Archive for the ‘Mobile’ Category

Acid 3 and Mobile browsers

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The other day as I was watching the new Blackberry browser demo from the World Mobile Congress, I saw something that astounded me: The Acid 3 test. I hadn’t thought of how mobile browsers did with this test before. Never even crossed my mind. But now it had, and my curiosity was piqued.

So I tested out the browsers on my wimpy TreoPro. Surprisingly, my default (the excellent Iris Browser, aka the new Blackberry browser) had a perfect score! Then came Skyfire (52/100) and IE (I couldn’t tell if the test even started.) I have also downloaded Opera 10 Mobile beta and it scored a respectable 97/100.

Unfortunately my resources are limited, so I don’t have results for other devices and their browsers, except for a friend who ran Mobile Chrome on his Droid on Verzion (93/100). If you could test your mobile browser with the Acid 3 test and drop them in the comments, I’ll put together something that we can all use for reference. I’m not just looking for smartphone browsers like Mobile Safari. I want feature phone browser results too.

Opera Mobile has Flash

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I’ve not followed this closely, in part that I don’t have a phone that could support this. (Ah, the joys of life on a limited budget! 😉 But I think the key is the last paragraph:

In the meantime, having Flash on your phone may not be all it’s cracked up to be. It may give you access to your favorite video websites, but only if the phone’s processor and hardware are fast enough to cope. “Often they are not,” says [Ian] Fogg. “This may be one reason that the iPhone does not yet have Flash support.”

iPhone design patterns

Friday, February 8th, 2008

.mobi has released a set of design patterns specifically targeting the iPhone.

Mobile penetration reaches half of world population

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Reuters article about a rather stunning milestone. (Via Cameron)

Mobile gets interesting.

Monday, November 5th, 2007

The mobile space just got a lot more interesting. Rather than make a phone (which doesn’t make sense to me) Google’s partnered with few others to put together a mobile platform SDK. I wonder how this will turn out? We’ll find out in a few months when the first handsets start arriving.

Also noted, this piece about one of the main people involved Andy Rubin of Android.com, and Google.

Jan Chipchase TED talk

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Jan Chipchase gave a brilliant TED talk about how humanity uses technology to survive.

Shadowing iPhone

Monday, October 29th, 2007

The Shadow looks interesting. As a former T-Mobile customer, I wish them well in their effort. Personally, I’m still planning on getting an iPhone, eventually.

This does raise a question: are all US carriers going to come out with an iPhone competitor in the next few months? My guess is yes. Shadow’s targeting a business user, more specifically Blackberry users. With the recent release of Mac OS X 10.5 (aka Leopard), there’s doubtless an iPhone update not too far off. What’s going to appear in the bottom row?

For now, being able to use any device on any network remains a pipe dream for many, at least in the US.

Mobile tools for blogs

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Mark Ghosh of Weblog Tools Collection has a nice post covering tools for making WordPress blogs mobile– and iPhone-friendlier. I’ll be trying these out as soon as I get some freetime…

SXSW wrap-up

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

First time ever attending SXSW in Austin this year. It was fantastic! Overall I really enjoyed it. I did feel like a few others that the panels were a bit lackluster. Panels I attended that I enjoyed included: After the Brief, Bullet Tooth Web Design, Stop Designing Products (probably my favorite), Worldchanging, Design Patterns, Making Ideas Stick and Getting Unstuck. Helvetica was fantastic. Type nerdirey at it’s best.

Being a South by newbie, I enjoyed meeting web luminaries, making new friends and eating Texas BBQ. Plans are set for next year, and I came away with many things to mull over and digest. Primarily the impending wave of mobile usage. The mobile panels I attended left me unfulfilled. My guess is they’ll be much better next year.

It also prompted me to finally get on Technorati. (I did enjoy Tantek’s history of the web via t-shirts too.) Here’s my Technorati profile, lame as it currently is. Who knows, maybe weblebrity awaits? 😉 Yeah right.

Also, I’m thinking about what to do next with my personal site. I kind of like having this separate from my online portfolio. It makes for a nice division between church and state, if you will… I was hoping to try and have something ready for the May 1 CSS Reboot, but things have gotten busy on the home and work front so it will need to wait until later. Maybe November…

I still don’t get Twitter.