As more of us are using tablets, Androids, iPhones and other mobile devices to access the Interwebs, so just what is the future of mobile web browsing?
We asked Duane Storey, co-founder of BraveNewCode for his expert views on the subject.
BraveNewCode is the company behind one of the most downloaded and leading mobile WordPress plugins of all time, WPtouch.
WPtouch Pro is designed to make it easier to offer great mobile experiences for WordPress sites.
The free version has been downloaded over 4 million times from the WordPress repository, with many users going on to purchase the premium version along with awesome support from BraveNewCode.
If anyone can tell what the future holds for mobile web browsing and WordPress it’s going to be Duane. So let’s get
Q: Where do you see mobile browsing going in the next 5 years?
DS: We’re almost at the point where mobile browsing is on par with desktop browsing in terms of traffic, at least for some demographics. From a
I think there has been a trend of desktop/laptop computers getting smaller (think devices like the Macbook Air) and mobile devices getting slightly larger (Nexus, iPad Mini, Android tablets). Other than people who do hardcore image processing, video processing, or gaming, I think a typical computer is
Q: What impact do you think that will have on what companies need to do online?
More and more of what companies and individuals do these days is being migrated to the cloud. That has a lot of advantages, such as being to access the same information from multiple machines and locations, and also being able to collaborate with other employees. BraveNewCode for example heavily leverages cloud services: Calendar on iCloud for scheduling, DropBox for sharing files, Basecamp for task management, Beanstalk for revision control, and of course shared email accounts. Whenever we buy a new machine, it’s trivial to get it up and running since we just activate the various cloud services and the new computer is ready to go as soon as everything is done synchronizing.
I think as internet speeds continue to increase over the next few years there will come a point in time when that synchronization step that we do internally at BraveNewCode will simply not be necessary – a person can be productive simply by accessing everything in the cloud. At that
Q: What part do you think WordPress and the community of developers can play in that?
DS: There was a brief period of time where some of the development within WordPress started to reflect the idea that more and more people would be doing work offline – the integration with Google Gears in the administration panel is a good example of that. I haven’t heard that mentioned in a long
Q: What impact, if any, do you think mobile browsing will have on the desktop experience?
DS: Most people have heard the buzz-phrase ‘Responsive Design’ over the last few years, and it’s essentially a design philosophy that neuters desktop elements or restyles them for mobile devices. Recently we’ve seen that philosophy start to fall out of
A good example of this is with desktop media. In a typical responsive design, the media (such as images) in a post are simply served as-is to a mobile user. But it makes little sense to send a 1400px wide image to a device that perhaps can only show
Right now many mobile design techniques, such as responsive design, force the mobile experience to be sacrificed while the desktop experience is left unchanged. I think going forward you’ll see this become more of a compromise, or possibly even a complete reversal, with compromises forced upon the desktop experience to help elevate the mobile browsing experience.
Q: If you had a superpower – what would it be and why?
DS: Teleportation most likely. Since my role at BraveNewCode allows me to travel and work remotely, I’ve visited nearly 30 countries over the past three years. While it’s been a great adventure, it’s always hard saying goodbye to friends you meet along the way. If I could teleport I could go back and visit those people whenever I wanted, or to visit friends and family back home during an extended leave of absence.
Wow, if Duane is correct we’re going to see mobile devices taking over the role of desktops if not equalling their business productivity, without compromising the
I for one can’t wait for that to happen.