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October 2017

Mobile Developer's Guide to the Galaxy


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20 March 2018

Adding favicons in a multi-browser multi-platform world

Favicons: they used to be so easy. A simple 16×16 pixel favicon.ico bitmap used to do the trick. It was like a punctuation mark at the end of a project; the web developer equivalent of finishing a sentence with an exclamation mark or a full stop. That’s how it used to be. But over the

13 February 2018

Safari and PWAs: Reaching critical mass

PWAs are here, or are arriving very soon, depending on which web browser you use. This isn’t really news if you’ve been following along with the PWA story. However, with WebKit’s implementation of Service Workers and Web App Manifest, one major lingering question over the future of PWAs has been answered: Will PWAs ever come

20 December 2017

2017: Year in review

As we close in on 2018, it’s that time of year again when we reflect on what’s happened. 2017 has turned out to be another great year for the web. 2017: The year of the PWA There were lots of PWA good-news stories in 2017. We saw PWAs start to be distributed in platform app

20 December 2017

Windows Phone: A history

In October 2017 Microsoft announced that Windows Phone would no longer be developed. This was on the cards for some time, due to poor sales and low adoption, and even despite developer incentives, Microsoft failed to gain the level of developer interest needed to bring its ecosystem to critical mass. To mark this sad demise

29 November 2017

Your most frequent visitors don’t benefit from your AMP pages

With the most common AMP configuration, your most frequent visitors will get a worse experience than drive-by, random visitors. How can this be? Default AMP setup The most common, default, setup for AMP pages is to deploy them alongside your existing non-AMP site. You add a <link rel="amphtml" ...> tag to your existing pages that

1 November 2017

Safari service workers and other PWA good news stories

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on the state of Progressive Web Apps, there’s much to talk about. Here’s a whirlwind update of the major PWA news over the past few months. 1. Service workers support in Safari Probably the biggest news in PWA land is that during August the status of Service

9 October 2017

iPhone X notch advice for web developers

We’ve arrived at a new era of edge-to-edge, bezel-less phone screens. The trend toward smaller bezels has been coming for some time now, but a (perhaps unexpected) side-effect is the notch! The Essential notch While most people may be aware of the new iPhone X’s sensor housing, aka notch, it’s less well known that Apple

20 September 2017

The mobile video revolution: are you ready?

Ever since the first TV made its debut in the mid 1920s, the human race has been having a love affair with moving pictures. Since then we’ve witnessed an evolution from linear, tune-in-or-miss-out programming, to video-on-demand, to live-streaming. And now video’s taking over the internet. Would anyone have believed you if, in the 1920s, you

3 August 2017

Why HTML5 is killing Flash: it’s the devices, people!

It’s 7 years now since Steve Jobs famously declared war on Flash in an open letter entitled Thoughts on Flash. With his knack for prescience, only now is it really looking like it’s lights out for Flash. In response, during the Android Keynote at Google IO 2010, Vic Gundotra cheekily declared that "it turns out on the Internet people use Flash", that Android would still support Flash, and that it was “much nicer than just saying no”

27 July 2017

Mobile ad UX: how to use ads and alienate people

As a follow up to our previous article on the rising prevalence of ad blockers we thought it would be useful to review the types of ad that are likely to deliver a poor user experience, annoy your visitors, and sink your conversion rates. Ads, even at the best of times, aren’t particularly liked by