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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Easy to use mobile phone RSS reader - FREE and SIMPLE



Today I am launching the first draft of my mobile RSS reader service: pixs.jp, and I would be grateful for any feedback you might have if you try using it.

I have been interested in a simple way of implementing a mobile internet site with contemporary content and have found that the easiest way to do this is by formatting the vast amount of RSS feeds availably into a format readable by mobile phones. It is a simple idea but so far I haven't found a site doing it in quite the same way as me.

This project started out as a way for me to get the western content that I like reading onto my mobile phone here in Japan. There are plenty of mobile sites here but few that cater for the English reading market so I decided to make my own. Since I made the service, me and my friends have found it extremely useful so I have decided to publicise it with a mind to making it into a bigger system.

The service is free and will remain free. If one day I can find a way to spin money off the top of it then I might do that, however, the content will never be affected as a result so I hope people will find it a useful day to day tool.

If you have any feeds you would like to see on the directory then please submit them, I will vet them of course as I don't want anything unsavoury appearing on my site, not that I am suggesting that you, my dear readers, would do something like that, but hey, there are plenty of weirdos out there.

And if you have any suggestions or find any bugs, or if the system doesn't work on your handset then please leave me a comment on this site. I will find it which ever post you choose to make the comment on so please don't be shy, it will help to grow this into a useful service for everyone.

So what are you waiting for? Point your phone to this address : http://www.pixs.jp

If the beta is successful I will put up a .com and .co.uk mirror to speed up the accesses for you guys outside of Japan.

Thanks for your support.

Marcus.

6 Comments:

At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Hi, just want to say this works quite well on my SE K700i over a CSD connection out here in Nairobi, Kenya.

Been looking for a way to get RSS feeds on my phone for a while, and this quite suits
the environment here till someone can be bothered to roll out GPRS... ho hum.

Regards!

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Marcus Saw said...

Thanks for your feedback, its nice to know the system works somewhere as remote as nairobi.

Let me know if there is any customisations you would like, I am open to ideas!

Marcus.

 
At 6:36 AM, Blogger Andrea Trasatti said...

Hello Marcus,
I test on my V3. Looks good (xHTML, I think).
I went into the "top 10" and picked "newGmobile news" and the device said it could not display the page.
I went back and picked your blog. Worked, but all images were broken.

I think this is a good idea, tho, it looks like more and more people wants to read RSS and always be up-to-date. The problem comes when the RSS doesn't have much of the news/article and you need to click on the real web page.

Check out this service, quite similar:
http://www.ifeedyou.com/

Good luck

 
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