Will mobile surfing mean the end of the hover?

24 10 2008

Hi guys,

I have what I think will be a very interesting topic of discussion for you here.

A colleague of mine at work found this awesome site yesterday that made me think.

dontclick.it

This is a quite brilliant site that kills the need for any clicking enabling every action to be performed via the hover function. The site is really well done and I urge you to check it out.

However, the future seems to be set for the mobile internet to take off. The iPhone is doing well and now the android and nokia are getting in on it, with blackberry closely behind. Does mean the end for the humble hover? Browsing the internet on a mobile device is completely controlled by clicks. The screens do not detect a hovering finger and why would they?

I would like to make a bold statement here and say an early R.I.P to the hover. Of course, mobile internet will probably never completely take over normal web browsing with a mouse and a screen but if, as is predicted, it does become a norm websites will certainly have to take notice and design functionality with that in mind.

What do you think? Will that ever happen?

I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on this. The future of web always excites me.

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20 01 2010
John

A simple solution would be to come up with a mobile alternative to hover – long press or something, but you may be right. Its a long time since you posted this, but I’m now coming up against a situation – a captcha that is revealed by hover, so can’t be entered on a mobile site, making the form useless. For now the hover will have to go, ‘cos mobile net is going to be in everyone’s pocket before too long!

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