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Thursday, August 10, 2006

"Mobile apps" nearly dead?

Before long, probably 3 years, we shall probably no longer talk of mobile apps. All of us "mobile experts" may have to find something else to do. There will be a shift towards iconic designs for larger format devices with keyboards, which more and more consumers will demand - the Motorola Q is already on that track, but the UI will also have finally attracted the design attention it deserves. We will want to carry these devices and they will become abundant - imagine the quality of the Nintendo DS graphics on a handset! Network speed via HSDPA and WiFi will dissolve many bandwidth-related issues (there are still many of them) that plague mobile services today (both uplink and downlink). Rich web technologies will be widely available, including Ajax, Flash etc. Most devices will support one of a few fully-open (i.e. abundant APIs) operating systems.

There will probably need to be some "mobilisation" of apps to make them work well on mobile devices, such as provision for offline data caching, transcoding of content, but these won't require specialised mobile technologies - these will be done within the realm of web technologies and become natually part of web frameworks and platforms.

Mobile will just be another channel for an Internet service. Of course, this idea has been pursued for many years. Remember the original whitepaper for HDML (WAP precursor)? The whole model was "Internet on the mobile phone". They just fudged over the smallprint bit about "...with two buttons and a only 40 words per page". Thankfully, those days are rapidly moving on by.

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At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Thomas Landspurg said...

I do not see a huge demand for keyboard enabled handsets...Especially in Europe, having such device is considered as Geek and no "real person" will carry such device...
Does not mean that there won't more overlap between mobile and PC, but probably mobile apps will be different applications than PC, even if technically speaking they could run the same....


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