I'm a huge fan of Firebase, so I'm very excited that Google Cloud Messaging [GCM] has been re-branded Firebase Cloud Messaging [FCM], which can be used for cross platform messaging. It's actually very simple to set this up on Android and IOS, but what's more interesting is the web client. I was really hoping things … Continue reading Notes on Google Firebase Cloud Messaging
I recently had a problem (seems to be a very common one ) when building a hybrid HTML5 mobile app. As can be seen in this online demo (https://mobilehtml5.org/ts/?id=23), one can use the input html tag with type="file" accept="image/*" to quickly and easily bring up the user's camera if they visit the site from a mobile … Continue reading Lessons Learned: CrossWalk and Enhanced Webviews
Most of the other non-native frameworks that I've used so far are often very good, but lack low-level connectivity modules such as bluetooth (though they pretty much do anything else...). So while hunting around for what I might be able to use for developing a bluetooth app, I ran across SL4A - scripting language for … Continue reading SL4A + Python 4 Android : Bluetooth and Webviews example
WebRTC is an exciting feature in newer browsers. It allows you to transfer any data between two peers. In conjunction with HTML5 elements like the <video> tag, it enables browser-to-browser audio and video conference calls ... with no extra plugins or help needed, it all lives in your browser. You can check out a demo here: http://www.webrtc.org/demo The … Continue reading Got 15 minutes? Easy webRTC android app in 3 steps!
As promised in my previous blog post, in the following series of articles I will try to document the highs and lows of an android HTML5 application. Development is still ogoing, in fact the app is morphing from a simple RSS reader to something like a "web content explorer app"... the latest version includes the … Continue reading Android : Developing HTML5 apps part 1
I lately had a very educational chance to conclude a project which involved writing an offline HTML5 app, with a backend written in ruby on rails. I learnt a couple of lessons along the way, i'd love to know what the readers think, and maybe weigh in on a couple of the points that i'll … Continue reading Moving to html offline : Part 1