The Early Days
When the Financial Times launched its first Mobile Web App in 2009, little was known about the potential impact mobile platforms would have on the way we consume news and information.
The existing, but recently launched, m.ft.com site was already a successful platform in its own right, primarily aimed at the business user on Blackberry Devices which were unable to effectively render www.ft.com. In 2007 the launch of the Apple iPhone device and subsequent success of the App Store, provided an opportunity to offer a portable digital FT that FT.com Desktop users could access from their pockets at any time. The iPad was launched a few years later along with a small number of Android alternatives.
The FT met this new challenge with native apps that would work on each of these individual platforms. The initial presence in the App Store and the subsequent retreat in 2011 are well documented. What has been maintained throughout has been an opportunity for FT readers to access the FT on whichever platform they choose.
In 2010, the FT Mobile QA team was in its infancy. One part-time test resource was assigned a handful of devices based on what was currently being actively sold and marketed. This was a fairly simple task given there wasn’t much choice on offer at the time. The devices included handful of iPads, iPhone 4’s, HTC Desire’s, Blackberry and a Samsung Galaxy 7”.