With January almost over now and conferences like Mobile World Congress and
CTIA upon us, here is a thought: In the age of Mobile applications, will 2011
be the year of the Mobile Web apps In this article, we outline the reasons
why it will be and welcome your comments.
Some initial terminology,
We refer to apps on specific technologies like iPhone, Android, Blackberry as
native apps and we call apps using web technologies as ‘Web apps’ (more
on this below) By Mobile Web, we also include widgets – not just browsing.
By Web technologies, we mean w3c technologies but more importantly for our
discussion, there are a set of emerging web technologies on the horizon such
as – CSS2.1, CSS3, SVG Filters, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora, Native JSON,
MathML, Animated Portable Network Graphics (APNG), Cross-Site XMLHttpRequest,
Microformats, Web Worker Threads (source Mozilla)
Native ... (more)
This is a series of three articles – the first (this one) outlining the
significance of Web 2.0 technologies, the second article discussing the
impact of Web 2.0 technologies on mobility and the final article on the
impact of Web 2.0 technologies on digital convergence.
If you are already familiar with Web 2.0, my goal, in a nutshell (no pun
intended!) is to extend Tim O Reilly’s seven principles to mobility and
Thus, I will not attempt to add to the body of knowledge in terms of basic
Web 2.0 concepts themselves. I would rather prefer to build on some of the... (more)
Recently, Opera announced the availability of AJAX on mobile devices through
their browser. Considering the popularity of Opera in the browser market
(especially in the mobile browser market), this announcement is indeed very
significant. Having been involved in creating mobile services for a few years
now, I believe AJAX will replace both Java ME and XHTML as the platform of
choice for developing mobile applications.
Before I do so, a caveat – I believe that Mobile Web 2.0 is far more
than ‘AJAX on mobile’. Mobile Web 2.0 involves applying all seven
of the Web ... (more)
Welcome to the SYS-CON Mobile Web 2.0 Spotlight
Coinciding with the launch of my book Mobile Web 2.0, I am happy to announce
that, in addition to my blog, I will also be regularly writing for SYS-CON.
This new SYS-CON author blog will be called Mobile Web 2.0 Spotlight.
The Mobile Web 2.0 spotlight is a collection of the best services/products in
relation to Mobile Web 2.0, as I see it. In addition, I am also especially
keen to highlight products from start-ups/emerging companies in this
space. I am happy to receive your recommendations for excellent
products/services in the mobi... (more)
The first Rich FAQ we are presenting is the long overdue Mobile Ajax FAQ and
was created by Ajit Jaokar, Rocco Georgi and Bryan Rieger. We welcome
comments and feedback.
What is Mobile AJAX?
AJAX is a browser technology that involves the use of existing Web standards
XMLHttpRequest) to create more responsive Web applications that reduce
bandwidth usage by avoiding full page refreshes and providing a more
“desktop application-like” user experience. The term AJAX was
coined by Jesse James Garrett in his sem... (more)