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Mobile Phone Browsers

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Mobile Phone Browsers

  1. 1. Mobile Phone Browsers<br />The Internet in Your Hands<br />
  2. 2. Mobile Phone Statistics<br />There will be an estimated 4.6 billion mobile phone subscription plans at the end of 2009<br />61% of cell phones are web-capable, <br />Only 24% of those phones have actually accessed the internet<br />
  3. 3. Mobile Phone Screens<br />Largest mobile phone resolution is 640 x 480<br />Most phones have a resolution of 240 x 320<br />
  4. 4. Mobile Browsing Issues <br />Small screen size<br />Expensive data plans (~$2/MB)<br />Slow load times for large sites<br />All of these equal an unpleasant browsing experience for users<br />
  5. 5. How do we fix mobile browsing?<br />Mobile Web Initiative and Open Mobile Alliance – standardizing mobile experience across devices<br />Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and XHTML Mobile Profile (XHTML MP) – converting mobile sites into user-friendly experiences for mobile browsers<br />WC3 mobileOKvalidator checks for mobile compliance and access<br />
  6. 6. Mobile Browsers<br />Most popular mobile browsers are proprietary – Nokia, Safari (iPhone), Blackberry, etc<br />Open-source browsers are available – Firefox Mobile (Fennec) coming in 2010<br />Skyfire and Opera Mobile/Mini are popular user-downloadable browsers<br />
  7. 7. Usability on Mobile Phones <br />Mobile Web Initiative standards call for simple navigation, low graphics use, and short URLs<br />.mobi domain available since 2005<br />Many sites re-direct to mobile friendly version when .com is visited on mobile device<br />CNN and Amazon have .mobi sites, re-direct .com site to mobile-friendly version<br />
  8. 8. Future of Mobile Browsing <br />Faster phones means more support for web-based applications<br />Flash support for Windows Mobile, Palm webOS, Android, and more – but no iPhone support<br />Mobile browsers with Flash apps will replace device-specific applications: browsers are app-store killers<br />
  9. 9. Resources<br />&quot;The World in 2009: ICT Facts and Figures.&quot; http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/material/Telecom09_flyer.pdf<br />“The W3C Mobile Web Initiative” http://www.w3.org/2005/10/india/MWI_d1/all.htm#(4)<br />“The Web on the Move” http://www.w3.org/2006/Talks/0419-MWI-Analysts/Overview.html#(13)<br />Opera Mini http://www.opera.com/mini/<br />Firefox Mobile http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/<br />SkyfireBrowser http://www.skyfire.com/product<br />Top 9 Mobile Browsers http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_browser-ww-monthly-200811-200912<br />Open Mobile Alliance http://www.openmobilealliance.org/<br />mobileOKValidatorhttp://validator.w3.org/mobile/<br />dotMobihttp://mtld.mobi/<br />

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