MobiUs Browser Powers iOS Web Apps with HTML5
AppMobi today announced a new HTML5-based browser for the iOS platform that acts as both a browser and as a web application platform. Web apps will run in the native Safari browser, but can take advantage of APIs (application programming interfaces) that are available in MobiUs to access hardware features such as gravity sensors, accelerometer, GPS, camera, sound and vibration, file system, and more. These APIs will give developers more control over the web app's capabilities and allow them to bolster the experience in a way that makes them feel like native applications rather than browser-based web apps. Other features of the application include: mobile-optimized web app caching for offline access; DirectCanvas for improved gaming; web-based push notifications; eCommerce and digital wallet technology; tabbed and full-screen browsing; and in-app access to device hardware functionalities. The browser is available for free from the iPhone App Store.
Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android
Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015.
Google's Allo Messaging App Lands On the Web, Sort Of
Google today brought its assistant-backed Allo messaging application to the web. Allo on the web requires Google's Chrome browser and can only interact with Allo on Android smartphones for now (iPhone support is coming later.) Google says Allo web access requires the latest version of the mobile Allo app on your handset in order to function.
Twitter Overhauls Its Mobile Apps and Web Sites
Twitter today revealed a dramatic change to the look and feel of its Android and iOS mobile applications, and its mobile and desktop browser experiences. To start, Twitter has put profile, account, and privacy settings in a single place within the navigation menu to make them easier to find.
Chrome for Android Now Supports Push Notifications
Android users can now tap into push notifications from their favorite web sites. Google updated its Chrome browser this week with support for personalized notifications that come directly from the web.