Tag Archives: Apps

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Android statistics 2018 – SDK versions across all continents

When developing a new mobile application, you may wonder what minimum API level should be supported so you can reach the widest possible audience. You’ll also have questions relating to screen size and common performance of the devices you hope to reach. So, how does all this stand in 2018? Where can you find these...

Safari and PWAs: Reaching critical mass

PWAs are here, or are arriving very soon, depending on which web browser you use. This isn’t really news if you’ve been following along with the PWA story. However, with WebKit’s implementation of Service Workers and Web App Manifest, one major lingering question over the future of PWAs has been answered: Will PWAs ever come...

Mobile audience growth driven by web, not apps: report

Comscore’s latest report focuses on native app usage in the US, there are some interesting nuggets on mobile web usage we felt merited a mention on mobiForge. The report, which is base on aggregated data from several Comscore platforms shows that growth on mobile platforms continues apace, albeit at a slower rate than previous years. The report leads with figures on time spent in mobile apps, on the mobile and desktop web, but pivoting to audience figures, or eyeballs if you prefer, reveals that mobile web is driving huge gains...

Web app manifests usher new wave of progressive apps to your homescreen

One can’t deny the irresistible convenience of using a homescreen launcher icon to fire up a web app. Variously referred to as a bookmark icon, shortcut, or homepage icon, why shouldn’t such an icon be able to launch a web page, as well as a native app? And of course it can: this functionality has been available in Android and iOS for years. Indeed, the notion of a desktop shortcut has been around since the first GUI interfaces were developed. So why are we still talking about them in 2015?...

Webviews and User-Agent strings

Much is made of the comparative times spent browsing the web vs engaging with native apps in the apps vs web debate. An often overlooked part of the discussion is that when engaged with a native app some portion of this time is spent actually on the web, via a webview. We'll get to what a webview is in a minute, but for now, what this means is that although the user is in an app, he or she is effectively browsing the web...

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