As mobile phones with web browsers, internet access, integrated applications, and other advanced features become more and more widespread, the importance of the mobile platform can only increase. Mobile phones allow mobile websites to interact with the real world in ways that normal computer applications can’t. It’s definitely an exciting time for mobile application and website development. Apple recently announced version 3.0 of the iPhone OS, with many new mobile application features available to app developers. Just yesterday, Google gave developers a “sneak peek” of the new Android OS, which also included features that developers have been asking for. In addition, the HTC Magic, the second Android-powered phone to hit the market, and the Palm Pre are both scheduled to debut in the coming months.
Even if your phone is a year or two old, chances are that it still has a browser that can display basic web pages. And since most people keep their mobile phone with them 24/7, the popularity of mobile versions of web sites are on the rise. A trimmed-down, easy-to-navigate version of your website could be just the thing your client needs to check your address or phone number while on the road, and might be just what they need to check out the full site when they have a chance.
Despite the advances being made in mobile application and web development, mobile platforms are still fairly new and are sure to evolve over time. Like most new technologies, those who get in at the ground floor are the ones who help to shape what it will eventually become.