Lately I’ve been pushing mobile internet pretty hard. Now that Admob is claiming 15 million iPhones in the US and Android has 1.5 million units in circulation in the US, the rich mobile web experience is becoming more and more popular. Many people have stopped turning on their desktop computers. Can you say ‘Hello iPad?’
So I’ve been diving in like a madman. I’ve been installing emulators for all the smartphones I can’t afford to own and I’m building a list of friends with different phones for testing.
Developing web sites for desktop computers was fairly simple. There were 3 platforms (Linux, Mac & PC) and each had maybe 4 different browsers (such as Firefox.) The average desktop has a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. As of 2006 56 % of the population has access to high-speed internet. Many web developers count on this to produce lazy sites that load slowly and require giant screens. In contrast, the iPhone has 480-by-320-pixel resolution at 163 ppi.
User-interface heavy-hitter Jakob Nielsen posted the results of a study that documented the many user experience challenges that developers face. Surfing the Mobile Internet there are hundreds of handsets. One or two browsers on a platform and connection speeds vary wildly.
At Focus Web Works, I have embraced this challenge. The Mobile Internet is clearly the future. If you want to join us there, give me a call.