Koprol has finally launched a beta version of the site optimized for touch screen users which should keep us happy until it’s ready to release its mobile apps. It is still however being restricted to those who participate in its beta access program. While it is not open for the general public yet you can see the screenshots on our Flickr page.
The touch site represents Koprol’s recognition of the growing number of touch screen smart phones being used to access its site without having to create separate mobile apps for each platform.
It’s a simple site with barely any bells and whistles and essentially a redesign of its mobile site being rethought for touch screen use. Unfortunately being in early beta means it still sometimes fails to fetch the latest messages and mentions but if you bug the developers, they’ll get right on fixing it.
The touch version is the brainchild of relatively new hire Kristiono Setyadi who was picked up a few months ago to tackle this very challenge. Koprol expects to use this as the stepping stone to its platform-specific mobile apps.
There’s still no (apparent) way to access a number of features such as private messages, alerts, and friend requests and there’s no character count either. Also, Kurators are still expected to examine venue submissions on the desktop site. Additionally, the new site doesn’t seem to be working with Opera mini as every login attempts kept getting bounced back to the login page.
If you’re interested in checking out Koprol’s touch site, you can send an email to beta at koprol.com to see if they will let you in on the program. Otherwise, you can continue using the existing mobile site which still offers a more complete feature set and no apparent bugs.
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