New Firefox for Android promises quicker browsing and HTML5 support

Mozilla has released its new Firefox 14 for Android and promises a variety of new things, including new HTML5 capabilities and the quickest web browsing for Android to date.

For developers, the new browser will allow enhanced creation of rich web apps and websites based on the HTML5 standards, as well as CSS and Java.

Flash is also supported on Firefox 14, which is an interesting decision because of Flash’s general allergy to mobile devices;...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Java.

LG and Philips’ Smart TV pact promotes app development

LG, in association with TP Vision – who controls the Philips brand – has announced the Smart TV Alliance scheme, which hopes to create a common HTML-based standard for connected TV apps.

The companies jointly announced a “non-proprietary ecosystem for application developers to create attractive, platform-independent services”, aligned with Smart TV Alliance’s mission...

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Platforms.

Using “Donut Hole” caching in HTML5 offline apps

HTML Offline Applications allow you to create applications that work independent of an internet connection using technologies native to the web browser. Pages included in an offline application (by being listed in the application manifest) are served from the application cache whether or not a connection to the internet is present.

In the event that a user is viewing a...

By Craig Shoemaker, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Languages, Testing.

PhoneGap follow-through — the URL vs. mobile app download debate

A few months back (shoot, it was actually last year!) I talked about PhoneGap and how it is stepping in as a good solution for cross-platform HTML5 frustration. Since then, I get asked a couple of times a week about PhoneGap, its industry perception, and effectiveness.

I have to report that PhoneGap is still very much the 900-pound gorilla of enterprise mobile app dev, providing a smart option for developers...

By Jim Casey, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, HTML5, Industry.

Your bumper guide to working with media in HTML5

Unless you’ve been living on a remote island for the past year or so, you’ve probably heard the buzz and hype around HTML5.  HTML5 will cure most illnesses; it will solve world hunger; and it sounds the death knell for RIA (Rich Internet Applications) technologies like Silverlight, Flash and Flex.  Though that might sound extreme, the hype over this new HTML standard has been overwhelming.  Let’s bring things back down to earth a bit. To scope what’s important,...

By Jason Beres, 25 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Languages.

HTML5 not hitting the mark on mobile gaming yet

Mobile has a long way to go to catch up with desktops and laptops in running HTML5 games, according to a report from spaceport.io PerfMarks.

This is the second report from spaceport.io with the first, released in March, concluding that iOS was far quicker with HTML5 games than Android operating systems.

However this addendum is more damning, concluding that the most up-to-date...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, iOS.

Indie Developer interview: Monster Mayhem

We covered popular indie Tower Defense Shooter Monster Mayhem, a while ago and now present the exclusive indie developer interview with Taplay Limited. Wannabee Indie iOS devs will love this one as you'll learn a fair bit about making the transition from more traditional older pc based programming to iOS developing and also learn some fantastic tips on play testing your apps. Monster Mayhem is available on the AppStore now. Why did you choose to develop for iOS?It sounds like this question is aiming at why iOS vs. Android or Web.  I thought that this was a hot market.  I was there to...

By Duwain Marnitz, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, Languages.

Mozilla Marketplace to be launched as beta in "few weeks"

Mozilla Marketplace, the new web app store Mozilla are launching to compete with Google and Apple, is preparing to go ahead as a public beta in “a few weeks”.

Mozilla’s official website states that the company’s ambition is to bring “its core values – openness, freedom, user choice – to the world of apps.” The Marketplace will feature applications using Java, CSS and HTML5.

As reported by InfoWorld, Joe Stagner, senior program manager at Mozilla, told the...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Java, Platforms.

Reaching the next level of HTML5 [infographic]

In this infographic, IDC notes that 79% of surveyed mobile app developers plan to integrate HTML5 in the apps they will launch in 2012; there will be more than 1 billion HTML5 mobile browsers in the market in 2013; and over 80% of all mobile apps will be wholly or in part based upon HTML5 by 2015.

This infographic is anticipated to be the first in a series of updates that sets mobile HTML5 development in the broader context of the Core Mobile Web Platform Community (Coremob), a forum for the global mobile...

By Matt Henkes, 11 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Facebook shoulders its way into mobile with "App Center"

Facebook’s flirtations with the world of social mobile web stepped up a gear this week with the launch of its own app store, offering tasty promotional opportunities for developers, and complete with guidelines and a rating system that will see poor quality apps delisted.

The App Center, as it will be called, will list social apps that utilise the social network’s own login feature, listing iOS and Android, as well as HTML5 browser apps; sending...

By Matt Henkes, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, HTML5, iOS, Social media.