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New Netvibes for Smaller Screens (and Smartphones)


Today, everyone uses many different devices. Desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones… At Netvibes, our philosophy has always been to provide the optimal experience based on the size and resolution of your screen, rather than just what type of device you use. After all, there are big tablets and small tablets, large smartphones and tiny net-books.

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So instead of compromising our dashboard experience on smaller screens by cramming it all in, we decided to create a new reader-focused experience. That’s why we’re focusing on a unified dashboard experience for larger screens (laptops, tablets) and starting today, a new mobile reader for smartphones with smaller screens.

Now whatever device you use, you can just go to: mobile.netvibes.com

Let’s take a quick tour of our new mobile reader:

New Touch Optimized for Smaller Screens

Just tap to mark articles read/unread and flick to scroll rapidly through all your latest articles.

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New Sharing

Just like in our full dashboard, now you can share any article instantly, anywhere.

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Offline Reading

As always, before your next flight just load up Netvibes and it will cache all your articles so you can read it offline.

And many other performance enhancements:

  • HTML5 on every device. Following our major update for Netvibes on iPad, we’re pursuing our integration of HTML5 on all mobile versions, especially smartphones.
  • Faster Dashboards. Performance boost across all devices (startup, rendering, screen rotation, etc.).
  • Much Better Android Support. Enhancements for smooth scrolling and fast, fluid animations.
  • New Scroller. Optimized for each platform and faster than ever – especially on Android devices.
  • Optimized Rendering Process and reuse of components so the app doesn’t have to instantiate new ones.
  • Full Retina Support. All icons from the mobile app are now icon-fonts (CSS3 font-face) for perfect scalability on your iPhone.

Got any questions or suggestions? Drop them in the comments below. Or leave us a message on our Uservoice page.

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18 Responses to “New Netvibes for Smaller Screens (and Smartphones)”

  1. #1 | Antti | September 26th, 2013 at 10:12

    Windows Phone (7.8) is redirected from mobile.netvibes.com to wap.netvibes.com, which is kind of… oldish. The device can handle the full dashboard, so probably it might deal nicely with the mobile version too. Hoping this is a temporary issue or a configuration error on my side.

    PS: thanks for this great service!

    Looking forward to see the mobile version on my mobile ;-)

  2. #2 | kio | September 26th, 2013 at 19:11

    Sur mon Galaxy Note 2, çà me semble vraiment plus fluide. A voir à l’usage sur une plus longue durée :)

    Par contre, pourrait-on récupérer l’affichage “tablette” lorsque on bascule en mode “paysage” sur de grand téléphone comme les Galaxy Note 2.
    Il y a longtemps, c’était le cas puis çà a disparu.
    Sur un écran > 5″, c’est très pratique d’avoir à gauche le flux et à droite le contenu de chaque élément.
    Ou au moins d’avoir dans les options la possibilité de l’activer/désactiver selon les goûts.

    Merci

  3. #3 | Alex | September 27th, 2013 at 23:37

    On the BlackBerry PlayBook the old iphone version worked great but the new one doesn’t allow scrolling down, instead it springs back. Please fix, it worked so well until a few days ago. Windows phone 8 on the other hand work fine, nice!

  4. #4 | Nancy Rodriguez | September 30th, 2013 at 00:09

    I always find the mobile version simpler.

  5. #5 | Peter Demel | October 2nd, 2013 at 09:50

    It looks very cool. Thank you.

  6. #6 | Eduardo | October 7th, 2013 at 23:40

    I’ve been using the wap version for years even with modern Android phones, it’s the most compact and quick version I’ve found.

    now it’s gone :-( Am I forced to used the mobile version (looks like any iPhone app) or if is there a way leave wap version as default?

    regards

  7. #7 | Dom | October 8th, 2013 at 09:10

    Is there any way to avoid the redirection/detection? Netvibes used to work brilliantly using the Opera Mini browser on my Blackberry using wap.netvibes.com, but now even when I go to the address is redirects to mobile.netvibes.com where it is unusable on my Blackberry…. I’ve tried using the stock Blackberry browser but this also redirects when I try and use wap.netvibes.com. Is there something I can add to the URL to stop the redirection?

