Notes on Google Firebase Cloud Messaging

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

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Lessons Learned: CrossWalk and Enhanced Webviews

I recently had a problem (seems to be a very common one [1][2][3]) 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

SL4A + Python 4 Android : Bluetooth and Webviews example

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

Got 15 minutes? Easy webRTC android app in 3 steps!

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!

Playing around with the SB1, HTML and Javascript

Seems i'm on an HTML5 / Javascript streak this week. I've been testing and checking out the capabilities of the SB1 device from motorola. This nifty device comes packed with HTML5 and javacript, from rhoelements (previously known as rhodes), and can do quite a bit of things....Looking forward to building a production app with this … Continue reading Playing around with the SB1, HTML and Javascript

Android : Developing HTML5 apps part 1

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

Moving to html offline : 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