I’m going to be honest with you, I hate browsing the web on my phone. I check Twitter on it, I check my email, the weather and Wikipedia but i never actually surf the web on it. And it’s not because I’m an old man and I can’t see what’s happening on the screen. It’s because there’s really only two kinds of designs you can make for small screens, ones that mimic an app or ones that are as simple a layout as you can make. Throw in the fact that some designers believe that the only devices out there are iPhones and iPads and screw the rest. Also, I think that Android phones have about a thousand different screen resolutions is going tho throw a monkey wrench in some plans.
So whenever I’m in the living room, looking something up on my phone and I realize there’s a giant screen sitting there in the room and half the time I’m barely paying attention to what it’s showing. I would love to build websites and apps for a 40” screen. I’m not talking about using a tv like it’s a giant monitor, I’m talking about something that’s a combination of the cable or satellite service we’re used to and the internet as we know it. Watch a show in fullscreen mode, see an actor you recognize but can’t remember their name, so you pop up the IMDb app and and it links to that episodes page. Or a commercial comes on, so you split the screen in half and check your RSS feed in Google Reader until your show comes back on.
I don’t know if any of this is even possible, I’ve done zero research on it. I just know what I would like and this is it. I’d love it if I could use a tablet to control the tv, a tablet that displays the controls I need to operate whatever I’m doing at the time. I’m not talking about using Apple TV and an iPad, I really think the world would be a better place if you could use any brand tv and any brand tablet. How about your coffee table has Microsoft’s Surface on it? Then you could be like the MI6 agents in Quantum of Solace!
Is the future of the web mobile? I don’t know. People have been saying to me that the desktop is dead for about 6 years now and I still see them for sale. And for about the last year or so, I’ve seen people say the laptop was dead too, killed by netbooks. Wait, that didn’t happen? Oh, right it was tablets. It’s one of those weird things, in some ways technology only moves as fast as the majority. I consider myself to be some what an early adopter and I know we aren’t the people companies make money off of. For major change to happen, the tech has to be good and affordable, I really believe Blu-ray took off because you could get a player inside your PS3, that’s the reason I have a Blu-ray player. And look at 3D tvs, they’re not taking off because everyone just bought hi-def flatscreens a couple of years ago.
So, what’s going to happen with the web? Will it be tablets? Maybe if the good ones don’t cost $800. But I’ll tell you this, if they make a tv that’s got a computer in it and I only need one cable to get both tv and the internet, that will be the future I want to live. Also, it would be nice if I could jetpack to work.