Posted October 2nd 2009 under twitter
Not everyone has a high-end smartphone. Many people do in the US, Europe, or other rich areas, but most people use more basic phones. Even in rich countries, people who are not that much into technology use more basic phones.
These are all people that will enjoy Twitter or other online apps, if only we can make it easy for them. And this is the reason why J1CK has been designed to reach all audiences: our software works well in any feature phone provided it has the basic Java support.
Don’t get me wrong, we also love to make the best of the most advanced features, such as touch screens or full QWERTY keyboards (see my previous post http://j1ck.com/blog/2009/09/17/j1ck-twitter-client-for-java-phones/, featuring the Nokia E71 and 5800, and the Samsung F480). We’re also going to release Blackberry and iPhone versions of our software (at the very least). But we believe that given the current mobile landscape, it’s critical for many goals to reach 90%+ of users, and this requires great support of a wide gamut of devices.
Apart from this, and for some reason I’ve never really been able to understand, I *love* software working on tiny devices. Seeing old computers gives me a kick, and I felt a surge of dopamine the day I saw our software work on a tiny 128×128 pixels screen on a Nokia 6020. I was trying our Wikipedia browser, and it just felt weird and great. It’s something like bloggin with ink on a papyrus. It feels dissonant, but just great!
Here are a few captures of j1ck.tweet, our Twitter client, running on a tiny Nokia 6085, with a tiny 128 x 160 pixels screen. The nice part is that it works great, you can even take pictures when tweeting and have then uploaded to Twitpic, and it overall makes for a great Tweeting platform!
And, apart from the basic functionality above, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy all the functionality of an advanced Twitter client:
- Twitpic preview
- Multiple account support
- Quick links to DM/Reply/Retweet/Favorites
- Saved searches, Trending topics, and more!
And finally, as another example of a basic phone, here are a few captures of the LG KU 380.
The fonts LG installed on this phone are quite ugly. But, hey, Twitter works perfectly here! And keep this in mind, these are some of the most basic phones out there.
Next week, I think I’ll post some screenshots from the Blackberry version.
And we should be able to actually release the first public beta soon!
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