New updates to free popular Java (J2ME) apps (Google Maps & Mail, Opera Mini)

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by John Navas, Feb 14, 2007.

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    John Navas Guest

    [As tested on my Motorola V551 (with latest firmware)]

    v1.4.4 of Google Maps for Mobile <>

    Significantly more stable than recent prior versions -- hasn't yet
    crashed, and hasn't yet lost history data, but still loses bookmarks
    unpredictably, so it's still not fully stable. Worth the upgrade, and
    very useful even with the bookmark issue, but still a work in progress.

    v1.1.0 of Google Mail for Mobile <>

    Substantially more stable that v1.0.0 (which crashed frequently) --
    hasn't yet crashed, and does an excellent job of handling email.
    Excellent application. Highly recommended.

    v3.0.0 of Opera Mini <>

    Significant update that retains look and feel of prior version.
    Wouldn't install if I preserved by existing bookmark data, so I had to
    start over -- may not be worth the update if you've got a lot of
    bookmarks. Excellent application. Highly recommended.
    John Navas, Feb 14, 2007
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    Deputy Dog Guest


    With, opera mini do you have to uninstall ver 2 before installing ver 3 or
    Will ver 3 upgrade prior installs?

    Deputy Dog, Feb 14, 2007
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    Kurt Guest

    How's Opera Mini compared to Blazer on a Treo 650?
    Kurt, Feb 14, 2007
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    John Navas Guest

    UPDATE: Now that I've put more stress on GMM, I have to revise my
    assessment of stability downward: it isn't much (if any) better than
    other recent versions, and bookmarks are essentially unusable.
    Reinstalling without retaining saved data did not help. Wish I could
    revert back to a much earlier version, before bookmark support was
    added. :(
    John Navas, Feb 15, 2007
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    I didn't have to uninstall v2 before installing v3, but as I wrote, v3
    wouldn't install (due to an error) over v2 when I tried to retain the
    data from v2 -- I had to _not_ retain the data from v2 to get v3 to
    install successfully over v2, thereby losing all my bookmarks.
    John Navas, Feb 15, 2007
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    Kurt Guest

    Works fine for me -never crashes.
    Kurt, Feb 15, 2007
  7. added. :(
    Same here on a Cingular 8125. Works well with the Holux Bluetooth GPS as

    Don Udel \(ETC\), Feb 15, 2007
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    John Navas Guest

    Apples and oranges: The 8125 is a Windows Mobile device, not a standard
    J2ME handset.
    John Navas, Feb 15, 2007
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    Thurman Guest

    I can't get 'Track Location' (GPS) to work, can you?
    Thurman, Feb 16, 2007
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    John Navas Guest

    Doesn't exist in the standard handset version.
    John Navas, Feb 16, 2007
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    3Gfreak Guest

    Opera blows Blazer out of the water. No comparison!!

    Have a good one.

    3Gfreak, Feb 19, 2007
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    Kurt Guest

    Cool. thanks for the tip. Will try.\
    Kurt, Feb 19, 2007
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    John Navas Guest

    Spoke too soon ...

    Issue: Letters can't be entered properly in Add Recipients Search

    When trying to Compose mail, using the "To:" control to Add Recipients
    from Contacts, the Search control doesn't work reliably; e.g.,
    pressing the "3 DEF" key three times in rapid succession (to get the
    letter "f") sometimes results in "f", but most often results in "ddd"
    instead. This makes it essentially impossible for me to use the
    Compose feature.

    * Multi-press only seems to only work properly for the first Add
    Recipients Search letter after Gmail Mobile has been started. From
    then on it seems to consistently fail unless and until it is

    * I have a great many Contacts (over 600), which might have something
    to do with the problem.

    * Others have reported the same problem.
    John Navas, Mar 5, 2007
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    Updated again, this time to v3.1.0
    Per the Opera Mini blog
    <>, some of the most
    important changes:

    New feature:

    * Manage RSS feeds

    Newly supported devices:

    * T-mobile dash
    * Motorola i275, i850, i860, i870 (iDEN) - we will post more info
    about this later

    Network and connectivity:

    * Improved connectivity for devices that are forced to use IP
    * Improved connectivity for BlackBerry devices that uses the
    carriers T-Mobile, Cingular and Vodafone
    * Better connectivity for Samsung and Sprint devices

    Rendering fixes:

    * Better text rendering for Samsung BlackJack SGH-i607
    * Improved memory handling when using high quality images
    * New dialog window
    * Fixed overlapping texts in menu bar
    * Fixed menu bar height for letters with diacritic marks
    * Fixed favicon alignment

    Input and key event fixes:

    * Dismissing dialogs works better on Motorola's
    * Fixed smooth scrolling for LG CU320
    * Soft key fix for Phillips 362
    * Various fixes for UIQ3 devices
    * Fixed issue with going back when holding the back key on Sony
    Ericsson devices (easier to enter the native minimize menu)
    * Better key handling for Alcatel GlamPhone and OT-C750

    Snapshot fixes:

    * Sony Ericsson Z520 - multiple permission dialogs fixed and better
    * Various Nokia models - stability improvements for snapshot
    * Motorola A780 - made viewfinder visible again

    Other fixes:

    * Fixed page loading errors for Sprint phones using Opera Mini Basic
    * ... and many more
    John Navas, Mar 5, 2007
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