MapQuest has unveiled its new mobile strategy today by releasing not two separate apps for iPhone and Android but a web app that is compatible with both. In the browser.
The project was unveiled last year, but MapQuest hopes that this endeavour will boost its cross-platform usability by being out-of-the-box compatible with a number of different ecosystems, without the cost and time associated with different development teams and coding languages. More platforms are expected to be added soon.
There are driving and walking directions, conveyed in an attractive and smooth interface that feels as native as HTML5 has ever been. Graphics and animation are good, but you still get the feeling you are sitting in a browser. The advantage is that the layout is the same whether you are on iPhone or Android.
The service is free, with built-in ads, and if it seems like your cup of tea, check it out.