Mobile Web - Topics A-Z
Topics A-Z listing of articles and resources about the use of the Web from mobile devices, such as mobile (cell) phones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and other mobile devices connected to a computer network.
This category last updated: 22 August 2013
Android Overtakes Apple with 44% Worldwide Share of Mobile App Downloads
- ABI Research, Singapore - October 24, 2011. "In Q2 2011, Android overtook iOS to become the market share leader in mobile application downloads. The market shares of Android and iOS were 44% and 31%, respectively.
Phone shipment growth in Q2 2011 slowed to 9% from 15% a quarter earlier. In contrast, Android smartphone shipments increased 36% in Q2 2011, compared to 20% in Q1. Android's install base now exceeds iOS by a factor of 2.4-to-1 worldwide; by 2016 this factor will grow to 3-to-1..."
Mobile Content: If in Doubt, Leave It Out
- Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, October 10, 2011. Summary: Writing for mobile readers requires even harsher editing than writing for the Web. Mobile use implies less patience for filler copy.
Mobile Usability Update
- Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, September 26, 2011. Summary: The user experience of mobile websites and apps has improved since our last research, but we still have far to go. A dedicated mobile site is a must, and apps get even higher usability scores.
Defer Secondary Content When Writing for Mobile Users
- Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, August 1, 2011. Summary: Mobile devices require a tight focus in content presentation, with the first screen limited to only the most essential information.
How to study mobile behaviour – an ethnographic perspective
- by Isabel Santafe. Webcredible, October 2011. "Many studies approach the adoption of mobile devices from a quantitative angle, quoting poll results to identify trends in people's behaviour with their phones. For example, Brandbank 2010 mCommerce study reports that 85% of smartphone users have used their devices in the process of shopping, with 36% of them having used their smartphones to find more information about a product.
Studying mobile behaviour is an important part of our on-going research at Webcredible. Our aim is to capture a rich picture of how people behave on the move and inform the design of new apps and mobile user experiences in general..."
Android App Alerts Individuals You're Getting Arrested
- By Dave Thomas. Socialnomics, October 17, 2011. "What will they think of next? In the latest technology offering, Quadrant 2 has unveiled a new Android app, 'I'm Getting Arrested,' which alerts one's family, friends and even lawyers if necessary, that they’re about to go to the local jail for booking.
Quadrant 2 Inc., which makes software for worldwide financial institutions, non-profit arts organizations, household names and mom and pop stores, indicated that the app got its inspiration from a true 'Occupy Wall Street' incident..."
Why the QR code is failing
- By Sean X Cummings. iMedia Connection, October 14, 2011. "They have become the standard violator appearing on advertising; in the corner of print ads, across billboards, on buses, or in pieces of direct mail -- even peppered throughout this article. You've seen them; that little block of even littler squares. Unfortunately the technology behind QR codes was not invented for advertising and marketing; we are just co-opting its usage, and it shows.
From the relative lack of public understanding of what they even are, to the dearth of creativity in their usage, the QR code is destined to become just the little box that geek built. But if it does go the way of CueCat, only we are to blame. Here's why..."
Mozilla sets its site on mobile standardization
- Mozilla has plans to standardize mobile applications on the Web platform, By Joab Jackson. Computerworld, October 12, 2011. "... Mozilla calls this initiative Open Web Apps. The idea behind it is that mobile applications can be written once, using the Web platform, and they then can be deployed across different mobile devices, such as an Android device or an Apple iPhone, for instance..."
Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2010-2015
- Cisco, February 1, 2011. "The Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update is part of the comprehensive Cisco VNI Forecast, an ongoing initiative to track and forecast the impact of visual networking applications on global networks. This paper presents some of Cisco's major global mobile data traffic projections and growth trends..."
Mobile SEO For Websites That Behave Like Apps
- by Sherwood Stranieri, Search Engine Land, April 18, 2011. "... jQuery Mobile promises to bring mobile web design a lot closer to the high-water mark set by native apps. It's a plug-and-play solution that allows you to create touchable buttons, sliders, and page transitions, all using conventional HTML as the foundation..."
Managing the Hype: The reality of mobile in Canada - in pdf format (3185kb)
- (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). Delvinia, Issue 1, April 2010. "From 99% of the Net Generation (NGen) of users 18 to 34 to 87% of Canadians 65+, the number of Canadians who own mobile devices has never been higher. However, Delvinia’s 2009-2010 study of Canadian mobile behaviours conducted through AskingCanadians™, revealed that most mobile owners don't appear to be using the more advanced features that mobile providers tout and marketers dream of fully leveraging. In fact, Canadian mobile device users seem to be most comfortable with the basic features that have existed on phones for years such as sending and receiving text messages, using the clock/alarm feature, and taking photos..."
SEO Guidelines for Mobile Websites
- Posted by Anupam Wagle. Bruce Clay, 31 January 2011. "As there are more than 4 billion mobile / handheld devices in use versus 1 billion desktop computers, there is lot of potential for growth in the mobile space.
Mobile SEO, however, still follows the traditional SEO ranking factors. There are number of guidelines you can use to optimise your website for mobile devices..."
Consider Mobile Content Carefully For Users & Better SEO
- by Bryson Meunier. Search Engine Land, September 19, 2011. "...What content (if any) would be interesting to users of a mobile site that wouldn’t necessarily appeal to a stationary user on a desktop or laptop?
As search marketers, we should already understand the power of keyword research in letting your users tell you what they want and how they want it said on your website, and keyword research can help prioritize what content goes on a mobile site as well..."
Proceed to Checkout: Payments on the Mobile Web
- By Shanshan Ma. UX Matters, Published: September 19, 2011. "ABI research has estimated that mobile payments will grow to $119 billion in 2015. As mobile shopping continues to grow, merchants, banking and credit companies, mobile service carriers, and third-party software companies are looking for better payment solutions for making online purchases. Today, making payments on the desktop Web and on the mobile Web is similar, using either real-world payment methods, or online payment services like Google Checkout, BillMeLater, or PayPal..."
Is a Mobile Website Considered Duplicate Content?
- Posted by Emily Sokolow. Build mobile websites – WixMobile, May 15, 2011. "... Basically, Google is smart enough to tell whether a website is meant for mobile or desktop. This means Google keeps track in its index of sites, the fact that you have a separate mobile version. So if you have a mobile version of your website, don’t worry about duplicate content..."