September 2015 - Broken Links Archive

Innovation in Mobile Browsers, and the iPhone

Last week I wield­ed the mighty pow­er of Twit­ter to say this:

If you use an iPhone I feel a bit sor­ry for you, because you’re miss­ing out on the real­ly inno­v­a­tive stuff hap­pen­ing in mobile browsers.

A few peo­ple asked me what I meant by that, per­haps think­ing that I was crit­i­cis­ing iPhones in gen­er­al (I wasn’t[1]), so I want to take a moment to elab­o­rate on my state­ment. To do that, I’ll begin with a story.

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Feeling Like An Unwelcome Guest on medium.com

I have a short­cut to medium.com on the home screen of my Android phone. It’s there because I browsed the site a cou­ple of times and Chrome’s app install ban­ners prompt­ed me to add it to my home screen, so I did. Some time lat­er I launched the site from the short­cut icon and it opened and loaded so quick­ly that I actu­al­ly thought it had retrieved a copy from an offline cache. But it hadn’t, it was just very well opti­mised. So ten points to the Medi­um team for that.

Today I launched the site from the short­cut again – but this time the expe­ri­ence was some­what dif­fer­ent. So dif­fer­ent that I have to take away all the points I pre­vi­ous­ly award­ed to the team. The prob­lem is that when I launched the site today, I had the door emphat­i­cal­ly slammed in my face.

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Aside

I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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