Today, mobile devices are not just connected to one Telecommunication Operator (telco) network: they can be connected to computers via Bluetooth [6, 7] and directly to Ethernet networks by Wi-Fi [8, 9] and soon by WiMAX .
And these additional networks offer more bandwidth to mobile applications.
Web applications are good because they provide a sandbox (no general file system access, limited connection capabilities) and because they can be rendered seamlessly almost everywhere thanks to the browser Firefox . A key element of Web applications is the URL addressing: this piece of information can be embedded everywhere (in an e-mail, in a document, in a Web page, etc.). URLs can be bookmarked by the browser, by a remote service, or as a desktop shortcut. End-users can check the navigation history, can go back and forth, can reload, can open in a new tab or a new window. Thanks to their ubiquity, their safety, and their usability, Web applications deliver really good user experiences.
Because rich feature set of the new handheld devices , there are new integrations that Web applications cannot deliver! Consider Google Maps on the iPhone  or its equivalent Map View on Android : there are both native applications that use the GPS, the Compass, the multi-touch screen (to zoom in and out, for example). A Web applications can hardly do it today without requiring the end-user to download a browser plugin.
It seems that Web applications will have a hard time competing with native applications on top handheld platforms. If browsers on such platforms do not evolve, all the benefits of Web applications (as mentioned above for end-users, but also for service providers and development teams) will be lost because end-users will mostly look for fully integrated applications!
Does it means that “Mobile Web is dead” can be transformed in “Web is dead on Mobile”? I hope not. What is your opinion?
- Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) by Wikipedia
- WAP by the International Engineering Consortium
- SyncML by Wikipedia
- Short Messaging Service (SMS) by Wikipedia
- Global Service for Mobile communications (GSM), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), Personal Digital Cellular (PDC), Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication (DECT): list of mobile phone standards
- Bluetooth by Wikipedia
- How Bluetooth works by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)
- Wi-Fi by Wikipedia
- Wi-Fi Alliance
- WiMAX by Wikipedia
- Handheld devices and sensors
- End of the mowser by Russel Beattie
- Russell Beattie was Right, the Mobile Web is Dead by Dare Obasandjo
- Get Firefox ;)
- iPhone3G: Maps with GPS
- Android Map View