So the Mozilla foundation have a new browser, aimed at mobile. It’s excellent news that we will have another browser entering into the marketplace soon.
Mobile web browsers are the first point of call for internet users in developing countries in Asia and Africa, truly giving people means to live and connect with family and business contacts. The mobile is also the first internet experience for many handset owners in India. There is a deeper penetration of the internet using mobile than desktop in these continents.
There’s no question that Apple’s launch of the iPhone last year changed the handset market and raised the bar for mobile technology and interaction.
The big news Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco was of course CEO Steve Jobs’ announcement of a 3G version of the iPhone.
So, the speculation of many bloggers and news channels has been replaced by the hard facts of the iPhone release. US and UK customers will be able to get the new phone from July 11th. Callender Creates provide the need to know facts from the WWDC.
Mobile trends and developments have been moving at very fast rate since the iPhone raised the bar, in terms of both the user experience and how the mobile device can be used in our busy everyday lives.
Back in the 90s, mobile development began with WAP sites consisting of a collection of “cards” making up a site. You were limited to wap images (*.wbmp) and very limited user client side interaction with the browser. See Wap Basics at W3C for more details.
Now, high profile sites that you can visit on browsers such as Symbian’s (Webkit-based) browser or iPhone’s Safari are based on current web standards used by desktop computers, and often written in XHTML (eXtensible Hyper Text Markup Language). However, we can now target for these handsets and for older phone models using the magic of CSS. The CSS file specifically targets mobile browsers, the CSS tells the browser how the layout and presentation is ordered.