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Currently there's a discussion raging about the advantages of the mobile web over native apps, and vice versa. Although native apps will not disappear, they'll gradually grow less important relative to the web.
In this session we'll take a look at the future of the mobile web, which will involve new ways to pay for content, new ways to distribute web apps, and further integration of web technologies with mobile technologies such as SMS.
Context is often cited as the single most important factor in design for the mobile medium. Mobile devices are of course 'mobile', but they are also small, always on, always with us, and can instantly connect us to the people we love. Mobile services must therefore be simple, social, and well-focussed--enabling us to quickly get things done on even the smallest screens.
This is all well and good, but mobile devices have changed. They may be mobile, but many have already stopped being 'phones'—nor do they resemble what we traditionally think of as computers. This presentation will explore how our use, and perception of mobile devices is changing, and how these changes may impact how we should design for them going forward.
Media queries, server-side or client-side sniffers, how do we determine if the user is a mobile or desktop device? This tech talk will discuss which is the right solution(s) and how to implement it taking into consideration the various mobile user's browser capacity, bandwidth restrictions, as well as user choice.
by Bryan Rieger
In merely ten years we've gone from delivering basic WAP experiences on tiny monochrome screens, to crafting simply stunning content and applications for devices many of us imagined we'd only dream of. The fact that time-to-market for many of these devices is now measured in weeks instead of years, is simply mind-blowing. Add to that the renewed and rapid evolution of web standards, and it's become increasingly difficult to find solid ground from which to move forward.
This talk will pick up where "Rethinking the Mobile Web" left off, looking at the evolving device ecosystem, the inherent constraints of the current web, and the need for us to continue adapting our thinking when confronted with massive change.
12th–13th May 2011