Will web development for mobile devices grow in the next few years?
In my opinion - definitely. My personal bet is that we start seeing ever more diverse form factors and interface types, though. I think Blackberries, Smart Phones, and pads are just the beginning of mobile options, and I think as touch screen technology becomes better understood the UI will just keep getting better... but possibly more demanding on web apps.
Will there be standalone mobile web applications? meaning that a web application that is designed and developed to browse from mobile only?
I would bet money that it's out there already.
I wonder, though - how much longer the world of the standalone web app will continue. Already, my favorite mobile and regular applications are a mix of many embedded pieces... I expect that trend to continue. I can see a situation where the same "app" has significantly different features from non-mobile to mobile. At what point does one say that that's a different app?
What about the advertisements and how can companies and freelancers get money from their mobile web applications?
Seems like the opportunities are already endless:
- embedded ads in the content
- pay for application
- pay for additional features (or, in the case of games - extra game driven assets) - even when the "feature" is no-ads
- pay for service
- regular retail profit pricing
- charge a service/transaction fee