Friday, August 31, 2007

MetrO on the iPhone?

Since Apple launched its iPhone, we have been litterally flooded with requests for a version of MetrO running on the device. However, as you probably all know by now, the iPhone is a closed box without any possibility to install 3rd-party software. At least until Apple changes its mind - which in my opinion is not very likely in the near future - or unless you are a very good friend of Steve J. - which we are not, unfortunately.

The only kind of 3rd-party applications the iPhone accepts are services provided through the Safari browser - and a network connection, of course. It's the reason why, so far, we have redirected users to our i-Métro online service, preferably in its mobile flavor.

With the launch of Netvibes Mobile today, it is possible that a better option has become available. The special iPhone version of their platform is supposed to be able to run the Netvibes modules, including our own which offers more features than i-Métro mobile in a nicer user interface.

If you want to try it, go to the Netvibes site from your PC, create your free account if you don't have one yet and add the i-Métro module to your page (click here for a quick addition). Now point the Safari browser on your iPhone to http://iphone.netvibes.com , sign in and the module should be there.

Let us know if it works as advertised and what you think of the i-Métro module...

3 comments:

  1. I just tried using the Netvibes iPhone module and couldn't get the text entry to work. When clicking on a text entry box and trying to enter text (e.g. a station name) from the keyboard, the cursor remained stationary and nothing transfered into the text box. I've never seen this happen with any other text entry field in iPhone's Safari since getting my iPhone on June 29.

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  2. Michael, I'm aware of the issue and I'm trying to find out what's going on. First, did you apply the 1.0.1 update to your iPhone?

    I'd rather have a direct contact with you - by mail - if you are ready to help me try and solve this problem.

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  3. I'm having the same problem as michael d. I can't enter text from my iPhone. I'm running version 1.0.2

    I love your program, and use it a lot on my Palm. It would be FANTASTIC, not to mention convenient to have it as a third party app on my iPhone.

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