I’ve recently found myself discussing more and more about the increasingly important of mobile as a preferred device.
IDC recently released a report on world-wide smartphone growth and last year MIT Technology Review released a report on how The Mobile Device Is Becoming Humankind's Primary Tool.
Both highlight how the take up, usage patterns and always connected capabilities make it a perfect tool, especially as Mobiles are moving from the ear to the hand.
Additionally the view of slavish adherence to a single device and native apps has loosened to capture both native apps and designing for the mobile web.
This is nicely covered in the article Mobile Apps are Dead. Long Live the Mobile Web and Mobile Web vs Native App: Give It a Rest.
I suspect that in the Gulf data usage and smartphone take up is growing at a far greater rate than most areas which presents a great opportunity to companies.
There are some best practises around designing for the mobile, both from a business and a technology point of view, which I’ll leave for another post.