Why the Mobile Website vs. Mobile App Debate is OVER?


If you are still asking the question should I build a mobile website or create an installable application for mobile…

…then you are asking the wrong question!

The Mobile Web vs. Mobile App debate is finally over.

It is no longer a question of either…or. Making your website mobile friendly is no longer an option – it is mandatory requirement.

More and more people are accessing the web from mobile phones and tablets. Share of Internet traffic from such devices has already reached double digit percentage and inching up…up…up. In next couple of years it is likely to overtake internet traffic from desktops and laptops. In fact, as per Mary Meeker (she is known as “queen of net”) then it has already happened in India!

Mobile Web Traffic
I have picked these charts from her presentation at Stanford University. The full deck is available in Slide Share.

So, if you do not want to present a sub-optimal view of your website to half of your customers, you will have no choice but to redesign your website to make it mobile friendly. Many libraries are available to help to achieve this and here is a compilation of Mobile Website Development Libraries.

Some experts go so far as to recommend a “mobile first” approach where you design your website primarily for mobile devices and then think of extending it to desktops.

Therefore, your strategic decision revolves around the question about the need of building an installable application.

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This topic of Mobile Web vs. Mobile App has been debated endlessly … so, you can find many … many … many links! I have just provided two of them instead of 2000.

Comments
2 Responses to “Why the Mobile Website vs. Mobile App Debate is OVER?”
  1. WompMobile says:

    I love this article! There truly is no debate. Every business that has a website should have a mobilized site. Not just any website, you want to build an adaptive mobile website. Companies like this build them http://www.wompmobile.com

  2. Felicia says:

    Thanks for the links to the mobile website libraries. Very useful.
    I agree 100% – go mobile or go home…

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