MapQuest Intros HTML5 Web App for Android and iOS
MapQuest today announced a new browser-based version of its mobile mapping service that is accessible from Android smartphones and the iPhone. Using HTML5, MapQuest was able to take advantage of touch, display, and GPS capabilities through the Android and Safari browsers and provide as much functionality as is found in native mapping apps. The MapQuest web app can determine the users' location; find points of interest and user reviews; provide driving and walking directions with landmarks; and has simple controls for toggling on/off satellite views, traffic, and location data. The web app is available starting today and is free to use.
Garmin inReach Brings Satellite Messaging to Your Phone
Garmin this week announced its inReach series of satellite communicators. These standalone handheld devices can also be paired with any Android, iOS or Windows 10 smartphone to provide satellite-based text messaging and GPS mapping on your phone even where there is no cellular coverage.
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.
Google Boosts Chrome for Mobile Apps with Notifications
Google recently updated the tools available to Chrome App for Mobile developers, who can now add more native-app functionality to their web apps. Chrome App for Mobile, which was launched earlier this year, gives developers a way to package up web apps and make them available in the Play Store or App Store.
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.