If you are creating a plan for building on mobile devices, there can be an overwhelming number of choices. Do you first build for the iPhone so you can get in front of tens of millions of users. Or do you target Android because it’s growing faster and getting all the buzz? And speaking of the mobile web, do you build for WAP, xHTML, or HTML5?
It’s been just a few short years since Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, and since then the mobile industry has grown exponentially and created a billion dollar marketplace. The pace hasn’t slowed down. Every week brings a major announcement from some company that subtly shifts the strategic landscape.
But don’t worry, the fundamental concepts of building mobile apps and websites are actually fairly simple. In fact, there are many parallels with the recent history of the web that can guide your decision-making process. We’ll break it down for you by explaining some common terms that are important for understanding the mobile landscape.
Your first decision may be whether to build custom ‘native’ apps for each phone or whether to build a simpler version using the mobile web. If you are building native app, you should understand each mobile app platform (e.g. iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Microsoft Windows 7, and Palm/HP):
If you are looking for an enterprise solution for mobile, your needs will be focused on security, remote administration, and other needs:
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