Peter VanRysdam / Digital Strategy / February 13th, 2012

February: Summing Up Web & Mobile Development News

Between the Superbowl and CES, there is enough mobile news to fill a few articles. New phones annoucned, weird phone/tablet hybrids revealed, rumors of a mini iPad3, the return of the stylus – the list goes on. And that doesn’t even include the Web dev news. So no more fluffy intro…on to the news! Phone, tablet users spend more time with apps than Web – Via CNN.com
This one is timely, as we were discussing it internally the other day. Every company thinks they need an app, but do they really? Can responsive design unseed costly native app development as the mobile strategy of choice? According to this article, websites are playing catch-up, but there is a change coming… Mobile Sites vs. Apps: The Coming Strategy Shift – Via useit.com
…at least according to this article. With so many operating systems out there, building an app for all of them can be costly. And emerging technologies will allow more functionality from mobile sites. This is certainly one to keep an eye on. Chrome Web browser comes to Android phones, tablets – Via CNN.com
It’s been a long time coming, but Chrome is finally joining it’s Google family member, the Droid. A good read, here is the most intersting part in my opinion,”When typing in an address into the search bar, for instance, Chrome predicts what page you’re going to visit and starts loading it in the browser background. So by the time you’ve clicked “go,” most of the site has already loaded.” How Samsung Screwed Up Its Super Bowl Ad – Via Information Week
The stylus on Samsung’s new tablet isn’t dumb. However not highlighting how it’s different from the stylus of the early 2000’s is. What could’ve been a cool concept is now a trending topic on Twitter under #palmpilot. Ouch. Mozilla plans Metro-specific Firefox for Windows 8 – Via ZDNet
Can’t say I expected this. But it is refrehsing to see these two playing nice. Frankly, if things don’t integrate well in to the Metro design of the upcoming Windows 8, users might move on. Smart move by Mozilla. Here’s a quick trio of helpful articles from Mashable. First, there’s 10 Essential Features of Every Good Business Website. Once you’ve got those, then learn the 3 Ways to Optimize Search on Your Ecommerce Site and the 7 Ways to Lower Your Website’s Bounce Rate. That’s 20 things to do for those of you keeping score at home. And finally, the best thing in Web design from the past month has to be our very own video highlighting the “Sh*t Web Designers Say.” Enjoy!