If you want (or need) to follow the latest action in March Madness, check out the NCAA Tournament mobile website, brought to you by Yahoo!:
The direct URL from your mobile phone is: http://m.yahoo.com/ncaa.
Update: For the most current data (all of 2008), please see Top Mobile Websites for 2008.
Last September, I reported on the top 20 mobile
websites that readers of my mobile website list
(Cantoni.mobi) were clicking on. Since six months
have gone by, I thought it was a perfect time for an update.
Today I present the “top 30” mobile websites as recorded on
Cantoni.mobi. These results are captured by my MyBlogLog
community widget which reports on not just page views, but
links clicked exiting the site.
either disabled or not present is not tracked. Regardless,
the overall trend should still be accurate.
Over the last 6 months, we recorded a total of about 180,000
links that were followed (an average of about 1,000 per
day). Here are the top 30 mobile websites, in order:
This is the second installment of my quest to install simulators on my Windows XP system for all the major smartphone platforms. Yesterday we covered the BlackBerry simulator; today we’ll tackle the Palm OS version of the Treo.
The first step will be to the Palm developer center. If you don’t already have a free developer account, register for one now. (It’s necessary to download any of the simulators.)
Since we’re covering devices based on Palm OS, I’ll pick the latest which is the Centro smartphone. Palm offers a simulator for each device, so follow these steps to get the one for the Centro:
You now have a working Palm OS simulator!
Some tips and tricks:
In order to accurately test mobile websites on a variety of devices, you either need to buy a bunch of phones (if you’re a big developer and can afford it), or go the cheap route and rely on device simulators from the manufacturers. In order to better understand how Cantoni.mobi looks and behaves, I’m going to install all the major simulators I can find and document the steps along the way.
There are two different software packages we’ll need. First is the Device Simulator:
Use BlackBerry Device Simulators to demonstrate and test how the BlackBerry® Device Software, screen, keyboard and trackwheel/trackball will work with your application. These simulators will also simulate behavior in various wireless network conditions.
Second is the MDS Services:
The BlackBerry Email and MDS Services Simulator Package can emulate certain aspects of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. When used in conjunction with a BlackBerry Device Simulator, users can simulate browsing web content, sending and receiving email or application data traffic.
The MDS Services software is needed to simulate a network connection, which we’ll need for testing mobile browsing. Without it, your simulated BlackBerry has no network access.
Next we’ll proceed to downloading the latest Device Simulator. Each phone/carrier combination you want to test is a separate download. In my case I’m testing with the 8830 on Sprint and the 8300 without a carrier. Download these .exe files and run them, installing into the default folders.
Next we’ll need to download the Email and MDS Services Simulator package. This download required me to create a free registration with the BlackBerry developer program. (While installing this package, it warned me that I needed a newer Java development kit installed, but I deselected that prerequisite and continued on without it. If you do run into problems, you might in fact need a recent JDK.)
After the packages are installed, we can fire up the simulator:
Wait a minute for the simulator to start running, then start using your new phone!
Some tips and tricks:
That last tip made me realize this simulator would be great for any sort of demo, hack, or presentation. Instead of fumbling with an ELMO, you can run your demo from this simulator on your laptop.
My 4-year old project to keep an updated list of useful mobile websites continues to draw a decent amount of traffic (somewhere between 1000 and 2000 page views per day). I’ve also managed to reach the top search result for “mobile websites” on both Google and Live.com. (Yahoo and Ask are not keeping up…come on guys!)
This week I’m migrating the list from its current home on “www.cantoni.org/palm” to a new domain “cantoni.mobi”. Tonight I have the new domain up and running and tomorrow I’ll start redirecting the old traffic.
Hopefully I’ll be able to follow the standard advice for such a move, including using “301” permanent redirects, so that search engines can find the page at its new home. I should be able to tell over the next couple of weeks if the move is a success.
In the meantime, check out the new page on your iPhone, Blackberry, Treo, or smartphone: