Google, Facebook go back to the future for a better mobile web

If you want a quick update on the current state of the mobile web, rewind to the good ol’ WAP days of 1999. Although responsive web design has given us a few years of web compatibility between desktop and mobile browsers, today’s Google AMP and Facebook Instant Articles set up a specialized mobile web experience reminiscent of WAP, as Afilias Technologies engineering lead Ronan Cremin argues.

Is this so bad?

Back in WAP

If you’re old enough to remember WAP, you’re old enough to want to forget it. Though launched to major fanfare, “the grim reality of [WAP was] four lines of monochrome text and sparse content,” Cremin says.

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