The blog of William Barton, an interaction design expert and front end developer with a keen interest in usability and accessibility.


Published on 28 May 2012

The problem with mobile specific websites is that they often display duplicate content, responsive web design helps to solve that problem by creating a website that works for all devices. Long term this mean less maintenance because there is only one web site instead of two, also URLs are not different which can allow for better sharing capabilities.

Apps are still relevant and will continue to be, except they are becoming less native; utilising modern web development techniques.
In an interview forThe linkeIn app is created with HTML5 and node.js and. Claims they claim that only 5% is Is native.
In an article on Venture Beats written by Jolie O’Dell that contains snippets from an interview with Kiran Prasad the head of the development team at LinkedIn said “You can’t take a mobile app and just scale it up to tablet or desktop,” Which is true an app gives a better mobile experience. He continues by saying “A lot of responsive design is building one site that works everywhere, and that works for websites. But it’s bad for apps… You have to come up with a completely different design because of the use case.”

Apps will not disappear but responsive website have become more app-like in their appearance when viewed on mobile devices.