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GetMo – Google’s new scheme aims to get more UK businesses mobile

Google has launched GetMo, a campaign to help British businesses create mobile-friendly versions of their websites.

GetMo offers a free tool to test any website’s mobile compatibility, a report with suggestions on how to improve it, and information on mobile consumer trends.

The Google campaign offers a “GetMoMeter” tool for companies to see how their current website looks on a mobile phone. It also analyses the site, providing a free report with personalised recommendations tailored to how a business can build a more mobile-friendly experience.

The GetMo site also contains several guides and a list of 10 important considerations for a successful mobile website.

Adobe Shadow

Adobe Shadow is a cross-platform app for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS-powered devices that lets front-end developers remotely test, debug and inspect their web projects on various screen sizes and OSes.

The method involves installing Adobe Shadow desktop application and Chrome extension on PC, and the mobile client on your smartphone/tablet. Provided all the devices are sharing the same Wi-Fi connection, all you need to do is pair them to the computer using a unique passcode. Form thereon, you can remotely browse and sync your projects across various devices. Any changes made to the original code of the website are immediately reflected on each connected device.

If your Webpage look great on the PC, but horrible on iphone or android devices, you can use the Chrome browser’s built-in debugging tools to tweak your code until you have achieved cross-platform perfection.

The Shadow app requires atleast iOS 4.2 (iPhone 3 or greater) or Android 2.2. Shadow app for windows and blackberry are not available as of now.

Opera’s new mobile statistics report

Mobile Web – Best Practices

Standards

* Use XHTML Basic 1.0.

Images

* Minimize the use of images. If you must use them, make them relevant and supply meaningful ALT text so that mobile devices can use the text descriptions.

* Make images smaller than 100 pixels. Specify the image height and width in the source code.

* Don’t use background images on your mobile pages.

User Interface

* Set margins and padding to 0. Widths and margins are detrimental to good handheld display.

* Use one column layouts and avoid floats. Horizontal overflow can be a problem on handhelds, so make sure wide elements fit the narrow screen.

* Add skip anchors. ‘Skip to content’ and ‘Back to top’ anchor links are vital when using a mobile device.

* Be consistent. Use similar alignment, color, and layout on pages.

* Align content to the left.

* Place non-essential links and other marginal content at the bottom of the page.

* Take advantage of ordered lists of links and accesskeys.

CSS

* Use external style sheets to control presentation.

* Ensure that contents are readable without style sheets.

* Use the link element to link to an external style sheet. Some handhelds don’t recognize @import or @media.

Some of the Top Mobile Sites in South Africa

1. SuperSport Mobi
2. News24 Mobi
3. M.iol.co.za
4. The Grid Mobile
5. Soccer Laduma Mobile
6. Junk Mail Mobile
7. DStv Mobile
8. JobMail Mobile
9. Webmail Mobi
10. Zoopy Mobile

India Ranks 3rd in surfing mobile web thru Opera Mini

Opera has released its State of the Mobile Web, August 2010 report, which shows India has 3rd most Opera Mini users in the world. Since the month of August 2009, pages-per-view of opera mobile users in India has grown by 397 percent, while unique-users have grown by 339 percent. The State of the Mobile Web, August 2010 report also states that the page-views per user in India has grown to 405 and the average data transferred per user is 7MB.

“Growth of the mobile Web worldwide accelerated dramatically in August. These numbers are not limited to smartphones alone. The mobile Web was, and remains, a global phenomenon for people all over the world, on a variety of devices and screen sizes,” said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software.

The State of the Mobile Web, August 2010 also reports many global trends. In August 2010, Opera Mini had more than 66.5 million users. As compared to July 2010, it has increased by 6.8 percent, and if you compared it from August 2009, then the number of unique users have increased 108.3 percent. In terms of number of pages viewed, Opera Mini users viewed more than 33.9 billion pages in August 2010, an increase of 14.3 percent since July 2010, and 143.2 percent since August 2009.

Mobile Website makes travel easier

Commuters will find it easier to access public transport information on the go through Australia’s most comprehensive mobile public transport website.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan unveiled two new mobile phone compatible websites from TransLink and QR in response to customer feedback.

Ms Nolan said more than 100,000 people accessed TransLink’s main website for public transport information every month via their mobile phone.

“Both mobile websites have been designed for commuters who have web-enabled mobile phones and want easy-to-read public transport information at their fingertips,” Ms Nolan said.

“Both sites are free and easy to use so commuters on the go have all the information they need to travel on trains, buses and river services.”

Ms Nolan said the TransLink mobile website included an improved mobile journey planner, timetables, service updates and disruptions, fares, information on go card top up locations, favourite links and a feedback section.

“One of the best features is that you can save regular journeys, timetables or even service changes – so you don’t have to retype your home and work address each time you travel,” Ms Nolan said.

“The new website is very easy to navigate, minimising clicks and allowing commuters to connect with TransLink via Twitter, under the contact us section.”

Ms Nolan said both the new TransLink and Queensland Rail mobile website worked on most web enabled mobile phones made in the last five years.

“The Queensland Rail mobile-friendly website is being trialled and includes links to the TransLink journey planner as well as news, events and lost property,” she said.

“Mapping and positioning technology will be incorporated into future upgrades of the TransLink mobile site.

“We believe a new group of go card users joining the network in coming weeks from the big go card giveaway will benefit from this new service for customers, showing where to top up their go card.”

Ms Nolan said TransLink had also made its main website more accessible for multicultural communities by translating important travel information.

“Comprehensive travel information is now available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Serbian, Spanish and Vietnamese at the bottom of each web page of the TransLink site,” she said.

“Information about go card will also be available soon. This is all part of our community service obligations in making travel easy for all people in the community.”

Access the mobile TransLink website at: mobile.translink.com.au or visit translink.com.au

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