Press Release: July 13, 2011
Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices--New from SitePoint
Sebastopol, CA—Microsoft estimates that by 2014 mobile web usage will overtake the desktop - a sobering thought and one that web developers need to acknowledge and embrace if they are to take their businesses into the future. Sitepoint's new how-to guide Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices (SitePoint, $39.95) has been created to show them how.
Mobile websites have been described as the most exciting development in computing since the Internet began. With the release of the how-to guide Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices, specialist publisher, Sitepoint, has satisfied the need for developers to learn how to create mobile websites and mobile apps.
The fact that the market for mobile websites is growing is irrefutable. Hundreds of millions of people around the world now access the internet via smart devices, a trend that is confirmed in recent research results published by mobithinking:
- A conservative estimate shows China to have 277 million mobile web users
- In the three months to October 2010, 60.7 million people in the US alone owned smart devices, a figure that is forecasted to hit over 120 million by end-2011.
- A growing number of mobile web users are mobile-only: Egypt 70%, India 59% - even in the US the figure is 25% - they don't even own a desktop or laptop!
In launching Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices, Mark Harbottle, SitePoint's Co-Founder said that learning to design for the future was a constant challenge for web developers and designers.
"Designing effective mobile interfaces and knowing how to get the most out of every device is imperative if designers are to profit from the trend to mobile internet use." said Mr. Harbottle.
"The mobile apps development business alone is in huge demand as Blackberry and Android try to keep pace with the burgeoning iOS app market—iPhone and iPad app development is, of course, already big business."
Mr. Harbottle continued, "Five billion apps were downloaded in 2010 - a massive leap from the 300 million in 2009."
The new guide has drawn upon the expertise of three specialists, Earle Castledine, Myles Eftos and Max Wheeler, who have together covered the different strategies and techniques used in mobile websites and mobile apps development, including:
- Design for Mobile
- Markup for Mobile
- Using Device Features From Web Apps
- Introducing PhoneGap
- Making Our Application Native