Tuesday, 26 December 2006

Looking Into The Future

It has been nine months since Mobile Go V1.0 was released in March, 2006. It is always an exciting project that I'm working on.
15 years ago, when I started my IT career as a Foxbase programmer, I had never thought about writing program for cell phone. I always called myself a database programmer for my major works were database related. Even today my full time job is still database related. I'm a PeopleSoft application developer. However, I'm now more interested in Mobile programing than any other area. I truly believe that Mobile computing will be next big thing just like Internet was in early 1980's. It's why I'm spending most of my spare time on learning mobile programming and looking at the market of mobile computing.
Communication and Mobility are two keys to our daily life. But will cell phone be that one replacing PC in our daily activities? I don't know. Let's look into the future. Only time will tell.

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Mobile Go Will Have Variant Editions

There will be three editions of Mobile Go. Scheduled to be released in January 2007.
  • Basic Edition will support observing game and chatting only, targeting casual users.
  • Standard Edition will support all features in current version V2.2 in addition to saving and loading games in memory card. It targets most mobile Go players.
  • Prime Edition will support all features in Standard Edition plus the ability to observing/reviewing multiple games while playing a game. It's for those who are die-hard Go enthusiast.
All current registered users are entitled to upgrade to Prime Edition for free. More features will be added to future releases.

New Blog for Mobile Go Launched

I just registered a new blog for Mobile Go. I will post any thing related to Mobile Go here. Hopeful it will be the first place where all Mobile Go users like to share their experience with others. I'll also keep updating the status of Mobile Go project, including the port to other platforms.

Monday, 20 November 2006

Mobile Go V2.2 released

Change since V2.1:
  • Support Power Save Mode.
  • Can answer incoming call (on Treo) without exists Mobile Go.
  • Support UNDO during scoring.
  • Support game title.
  • Support IGS-specific option NEWRATING.
  • Add feature to auto save a game when Mobile Go exits or to reload the saved game when Mobile Go starts.
  • Can remember the Main and Byoyomi time used in last match request.
  • Give another 15 days of trial period to previouse installation.
  • Bug fixes.
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2006

    Progress of porting Mobile Go to Symbian

    The UI that I choose for Symbian is S60 for its tremendous popularity. However it's a matter of easy to say but hard to do. I'm still reading on programming books of Symbian S60. The facts that the screen estate is rather small and there is no pen to input on a S60 cell phone make it quite hard to port Mobile Go from Palm OS. I may have to trade off some features.

    Thursday, 21 September 2006

    Mobile Go V2.1 released

    Change since V2.0:
  • Support fast review of a game.
  • Add Network Preferences. It allows user to specify network character and handles networking issues better.
  • Fully support SAY command.
  • Bug fixes.
  • Monday, 31 July 2006

    Mobile Go V2.0 released

    Change since V1.1:
  • Show challenger's rank in Challenger Queue and Match screen
  • Use key SPACE to toggle cursor. Stylus-free operation supported for Treo
  • Accept ADJOURN request
  • Support NMATCH and SEEK commands
  • Support connection via proxy server
  • Tuesday, 21 March 2006

    Mobile Go V1.0 released

    Mobile Go is a client for Internet Go server. You can use it to observe or play games as long as your Palm handheld or mobile phone can access Internet using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS/EDGE or Palm Modem. Mobile Go was designed to support most IGS and NNGS commands. It is a common client for many Go servers including popular IGS, NNGS, WING and LGS. Play Go on the go with Mobile Go.
    System Requirement
    · Handheld with Palm OS 3.0 or higher
    · Must support TCP/IP socket
    Download Mobile Go from http://www.palmgear.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=software.showsoftware&prodid=120214
    Unzip mobilego.zip to a temp folder, you will find a file mobilego.prc which can be installed by Palm Quick Install. Please see Palm user document for how to install an application using Palm Quick Install
    Mobile Go is a shareware that you can use all features for free for 30 days. After 30 days trial period expires, you have to buy a register code. You can enter the 10 digits of code via menu Options/About/Register.