Mobile Web in Japan
Some anecdotal evidence of the shape of the Mobile Web in Japan:
- An advertisement with multiple URLs on it, each for access over a different carrier
- Every content provider has to code their service or application multiple times for different carriers (XHTML-MP, XHTML-Basic, CHTML, MML, etc…)
- Everyone is walking around using their mobile phone (no different than Europe, actually), but it seems to me that this is mostly for messaging
It seems there are some mobile Web problems in the land of the rising sun. The Mobile Web Initiative could help to tackle these problems by rallying the industry around specific profiles and standards.