MOBILE READY WEB DESIGN - WHEN?
If you've read the information on the rest of this website, then you'll probably realise that your website needs to be working for the millions of people who may wish to access it via their Smartphone or Tablet?
The first fully web-enabled Smartphone went on sale mid way through 2007. Almost immediately web designers and developers began looking at how websites - designed for far bigger Desktop monitor screens - could be adapted to make them usable on these new, touch-based, 4 or 5 inch screens.
Responsive Design, as the best solution, was first proposed in 2009 and websites using this approach began appearing in the same year.
Smartphone & Tablet Sales Booming, PC Sales Decline ...
In 'web years' 2007 is a long time ago, yet still many website owners seem unaware of this major shift in the way people are now accessing the web.
The transition from Desktop PCs to Smartphone and Tablet use, as the default means to access the web, is set to continue - they may already be in the majority. Website owners need to respond to this by making their site responsive, using 'Responsive Design'.
'Mobile-Ready' by Frieze Design
Mobile Ready is a sister website produced by Frieze Design to highlight the importance of having a website that works well on mobile devices. We've been designing and developing websites for mobile users since early 2011:
Please contact us if you need help making your website 'mobile ready' or if you have any questions about the topics covered here.
Jan 2014 - Global smartphone shipments top one billion
"According to market research firm IDC, 1.004 billion smartphones were shipped last year, marking a 38.4% increase from the previous year.
"Among the top trends driving smartphone growth are large screen devices and low cost, said Ryan Reith, program director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Of the two, I have to say that low cost is the key difference-maker.
"Cheap devices are not the attractive segment that normally grabs headlines, but IDC data shows this is the portion of the market that is driving volume, he said.."
Oct 2013 - Global PC shipments drop to a five-year low
"Global shipments of personal computers (PCs) have hit a five-year low, according to new figures from the research firm Gartner.
Shipments totalled 80.3m units in the three months to September, down 8.6% from a year ago.
"PC sales have now fallen for six quarters in a row, hurt by the growing popularity of tablets and smartphones."
Aug 2013 - Smartphones outsell basic feature handsets
"Smartphone sales exceeded feature phone sales for the first time in the April-to-June period, according to research firm Gartner.
"Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 435 million units. Smartphone sales accounted for 225 million units, up 46.5% from the previous year.
"Feature phones totalled 210 million units, down 21%."
July 2013 - Traffic to digital BBC News content from smartphones has started to exceed hits from desktop computers at weekends
" ... On a typical day mobile phones (excluding tablets) contribute 42 per cent of the total traffic to BBC News, Malinarich told Journalism.co.uk.
"The figures for mobile include people accessing the BBC News responsive website, those looking at the desktop site on a smartphone, and those using the BBC News apps."
July 2013 - PC sales decline massively as mobiles/tablet sales boom
The way we use the web has changed so much over the past 4 years that sales of good old fashioned laptops and PC’s have seen their longest decline in sales ever.
Worldwide PC shipments totalled 76 million units in the second quarter, a 10.9% drop from a year earlier, according to research firm Gartner.
Gartner said the introduction of low-cost tablets had further hurt PC sales, especially in emerging economies.
“In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
Source: Clicky Media