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Web Applications on Mobile Devices

Somnath Mallick
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Joined: Mar 04, 2009
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Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to know is it OK to assume that an web application that runs fine on a desktop browser will perform the same way in a mobile browser like a tablet/smartphone? Normally talking of testing on Android, iPhone, Windows phones. I have an application which is primarily built keeping the desktop browsers in mind, but with the importance of mobile devices these days, wanted to know that should testing on mobile devices specifically be included in a testing cycle?
William P O'Sullivan
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Joined: Mar 28, 2012
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That depends on the device and it's browser(s).

Many flash/shockwave apps wont work and the resolution (viewable) can be tiny. scrolling/pinching etc.. is not the optimal way to navigate.

Have you tried reading, say cnn on a 4" smart phone? Pads and tablets are better tho.

Somnath Mallick
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Joined: Mar 04, 2009
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When I say testing on mobile devices, I am only taking into consideration the default browsers that come with these phones/tablets.

And i have not tried CNN on my smartphones. I frequently visit other sites. The experience is something nothing compared to what desktop browsers offer though!

BTW, is there an Andriod app for this forum??
Jaikiran Pai

Joined: Jul 20, 2005
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Somnath Mallick wrote:

BTW, is there an Andriod app for this forum??

We have a mobile version of coderanch

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