Jesus fuck, the list of advertisers and their self serving descriptions is nauseating. How much best in class experience driven revenue can the verge handle?
Nice rebuttal with very valid points, but towards the end I couldn’t help but glance at the Pocket button in my toolbar and think, “dang, yet another glass house”. :-\
The gall of this article is appalling. I’m not sure where to start:
The web is fundamentally about content. Any time you fight this the pain is immense, and stacks up rapidly. You cannot assume the browser is a general-purpose layout engine that give good perf on every device.
Where he’s right: “Bad PC software created the opportunity for the web to exist in the first place, just as bad mobile web performance created the market for mobile apps”
Fix your own damn software instead of blaming the platform for your bloat.
Every platform’s blissful youth: fast, responsive apps that are just big enough to do what you want. Apps designed for users first and foremost. Eventually, vanity/money steps in and ruins it all with bloaty, slow, low-quality commodity apps that slowly erode user expectations to the point that someone makes a new platform and starts it all over again.
“it takes 87 requests and 7MB of data transfer to read The Verge’s 1600-word article on why the mobile web sucks.”
The problem is the browser vendors, although not in the way that that dolt from the Verge seems to think. By elevating “don’t break existing websites” to dogma, the browser folks have constrained their ability to break exactly those pieces of software that need breaking, e.g. the vectors used by malware pushers like Quantast and Doubleclick and their misbegotten ilk.
Of course, that one of the two vendors of third-party browsers is in fact nothing more than a creature of the advertising economy – and that the other exists simply at the suffrage of advertising money – means that this situation is not going to change. Peddling your data is how Google stays alive, so Chrome is an existential need for them; neither Microsoft nor Apple needs to care enough about the browser to fight for their users.
As others have said, he is placing blame on browsers when mobile sites themselves are often the real problem. Everyone wants to bloat their site out with the latest, greatest, coolest whizbangery, but they don’t seem to think “maybe downloading 9mb for a 3 paragraph ‘article’ is not the best user experience.”
These people have forgotten what most of their sites are about: text! Throwing huge images on EVERY article is overkill. Sure, images can be used to enhance the story at times, but it is by no means necessary on every story.
The other thing that irks me is that this author seems to think that Microsoft can’t get a phone right. I’m not entirely sure what makes him think that. I’ve had several Windows Phones and stick by them over iOS and Android. WP seems to be stuck in this “well they don’t have apps, that’s why I don’t use it” and “There are no users, so I don’t make apps for it” thing, but to be honest, it has all the apps I’ve ever needed/wanted and the web sites for most other things suffice. The browser (IE 11) is good for most sites, and sites that don’t work are webkit-focused and only made to work for that one segment. Mobile safari is definitely the new IE6. Everything about their stagnation and sites built specifically focusing on them (instead of all browsers) are evidence backing that.
Whee! Right for the wrong reasons is still correct, right guys?