mobile web

  • The Mobile Web continues to expand, according to Taptu

    The proliferation of mobile content has caught Taptu (and a lot of other people) by surprise. Perhaps unsurprisingly the number of mobile applications has also increased rather dramatically. There’s an interesting balance to be struck for content producers between device-specific applications and app stores, and the general availability, but reduced functionality, of a mobile web site. Read More

  • NetWalker PC-T1: Sharp announces mini tablet for Japan for next month

    The iPad hasn’t landed in Japan yet, giving domestic competitors some room for their own announcements for tablet PCs. Sharp, for example, today unveiled [JP] the NetWalker PC-T1, which looks like a tablet variant of the PC-Z1 the company introduced last year. Both models look pretty similar, it’s just that the older device lost the keyboard to become the T1. Read More

  • Mobile Data Traffic Expected To Rise 40-Fold Over Next Five Years

    As smartphones like the iPhone and Android take over the mobile Web, the amount of data traffic going over cellular networks is expected to grow 40-fold over the next five years. UK firm Coda Research Consultancy forecasts that in the U.S. alone mobile handset data traffic will grow from 8 terabytes/month this year to 327 terabytes/month in 2015. That amounts to a 117 percent compound… Read More

  • Mobile web may beat out mobile apps in the long run

    Taptu, the mobile search solution, has been keeping an eye on the mobile web — specifically what they’re calling the mobile touch web, which I guess is slightly different from the non-touch mobile web — and has produced a fairly comprehensive report of their findings. Of particular interest is the fact that “there are a higher proportion of shopping and services sites… Read More

  • First 4G Mobile Network Launches . . . In Sweden :(

    For all of you waiting for mobile data networks to catch up to broadband speeds on cable and DSL, the first 4G/LTE network has arrived . . . in Sweden (and Norway too). The Scandinavians get everything first when it comes to mobile, except the iPhone. TeliaSonera launched the first two cities of its 4G network, which promises wireless download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second… Read More

  • NPR Makes Its Mobile Website Appalicious (And Readies An Android App)

    National Public Radio has the fourth most popular news app in the iTunes store in the U.S., but now it is taking some of that Appalicious goodness to the mobile browser. Today it launched a new version of its mobile website at which looks like a stripped down version of the iPhone app but doesn’t require a download. The redesigned NPR mobile site shows top stories and… Read More

  • From The 3G Industry Summit In Kunshan, China: 16 Demos From Chinese Mobile Startups

    Earlier this week, I was in Kunshan, China, to attend the 3G Industry Summit [CN], a four-day event that has attracted a few dozen speakers and an audience of over 200 people, making it one of the biggest of its kind in this country. The annual event is organized by the Kunshan government and Mobile 2.0 Forum, a communication platform with more than 1,500 members, almost single-handedly run… Read More

  • Vodafone 360 takes on the Mobile App stores

    Vodafone today launched Vodafone 360 (its replacement for Vodafone Live) which brings together mobile phone contacts,  social networking accounts, email, IM, etc.  so they can be accessed seamlessly on phone or PC. It currently covers Facebook, Live Messenger and Google Talk. Twitter will be added soon. Vodafone has also added a range of new apps, games, music and mapping services as part of… Read More

  • The Mobile Web comes to the folks next door

    I was out for my evening constitutional last night, enjoying the sight of “For Sale” signs on homes throughout my neighborhood, when I spied with my little eye something new and novel. I’ve seen URLs on For Sale signs a couple of times, and always thought that that was a fine way to attract eyeballs to your property. Let’s face it: trawling though MLS listings sucks… Read More

  • Yahoo Mobile launches across eight countries, 300 devices

    The mobile content service which Yahoo previewed at Mobile World Congress in February launched today across eight countries, available both as an iPhone app and a mobile content site optimised for 300 devices ‘with HTML-enabled mobile browsers’. Yahoo Mobile, available at or from the App Store, combines what you’d expect from Yahoo’s services… Read More

