Archive for the ‘Mobile’ Category

Android VS iPhone owner income levels

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The last study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that Android is the chosen smartphone of people without money. Among respondents, 22-percent of those with annual incomes below $30,000 were Android owners, as opposed to just 12 percent for iPhone. With those towards the lower-middle class, the trend holds: Android owns 23-percent of incomes up to $50,000, with iPhones at 18. The data makes it clear: the less money you have, the more likely you are to opt for an Android phone over something more expensive.

Mobile browser resolutions

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Developing websites for today’s mobile devices is a fairly complex process. As integrators, we no longer stick to the “standard screen size” of 1050px wide (or 800px, or 1440px). Instead, we have to build responsive sites for both desktop and mobile devices. Stranger still, we now have to contend with pixel densities specific to every device devices.

Though the actual pixel densities may be irrelevant, what is important is the web-browser resolution and it’s not always as obvious as the number of stated screen pixels.

On the Nexus 7, it became aparent the size of the screen is not the 1280×800 advertised. Instead, the resolution is actually 600×961.

Going forward, it’s best to build websites using popular CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap. However, it may never be so easy as it once was. It will still be necessary to fine-tune the website’s rendering for popular device resolutions.

Below is a list of devices and their actual, browser resolutions:

Device Portrait Landscape
iPhone 4/4S 320×416 480×268
iPhone 5 320×504 568×268
Nexus 3 360×519 598×287
Nexus 7 600×792 960×441

iOS smart banners

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

It is now possible to promote one’s iOS application on the accompanying website using Smart Banners. This new technology informs iOS devices of an application to promote when the correct meta information is found in the header of a web page.

For instance, the following header tag, found on Canadian city guides, promotes the enRoute Eats app. The result is visible in the image below.

<meta name="apple-itunes-app" content="app-id=467452978"/>



Beyond simple promotion, it’s also possible to pass arguments to one’s application via the View link in the banner. For more information, check out this blog post.

WebOS O’Reilly book online

Monday, February 16th, 2009
Cover of Palm webOS: Developing Applications in JavaScript Using the Palm Mojo Framework

Palm’s new operating system, webOS, for their upcoming phone Pre is something I am very exited about. I am a web developer and the possibility of creating mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript is darn cool. Not only will webOS benefit from the large number of web developers but those same people will gain value in the job market.