Posts Tagged ‘mobile development’
We’ve written several articles, hosted a number of discussions and argued on numerous panels against miniaturization. The reason is quite simple – shrinking down web assets and stripping features to a minimum to fit a smaller mobile screen significantly limits engagement opportunities. Miniaturization also ignores that mobile user behavior is influenced by the inherent characteristics of the mobile device – location, click-to-call, text messaging, barcode scanning, swiping or tapping. So if the website’s content is simply miniaturized for mobile, it fails to take advantage of some of the powerful features that tablets and smartphones offer.
While I can go on-and-on about the problems with miniaturization (and its twin brother, screen scraping), for once, I’ll use a comic to illustrate our point of view (shared by Brad Frost during this week’s Breaking Development Conference in Dallas). Cheers!
Yesterday brought quite the commotion to our office in San Mateo! As part of NBC Bay Area coverage on the release of the iPhone 5, Scott Budman, the Tech and Business reporter for NBC, stopped by the office to get our opinion on what the additional half inch of screen real estate means for developers and brands.
Expanding the smartphone screen area is not a new trend for mobile device makers. In Apple’s case, even half an inch in screen length presents a big opportunity for developers to incorporate additional functionality and content for their users and ultimately create better engagement. Likewise, others might take advantage of the extra space through advertising, making them less intrusive given that there is more room to display content. Monetization on mobile is something that many companies are struggling to keep up with (i.e. Facebook). A tiny increase in screen might be just the answer they are looking for.
You can check out the full segment below.
Let us know what you think of the updated 4in screen in the comments or on Twitter @TrilibisMobile.
The idea for the event grew out of a lack of satisfaction around most industry conferences. Instead, of the usual talking heads giving presentations on recent industry data or pay-to-play panels of people trying to pitch their services by way of sharing information, we wanted to create a forum around education and information with some of our peers in mobile. This invite only event pulled together mobile executives from brands, media companies and solutions providers for a series of round-table discussions covering all facets of mobile strategy.