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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Adobe To Refocus On HTML5

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/ex...5-updated/19226

"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."

As was reported by ZDNet last week, what seemed unthinkable not that long ago has happened: Adobe is embracing HTML5 on mobile platforms. The word is that Adobe is stopping development of the venerable Flash player for browsers on mobile. At the same time, they will be increasing their efforts on HTML5 innovations. On an official Adobe blog, the following detail was published:

"However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers."

One of the more interesting aspects of this situation is that Apple seems to have been quite prophetic in seeing this development play out. Their iOS mobile platform has not supported Flash since its inception, and they have been quite emphatic that they were not going to support it. Without question HTML5 is gaining momentum, and with Adobe's backing we'll see even more acceleration in the months ahead.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

SkyFire 1.1 Browser Released

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Software" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.skyfire.com/blog/2009/08...11013052-winmo/

"We are excited about our Skyfire 1.1 version. This release focuses on performance improvements for both platforms and specific improvements related to Symbian scrolling and zooming. In addition, we've improved the reconnect experience and mobile website browsing."

SkyFire 1.1 has a number of improvements over the initial 1.0 release. Some of the biggies are:

  • Improved page load times. For sites that take a long time to load, we updated our algorithm to bring you the content much quicker.
  • Improved reconnect. Skyfire will show clearly when you can start interacting with the web page in case it previously timed out and disconnected (to save battery life).
  • WML support. If you are browsing to mobile sites that use the old mobile WML markup, you can now view the content.

There are more features and fixes listed at the link below. If you want to download it directly to your device, go to m.skyfire.com


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fennec, Mozilla's Mobile Browser, Enters Beta

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:40 AM

http://www.betanews.com/article/Moz...beta/1237391331

"It's looking more and more like Mozilla is ready to really do this: Late last night, the organization posted the first public beta of the browser that could end up being "Firefox Mobile." It still goes by the code name Fennec, and the first beta is testing whether touchscreen mobile users will be willing to have literally all their browser functions be placed off-screen, if it makes room for more elements of the Web page."

What I find interesting - and impressive - is that Fennec is going to have TraceMonkey, the JavaScript engine that will come with Firefox 3.5. Usually mobile components tend to be stripped down, pale shadows of their desktop counters - it's nice to see the Mozilla developers putting performance at the forefront. Right now the beta is only for desktop Windows, which surprises me a little bit - you'd think that the beta stage was when they'd be ready to do the on device testing after the desktop testing in the Alpha stage. Still, I'm thrilled to see Fennec starting to gain some momentum - with the continued fumbling by Microsoft in getting a great mobile browser into the hands of its customers, it's nice to see another option coming for us to use.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Deepfish Now Sleeping With The Fishes

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC News" @ 03:41 PM

http://livelabs.com/deepfish/

"When Live Labs began working on Deepfish, we didn't set out to create a new mobile browser. What we set out to do was to prove our theory that there was an unmet demand for a better mobile browsing experience than what was available at the time we started the project in 2006, and that a novel and simple new user experience was the best way to achieve that. The positive reception and incredible demand for the Deepfish technical preview went a long way towards proving that. And now, thanks in part to Deepfish, many better alternatives are emerging."

Microsoft Research projects are always a bit hard to figure out - Microsoft puts a huge amount of money into R&D, but I'm often left scratching my head when it comes to what they actually get out of it. This article has some insights, but Deepfish seems like a project that didn't seem to go anywhere. We originally posted about Deepfish back in March of 2007, and certainly by then there was many browser initiatives underway - not the least of which was the iPhone which would launch to much fanfare some three months later. So what did Deepfish give us? I'm not sure - it was a proxy-based solution, which in the long-haul doesn't really scale well to a large user-base. If you're RIM and you're selling a server solution it does, but fundamentally any server-based service needs a revenue model and I didn't see Deepfish providing a solution in that regard. Were any of you still actively using Deepfish? Will you be sad to see it go, or have you already moved on to other browser solutions?


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