The existing advanced web browsers in today’s mobile phones open up the door for mobile web applications. By using standard web technologies, a web page can be crafted to mimic the behavior of a normal application.
The purpose of this study has been to look at web application development for mobile phones in general and to implement a web-based Mobile TV client to determine whether it would be a viable alternative to existing clients based on other technologies.
The advantages are the same as for any other web application: 1) the user avoids the hassle of installing an application and will always run the latest version, 2) developers benefit from the browser’s ability to render generic content, and 3) it is believed that the differences between browser implementations are less than in other environments in which an application would run, for example Java or operating system specific environments.
Author: Svensson, Per-Erik