Post by billfryer » Tue May 17, 2011 7:08 pm

I want to improve the mobile compatibility of my stores am looking at these two.

Mobicart appears to be an application, ie. you visit the store and get invited to download/install an app.
Mobile Browsers Extension appears to be an extension which presents your site in a more mobile browser-friendly way.

Anyone got any thoughts on which route might be better?

I did have a conversation with someone a while back who said the app route was better. But I don't know a lot about either of these offerings.

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Post by merry » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:05 am

billfryer wrote:I want to improve the mobile compatibility of my stores am looking at these two.

Mobicart appears to be an application, ie. you visit the store and get invited to download/install an app.
Mobile Browsers Extension appears to be an extension which presents your site in a more mobile browser-friendly way.

Anyone got any thoughts on which route might be better?

I did have a conversation with someone a while back who said the app route was better. But I don't know a lot about either of these offerings.
It depends on whether you want a mobile-FRIENDLY version of your store with the Mobile Browsers Extension (MBE), versus a stand-alone APPLICATION that customers can download your store app onto their phone.

Mobi-Cart has been a lot of hype or shall we say "promise," but recently a former Google Director of Online Sales, Stephen Lusty, signed on as Chairman and Investor, possibly after a $500,000 investment.

Most sites today are mobile-FRIENDLY. MBE is simply a lightweight template that displays only what a shopper needs to buy merchandise from your store. Works with virtually all phones using existing technology. Simple and brilliant.

I'm not sure why a person would buy a mobile APP of an ecommerce site; it seems to me that it would contain your products like a snapshot of when the app was created. But I could be wrong.

There are also many potential security issues with purchasing from any type of mobile site, and most users do not know whether their phones are secure.

I personally would go with the mobile-FRIENDLY extension to be sure the customer was shopping with the most recent stock information. Remember to check the version of your store to be sure it is compatible, create a development copy of your store - don't over-write the original, always work with a copy, etc.

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Post by MobiCart » Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:34 pm

Hi Guys,

Just wanted to add a few comments regarding MobiCart.

1) MobiCart is currently a native app builder, but in July, we are also bringing out an HTML5 web app version which will give you the best of both worlds (screenshots included in the link below)

http://www.mobi-cart.com/blog/features/ ... creenshots

2) Benefits of a native app

Native apps are not just about shopping on a phone. It's also about bringing customers in store and once in store, helping them find products.

You could for example send a push notification to anyone in a 10 mile radios of your store. You could also let someone check in in store (or at a location of choice) to claim reward points. You can also let them scan the barcode of products to save them having to go to the till. The list goes on.

Many of the features I mentioned above are not quite live yet but will be in the coming months.

3) Security

We have integrated with PayPal mobile which is their new native payment gateway which is 100% secure.

https://www.x.com/community/ppx/xspaces/mobile/mep

(we are also working on integrating other gateways)

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Post by jquiroz86 » Wed May 09, 2012 10:04 am

Nothing is 100% secure... and you mobicart guys, I was your 1st client, and you left me all by myself, I was never delivered with an application.
Unbelievable!!!...

Guys!, user jQuery Mobile, is easy to script, really easy, there are a lot of extensions, is REAL CROSS-PLATAFORM, and also FREEEEE!!!!

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Post by MobiCart » Wed May 09, 2012 6:59 pm

Hello,

Nothing is ever 100% secure, that is correct, not even banks! However, PayPal Mobile is just as secure as PayPal for the web. Both solutions are very good and safe.

You could you please let me know your company name so I can check your account. The only reason your app would not have been submitted is if you cancelled your account. We have over 10,000 happy customers and would not take your money and not submit your app, that would make no sense and not be a great business! :)

As for JQuery Mobile, this is a great solution but there are two problems:

1) JQuerry Mobile is not integrated into OpenCart, you would need to still build an entire shopping cart using a few HTML templates.

2) JQuerry Mobile only caters for the mobile web, it does not support native apps which are mush faster and have many more features. Please find a comparison chart below:

http://www.mobi-cart.com/native-vs-web.jsp

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Post by MobiCart » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:10 pm

Hi Guys,

A basic version of the MobiCart / OpenCart connector is now live:

http://www.mobi-cart.com/addons/opencart.jsp

The module allows for data import and will soon also allow for pushing stock levels back to OpenCart.

Thanks again,

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Post by MobiCart » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:20 pm

Hi Guys,

PS: There is a more complex version coming out very soon which will support pushing orders and stock back to OpenCart.

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Post by MobiCart » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:44 pm

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to say the OpenCart / MobiCart connector is now up on the OpenCart extension marketplace:

http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route ... on_id=8344

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Post by MobiCart » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:03 pm

Hi everyone,

We have a new OpenCart connector for MobiCart which is now live. The new connector will not only import all your products, it will also push back orders from MobiCart to OpenCart.

A new topic has been created which you can find below:

http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php ... t=mobicart

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Post by weetechsolution » Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:58 pm

Simply the mobicart is a one type of way to turn your e-commerce store into an m-commerce app. that supports like iPhone, iPad and Android apps and you can download from the app store and you can access from a browser.

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