Chapter 1: What’s Going On In Mobile?

By Peter-Paul Koch

The most chilling moment of my entire 13-year career as a browser tester occurred back in 2009, when I’d been studying mobile for a few weeks. I started my mobile investigation by testing as many browsers as I could, ably helped by the fact that the Vodafone office in Düsseldorf allowed me unlimited access to its huge device library. I asked the Vodafone guys to surprise me with odd devices with a wide range of operating systems, input methods and browsers, and one day I was handed a Samsung F700.

I ran the browser through my JavaScript browser detection script and found that it was Opera Mini 2. That surprised me—Opera Mini was at version 3, and version 4 was going to be released soon. Why ...

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