Business Daily report on Mobile Phones shifting Web Development in Kenya.
The Business Daily today did a report on how the ever growing mobile market in Kenya is now affecting how corporate web sites are being built by web developers and digital agencies. Basically, more and more Kenyan organizations want to ensure that their web sites can be easily accessed on the mobile web which is growing at a massive rate. I was interviewed for the report on behalf of Dotsavvy. You can read the full report here>
From the article:
“Companies have to decide whether to create a basic site which can be accessed by any handset or go for an elaborate site that can only be accessed by some smart phones like the iPhone Apps.”
actually you do not have to decide – you can have both …. you can setup the solution to automatically detect which kind of mobile unit it is and then present a different version (template) for each type of mobile unit. *cough* Taesk is build from the ground up with this in mind, the feature have just rarely been used 😉
this looks like another hype cycle starting … yes, 200k more people are now on the mobile web … but I would bet that they got there after being on the “real or old” school web for a while
think about it, when do you surf the net on your phone ? i would say in traffic, away from the office … when you get to jobo, you use the PC
in my view .. companies will have to start from scratch, move from brochure sites to websites that are business apps…. then maybe onto mobile …
companies cannot skip a step …
my two cents 🙂
The mobileweb is here with us, and Kenyan developers appears to have a rare opportunity to set the pace. However in my opinion there are some fundamentals in the good old web that we shall have to build on and there will be no short cuts.