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Create Home Screen links to 3rd Party browsers without jailbreaking
Authored by: bglnelissen on Mar 09, '11 02:01:24AM
Nice trick, especially the call trick. I thought it was a pain to change the file so i wrote a little PHP to do this in one go. It uses cookies and receives info with the URL. Although it works, it's just a quick hack, URL's do not get encoded etc.

This is what the URL looks like:

You can test is live on my server ( "Add John to your phone with one link"

Here is the code. (you need to fix the tags at the HTML section, this markup deletes tags that are forbidden. <-html> (remove minus))

// made by b.nelissen
// march 2011
// URL encode can be done with PHP or here:
// URL encode plus sign is: %2B

if(	(isset(&#36;_COOKIE[&#36;_GET['name']."name"]))
	// user wants to reset cookie/tel-number

if( (empty(&#36;_COOKIE[&#36;_GET['name']."tel"]))
	// check if GET is set.
	if( (isset(&#36;_GET['name']))
		// all info is there, create icon
		// not all info is here, error
	// we know the name, icon and number
	// let's call
	header("Location: tel://".&#36;_COOKIE[&#36;_GET['name']."tel"]);

function error_to_little_info(){
	echo("Sorry but you need to set a name, tel-number and image location:

"); echo("index.php?name=John&tel=555-123456789&icon=John-57x57.png

"); } function save_to_homescreen(){ /* Bogus: if the user does not press the + sign, the cookie is still set. */ $time_to_forget = 60*60*24*365; // 1 year setcookie($_GET['name']."tel", $_GET['tel'], time()+$time_to_forget); setcookie($_GET['name']."name", $_GET['name'], time()+$time_to_forget); setcookie($_GET['name']."icon", $_GET['icon'], time()+$time_to_forget); ?> <-html> <-head> <-link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" href="<?php echo(&#36;_GET['icon']);?>" /> <-title><?php echo(htmlspecialchars(&#36;_GET['name']));?> <-/head> <-body> <-h1><?php echo(htmlspecialchars(&#36;_GET['name']));?><-/h1> <-h2><?php echo(htmlspecialchars(&#36;_GET['tel']));?><-/h2> <-img src="<?php echo(&#36;_GET['icon']);?>"> <-h2>Press + to save this contact to your homescreen.<-/h2> <-/body> <-/html> <?php } ?>

PS. If you make big money using it, i want my share...
Edited on Mar 09, '11 02:07:40AM by bglnelissen

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