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Life after OSMOBI. The future of Mobile Drupal

Drupal users who have followed my blog will probably already know about OSMOBI, the online service to make your Drupal, Joomla! and Wordpress site Mobile. OSMOBI has been the brainchild of Siruna, a Belgian startup focussing on creating solutions to make mobile websites. Examples of mobile websites that are still running on Siruna technology are http://m.stubru.be and http://m.uitinvlaanderen.be. Examples of OSMOBI sites are not existing anymore since the service stopped at the end of June.

The Siruna technology, including OSMOBI focussed on mobilizing your existing Drupal sites and by the end of april 2010 more then 1200 Joomla! and Drupal sites used the free OSMOBI service to create their mobile website.

To get a feel on how OSMOBI worked, have a look at the screencasts that are still online:
http://www.youtube.com/user/SirunaOsmobi

Although the huge adoption of OSMOBI and the increasing need for Mobile websites, the service did not survive due to insufficient funding... This left more then 1000 developers stranded without any mobile sollution. So the natural question I have got was "what's next?".

UiTinVlaanderen, cultural events now mobile with Siruna

uitinvlaanderen
UiTinVlaanderen (dutch for 'Going out in flanders') is the biggest cultural events site in Belgium and it is powered by Drupal.

Amplexor, an IT services company specialized in content management systems, has now created a mobile version of the site optimized for all mobile devices.

The mobile site allows you to quickly navigate through all the events in your neighborhood and the mobile website augments the experience by taking your GPS coordinates into account.

The website provides an easy way to browse through all the events across Flanders, view event and location information.

Together with the recently launched mobile Drupal site of http://www.stubru.be, this is again an example of how Siruna powers Drupal in order to leverage a mobile audience.

The site can be accessed with your mobile device by surfing to http://www.uitinvlaanderen.be

If you want to experiment with creating a mobile Drupal site, surely check out OSMOBI

Siruna Rocks

stubru
....with the release of m.stubru.be the mobile site of the nr.1 public broadcast radio station "Studio Brussel".

Studio Brussel, the nr. 1 radio station of the Belgian public broadcaster VRT has released last week it's mobile website using Siruna technology.

DrupalCamp NY 2009: Session notes (Mobile Drupal)

This weekend another wel organized Drupalcamp New York took place: http://groups.drupal.org/new-york-city

I could only attend half a day of the conference, but enough to see that the rest of the day would be great... For the next edition, new locations are being sought that can accommodate more Drupal enthusiasts.

At the event, Siruna was of course sponsor in an effort to support the Drupal community (of course) but also to promote Osmobi: http://www.osmobi.com

(Before your read further, head to http://www.osmobi.com, create an account and mobilize one of your drupal sites!! ;)).

Mobile Drupal @ Drupalcon Paris: Free beer and mobile sessions

Last week I had the chance to attend my second drupalcon. Just as in Washington I represented Siruna in order to create some awareness around mobile... and of course Siruna.

If you are not sure what I am talking about, you will probably remember our stand and the free Hoegaarden.


Drupalcon Paris

Drupalcon Paris website on Mobile (check out the schedule page!)

Today I have been working a bit in order to demonstrate the Siruna technology by making the Drupalcon Paris website mobile!

I must say, although this is a quick demonstration, the results are very good!

Take a look at: http://drupalcon.siruna.com for the mobile version of the site.

This can be very usefull to check out the schedule on your mobile phone:

http://drupalcon.siruna.com

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

3 step plan for refreshment at Drupalcon!

When you are attending Drupalcon, keep an eye out for this flyer that you can exchange for a free Belgian beer ;)

While you are there ask for a demonstration of our alpha-release the Siruna Drupal mobilization service!!

Siruna flyer

Siruna going to Drupalcon to talk about mobile drupal and (And we are bringing Belgian beers to our sponsor tables)

Since Drupalcon DC I have had the change to present some sessions on Mobile Drupal at different drupal camps accross the US including the New York drupalcamp, Denver and this month in LA.
Most of my presentations are gathered in this blog, but can be easily viewed on Slideshare.

Presentation Drupalcamp la

Summer has been busy so I did not get too much time to upload my presentation for Drupalcamp LA!

Here it is!

The secret behind the Mobile Tools module

It has been some time since I first released the Mobile Tools module on the Drupal repository (with thanks to greggles to guide me through the process of obtaining CVS access). Since its first submission I had a quick cycle of bug fixes and feature requests, often due to my impatience to release my code to the community... I have been trying to answer / fix these bugs and fixes as fast as possible. So I hope I did not loose to many among you during that dark period.

In terms of adoption we are currently clocking on stats of 206 installs and I am glad that people are keeping up by using the latest version of Mobile Tools... Looks we are heading towards a healthy uptake :) ...

With 1.8, the module has reach a fairly stable release, so time to draw some attention to the module to get some feedback or some stories. So here is quick overview of the functionality of the module... I'll try to keep up the documentation on the Drupal doc page for the module: http://drupal.org/node/459686. Let me know if things are not clear!