Mobile phones are becoming more powerful and more ubiquitous than any personal technology in history. The opportunities involved are changing the way people live and work. Most functionality available on a mobile phone occurs directly within the device's operating system as an application or software, however an alternative exists in the form of a mobile website. An appropriate mobile website is designed to display neatly on a wide range of cellphones with different screens and operating systems. Since the interface is via the web, any mobile phone that offers internet access allows interaction with your application
. Software-based apps do not have this convenience since modern phones run competing operating systems with different levels of feature support thus requiring different apps to be built for each one. Also worth considering is that many more people have access to the web via a mobile phone than via a computer.
Providing a mobile-compatible version of your website
/ online service will allow people to interact with it on a daily basis. Many popular websites now offer mobile versions of their services, such as Facebook, Hotmail, Google Maps and many more (see left).
case study - petrol logging
In 2010 I decided that logging trips in my vehicle on paper for tax purposes was time-consuming, annoying and error prone. It made a lot more sense to record the data electronically. With this in mind I developed a simple online service that makes it easy to log this data from my cellphone when I start a trip. The system streamlined the entry process by auto-filling in the date and time and saving my current starting point as the destination from my previous trip. The data is now stored securely online and can be exported for analysis in Excel for my SARS tax records.