December 16, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
MySpace and MapQuest today separately announced that they have updated their mobile websites in order to look and perform better on Android (This is not a collaboration, I just listed both websites because there was no need to create two separate posts for what’s essentially the same thing: updates on mobile sites rarely talked about in Android circles).
I called MySpace “The Forgotten Social Network” and now the company doesn’t even consider itself a social network. However, MySpace has re-designed its mobile website for all smartphone operating systems, including Android, to improve its plans for being a music-based destination. Ironically, there’s still no sign of them making the music experience anymore enjoyable or practical on mobile phones. The new website now has a few more tabs and organizes information in a more appealing fashion. The graphical elements of the UI have also improved; however, all of these improvements would have been better served in the official MySpace app rather than a mobile website that isn’t as fast as a native application.
Meanwhile, MapQuest also updated the mobile version of its website for Android and iPhone users. The website can now tap into your GPS to pinpoint location and provide walking directions. I’m surprised to hear that Android users actually use MapQuest mobile. Google Maps is built into the OS and even if someone is displeased with it, there are a number of third-party travel apps that could take its place. Why deal with the browser and a mobile website? Are people so concerned about conserving space or is MapQuest really that compelling?
MapQuest updat via Download Squad