  8. #8 | Robert Kahan | October 8th, 2013 at 10:16

    Why WAP version disappered? For Nokia E75 on Symbian with Opera Mobile WAP version worked perfectly: clean, fast, compact. Now, as a result of recent changes, it redirects me only to full desktop version.

  9. #9 | Eduardo | October 8th, 2013 at 10:36

    Mmm, I must say that the update is not very useful. Since yesterday, mobile versions of Netvibes doesn’t work as they should in my opinion.

    Using Opera in Android takes you to DESKTOP Netvibes, not WAP version as before, so it’s pretty useless.

    Using Chrome in Android takes you to MOBILE Netvibes, not WAP version which until yesterday let you manage the information much quicker than MOBILE: less clicks, longer texts, smaller font…

    Is there still present the WAP version? How can I force my browser to use it instead of the redirection?

    Regards,
    Eduardo

  10. #10 | tom | October 8th, 2013 at 12:50

    Hello Netvibes,

    I can’t go to the Wap-Version anymore.
    What happened?
    My phone can’t handle the new HTML5-Site :(

  11. #11 | Micha Klewar | October 8th, 2013 at 22:13

    On Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, both mobile.netvibes.com and wap.netvibes.com get redirected to the normal site http://www.netvibes.com. It worked fine until monday.

  12. #12 | jean-christophe | October 9th, 2013 at 14:12

    Hello. The WAP version of Netvibes has been shut down permanently: not enough users and not adapted to modern devices.

    • #13 | Dom | October 9th, 2013 at 23:13

      Thanks very much for the reply, and I can understand from a commercial perspective why you’ve shutdown the WAP site even if a lot of people will obviously miss it. With no wap site, is it possible to stop Opera Mini and Opera Mobile redirecting to the full desktop site? They are both popular mobile browsers and it would be great if they could stay on the mobile site so Netvibes stays usable on mobiles.

    • #15 | Robert Kahan | October 10th, 2013 at 13:36

      I dont understand the explanantion either. Users of “modern devices” were not forced to use the old wap site, were they? Why dont you keep both, old wap and new mobile version? I belive that old wap version doesnt overload your servers, doesnt need any maintenace, frankly, doesnt spend your money (capacity of your company). Even on modern devices the “mobile” version doesnt seem clean, fast and compact, which is what users usualy appreciate.

  13. #16 | Dom | October 10th, 2013 at 11:13

    Posting this in case it helps others using Opera Mini..

    As it looks like there is no WAP site coming back, I’ve tested using Protopages.com as a workaround/alternative to Netvibes on a mobile. Its not as good as Netvibes on the desktop browser in my opinion but it certainly works on Opera Mini and is a good fall back for mobile devices. Its definitely better if you are running Opera Mini as Netvibes doesn’t currently pick up as a mobile device and goes to the unuseable desktop version.

  14. #17 | omega__23 | October 13th, 2013 at 20:55

    Dear netvibes, pls bring back the wap pages! Not everyone has (let alone can afford!) a 700usd iPhone… Just think outside the
    silicon Valley box for a moment please and start considering the rest of the World, tx. There is whole (potential?) market out there at other continents that you are now excluding from using your great service. Note that ‘mobile first’ means ALL mobile, not ‘some’ mobile.

    And as a note to your investors regarding the above comment, people are apparently already moving away as that is actually really easy – but we don’t want to leave, so pls don’t force us!
    (ps. If cost is an issue,just put google adwords on top of the wap main page, better that than none)

  15. #18 | chinots | October 27th, 2013 at 04:04

    wooo,wap page not come back?
    does Netvibes say me that not use blackberry 9360?
    i think about stop using netvibes to read rss.sad…