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Archive for November, 2007

Sound Will Drive Mobile Web Growth

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Although cell phones are ubiquitous, only limited numbers of individuals use them to surf the mobile Web.

The telecom companies have not helped mobile Web growth by often charging excessive broadband transmission costs. In addition the cell phone has limitations with a small display screen and tiny keys for input. Although the slow rate of growth might appear unsurprising, there is a better way. (more…)

Having My Mac Auto-connect To My Wifi Network

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

I don’t know what the story is, but sometimes I go to places and my Mac automatically connects to the wireless network, but other times it requires that I select the network. The password to the network is in my “keychain”, but something’s still missing… ? (more…)

Google’s AdSense For Mobile

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Google has released their AdSense for Mobile program for a couple of countries now after testing it for some while*. (more…)

FCC Agrees To Most Of Google’s 700MHZ Bid Demands

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The Federal Communications Commission has made its decision on the ground-rules for winning the 700MHZ wireless spectrum.

Remember, Google upped the ante by making a bid provided the FCC agreed to:

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Yahoo’s Mobile Expansion

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

We’ll put aside Yahoo’s CEO woes and turn our attention to their continued expansion of mobile services.

The company has already made many announcements over the past few weeks, and tomorrow they’ll officially make two new mobile announcements.

First up, Yahoo’s announcing new features for Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 including: (more…)

Mobile Banking

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Banking is one of the most essential functions for most of us. We are also increasingly on the move.

Clearly the bank that we can contact on the mobile web is more likely to get our business.

In the UK, Barclays is helping customers stay in touch with their money with the launch of a mobile banking service. For now, they can check their account balance and statements but more services are being lined up for the future. (more…)

The Mobile Web: Is It Humpty Dumpty?

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Zec points to an interesting item by Information Week on Google’s Mobile User Experience Strategy, which was the subject at a meeting of the New York City chapter of the Usability Professionals Association.

Google user experience designer Leland Rechis said, bluntly, that the mobile Web is Balkanized, “The Pangaea of the Web is gone.” And don’t expect this to change anytime soon, either. Thanks to carrier portals and off portal applications, there is no one mobile standard to develop for.

In the mobile world developers have to be prepared to optimize for different devices, browsers, languages, carriers, countries and cultures.

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Are You Satisfied With Google’s Mobile Adaptation?

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Google continues to refine the way it offers Mobile Searching: the blog post is titled Walking, Talking, Searching, Finding:

You won’t need to sift through both mobile and regular web results, or specify your search type-local, image, web, etc.-as our new search experience will offer you results based on the nature of the query itself. So if you search for [bbc] on your device, you’ll get a link to the mobile-friendly BBC website. Search for [us post office], and you’ll get listings for the branches that are closest to your set location, and so on.

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CTIA Wireless 2007: Comments and Observations

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

CTIA Wireless 2007 – there’s no doubt about it, content is still king… however, simplicity and ease of use are indeed “the killer app”.

That was the message presented in sessions, demonstrations, panel discussions, and meetings at North America’s recent wireless industry convention.

Some of the key impressions I took away from the event include the following:

– mobile content is king and the industry (and users) are craving more mobile content – in particular entertainment.

– Application developers have plenty of opportunities, although the competition is brisk. Simple to use, intuitive applications are what people want. Make it functional, entertaining, useful, and simple.

– Location-based services and applications are hot and in demand. Think about it, there were more than 340 entries in this year’s North American LBS Challenge. Looking to get your LBS app on a device? Think social networking, community building, entertainment, and gaming… these appear to be the LBS services that are of greatest interest (to carriers and end users)

– GPS-enabled devices are coming on strong.

– Developing applications for a variety of handsets, operating systems, and languages is still a challenge. It’s still quite amazing to see many applications that have been created to run solely on one application or even one device.
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The Ultimate Challenge For the One Web Principle

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The One Web Principle, which is at the heart of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative, is challenging at many levels.

The aim is to have a Web page that can deliver a satisfactory user experience whatever the device used, whether desktop PC or cell phone. Part of the suggested solution involves a device detection process, which can then modify what is delivered to the device. There are many technical challenges here but possibly they could all be solved.

Dwarfing the technical challenges are the challenges involved in getting all the stakeholders to work in concert with agreed standards. The consensus process involved in getting all to agree and work with the same standards takes time.

In a fast evolving world like the Mobile web, where large profits are to be made quickly, big players may choose to move pre-emptively to seize competitive advantage. Divergency rather than convergence would seem to be the natural outcome. (more…)