Adapt pages for mobile viewing using Google <add>Mobilizer</add>

Update:

I seem to be very late in discovering this, really only after browsing the web on the phone. This Google page mentioned below is popularly known as Google Mobilizer and has been already blogged about many times. Just search for “Google Mobilizer” and there are tons of links that show up.

 

While I wait for my broadband service activation, I have been depending on my Airtel GPRS data plan for all my Internet needs.

I subscribe to a lot of RSS feeds in Google Reader, and reading them over this GPRS connection can take a loooong time.

I use a HTC Touch for my phone needs, and share the GPRS connection to my PC using the “Internet Sharing” program that comes with it.

I can access Google Reader’s mobile versions at http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/?source=mobileproducts&source=m2, which I access from my PC.

When I click a link in any of the RSS entries of a news feed, Google Reader most of the time automatically adapts the page for mobile viewing rendering it faster.

Agreed, it is not as pretty as the actual HTML page, but I can get through my RSS feeds pretty fast just viewing the Mobile verions as well.

The URL is always http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=<url-of-the-page&gt;. So for instance, I need to visit CNN, I just type http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.cnn.com and I see an adapted version of the site.

 

Even easier, just bookmark the URL http://www.google.com/gwt/n. The page looks like this –

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Enter the URL, say http://www.cnn.com and of course I select the “No Images” most of the time to speed it up even further.

Many popular websites today have versions specific to mobile phones, but the links in most of the RSS new entries always seem to point to the actual HTML versions, which is a sad thing. It is good that Google Reader adapts those outgoing link destinations for mobile viewing.

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