A mobile version of S@Home
Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:08 PM
Would other people appreciate a mobile version of the shop? I understand that for most buyers this is probably not interesting, but these days it should not be too difficult to have a smaller mobile version available.... thoughts?
If there is enough response; could the ambassadors ask TLG?
Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:29 PM
Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:13 AM
Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:01 PM
A "from-the-ground-up" HTML5 design can get you native device resolution matching, animation, media streaming and secure communication without any of the patches, plug-ins and overhead we used to need just a few years ago. CSS is finally powerful enough to allow you to scale and rearrange things properly such that controls are large enough to interact with without zooming, essential information can be clustered without 2D scrolling, and when more space is available (such as on a desktop) it can be filled with optional extras rather than just whitespace. If you want S@H to have the look and feel of a native app on your iOS or Android device, if designed properly, you can even save the site as a tap-able icon on your device to launch in a frameless browser session without getting mired in device-specific native object code.
The trend (at least with my customers) seems to be to design for two modes, 2.5-7" screens (for smart phones and small tablets) and 7"+ (for large tablets and desktops) A seven inch diagonal seems to be about the point where you need to redesign your workflow rather than simply adapt your layout for the change in screen real estate. I've only had one customer in the past two years actually ask for support under 2.5" (for Blackberry) and since the introduction of Chrome, most people (outside of Australia, Saudi Arabia and China) have stopped bending over backwards to accommodate IE. I don't know that a small screen (~320x480) version of S@H for mobile phones would be worth the effort of developing "tiny viewport workflows" compared to the richer experience a 10" tablet or Desktop site would offer. Since _I_ started with tablets, the only thing I use my smart phone for these days is voicemail and checking the time I don't even do email on it anymore.
Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:01 AM
Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:47 PM
But since AT&T kicked us off of their service (we were some of the last unlimited data plans grandfathered in) I haven't really used a mobile phone other than for talking.
Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:08 AM
Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:29 PM
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