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Ronan Cremin leads Afilias Technologies engineering efforts. He focuses on building tools and services for mobile web applications, such as the award-winning goMobi and DeviceAtlas products. Mr. Cremin also represents dotMobi at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Latest Articles by ronan

The SIM – the tiny computer in your pocket that’s really in control

The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) was first introduced by the GSMA in 1987 in a farsighted move to ensure that a mobile subscriber on a GSM cellular network could maintain an identity on the network independant of a particular mobile device. While its visibility has decreased over time, the humble SIM has been an essential...

WAP to the future

Mobile web: back to the future

In the early days of the mobile web, way back in the late late nineties and early noughties, there was only one technique available to publish web pages to mobile devices: bespoke mobile content. There was simply no way that desktop-focused content could be made to work unaltered on the mobile devices of the time, which...

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Adaptive web design dominates in the web’s top brands

Five years ago we ran an analysis of how the web’s top brands delivered web content to mobile. We found that 82% of the Alexa 100 used Adaptive Web Design (AWD, or server-side adaptation) in their websites to cater to different device classes. Since we ran this analysis RWD has become decidedly mainstream, an indispensable...

Serving AMP pages to all mobile users

AMP is growing in importance in the web publishing world. Here at mobiForge we have some serious misgivings with the approach taken by Google with AMP but the speed up in page loading time is inarguable. This post describes a method for exposing AMP pages to all mobile visitors using some server-side device detection so that all mobile...

Sleepwalking by Flickr user Ben Bashford

Sleepwalking into a walled garden

Here at mobiForge we’ve been broadly positive towards Google’s AMP since its launch in October 2015. It’s by no means the only way to achieve the wholesome goal of fast-loading web pages, but by providing a well-documented format to adhere to that delivers excellent performance, the web has benefitted. Google now reports that the average...

The web performance impact of third-party libraries

In many ways the ease with which one can include third-party libraries in a web page is a testament to both the design of the web and extraordinarily rich and open ecosystem around it. With a few third-party services you can transform a static HTML page into a rich interactive experience with comments, media, analytics,...

Transcoders – the technology we love to hate that will never go away

Many years ago I remember a Google product manager saying that his product, the Google mobile transcoder, was the one product that everyone wished would go away...

A page weight reference for the web – the 1 MB website

“Every line is the perfect length if you don’t measure it.” — Marty Rubin In engineering disciplines it’s very important to have fixed frames of reference to enable easy comparison of results. In the web developer community we already have many page weight measuring tools such as our own mobiReady and WebPagetest.org. So we have the weighing...

The web is Doom

In July 2015 I suggested that the average web page weight would equal that of the Doom install image in about 7 months time. In about 7 months average web page size will be same as Doom install image. Well done us! Onwards & upwards!...

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...

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