This six-part blog series retraces the evolution of the mobile Internet in an attempt to understand its complicated history. Part 1 touches on the history of the PC Internet. Part 2 covers AT&T Pocketnet, the First Mobile Internet Phone. Part 3 is about NTTDOCOMO’s i-mode. Part 4 discusses the growth of the mobile Internet in the early 2000s . And Part 5 brought us the phenomenon of Apple and its influence on the industry.
THE STATE OF THE MOBILE INTERNET TODAY
Determining the state of the mobile Internet as it exists today is a difficult task. The challenge is – which day? In a dynamically changing industry, technological advances are a common occurrence every day. The answer to the question is different depending on the day. This is the challenge with developing for the mobile Internet. With change being constant, where should developers focus their time and attention? Which technologies are worth the investment – the ones that will have a future?
In this six-part blog series, we reviewed the early stages of the mobile Internet and noted the introduction of the iPhone as the inflection point, based on wireless carrier data traffic. A look at the Evolution of Mobile Web-Related Markup Languages, found on Wikipedia, describes in visual format the challenge that developers have faced. The chart, found below, describes the many languages that were created to solve the mobile Web problem, sometimes branching off from a predecessor with improvements. Some of these languages are still in use today; others have been dropped by the vendors that once promoted them.
The chart on Wikipedia has been updated through 2007, coincidentally the year the iPhone was introduced. Unfortunately, it’s out of date and missing the latest HTML5 movement. So let’s take a stab at completing this chart for Wikipedia. Will it look like the following, where the world finds its harmony and lives happily ever after?