More About Speeed Reader: The Google Reader Client for Windows Mobile
It’s been a while since the update. Since the last time, I attempted several UI architectures to give the user the best experience. Let me begin this by saying, the UI controls available to .NET Compact Framework 3.5 developers suck in comparison to what you get if you developed for Android or the iPhone. Hopefully, Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7 can fix that.
With that said, I chose to use the standard Windows Mobile controls. Unfortunately there aren’t things like kinetic scrolling or other nice UI touches, but you can (and I will) add that functionality via custom controls. Using other UI control frameworks didn’t allow the flexibility I need. I did see Resco’s Mobilforms Toolkit, but it costs $550+! So that will come in future versions of Speeed Reader.
What I have done so far is create most of the basic functionality needed to browse articles in Google Reader. If you follow the screenshots, I list the Labels defined by the user. Clicking on a label loads all the RSS feeds in that label. Clicking on an RSS feed brings up a list of articles. Clicking on an article loads it in the Speeed Reade browser (.NET control – extension of Pocket IE). This application does two way syncing, so reading an article in Speeed Reader will mark it as read in Google Reader and vice versa.
The home tab will display reading-list articles (what you see when you first load Google Reader). I am shooting to have an alpha build available next Friday (April 17th) for download.
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Tags: .net compact framework, C#, google reader, rss reader, windows mobile