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Myths of Mobile Web

Is the mobile web not the same as the Web on a desktop computer? Mobile Web uses the same basic architecture and many of the same technology, although screen sizes of mobile devices and capabilities of the processor is much less. But in fact there are many unexplored trails even for experienced Web developers.

Mobile webOnce the Web “moved” to mobile devices, web developers immediately began to tell each other a bunch of stories about what the mobile web and how it will affect their work. Although some of these stories are true, the majority still only confusing, misleading and just hurt.

This is not the mobile web! It’s just the Web!

Over the past few years I have often heard this expression and I can say that it’s true. Mobile Web – it’s the same Web. We can apply this to our own use of the Internet, you probably don’t have a separate email address just for your mobile phone.

I am sure sure man of us used our mobile phones to catch the news about the last game of the NBA.  We use our mobile phones for our favorite source of news. Many of us have adapted to our smart phones as well for our social network needs (Facebook,  Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube). We have probably created our list of friends on the computer, and probably do not want to repeat it again on your mobile phone.

In all these situations, the mobile network uses the same protocols HTTP, HTTPS, POP3, Wireless LAN, and even TCP / IP – the same as in the Internet. Ok, you can say that the GSM, CDMA, and UMTS networks are not used as dekstopnoy protocols in web environment, but the fact is that they are communication protocols, operating at a lower level. In terms of web applications, using the same protocols.

So this is the same Internet. However, when designing for mobile web, we are working with a large number of completely different devices. And our first and most noticeable difference – the size of the device’s screen. At the same time there are many other differences are not such obvious.