- Some folks would like to post to their own blog, using their mobile computer.
- Others would like to post comments to their friends blogs.
- And still others don't understand why all of the various gadgets on their blog don't work for their friends, who are also using their mobile computers.
One of the challenges of mobile computers involves the use of smaller display devices, and the need to simplify the content displayed. This requires the use of special browsers and templates, which are designed to accommodate the limitations. The need to support additional browsers and templates creates more work for Blogger Engineering, who now has more different products to support.
Also, mobile computers are designed to work with proprietary networks. Blogger has traditionally supported use of alternate interfaces - email, and SMS - for publishing posts to their blogs. All of these differences create complexity, and additional possibilities for failure. And we see more problem reports, implying problems caused by "mobile" computing.
We know about the different major browser brands, and the differences created by the use of each browser, on our desktop computers.
Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari all have their various peculiarities. These differences are multiplied, when considering the issues involved in developing new features - and in keeping up with new browser versions, and continually updating the various Blogger features and wizards, when required.
Besides the various different browsers, we have to consider the different activities involved in using Blogger. Browsing blog posts, browsing comments, publishing comments, publishing posts, and maintaining ones blog are all different activities, with their own different needs.
The relative lack of limitations in "desktop" / "laptop" computers makes each different activity simpler for the blog owner or reader - and the process of developing and supporting the Blogger features is easier for Blogger Engineering. These differences won't be so transparent, when using a "mobile" computer.
Mobile computers have known limitations.
- Reduced display size.
- Reduced display colour depth.
- Reduced processor speed.
- Lack of various system features and utilities.
- Lack of a physical keyboard.
Try performing the various tasks identified above, using your desktop and mobile computer - and observe the differences. You'll quickly realise the differences, when browsing blog posts, browsing comments, publishing comments, publishing posts, and maintaining your own blog.
One of the workarounds, employed by Blogger, to deal with the reduced functionality of a mobile browser / computer, is the "mobile" template. The mobile template, which is optional for all modern Blogger blogs, displays only text and pictures - and eliminates the many accessories, gadgets, and shiny formatting which may be used on any blog with a "normal" template. The different layouts of the posts and comments, on a mobile template, makes posting comments a different experience - and the lack of the various gadgets will produce different visitor activity.
The differences between the various "desktop" browsers are somewhat less significant than the differences between some "mobile" browsers and computers. Most desktop computers use 3 different operating systems.
- Apple / Macintosh.
- Linux / Unix.
- Microsoft Windows.
The better known mobile computers also have 3 major different operating systems.
- Microsoft Windows.
Relative lack of interoperability is going to create differences in how well different applications, such as Blogger, operate on the different mobile computers. These differences will be more significant than the differences created by the various "desktop" browsers, and operating systems - and we'll see more complaints from blog owners who can't use Blogger on their PDA, or whose readers can't post comments, using their smart phones.
You should also consider the various security issues which may be different with mobile computers. Both the different security threats, and the different protective features, will make secure use of a mobile computer a challenge.
Fortunately, as mobile computers benefit from ongoing technological advances, improved design of mobile computers may make some limitations less significant. Improved displays, operating systems, and additional security devices are all coming.
As people buy and use more mobile computers, the differences between "desktop" and "mobile" computers will narrow. And use of different new desktop and mobile features, like innovative computer desktops, and products like Google Glass, will make both desktop and mobile computing converge in functionality.