Viewing my blog on mobile devices

I recently discovered that Blogger has introduced a new option (currently in beta testing, available in Blogger in Draft) that will automatically reformat a blog so that it's more convenient to access on a mobile device.

I've set up the option to do this for my blog, but I don't have Internet access on my mobile phone so I can't test it myself.  (I can text on my phone, and access email, but I can't access the web.)  So....I'm looking for somebody to help me try this out.  Are any of you using a mobile device to access this blog?  And if so:
  • What do you think?  Is it readable?  Easy to navigate?

  • Blogger says the layout is supposed to switch automatically from the "regular" view to the "mobile" view when it detects that the site is being accessed from a mobile device.  Can anybody confirm that this actually works?

  • What type of mobile device are you using to access my blog?  (Don't worry, I'm not going to do anything with that information!  Just curious.)
If you want to see a preview of what the mobile layout for this site looks like, go here.  (This will work even if you are accessing the site from a desktop or laptop.)

Please note that I have no control over the colors and fonts in the mobile version.  Maybe there will be a way to customize them in the future, but I don't know how to do that right now.  What you're seeing in the mobile version are the default fonts and colors.

Thanks in advance for your help with this!

10 comments

Chris Holifield said...

Hi Karen,
The new mobile version is easier to read on an iPhone 3GS. It shows the blog itself, but not the links & info you have on the right & left sides of the regular version of your blog. It does have the 7 links that are across the top of your blog though. At the bottom of the blog, it gives you links for Home, Older Posts & Web Version. Hope this helps.

Tracey R. said...

Not noticing the difference on a BlackBerry Curve--but it could be that the new formatting only works with iPhone/Droid type devices?

Karen Henry said...

Chris - yes, that's helpful. Thanks!

Trecey - Hmmm, not sure what the problem is there. Keep in mind this is a beta version of the new functionality, so no guarantees. :-) I'll report it as an issue and see what they say.

Karen

Business mobile phones said...

Karen Henry is right that it is a beta version and there are some problems which will be solved lately by its update.

Karen Henry said...

Tracey - as a workaround, can you try accessing my blog from here:

http://outlandishobservations.blogspot.com/?m=1

(note the "?m=1" on the end!)

and see if it makes any difference? Even if the automatic switching doesn't work for you, I would think you could get there by "forcing" the option. Worth a try, anyway. Let me know if that works for you.

Karen

Lolly S said...

Worked great on my iPhone 3G 'generation'!

Karen Henry said...

Lolly:

Great. Thanks for letting me know!

Karen

Shawn C. said...

Karen, I'm on a Motorola Droid as I type this. I can choose to read your blog on the google reader app where the full text appears or use the browser. In the browser the site is very simple -- almost no color or graphics which makes it load fast, and easy to read and navigate. Wish I knew how to do a screen shot for you!

Shawn C. said...

Hi Karen,

I just accessed the site from my Motorola Droid. I usually use Google Reader app to read the text but checked it in the browser for you. I wish I knew how to take a screen shot. It was mostly text/black & white with no graphics and few colors, but it loaded fast and was very easy to read and navigate.

Karen Henry said...

Thanks, Shawn, that was very helpful!

Karen

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