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FoxToPhone 1.1 now is pending approval

17 Aug

The new version of FoxToPhone has been sent to the Mozilla Add-Ons (AMO) site for approval, this means that about a week from now the Mozilla admins will review it and hopefully it will be approved without further delay and about three days after that, around 80% of the user base will be using it.

Summary

This version makes official the name change from SendToPhone to FoxToPhone as well as the new logo with the fox in the background.

Besides some bugfixes around little problems reported by the users, and other ones detected in our test through all the days since the last release, there are a few changes worth mentioning:

Detection of QR images

Most of the QR images on the internet are generated using the Google Charts API, and sometimes you might not have the phone at hand, or worst, its camera is broken (a common issue with early Froyo ROM’s on older handsets).

With this new feature you can right click on any such image and you’ll have the option to send the decoded data directly to your phone. What’s more, if there’s only one such image in the page and you click the toolbar button, the image will be detected and you can send it that way.

Many Android app review sites already provide QR images, now those that don’t have an extra reason to do so. Coupled with FoxToPhone’s handling of market:// links, its easier than ever for site’s to bridge the gap between their site’s on the desktop and their readers handsets simply by placing a single QR image in their page that links to the app in the market and so the user just has to click the toolbar button to perform the market search in his phone.

Drag & Drop

Now it’s possible to Drag&Drop text or links directly to the toolbar button and they will be sent to your phone. It should work even while dragging from other applications as long as they provide the data in one of the supported formats (plain text or urls)

From clipboard to clipboard

The context menu of the toolbar button now includes a new entry to send the content of your PC clipboard. Hint: if you want to send any text to the clipboard in your phone you can type it in the Firefox Search field, copy that and then use this option to send it.

Bye to mms:

In the 1.0 version we added support for detecting several protocols related to Android and phones like market://, tel:, smsto:, mms:  but just before releasing we realized that although some people did indeed suggest to use mms: for linking to the MMS system in phones, the reality is that mms: is already in use by the Microsoft Media Server protocol, so it isn’t realistic to expect it being used for mobile use.

Then we decided to disable it by default, but after a little more thought we have decided that even disabling it by default might not be enough because some users might want to experiment and enable it, then forget about that setting and latter will become angry when they find that a radio station has stopped working and blame it on us.

So in this version we have removed altogether the preference and related code, the reality is that I haven’t ever seen a mms: or mmsto: link pointing to a mobile number.

What’s next

That’s all for today. There’s one extra feature but it requires its own post with full explanation about how it works, what we have in mind and how you can enable it, but we will talk about it another day.

Meanwhile you can download and try the new version by upgrading manually to FoxToPhone 1.1 , and please report any problem that you find (let’s hope that there aren’t any :-)

Also, you might be interested in helping us with the translations at BabelZilla.

 
 

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  2. Dally

    19/08/2010 at 11:27

    Hi,

    I think the link for manul installation is broken. I can’t seem to download and install v1.1.

     
    • alfonso

      19/08/2010 at 12:07

      Thanks for the comment.
      There was a problem when the file was uploaded at AMO and it seems that the wrong reference was store, now it should work.

       
      • Dally

        19/08/2010 at 18:51

        Cheers mate. Works like a charm now.

         
  3. polo

    20/08/2010 at 08:05

    Hi,

    I installed the v 1.0 and later the v 1.1 but i cant still get the icon on the tool bar.
    I use the Swedish version of firefox 3.6.8. Any idea?

    Thanks anyway for your job

     
  4. polo

    20/08/2010 at 11:45

    I found the solution to my problem :-D

    I have ZoneAlarm Toolbar installed, wich prevents the icon to show up.

    The only way i found to make it works is to disactivate the ZoneAlarm tool bar from the plug-in window ….and now everything works just fine !!!

    Thanks again :-)

     
  5. jc

    25/08/2010 at 14:49

    I keep getting a Secure Connection Failed error when I try to send something to my phone. it says:

    “chrometophone.appspot.com:443 uses an invalid security certificate.

    the certificate is not trusted because the issuer is not trusted
    (Error code: sec_error_untrusted_issuer)
    This could be a problem with the server’s configuration or it could be someone trying to impersonate the server.

    If you have connected to this server successfully in the past the error may be temporary and you can try again later.”

    And when I close the error I get the following:

    Send to phone

    “There was an error sending: (status0)”

    What do I need to do to get it to work?

     
    • paddy

      25/08/2010 at 17:59

      JC,
      We have never encountered an issue like this with FoxToPhone before, however some sites with expired certificates have caused this before.
      Can you confirm that you aren’t using a proxy of any type, and that your time settings are up to date?
      Does ChromeToPhone work for you with Chrome?

       
  6. Steve

    01/09/2010 at 14:15

    How about a version of this plugin which does the same thing but plugs into Thunderbird?

     
  7. Paul Morris

    15/10/2010 at 16:42

    Great tool!
    However, here’s a problem:
    I have some notes written in Windows Notepad.
    I select all and copy to clipboard.
    I then use ‘Fox to Phone’ to send the clipboard to my android phone.
    When the clipboard arrives at my phone, all the [Carriage Returns] have been replaced with [Spaces] and thus the structure of the text has been lost.
    I hope this can be resolved, but thanks anyway for ‘one-upping’ Google with the send clipboard feature – Why didn’t they think of that :)