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  • Android - Posted by weimenglee - 07 Aug 2013
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    Developing with Google Maps v2 for Android

  • In one of my previous articles, I talked about embedding Google Maps in Android applications. Much has changed as Google went about revamping a lot of existing APIs in Android. In version 1 of Google Maps for Android, Google used the MapView to display map data. In version 2, the MapView is deprecated; instead, you have to use a MapFragment.
  • Content Adaptation - Posted by ruadhan - 26 Jul 2013
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    Tablet and mobile device detection in PHP

  • Previously on mobiForge Ronan posted about a lightweight approach to device detection using regular expressions in PHP. Since this is still an approach widely adopted by many web developers today, we feel that it's about time we revisited the original article.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 10 Jul 2013
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    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.
  • iPhone - Posted by Sean McGrath - 04 Jul 2013
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    Beyond the bells and whistles: What does iOS7 mean for the development community?

  • The new iOS7 is causing quite a stir in the development and design communities. Some are hailing Apple's newest operating system as a well overdue renovation. Others are saying that Tim Cook and Jony Ives are insulting the clear vision of Steve Jobs, by disregarding function in favour of form. Whichever camp you are in, iOS7 is coming to a screen near you and while the beta still leaves a lot to be desired, any developer with an ounce of self-preservation would do well to get on board this iTrain.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 30 May 2013
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    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.
  • Android - Posted by Staff - 27 May 2013
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    Google I/O: Android Studio launched to build and test Android apps

  • This year’s I/O saw Google showcase a series of mobile-related initiatives focused on helping the Android community to grow and prosper. As Android continues to dominate the smartphone market, expectations are high for new Android activations in 2013. Google are forecasting that in 2013, 900 million Android devices will be activated. The Google Play app now sees more than 2.5 billion installs every month with 48 billion apps downloaded since the launch of the Android Market in late 2008.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 16 May 2013
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    HTML5 for the Mobile Web - Part I: Introduction

  • There has been much interest lately around HTML5 and its readiness for production environments and whether HTML5 apps should be used over native apps. This has been due, in large part, to the high-profile defections of tech behemoths such as Facebook and LinkedIn away from HTML5 to native apps for their core mobile services.
  • Messaging - Posted by Staff - 17 Apr 2013
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    The most common mistakes in smartphone sites according to Google

  • Google are paying ever more attention to the mobile market and so, developers pay attention when the Big G is making recommendations. Google recently published a document on the main mistakes people make when working on mobile websites for smartphones. If you look through the list you can definitely recognize a cornerstone of Google's approach: focus on the end user. Or put another way, "adopt the approach you want but be aware of your audience".
  • Best Practices - Posted by ronan - 05 Apr 2013
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    Global reach and dynamic page weight – is there a correlation?

  • Many reports on web page sizes issued in recent years point to the same conclusion: the web has a weight problem. The web seems to be gaining weight each year despite the fact that study after study has shown a strongly negative reaction from users to heavy web pages and resulting loading times.
  • HTML5 - Posted by Staff - 04 Apr 2013
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    Why HTML5 still presents some problems on mobile

  • One of the debates of 2013 centres on which approach you should adopt to deliver a great user experience, while keeping costs at an acceptable level. This question often gets parsed as “HTML5 or native applications?” or “HTML or mobile site builders” or even something else entirely. But with all the vaunted promise of HTML5, just what does that ‘5’ mean when it comes to real world deployments?