Archive for the 'Mobile' Category

Smartphones and Beyond

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Over the last few weeks I have been reading the 800 page book by David Wood on Smartphones and beyond: Lessons from the remarkable rise and fall of Symbian.
It’s fascinating reading especially if, like me, you developed Symbian apps and worked at Symbian. It’s useful reading even if you aren’t in any way linked to […]

Same Origin Bypass and Android Apps

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

There has recently been a high profile ‘Same Origin Bypass’ security issue regarding the Android browser, prior to Android 4.4 KitKat, that allows a client session on one site to affect a client session on another. TrendLabs have just posted some information that shows that this vulnerability has wider reach than first thought. Like me, […]

Permissionless Innovation

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Steve Cheney Technologist, thinker and doer and co-founder of Estimote, has an interesting, pro iOS, post on The Future of Apple and Google. In his summary he says…

"It’s provocative to think about where Apple and Google each go next. In mobile there’s a term called ‘permissionless innovation’, the basic  premise of which is you don’t need […]

The Best Way of Doing Things

Friday, September 26th, 2014

UX Magazine has a recent article on balancing product User Experience (UX) and lean execution. It describes how effort put into the UX should vary depending on the stage of product development. For example, if you are at the initial ‘Technology Stage’ you probably need little UX effort and should be concentrating on a minimum […]

Android vs iOS Development and Ageing Apps

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

I came a cross an article today comparing the development of the same app, across iOS and Android, by a programmer not experienced in either platform. There are some useful insights such as both platforms took approximately the same time, needed a similar number of lines of code and that neither platform outshone the other.
One […]

The Web vs Apps Outcome

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

There was time when some people thought the future of mobile development was the web. That thinking was based on the fact that the web was a common platform across all types of device and that would be the only way to solve fragmentation. If you look at the ‘Web Technologies’ section at the bottom […]

Collaborative Battery Use Analysis

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

There’s an interesting free app for iOS and Android called Carat created as a research project by UC Berkeley and the University of Helsinki that performs collaborative analysis of battery use as well as personal recommendations for your particular device.
The statistics page shows some pretty, interactive the results from the 760,000 people who have […]

Interesting Android Projects

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

There’s a post by Alessandro Crugnola that asks why it’s hard to find Android developers. He thinks it’s because most companies do iOS first and the Android work is a less-interesting porting job that companies are less committed to, don’t take advantage of the benefits of the platform and consequently end up being not as […]