During this year a very interesting trend has emerged. New and existing web services started creating mobile java applications to optimise and enhance user experience on the mobile devices.
While mobile browsers are becoming more and more powerful, it seems not enough to have "minimap" or Small Screen Rendering or even OperaMini in order to get the same experience on the mobile as on the large screen of your home computer.
So a number of specialised applications appeared in 2006. A few examples of these applications that I use myself.
Gmail from Google
Widsets from Nokia
Google Maps from Google
RSS Agregator from NewsGator
The basic idea in all these apps is very simple yet brilliant – you have the same content, same settings, same functionality on your mobile or MC as on your PC, but mobile UI is optimised so that it provides for faster access, less traffic and better user experience overall.
With the mobile phones and multimedia computers outselling regular PCs already now, and flat data plans becoming more popular, does the future of the web services lie in mobile Java?