Most Internet users, and for that matter most people who don’t use the Internet, have heard of Pinterest. The social pinning site has become one of the favorite ways to waste a little, or a lot, of time online, and discover cool new stuff. Social media with a twist, Pinterest is a favorite site for many and a nice break from the day for many more.
Unfortunately for many smartphone users, Pinterest was not particularly suited for browsing on phones until recently. Because Pinterest is very graphics-heavy, the site did not display well, if at all, in traditional mobile browsers like Safari, Opera and the standard Android browser. This began to change with the introduction of the Pinterest iPhone app. Pinterest Mobile completes the transition to mobile capability.
The first Pinterest version to operate on a mobile phone was the Pinterest iPhone app. Pinners who owned iPhones gained the ability to pin and browse boards on their phones. A welcome addition for iPhone users, this app did not meet the needs of other pinners who owned Android phones, Blackberry devices or other smartphones.
Pinterest understood the needs of smartphone users and developed a solution to, eventually, give all smartphone users access to Pinterest on their devices.
The iPhone app remains the only standalone Pinterest app. The Pinterest development team went in a different direction to expand smartphone access to Pinterest. Rather than creating separate apps for Android and Blackberry, the team chose to create a web application accessible on a smartphone.
Rather than creating apps for Android and Mobile, the Pinterest team started with the concept of a web page, the foundation of Pinterest. Using HTML 5, they devised a unique and straightforward Pinterest experience for iOS and Android. The new approach is not unlike an app, but it runs inside a browser rather than operating as a standalone program. This approach lets Pinterest Mobile serve multiple platforms.
The Pinterest interface and experience beg for use on mobile phones. Pinners, by nature, love to pin, and pinning on the go means more great stuff on boards and more fun for everyone involved. A portable Pinterest can work like other social media services, with users pinning random interesting things throughout the day as they see them. Pinterest Mobile removes the one barrier that held many pinners back from fully enjoying the service.
Pinterest Mobile, an HTML 5 application, offers a browser-based Pinterest experience. Currently iPhones and Android phones are supported by Pinterest Mobile. Unlike the full version of Pinterest, which does not work well with smartphone browsers, Pinterest Mobile is optimized to look and work great in a mobile browser.
Designed specifically for smartphones, Pinterest Mobile gives pinners an easy way to keep up their Pinterest habit no matter where they are. As the name implies, Pinterest Mobile is not intended as a replacement for the full version of Pinterest. Pinners will still want to use a computer for the best Pinterest experience. What Pinterest Mobile does, and does well, is provide a handy application for the Pinterest-obsessed smartphone user.
The Pinterest interface and experience beg for use on mobile phones. Pinners, by nature, love to pin, and pinning on the go means more great stuff on boards and more fun for everyone involved. Pinterest Mobile lets anyone with an iPhone or Android phone pin and browse boards from their phone. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry support are promised for Pinterest Mobile.
As a browser-based application, Pinterest Mobile also holds the promise of upgrades and additions to the application. Rather than updating apps for several smartphone platforms, the Pinterest team can update Pinterest Mobile and serve the whole community.
Pinterest Mobile offers smartphone users the capability to use Pinterest on their phone, whenever and wherever they like.