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Mobile’s overall share of Web traffic in the United States has increased to about 9% (according to StatCounter ) which is also the same percentage of Quantcast’s Top Million sites that are deemed ready for mobile in 2012 according to data from the Mongoose Metrics Data Series . Since there wasn’t the same data pull last year, it could be compared loosely to data from Brand Anymore in late 2010, which determined that of 7,000 retail websites only 4.8% were mobile ready – a nearly doubling of the Web’s mobile readiness in a year. In the Mongoose Metrics data set, 118,000 of the 1,000,000 sites could not be crawled for a variety of reasons, resulting in approximately 882,000 sites that could be used for this data. As 79,133 sites either rendered a mobile version on the same URL or redirected to a mobile version of the site under a different URL when a smartphone user agent was detected, this number dropped to 76,241 when a feature phone user agent was used.
Mobile search has never been just one result type. It provides different results and presentation formats, depending on whether the search query is from a feature phone, smartphone or tablet. Google has just announced a specially designated crawler for smartphones apart from what it uses currently for feature phones, which foreshadows a deeper divergence of results between the two mobile types, as well as from desktop results. Until recently, the results for the different mobile types has been assumed to be the same as those for the desktop or simply just more Google local results.
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There are several times when you may want to test out a mobile website, or use mobile websites to save bandwidth, since they load pretty fast and do not use heavy images, which in turn can use up more bandwidth from your ISP. However many mobile websites redirect users back to a regular website, when you visit it using browsers such as Firefox , Google Chrome , Opera or Internet Explorer. Also Read: Monitor Your Bandwidth Usage If you are looking to test a website or save some bandwidth while surfing your favorite social networking site, a simple Firefox add-on could help you emulate a mobile web browser and let you surf the website, like you would do in a actual mobile web browser. The trick involves changing the user agent string, that is sent out to website, to make them think, that the request is coming from a actual mobile web browser, you can practically emulate default system browsers from any phone.
The buzz about the future of the mobile web is almost defining. Even though the mobile tsunami has not hit the web yet, it is better to be prepared for when it does crash down on us, rather than trying to swim to the surface after it does. While I wouldn’t necessarily start creating a mobile specific version of your site, but simply ensure that relevant content can be found on a mobile device.
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By Andreas Bovens, Chris Mills, Patrick H. Lauke Introduction Making sure that your site looks great and works exactly as it should in mobile and tablet browsers can often be a tedious process — you typically need one or more physical devices, or some form of virtual machine emulating the whole operating system, and that’s just the start. Our Opera Mobile Emulator for Windows, Linux and Mac makes things a whole lot easier.