In all fairness, the original flavor of jQuery does indeed run on smart mobile devices. Currently, our Android and Me mobile site menu is heavily powered by jQuery. jQuery Mobile aims to take things a step further, introducing cross-platform, mobile-specific UI elements and animations.
The end goal would (hopefully) be a quick and flexible framework that would allow developers to quickly deploy rich mobile pages and web applications without spending too much time on UI or touch controls. One of my favorite things about the original jQuery is its amazing community churning out literally thousands of plugins (from photo galleries to AJAX data controls to user input) and I hope that a good portion of them make the jump to releasing things for mobile.
The jQuery Mobile site has a ton of information to hold you over until the first release, from UI previews to a complete device support grid. My one gripe is that the built-in UI elements look a little iPhone-ish, but overall things look extremely polished so it’s hard to complain too much.
As a traditional web developer who relies heavily on jQuery and has an ever-increasing focus on the mobile space, this announcement has me crazy excited. Deploying hobby projects and weekend hackathons have always been one of my favorite uses of time and having a new set of tools is always a treat.
So how about you guys? Do I have any other mobile web developers in the house? You guys excited about jQuery Mobile or is it jut another middleman that you can live without?