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…)
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.
I’m attending Google I/O in San Francisco this week and Google has released some news on Chrome: an iOS version that it may not be Chrome, the Android version out of beta, now being the default browser on Android 4.1 and some other stuff. Let’s review the news in the mobile web world.
It’s that time of the year again when the mobile web ecosystem changes. Google Chrome Beta for Android was released and it appears as the future replacement of Android Browser. I’ve made a deep analysis on the browser HTML5 compatibility and the comparison with Safari on iOS and Android Browser and I’ll show in this post my results.
As you may already know, the mobile web world seems like a dark area for many web designers and web developers. There is quantity of myths around it (such as the ones I’ve covered in my book Programming the Mobile Web) and plenty of mobile browsers and different versions. Let’s look at the 45 most useful official resources.
Remember: most mobile devices are also phones! So, why not create link-to-call actions? If you’re creating a business guide, or even for your own unique phonebook, most people will prefer to call a person instead of filling in a form on the device.
In this article, we analyze the new URI schemes, some meta tags and also how to call Skype or Facetime applications from a website. (more…)
Official user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) guidelines from the manufacturers, links to which you can find below, are a source of inspiration for mobile web and app design. Here, you will find guidelines, samples, tips, and descriptions of common mistakes. Many of the guidelines focus on native application development, but we can apply most parts of them to mobile web design too. (more…)
Android 2.2 (also known as Froyo) is now with us. Every Nexus One received the update before July, 4th and other models will have the update very soon. Also, many new devices (like Motorola Droid 2) will come with Android 2.2 very soon.
Unfortunately, the Android team has zero documentation, posts or information about browser compatibility. For this new version, it was not an exception. (more…)