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Mobile browsing is even on the way out? Develop topic apps!

  1. Blake Flannery profile image96
    Blake Flanneryposted 3 years ago

    Recently, Hubpages has been focusing on mobile browsing, but people are gravitating toward using apps. People spend more time within specific apps than mobile internet browsing. I would like to know how HubPages is preparing for this widespread change in human behavior. I have suggested in the past that HP get into the app development business using the content that is already here. These would be topic related apps. For example, a reptile guide app could have all the information you need to take care of reptiles using the hubs that have been created here on HP. Here's a source to check out: [snipped]

  2. Paul Edmondson profile image
    Paul Edmondsonposted 3 years ago

    That's an interesting point. I don't have the stats in front of me, but time spent in app is dominated by a few really large apps.

    There are real challenges for supporting apps across all the different platforms. We are likely to concentrate on mobile web for the foreseeable future given the size of that opportunity.

    To me, the challenge is envisioning a hub made on mobile. How do we make it easy to create something rich when it's not natural to type 800 words? Touching, small screens. It's so different - I'm writing this on my phone:)

    1. Blake Flannery profile image96
      Blake Flanneryposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for responding Paul! I agree with you. I would much rather create hubs on a desktop, than try to use a mobile device (even a tablet). It really is amazing how much of my traffic has switched to mobile. As people use apps more instead of browsing, organic searches may decrease overall. But you are right that people will only use large/useful apps most of their time. I'm thinking FB, Youtube, games, Pinterest eat up a huge chunk of time out of most people's mobile device time spent, and Hubpages isn't really directly in competition with those. I would just hate to see HP miss an opportunity to create an app/apps that people would love to use on mobile devices.

  3. janderson99 profile image50
    janderson99posted 3 years ago

    Clearly 'Stellar' is an over-kill on mobiles.

  4. LeslieAdrienne profile image80
    LeslieAdrienneposted 3 years ago

    I wouldn't write one on a mobile device, but I sure would read one there...

    1. janderson99 profile image50
      janderson99posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Stellar are far too lengthy, too complicated, have too many images, and take far too long to load for most people on mobiles => IMO. People want fast, comprehensive summaries on their mobiles. Ads are another major issue.

  5. relache profile image88
    relacheposted 3 years ago

    I do almost everything on an iPad now, and I can even build Hubs almost as easily as on a desktop.  Not that I am, because I don't find the ROI worth it at present, but I could if the I felt the situation warranted it.