keep up with the 2012 Masters golf tournament from your mobile phone, look no further than masters.com. They’ve done a nice job of mobile detection, giving a focused view of the leaderboard and other key content:
By comparison if you visit the Masters site from a desktop browser, you get a “full” desktop experience, including a video that runs as soon as you visit the site.
On the mobile site I noticed the highlight videos worked correctly on my Android phone, but not on the iPhone for some reason.