MMS showing as slide vs one image under the other

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Mark Turner
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Username: Marquismark

Post Number: 3
Registered: 02-2015
Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 09:01 am:   


I am using NowSMS Lite to send an MMS containing 5 images and one text message. I have tested to a Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, iPhone and Blackberry.

The MMS plays correctly on the Samsung as a slideshow but on the rest of the devices, the images are displayed one under the other.

I am using MMSCOMP to create the MMS.

Here is my SMIL file:
<region id="Slide1" height="100%" width="100%" fit="meet"/>
<region id="Slide2" height="100%" width="100%" fit="meet"/>
<region id="Slide3" height="100%" width="100%" fit="meet"/>
<region id="Slide4" height="100%" width="100%" fit="meet"/>
<region id="Slide5" height="100%" width="100%" fit="meet"/>
<region id="Text" height="100%" width="100%" fit="scroll"/>


<par dur="5s">
<img src="MMSslide1.png" region="Slide1" />

<par dur="5s">
<img src="MMSslide2.png" region="Slide2" />

<par dur="5s">
<img src="MMSslide3.png" region="Slide3" />

<par dur="5s">
<img src="MMSslide4.png" region="Slide4" />

<par dur="5s">
<img src="MMSslide5.png" region="Slide5" />

<par dur="5s">
<text src="text.txt" region="Text" />


Here is my HDR file:
X-Mms-Message-Type: m-retrieve-conf
From: 27817890777
Subject: Payment Due on your Account

Any assistance on getting my MMS to play as slideshow on all devices will be appreciated!
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 5311
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 06:40 pm:   

Hi Mark,

The first thing I'll mention is that I have never seen MMS play as a slideshow on the iPhone. I do not think that the iPhone supports SMIL (although it does generate SMIL when sending MMS, presumably for other clients that require it). It would not surprise me to see other newer phones ignoring SMIL as the primary use case for MMS is person-to-person image/video exchange.

In the early days of MMS, quite a few phones would not display MMS without SMIL (although the specification does not actually require SMIL).

Everything in your example looks fine. Except that I would avoid defining a separate region for each slide. Get rid of Slide1, Slide2, Slide3, Slide4, Slide5, and replace them with a single region named Image.

Unfortunately, I don't think this will make a difference. My impression is that SMIL has been seen as outdated, and largely ignored, especially as the majority of it is automatically generated by phone MMS clients.

Side note...a few years back one of my colleagues ran some SMIL tests and found that many operators remove SMIL when processing an MMS message, and replace it with generic auto generated SMIL, so that may also be a factor. You might want to have the modem send an MMS to itself to see if the original SMIL is even maintained.

NowSMS Support
Mark Turner
New member
Username: Marquismark

Post Number: 4
Registered: 02-2015
Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 07:56 am:   

Hi Des,

Thanks for the speedy response and support. A solution / work around that we have found is to compile the images as a 'slideshow' in video format (mp4 / 3gp) and so far in our testing, this works on all devices.

With regard to SMIL and iPhone - I have found that our SMIL is ignored and the parts to our MMS are arranged differently.