Mobile Good Pub Guide launched
The Good Pub Guide is a Java application that runs on your mobile phone. Using LBS technology it locates where you are based on which mobile phone mast your phone is connected to. It then returns a list of nearby pubs from the Good Pub Guide together with a map showing your approximate location and that of the pubs found. Selecting a pub from the list displays more detailed information including ratings, reviews, phone numbers and more detailed maps.
The application connects to our server which performs location based searching, map generation and holds the databases of locations. The server is designed so it can be used for other types of application including games and other information based services.
Our mobile client development system now supports around 850 Java handsets. We build all the versions from a common source code base, automatically generating the different builds required to handle handset differences such as screen sizes, keyboard scan codes and known handset bugs. This avoids having to explicitly port the code to different handsets, so any enhancements and new features automatically get included in all versions. The supported handsets currently include most phones supporting MIDP2. Support for other handsets and PDAs will be coming soon including Blackberry.