I firmly believe that the roadmap for mobile web applications has been laid out for us by the likes of the Apple’s iPhone, Nokia’s N95, Google’s Android, Mozilla’s Fennec, and more others to follow. Currently, designing for the mobile web is quite a chore. If you thought browser fragmentation was bad in the PC world, then the mobile browser space is quadruple that! As mobile devices get better and the data plans get cheaper, and the browsers start to come together with the same feature set and compatible languages, the less headache it will become for web developers to transition toward the mobile web.
The iPhone Safari browser, Nokia, and Android all use the same web browser engine called Webkit. Webkit is a revelation in itself. The full web browsing experience on the desktop now available on the mobile device. Mozilla’s Fennec is based on the same Mozilla Firefox engine and also allows for the full browsing experience. Windows Mobile has Internet Explorer and its also starting to move in this direction. See a trend? Yep. The days of WAP browsing are slowing being numbered. Its not going away anytime soon, but it eventually will.