  • Shock! Horror! iPhones don't make a Top 20 popularity list

    Here’s something from the department of Quelle Surprise: Bango (AIM: BGO) reckons the iPhone lags behind the top 20 mobile handsets most used in browsing and buying on the mobile web. The Bango Top 20 handset list, based on Bango’s February statistics, puts the Nokia 3110c on top, followed by the Samsung M800 in 2nd and the Nokia 6300 in 3rd place. On the whole, smartphones account… Read More

  • Google's Strategy In Japan: Avoid Yahoo And Take Over The Mobile Web First

    Google may be the leader in the worldwide search engine market, but in Nippon, it has some catching up to do: In 2007, Yahoo Japan saw a whopping 76% of the nearly 350 billion search engine and portal-related pageviews registered in the country, clearly outperforming Google (second with 5.4%, according to Nielsen Japan). More recently, ComScore shows that in July, Yahoo Japan had ten times… Read More

  • Cricket introduces mobile video service for five bucks

    Cricket today announced a new level of service to their unlimited talk and data plans. The 5-dollar a month plan is available immediately and allows users to view one-to-four-minute-long video clips directly from select handsets. Plans are pretty cheap at the growing wireless provider, starting at $45 for unlimited access. Even if the 5-buck charge is thrown on top, it’s still a pretty… Read More

  • How Disney Mobile Is Succeeding In Japan (After Failing In the U.S.)

    Disney embarked on a cellular phone business in the US as early as June 2006 but pulled the plug at the end of last year, citing delays in the spread of 3G networks as the major reason. In March this year, Disney carried out another attempt, but this time in Japan, where the brand has been super-popular for decades now. Disney Japan teamed up with local telecom conglomerate SoftBank to become… Read More

  • Japan's Kao Chekki (Face Check) Proves That Vanity Apps Know No Boundaries

    On Facebook, there is no shortage of apps that tell you what celebrity you look like based on your photo (FaceDouble is the most popular), but in Japan we like our vanity apps on our mobile phones. After all, the camera is built in. Take the case of Kao Chekki (Face Check) by J-Magic, a web company that was totally unknown until the end of April 2007, when it caused a Japan-wide frenzy with… Read More

  • Sharemo: How Japanese people share used stuff using their cell phones

    Swapping sites are nothing new (see Dig N’ Swap), but in Japan we like to trade our junk via our mobile phones. That is what the Japanese social sharing service Sharemo is all about. The site’s ambitious idea is to contribute to overcoming Japan’s throwaway society. This is how it works: Users can offer any item they don’t need anymore (DVDs, comics and clothes… Read More

  • Mobage-town: Japan’s Biggest Mobile-Only Social Network

    There is a lot of hype and hope in the U.S. around taking social networks mobile, but mobile social networking is still in the fledgling stages in the West. In Japan, it is already a reality. One company in particular, DeNA, has taken Japan by storm with its mobile SNS/virtual world/gaming platform Mobage-town. DeNA opened a US office in San Mateo earlier this year, with plans to offer… Read More

  • Japan’s super-advanced mobile web: Too unique to serve as a global blueprint?

    Over one billion cell phones have been sold worldwide in the last year, but in the US or Europe, the mobile Internet is still catching on relatively slowly. There even was a heated debate in the blogosphere just recently whether the mobile web has a future at all. However, this has never been a question in one specific region of the world: In Japan, since 2006 more people have been accessing… Read More

  • W3C releases mobile Web recommendations

    The World Wide Web consortium or W3C announced new standards that it hopes will make mobile Web browsing easier. Published as a W3C recommendation, the groups says it Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 “condenses the experience of many mobile Web stakeholders into practical advice on creating mobile-friendly content.” Dominique Hazaël-Massieux, leader of the W3C Mobile Web Activity… Read More

  • More on the state of the mobile web

    Webmonkey has posted a nice pro/con list of the ever-evolving mobile Web experience. While we all agree using the Web on mobile phones (from the iPhone to the Instinct) has come a long way, its still not good enough to chuck the laptop. So despite the handiness of quick reference sites, mobile e-mail and GPS directions, getting real work done on tiny screens isn’t very practical… Read More