Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Navigation at the speed of DNS

We've been talking quite a bit about the speed of the DNS, and how .tel will make you rethink navigation.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a movie worth 30 pictures a second. So here you go, my native .tel iPhone app called "Superbook" in action:

The app is currently being reviewed by Apple.


Wherstead said...

Almost makes you want to go out and buy an iPhone doesn't it?

Wonder if there is anything like this for the Android G1 in the works.

Rik said...

I haven't had time to take a look at Android yet, but there's no reason it shouldn't work. Android must be able to hit the DNS, that's the beauty of .tel.

Azat said...

looks great!
but why are there "tel:" and "mailto:" near entries?

Rik said...

@Azat, "tel:" are telephone URIs, so when you click it initiates a call.
"mailto:" initiates an email. There are many more types of communications that you can publish in your .tel. In fact, the possibilites are infinite: instant messaging, web urls, etc...

Azat said...

@Rik: I understand it, but why are they in the app?
Safari doesn't show them, why superbook does?

Rik said...

@Azat, I see what you mean.
So you also want me to remove "http:"? What about the slashes after http?
I'm just trying to be consistent, and in some cases you could have URIs that I don't know about and will need to show them to the user as-is.
But I'm open to hiding those known prefixes. It's a pretty small thing.

Azat said...

"http://" should also be removed - it's unnecessary place consumption I think.
considering URIs that a program doesn't know - they have to be showed as is, they will not work anyway.

but do they stored in a DNS with those prefixes?

unfortunately iPhone doesn't support these "skypeto:" or "aim:" and doesn't launch skype or im for them =(

thanks for the app, I can't wait it'll be launched on iTunes