Posts from the ‘Mobile’ Category
April 9th, 2014
Chris Dixon: “This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and the web is losing.“
Emphasis is mine.
I don’t understand this school of thought. Most mobile apps use a web service. The web is not about a browser, it’s about the services on the web. A browser is just the lowest common denominator way to view a web service. Mobile apps are “winning” because the browser isn’t the best way to do the job on a mobile device.
On mobile we have native access to the device. We can whatever the platform allows, which is actually quite a lot. Interactions are just a lot nicer than they are in a mobile browser. We can handle everything locally then push the results into your favorite web service so you can get to it from other devices, including, but not limited to your web browser.
The browser isn’t the web. It’s one way to view the web.
June 22nd, 2013
John Gruber: “This made my day, but allow me to put my humble hat on for a moment, and praise two apps that foreshadowed iOS 7 long before Vesper”
Calling attention to two iOS UI pioneers was the right thing to do. It also shows that Mr. Gruber is a class act.
Thank you, John.
March 27th, 2013
Macworld: “While I was visiting the Microsoft campus a few weeks ago—in suburban Redmond, just across Lake Washington from my beloved Seattle—I kept thinking of the old Vulcan proverb: “Only Nixon can go to China.”
If Microsoft is China, then that makes me Nixon in this story, I realize.”
Apple should buy Microsoft.
Yes, you read that right. Apple should buy Microsoft for their web services; Azure Mobile Services. Maybe, just maybe, they could leverage it to make iCloud what it could be.
August 26th, 2012
Andrey does a great job of sharing some of the reasons it’s best to choose a native platform over something like Titanium.
I guess we all go to our comfort zone when it comes to life, and that holds true for software developers as well. I prefer to use the platform tools, so I have a history of writing in C, C++, and now Objective-C. Yes, it’s painful to learn a new platform, but I think it’s worth it.
UPDATE (8/26/2012, 2:20PM)
Branch: A Blow To HTML5: “Facebook has now largely moved away from HTML5 in favor of native Objective-C code with their new iOS apps. And the results speak for themselves. Facebook had been one of the companies that most vocal in their support of HTML5 as the future of everything. The apps suffered as a result. And now they’re changing their tune. Is HTML5 still just not ready for prime time? At least on mobile?”
I guess the bottom like is, I believe native is a better choice, at least for the foreseeable future.
June 23rd, 2012
I tend to use my iPhone for a lot of things on a day-to-day basis. I watch my Twitter stream, send links from Twitter to Pocket viewing, and on occasion I write weblog posts from WordPress for iOS. Yes, all from my phone.
The read later piece from Twitterrific to Pocket works flawlessly, I’m very pleased with that, but once it arrives at Pocket I feel like it’s a bit difficult to create a new weblog post.
Here’s what I want, from Pocket, but it could start with any application that can view a web page. In this case I’d like to go from Pocket to WordPress for iOS, or Tumblr for iOS. Bits of this work for the Pocket to Tumblr for iOS case, it just falls short.
- Select a bit of the article. Say, a paragraph, or a sentence
- Tap on the Share button
- Select WordPress from the menu
- Pocket would launch WordPress and create a new weblog post to my default weblog.
I’d like to have the ability to control the formatting template for the new post, but I think we need a standard way to share between iOS applications. David Barnard, of App Cubby, has done a great job with Launch Center Pro encouraging companies to support custom URL schemes so applications can communicate with each other, but we need more.
Custom URL Schemes is something I haven’t done in an iOS application, so some of these requests may be unreasonable, but here goes.
Would it be possible to declare a standard JSON format, much in the way RSS is a standard, that would allow applications to pass clips of data to each other? As part of the URL scheme (I’m not sure how long a URL scheme can be), or via the clipboard. I’m not sure if an iOS developer can control what goes on the clipboard, but if you can, what about something that includes the following.
- Source Site Name – Blog > Apple Core Labs
- Source URL – E.G. http://blog.applecorelabs.com/2012/04/18/open-for-business/
- Snippet – This would be the selected text, say, from Pocket.
Here’s what the JSON may look like.
"sourceSiteName:" "Blog > Apple Core Labs",
"snippet:" "Are you looking for a partner to help make your iOS dream application a reality?"
If applications could also agree on supporting a standard set of URL scheme resources, I think we could achieve much of what I’m after.
What if WordPress accepted this?
Now, like I said earlier, this may not be possible because the string appended to the resource, the part after the ‘?’, may make the URL too long. If we can control what’s put on the clipboard, here again I’m a bit naive, it could allow us to communicate between the two applications. If the ‘newPostWithStandard’ was handled by the receiver, and we could put formatted text on the clipboard, we can now execute a custom command to create a new weblog post using the data in our JSON formatted clipboard data.
The best support, of course, would be from Apple in the form of a system accepted sharing API. We can only hope.
May 28th, 2012
Business Insider, Henry Blodget: “Although Facebook might want to be a mobile platform, there’s no obvious need for a Facebook phone.”
I can’t imagine how crappy this could turn out. If you’ve ever used the Facebook iOS application you know what a steaming pile of poo that is. An entire phone, dedicated to Facebook? I’d imagine it will appeal to the narcissistic, reality show, types. Think Kim Kardashian, perfect target for The Facebook Phone.
Good luck Zuck, I think you’ll need it.
February 11th, 2012
MG Siegler: “The most powerful aspect of Twitter, to me, is its mobile/client usage. The website is fine, but not its core, in my opinion. Some love it, some hate it. It will never be Facebook — it doesn’t have to be. Twitter’s mobile experience (no matter which app you use) is much better than Facebook’s because the simple nature of the network is a more natural fit for mobile.”
You’d think Zuck would understand how important mobile is. If he thinks Facebook Mobile is good, he’s smoking crack. Facebook’s mobile apps is absolutely hideous and buggy. This is where Twitter shines. There are multiple clients that outstrip the client offered by Twitter. Apps like Twitterrific and Tweetbot are fantastic. I easily do 90% of my tweeting from a mobile client.
January 29th, 2012
New York Times: “Not everyone feels the same way. Over the last year, RIM’s share price has plunged 75 percent. The company once commanded more than half of the American smartphone market. Today it has 10 percent.”
This article is worth reading just to see what can happen to market leaders when the get too comfortable.