Latest articles by Ronan Cremin

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Measuring page weight

Measuring the weight of a web page used to be a simple matter of waiting for the page to finish loading, then adding up the size of its resources. This article will talk about ways to measure page weight in a world of mobile devices and rich app-like sites.

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Understanding web page weight

Page weight is the gravity of the web - a relentless downwards drag, ever present and utterly unavoidable. Understanding it is a critical aspect of a successful web strategy.

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Why DeviceAtlas is both Fast AND Accurate

Speed should never come at the cost of accuracy. Accuracy is the sine qua non of device intelligence—if you can’t be sure about the intelligence, what is the point? The DeviceAtlas team believe that the choice between speed and accuracy is a false choice, and an unnecessary one. Our patented algorithm allows for the extremely high speeds afforded by a PATRICIA Trie, but with the flexibility to accommodate the reality that you cannot have prior knowledge of all devices on the market.

DeviceAtlas granted a new patent in the EU

In July 2017 the European Patent Office granted a patent to Afilias Technologies that was originally filed in 2008. This is quite a milestone for us—the application has survived objections from anonymous third parties and a much tougher patent regime than has applied in recent years. The patent in question, EP2245836 A2, is core to the operation of DeviceAtlas and is the reason why our solution is the fastest one out there, while preserving a very small memory footprint and data file. DeviceAtlas delivers speed, accuracy and efficiency—we don’t force you to choose. The same core algorithm is also protected by a US patent US9185182 B2, granted in 2015.

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AMP for all using DeviceAtlas

AMP is growing in importance in the web publishing world. This post describes a method for exposing AMP pages to all site visitors using DeviceAtlas so that all mobile visitors to your site get to benefit, not just those referred by Google.

Web performance qualms make the news again

A recent article published on The Verge has yet again raised the question of web performance. In this article the author suggests that lack of browser diversity on iOS is one of the root causes of this mobile web performance issue. As many pundits have noted, ourselves included, there is deep irony in a notoriously bloated website such as The Verge making this complaint.

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HTML5 support in mobile devices

Now that the HTML5 set of standards has reached Recommendation status (the W3C's way of saying it's now a published standard) the DeviceAtlas team thought we'd take a look at how support for HTML5 has grown in shipping mobile devices over the past few years. We have a wealth of device data to draw from since we've been tracking devices ever since mobile phones could access the web.

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A week with Windows Phone 8

dotMobi CTO Ronan Cremin spends some time with the Lumia 1020, the current Nokia flagship device.

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