Where’s mobile browsing headed?

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browsingberry.jpgIt’s not really one of those questions that’ll have you waking up in a pool of sweat, but one to ponder all the same. We’re looking at the future of mobile browsing here, and InformationWeek’s Stephen Wellman’s on the fence about it. He spends nearly the entire article slighting mobile browsing, then backs out at the last second, saying that it’s not dead… yet. Thanks for a solid opinion, Steve-O.

“Personally, I don’t think cell phones are the best medium for browsing. And for applications, I think the future of the mobile Web lies in clients, not browsers.”

“They are not well suited to exploration, i.e. browsing or search. Or at least not in their current iteration. The iPhone may change this, but we’ll have a better sense of that when it hits the market.

…Now, don’t go putting words in my mouth. This doesn’t mean that I think the mobile browser is dead. Far from it. Mobile browsers will definitely have a place, but unlike the desktop Web, I don’t think many mobile applications will be utilized through browsers.”

  • http://www.overtheair.biz/ Stephen Wellman

    The point of the post was not to come out and make a definitive statement so much as it was to find the direction that the mobile browser is trending in.

    The either/or is a really compelling option — full of drama and moral satisfaction. But no offense to Kierkegaard, it’s not the most logical one. Most outcomes in the real world shape up as weird amalgamations of both/and.

    Maybe I should have just come out and just said “the mobile browser is dead!” But, I don’t that would have been a accurate or all that useful. Instead, I was trying to say that the mobile browser won’t be the center of the mobile Web.

  • http://www.overtheair.biz Stephen Wellman

    The point of the post was not to come out and make a definitive statement so much as it was to find the direction that the mobile browser is trending in.

    The either/or is a really compelling option — full of drama and moral satisfaction. But no offense to Kierkegaard, it’s not the most logical one. Most outcomes in the real world shape up as weird amalgamations of both/and.

    Maybe I should have just come out and just said “the mobile browser is dead!” But, I don’t that would have been a accurate or all that useful. Instead, I was trying to say that the mobile browser won’t be the center of the mobile Web.