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Thursday, May 25, 2006

The official FIFA World Cup mobile site is now live.

Screenshot using the N80 and the Nokia MiniMap browser.
Screenshot using the N80 and the Nokia MiniMap browser.


Lots of people have been sceptical to the utility of mobile browsing. The Yahoo mobile team has stepped up and made this gift to the football fans on the move. Access it on your 3G phone and get a sense where the mobile world is heading. What I like is the ability you have to customize. You can select favourite teams, pick a couple players to follow more closely. You can bookmark interesting news. To me this is a small prelude after years of hype of mobile internet, experienced through the mobile browser, this is very useful. Never before have the fans had this much information while mobile. Well presented and optimised for one hand operated devises. I guess the other hand could hold a beer? You find it by entering www.fifa.com on your mobile browser. Just make sure you have internet enabled as it is on the open internet.

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Comments

I surfed to www.fifa.com on Nokia N91 and got an ordinary site without any optimization for mobile browsers. Are you sure that's the correct address?

N91 has the minimap browser too, but it's rather to difficult to navigate on this site.

Posted by: Tero Lehto at May 25, 2006 11:08:10 PM

Hi, I did short testing and it seems that fifa.com recognizes S60 platform browser (the WAP/XHTML browser, which opens when you long-press '0' key in S60 devices like N91) as mobile browser and optimizes the content accordingly. However, when using the open source based "Web Browser for S60" (the one with full web capabilities and minimap) the site does not recognize that as mobile browser and provides the same site as for PC browsers.

Christian, is that intentional or should the mobile site be provided also for the "new" browser?

Posted by: Sami Uskela at May 26, 2006 10:51:53 AM

You can force the mobile version to appear regarless of which browser you are use ing (even IE6) by using the url http://fwc.wap.yahoo.com/

Dennis at WapReview.com

Posted by: Dennis at May 27, 2006 7:44:17 AM

Christian,

Dave Harper and I met this same issue with the OSS browser.

http://cognections.typepad.com/lifeblog/2006/05/winksite_fusing.html
http://cognections.typepad.com/lifeblog/2006/04/new_phones_from.html

If you want to know what we did, just drop me a line.

Tchau,

Charlie

Posted by: charlie at May 29, 2006 3:54:40 PM

Hi, I think we have not registered the N91 UAProf, as we do not have a device in the labs ;-) I have to see if I could get one as a loaner somewhere for the guys to test. The N80 has been tested.

Posted by: Christian at May 29, 2006 8:52:08 PM

Too bad there is no RSS feed to keep track of news. RSS is supported in new Nokia and Sony Ericsson phones.

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