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Good memories of WidSets

I used to be happy with WidSets

At that time, I could download my preferred feeds and read them everywhere offline on my Nokia Phone.

Now, using an iPhone, I have a bigger screen, Wi-Fi conectivity, a nice usability due to the multitouch screen and many other advantages of the Apple’s blockbuster. But I can’t read my feeds when I am not near from a hotspot. Ironically, I can download audio and video podcasts from iTunes, synchronize my device and listen/see them later. Why can’t I do the same with my RSS feeds?

There are many iPhone webapps to read RSS (even Netvibes has an iPhone specific version), but no one works offline. Unfortunately, neither WidSets will be the savior because it’s not compatible with iPhone (requires Java MIDP 2.0).

I’ve been looking for an iPhone RSS Reader that works offline. That’s my message:

  • If you know one, please let me know, leaving a comment; I will really appreciate it.
  • If you are a iPhone developer, that’s a good idea of a new application;
  • If you are from WidSets development team, it’s time to code a new version compatible to iPhone;
  • If you are from iTunes development team, feeds (as well as podcasts) downloading an synchronization would be really good feature.

In any case, I will really appreciate it.

Mobilizing the feeds with WidSets

I’ve been following the developments of Nokia Beta Labs very closely. I do that not only as a customer, but as an enthusiast of mobile computing and mobile communications. There are many interesting applications I’ve tested on my phone, some of them I continue using and some I don’t think they are so useful. So far, my preferred is WidSets: a Java application that aggregates feeds, simple games, web search tools and other widgets in a custom dashboard that can be managed on a PC. It’s a kind of Netvibes on a mobile phone.

Dashboard

¬†Widgets, aggregators, social bookmarking and all these web 2.0 stuff make our lives much easier when we are using a PC. Certainly, they are much more valuable on a device full of limitations: a keyboard is hard to type, limited memory and (in many cases) charged usage. It’s such a calvary to open up a mobile browser, type a url and, only for that point on, start surfing on the web. At least for me, 70% of internet time is spent accessing the same few sources, most of them could be (and really are) bookmarked and the updates read by rss feeds, not the website itself. So, in a mobile phone, much more than any other device, the content should be easily accessible. Considering this, WidSets fits very well.

It’s interesting to know that it’s not only compatible with Nokia phones, it’s free and there are thousands of available widgets and if you want, create your own. Supported by a growing developer community and a well documented API, you can download the SDK and start coding. But, if you are not a geek or simply don’t have time for that (including myself), it’s really easy to create a new feed widget with just a few clicks. After that, you can keep it private or publish to other users also enjoy.

I have already published some feed widgets (most in portuguese language) in my WidSets page, including this blog’s feeds. So, if you like to read my feeds on your mobile phone, become a WidSets user put Manoel Lira’s Blog widget on your dashboard.