Slideshare’s New HTML5 Mobile WebApp Works (Almost) Everywhere, Even In Opera Mini!

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This week the popular presentation sharing site SlideShare launched a mobile Webapp.  Which is something I’m really excited about.  If you’re ever clicked a link in Twitter or an email using  your mobile browser or iPad and found yourself on Slideshare’s old non-mobile friendly Flash based site I think you will welcome the change too.

According to SlidesShare the new mobile site supports the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The images above show it running on an HTC Magic phone running Android 2.2. Even on that old and underpowered device, SlideShare worked well and switching between slides was almost instantaneous.

With most new HTML5 based mobile efforts, Android and iOS are the only platforms supported. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that SlideShare Mobile also worked well with the Samsung bada, WebOS and Opera Mobile 11.1 (image below, left) browsers and even with Opera Mini 6.1 (image below, right. That’s no mean feat as proxy based browsers like Opera Mini support a rather limited subset of JavaScript and HTML5.

There is one downside to using an unsupported browser.  If you go to  with anything but an Android or iOS browser you will get the desktop version of the site. If that happens you can use the URL to see the mobile version. Also, most older presentations on SlideShare aren’t available in mobile format yet but all new ones should be.

SlideShare on Opera Mobile 11.1 for Symbian SlideShare - Opera Mini 6.1 Symbian

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