So what does Mobile 2.0 stand for? As Dan Appelquist described it, the concept or the idea behind this term is: “mobile web connected apps on the mobile platform”.
The whole event, apart from the keynotes, was held in panel discussions with panelists also taking some time for presenting on their own. The most interesting topics for us obviously was everything related to the mobile web and to browser based applications of which there were not many to be seen. The highlights were the presentations and demos of:
- SoonR: nice AJAX job on the Opera Browser for mobile devices
- Mobile Launchpad: Peter Vesterbacka and his many companies, especially 3jam.com with their brand new REST API for sending out SMS to many people at once
- dotMobi: Ronan Cremin presented the brand new validation tool, their Mobile Ready Report generator (nice!) and the developer section under http://dev.mobi (thanks for the T-Shirt)
- there are not so many relevant mobile browsers as initially thought (OpenWave, Access Netfront, Opera +mini, IE, minimo, S60 should cover > 95% of all devices)
- some SonyEricsson phones use the Netfront browser
- apparently many people call the “Pocket IE” (or “IEMobile”) “Compact IE”
- battery life can be heavily decreased if there are AJAX applications running (need to test this)
- carriers can be a pain and they also slow down browser and phone hardware development (many phones would have much more features if carriers would allow them to)
- funambol.com pays you 25 bucks if you contribute a test on your mobile phone to them
- instant messaging on phones is all over the place and there will surely be some application to be seen in the mobile web area pretty soon
- the easier an application on a mobile is, the better
- SMS is still important and will continue to be, also in the mobile web
- browser capability detection is important (WURFL)
- mobile AJAX powered services will replace installable applications somewhen
- people will use the mobile web heavily only if there is a real killer application (or some of them)
- the future is browser based, not installed
- making stuff work in many different browsers means making it degrade gracefully and bulletproof
Special thanks go out to Tony Fish for signing my copy of his book and to Michael from Opera, Rick and Yong from Access (Palmsource) for being such good discussion partners and for making this event even better with their questions and remarks on the mobile browser landscape ;). Also thanks to all the guys from Opera who joined us in the free beer extermination after the event and who also were amazing discussion partners.
Let’s hope there will be many more of these events!
PS: Also check out Paddy Byers extensive summary about the event on the Open Gardens Blog! And thanks Paddy for our nice chat after the event and good luck to you for the next couple of months.
PPS: Also check out the comments of Mike Rowehl, one of the organizers of the event, who was not quite happy with his own event. I think I have to disagree with him that Mobile 2.0 “didn’t quite do it”, because at least for me it was quite a good experience.
PPPS: Scott Rafer also seems to have found this event to be under par - check out his comments on it here. Btw. the comment from the audience about the “hiding” of the user agent in Opera Mini caused quite a discussion at our table between Mike from Opera, me and Rick and Yong from Access (Netfront Browser).
PPPPS: Rudy De Waele on Richard MacManus’ weblog Read/WriteWeb shares some interesting views about what Mobile 2.0 is and what companies are there at the moment. He also included a list of “Recommended mobile 2.0 reading” (we’re not in it).