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A reason why XenForo is so bad in mobile devices

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by Rigel Kentaurus, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Rigel Kentaurus

    Rigel Kentaurus Well-Known Member

    I think it's a good time as any to revisit the topic. Without a mobile skin, XenForo in mobile devices is ... well, not good.

    It is not something to ignore, the emerging market is not computers, it's phones. More people are using their smartphone to do things now. And XenForo is not embracing the times, but rather focusing on the old web model.

    My last poll went somewhere from 5% to 25% for mobile usage, http://xenforo.com/community/threads/share-your-mobile-devices-usage.22040/ I expect that to go up. I also think this is a chicken and egg problem and people don't load the forum in a smartphone because it's so bad.

    The first thing to focus on is the content, the rule of thumb is, if the page cannot be read once it opens, it is not mobile device ready. If I have to zoom to read content, it failed

    This is a screenshot from my iPod touch. Look at the size of the title bar, look at the size of the location bar. Now look at the size of the text. Remember that the iPhone is 3.5 inches. I guess you *could* read it. If you really try. Hardly. Straining your eyes. And just one line.

    Not everybody uses a mobile device. A lot of people however do. XenForo needs an edge in this. In it's current incarnation, xf is not mobile-ready.

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  2. jadmperry

    jadmperry Well-Known Member

    Hmm...I don't disagree with anything that can make the experience better. And I would love to see a fantastic mobile style offered. That said, I fairly often browse the site on mobile devices (iPhone 4, and iPad2). I have no idea about the experience on the iPod Touch, but my browsing experience is pretty good. I would not want to write a lengthy post (but that is basically the case with most writing on these devices- I don't think the solution they have is up to par on keyboard entry).

    So, I like the idea of bringing up the topic as anything that makes things better is a good thing. That said, I don't think the default site is that bad- at least not in my experience (a quick two finger "reverse pinch" or whatever they call it, usually works- maybe some sort of auto default magnification would help? If that is even possible).
    Peggy likes this.
  3. jadmperry

    jadmperry Well-Known Member

    Just re-read your post- sounds like we are thinking the same way. Some sort of default larger text/magnification would not be bad. Not sure if the magic elves inside the talking and looking machine can do this, but worthwhile Christmas gift list item.
  4. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Kier has stated he has plans for a mobile style, but there are things that he has to prioritize (The core software) before it.
  5. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    The mobile style is in development.
  6. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Awesome even tho my community is small half of members would like a mobile style .
  7. FredC

    FredC Well-Known Member

    the iPod touch has an amazingly vivid display.. but on most other handheld devices not so much.. My iPod blows my Samsung Transform ultra out of the water in terms of display.

    I cant wait to see the mobile style the devs have planned.. Haha actually glad i read this i was considering other options. :D
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  8. optrex

    optrex Active Member

    I'm using it through tapatalk and that seems to work well
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  9. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    This is what I have been waiting to hear.
    Thank you, Kier and team.
    Dinh Thanh likes this.
  10. Rho Delta

    Rho Delta Well-Known Member

    A branded app that you could sell to forum users to browse on their phones is a LOT better idea than a mobile style. ;)
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  11. Floris

    Floris Guest

    While I agree on some points, I completely disagree on many ..

    The experience I have using the browser on the mobile devices and tablets is just fine.
    Safari has great support for html5/css, and it's working just fine.
    I enjoy browsing around on xenforo sites on the ipad for example.

    3g is fast enough, most have at least 2 mbit, some even 14mbit.
  12. Vicros

    Vicros Active Member

    This isn't about the tablet market, its about the mobile phone market of which most people use. Not everyone uses a tablet at this point, although it is growing.
  13. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Most people on my board i have seen them surfing with Ipad , Iphone , Andriod .

    Simple question ... Will mobile style let users upload pictures from their phone direct ?
  14. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Would be great.
  15. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Ye this is one major issue for my board on the moment. Most of threads contains images so they want easier way to post reports while they are fishing with pictures.
  16. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm .... I wonder what a Xenforo APP would be like ?

    Might be fun if your members could break out there mobile phone ... film a quick video "Fishing is great today ... the Pike are biting ... woohooo "and basically almost auto-post it.

    Go to Xenforo Mobile Content App.
    click Post video
    it records
    click Stop.
    click Post.
    - it is automatically posted !
    [Your xenforo Login/Pass are already added - Videos are always posted to a default forum].

    Is there a generic content posting app ?

    edit: seems Posterous might be an option.

    Upload Photos from Web Forms

    Picup is a native iPhone Application that facilitates photo uploads to the web. Since file-upload form fields don't work in Mobile Safari, a webapp can instruct Picup to choose and upload a photo. Once the upload is complete, Picup returns control to the webapp with information about the upload.
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  17. Chimpie

    Chimpie Well-Known Member

    We currently have tapatalk installed on our vB forum and many, many users it daily.
  18. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    That's unlikely, as the biggest mobile market (iOS) has no capacity to upload files through the browser, but after the mobile style is done, we could take a leaf out of Facebook's er... book, and create an app that wraps around the mobile style (which is what the Facebook app does with http://m.facebook.com) and provides those facilities that the browser can't support.
  19. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Thanks kier for answer ! That would be awesome.
  20. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    Resource manager, mobile style, app....
    It's very nom nom nom to my ears, Kier :)

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