Safari is the black sheep of the browsers

Firefox service worker puts spotlight on Safari

Firefox 44 arrived this week, and with it came service workers and push notifications, the latter dependent on the former. We’re big fans of the Service Worker API and the possibilities it brings to the web. Service workers power some of the best new HTML5 features, such as offline experiences and the just-mentioned push notifications... Read More

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No HTTPS? Then say goodbye to geolocation in Chrome 50!

Do you use the Geolocation API in your web app? Then you need HTTPS, or it’s going to stop working later this year. Starting with Chrome version 50, the geolocation API will no longer work for insecure origins. This means that unless you’ve set up HTTPS on your site, it won’t work anymore. Why does... Read More

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The state of the Web 2016

2015 was a tumultuous year for the web, but ultimately, it was a good one, even a great one! Let’s take a look at the some of the events that made 2015 one of the most interesting for the web in recent times. Canvas vs DOM The respective merits of using the canvas element vs... Read More

Mobile technology trends to watch for in 2016

Last year was truly excellent for the mobile world especially in terms of developments made to the web browsing on smartphones and tablets. Will 2016 be similarly exciting? Here’s what we believe is likely to make news in 2016. Web fragmentation and more focus on Web Performance According to mobile experts from Applause, it is... Read More

2015 year in review: an excellent year for the mobile world

2015 was a truly exciting year for the mobile world. Mobilegeddon, ad blockers, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) were among some of the most frequently repeated buzzwords covered even in the mainstream media. 2015 was also the year when new solutions were introduced that can change the UX on mobile devices, such as Web Push Notifications... Read More

Progressive Web Apps are the future!

It’s an exciting time for Progressive Web Apps right now. The term Progressive Web App refers to a group of technologies, such as service workers, and push notifications, that can bring native-like performance and user experience to web apps. (We've written about them before here and here)... Read More

That shrinking feeling—Apple losing dominance in global web traffic

For many years now iOS has led Android in web traffic in many countries around the world, even in countries where Android devices are more popular. There have been several explanations proffered for this... Read More

Google AMP: Coming to your search results early next year

It’s been just a month and a half since the world got its first taste of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), a technology from Google that aims to speed up the web. By embracing AMP, and following its rules, you can enjoy a performance boost to your web pages that will download in a fraction of the time than without. The demos and case studies are pretty impressive... Read More

4.7 inch phones drive the most web traffic, according to the new DeviceAtlas report

The team at DeviceAtlas has put together a new report that reveals the latest statistics on the mobile web browsing trends in Q3 2015. A large part of the report is focused on screen sizes and screen resolutions. We learned that the humble 4.7 inch screen size is today the most popular. The report also covers the most used MNOs, device diversity, screen resolutions, as well as mobile OS, smartphone and vendor popularity. Screen sizes driving the most traffic... Read More

HTML5 for the mobile Web: the Network Information API

The Network Information API is a HTML5 API for acquiring information about a device’s network connection. Despite not being a standard, it enjoys decent support across the main mobile browsers. It’s a pretty simple API to use, particularly in comparison with some of the HTML5 APIs we’ve looked at recently on this site (Service Workers, I’m looking at you!)... Read More

HTML5 for the mobile Web: the Network Information API

The Network Information API is a HTML5 API for acquiring information about a device’s network connection. Despite not being a standard, it enjoys decent support across the main mobile browsers. It’s a pretty simple API to use, particularly in comparison with some of the HTML5 APIs we’ve looked at recently on this site (Service Workers, I’m looking at you!)... Read More

Taking the web offline with service workers

You’re probably already familiar with the idea of offline web apps, web apps that can continue to work in the face of intermittent network connectivity. This concept has been around for a while, and various technologies have been developed along the way to achieve offline web apps, (Google) Gears, and Appcache for example, but none of these addressed the offline challenge quite as well as service workers... Read More

Web push notifications

Web push notifications are the best thing to hit the web since the hyperlink! No kidding, this technology is going to be huge. Until recently web developers could only dream of push enabled web apps. Things have changed however, and web push notifications, the asynchronous delivery of messages to a user's device from a website, even when the website is not open in the browser, are now a reality thanks to a number of HTML5 APIs:... Read More

Touch-friendly Drag and Drop

In this article we explore some touch-friendly drag and drop implementations. In particular we'll be looking at DOM and canvas-based drag and drop approaches. We'll also build on some of the things we learned in previous HTML5 articles on mobiForge... Read More

Mobile Networks Statistics 2015

In this section you will find some of the most interesting statistics regarding the advancement of mobile network technology, along with information regarding mobile subscriptions... Read More

The HTML5 Pointer Events API: Combining touch, mouse, and pen

The Pointer Events API is an HTML5 specification that combines touch, mouse, pen and other inputs into a single unified API. It is less well supported than the Touch Events API, although support is growing, with all the major browsers working on an implementation, except for Apple's Safari. There's a colorful background to how the current state of browser support for this API came to be which we covered previously on mobiForge, but in this article we'll just look at its usage... Read More

The Oxymoron of Mobile Privacy

Introduction There could hardly be a more perfect privacy invasion machine than today's smartphone. It's with you at all times, it knows precisely where you are, it can see and hear you and it knows exactly what you are doing much of the time. If data is the pollution of the digital age then your smartphone is an overweight 1970's V8 gas guzzler with asbestos brake pads, a leaky freon-charged AC system, burning leaded fuel as it barrels down the highway: you are silently spewing out reams of potentially harmful data all day, every day... Read More

HTML5 for the Mobile Web: Touch Events

With the widespread adoption of touchscreen devices, HTML5 brings to the table, among many other things, a set of touch-based interaction events. Mouse-based events such as hover, mouse in, mouse out etc. aren’t able to adequately capture the range of interactions possible via touchscreen, so touch events are a welcome and necessary addition to the web developer's toolbox. Use cases for the touch events API include gesture recognition, multi-touch, drag and drop, and any other touch-based interfaces... Read More

HTML5 for the Mobile Web: Device Orientation Events

In this third article in our series on HTML5 for the mobile web, we take a look at the Device Orientation API. This API provides information about the orientation and movement of a device. Information comes from the positional sensors such as compasses, gyroscopes and accelerometers. Via this API, a web app can access and make use of information about how a device is physically oriented in space. Use cases include game control based on device tilting, and mapping where a map is correctly aligned with the world based on the device orientation data... Read More

HTML5 for the Mobile Web – a guide to the Geolocation API

In this second article in our series on HTML5 for mobile web (first part here), we cover the Geolocation API. For mobile users, location-based services are hugely compelling. Long the holy grail of mobile applications, and something of a missed opportunity for service providers, the addition of location-awareness to mobile apps has made for some very exciting use cases... Read More

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