Usually minor updates on iOS don’t bring news to Safari and web developers. That’s not the case on iOS 9.3: new APIs, support for Responsive Images, a new weird viewport attribute and new devices in the market make us check what’s new.
I can’t believe it’s been a year since my last post in this blog; in the meantime, I’ve written articles at different magazines, while working on a new book and delivering several trainings around the world, including my next live training with O’Reilly Media.
But it’s time again to come back here and explain what I’ve found with iOS 9, the new devices (6S series and iPad Pro) and also the new OSs from Apple (watch OS 2 and tvOS 9 –yes, it’s version 9-) from a web developer’s point of view.
The Google’s annual developer conference gave us the preview release of Android L. There are some news I want to share with web and hybrid app developers, not only about Android but also for the future of other Google-based solutions, such as Chrome OS and Chrome Developer Tools for mobile development.
Android 4.4 has made a big change in the OS’ internals for HTML5 development: it has replaced its original WebKit-based WebView with modern Chromium. The new Android Browser is also powered by Chromium but it’s not clear yet its future. Besides the good news, not everything looks exciting in these changes, let’s see why. (more…)
We’ve been dealing with webapps on iOS for a couple of years: websites that after Home Screen installation become a full-featured full screen app from a user’s perspective. Finally, Chrome 31 brings that approach to Android devices: HTML5 apps without the need of packaging and a using the store for distribution.
Apple has rolled out iOS 7 with iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C . As expected, Apple has published just 10% of the necessary information for web developers, and I can say without fear of mistake that this is the buggiest Safari version since 1.0. In this post I’ll show you the new APIs and abilities and most of the problems that you will need to deal with right now if you have a website or a webapp. (more…)
Android Browser, one of the most important mobile browsers out there is an eternal dying piece of software. Android hasn’t evolved its default browser since 2011 and this is affecting HTML5 developers, including Cordova/PhoneGap apps, while Google Chrome is replacing it slowly.