Mobile Future

Bringing the Web to the Small Screen

A long, long
time ago – about a year, actually – the mobile web was still in its relative
infancy.  Even many highly trafficked websites couldn’t be accessed easily from
a mobile phone, as technology firm Bango confirmed last
November
.

Fast forward to
today. Nearly 40 percent of mobile sales are smartphones and one in five
Americans use the mobile web every day.  As a result, writes Roger Cheng in recent Wall Street Journal article, companies are increasingly looking to
expand their mobile offerings:

"[As]
people spend more time on their cellphones, many companies are considering
taking their message boards, user forums and blogs to mobile devices…. The move
to mobile isn’t without challenges [because] different phones, screen sizes and
platforms create headaches for site
designers."

But that’s a
problem which R&D is already solving, as programmers benefit from the
steadily increasing power of mobile phones.  For users, this is yet another sign
that the mobile web has truly come of age.