R: Camera and MMS

Sander van Grieken sander at 3v8.net
Tue Feb 13 11:38:14 CET 2007

On Tuesday 13 February 2007 10:26:32 Michele Manzato wrote:
> [...snip...]
> MMS seems to be a problem. Apparently there is no MMS standard, or the
> standard itself is said to be "horribly broken" (see
> http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2007-February/002787.html) or
> it is tweaked to peculiarities of the Mobile Network Operator in order to
> discourage migration between providers (MNOs fear open standards!). Someone
> is already talking about an OpenMoko integrated messaging application that
> abstracts on the specific media (e-mail, SMS, MMS) so, perhaps,
> sending/receiving MMS can just become a matter of implementing proper
> abstraction layers.

It's not so much the standard that is broken, but more so the terminals 
(phones) that are non- or semi-compliant. My experience with low-level MMS 
dates back to 2004, so it might be that modern phones are much better at 
presenting and supporting the full range of content types and SMIL elements, 
but back then you could only assume plain text + jpeg/gif image on the 
first 'slide' would be properly supported (that's what 99% of all MMS 
messages consist of anyway).

Anyway, I can see some benefit in supporting basic MMS, since ppl like to send 
each other camshots through MMS. Supporting anything beyond this simple 
scenario would be overkill IMHO.


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