The goal of the thesis is the creation of an interactive news reading application for the Windows Phone 7 platform. The client application's main purpose is to eliminate the shortcomings of mobile device optimized websites by providing a convenient and fast method of reading news.
Many of today's content providers have their own native applications, however their functionality does not meet fully the user's requirements. In an effort to make the client provide more than it's counterparts it supports the embedding of interactive content among other capabilities. By introducing 'Save' and 'Offline' features there is no need for permanent Internet access. Articles can contain interactive elements such as embedded galleries, images and video content to provide rich user experience.
The limited resources of a mobile device were kept in mind while designing the application and the server side supports this. Data queried returns in JSON format which means the use of less network traffic and faster processing time. Performance-heavy calculations including image conversion and compression are done by the server. The client application is provides high quality and rich user experience while it only uses the smallest possible amount of system resources.