Do Opera Mini Stats Tell the Whole Mobile Web Story?

opera_mini_logoOpera again showcased the growth of the mobile web with today’s installment of its monthly report of Opera Mini usage, but in a world where web-friendly smartphones are gaining traction its data may be getting stale. While there’s no doubt that Opera Mini has amassed a huge following, it’s unclear how instructive the company’s statistics are when it comes to overall mobile web usage. Read More about Do Opera Mini Stats Tell the Whole Mobile Web Story?

This Just In: The Mobile Web Isn’t the PC Web

[qi:004] Disappointment in the user experience on the mobile web is ramping up nearly as quickly as traffic itself, according to an Equation Research study that will be released Monday. The survey — which was commissioned by Gomez, a developer of software for Internet publishers and as such, a company with a dog in this hunt — indicates the U.S. mobile web audience grew 34 percent from July 2008 to July 2009. But two-thirds of those users reported having trouble when trying to access web content on their phone, and more than 80 percent said they’d use the mobile Internet more if the experience was as fast and reliable as it is on PCs. Read More about This Just In: The Mobile Web Isn’t the PC Web

The Challenge of the Mobile Cloud

[qi:gigaom_icon_cloud-computing] Cloud computing is one of the hottest topics in mobile — even if many in the space are confused about just what defines the cloud. And as the use of mobile cloud services ramps up, network operators and others in the wireless space will have to eschew traditional product- and technology-driven business models in favor of more global, service-driven paradigms. Read More about The Challenge of the Mobile Cloud

Mobile Sites Show Little Improvement

Much of the focus at Mobilize 09 earlier this month was on the oh-so-bright future of the mobile Internet. But the present? That’s a bit uglier than the industry would like to admit, according to a new study from the Yankee Group.

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Traffic on the mobile Web is ramping up, but the ride is still a very bumpy one, according to a new Yankee Group study. The firm found that nearly one-third of all mobile consumers are using their phones to access the Internet at least once a day, but only four of 27 tested sites — two Google sites, Yahoo.com and MLB.com — earned passing grades. And here’s an interesting footnote: While Sprint’s mobile site is decidedly mediocre, the other tier-one carriers “still ignore mobile users who aren’t their customers” on the wireless Web, Yankee noted. Which means they’re snubbing exactly the kind of tech-savvy, ARPU-heavy users they should be working hard to find.

Today in Mobile

It’s not getting a lot of media attention yet, but Adobe’s announcement that it will create a beta version of its Flash player for some smartphones could be a game-changer for the mobile Internet. While Flash Lite — essentially a stripped-down version of the technology — has gained traction in some Eastern markets, it has yet to make much of a dent in the West. By enabling some handsets to support Flash, though, Adobe could make countless web sites more mobile-friendly and close the substantial gap that still exists between the traditional Internet and wireless.

How iPhone 3.0 Will Impact Wireless Networks

Nowhere has the impact of the iPhone been more evident than in the rise of mobile data usage, and with the release of version 3.0, such usage is set to spike even further upward. An improved user experience, new multimedia features and push notifications will see networks come under and even heavier load.