Samsung has launched the first Tizen-based smartphone dubbed Z1. The new arrival is a budget unit available exclusively in India for approximately $90. Given Samsung’s huge success in the Android field, the launch of the new smartphone OS might seem a somewhat surprising move for the Korean company.
The world of mobile devices spurs innovation every year, sometimes dramatically changing the entire landscape. While it's certainly not easy to guess what the future holds, in this article the DeviceAtlas team has a go at predicting the latest trends that might shape mobile web in 2015.
While news websites regularly provide us with interesting mobile statistics, mere observation can also be a valuable source of information on the mobile market. In his recent post on mobiForge, DeviceAtlas's CTO Ronan Cremin shared his discoveries on Chinese mobile market from his business trip to Beijing.
Addressing mobile audiences is a part of most online strategies today, but there are businesses who have not yet picked up on this trend or who have been unsatisfied with how they are handling mobile traffic. If you feel there is potential in mobile that you’re not yet reaching, you’ve come to the right place. Download our free Content Adaptation Survival Guide to learn how to deliver a top-notch mobile experience.
Device fragmentation can be considered as both an opportunity and a challenge for mobile marketers and developers, given that websites must now be tailored to suit a range of devices varying in screen sizes and capabilities. Are wearable devices about to push the boundaries of the fragmentation further?
An interesting thread has opened up on the blog of Opera's Bruce Lawson. Bruce recently wrote an article putting together his thoughts on device detection and RWD. In his blog, (perhaps somewhat mischievously) entitled Device Detection vs Responsive Web Design, Bruce recaps that RWD is now a widespread approach to web design and then takes us on a quick overview of the relative merits of using server-side device libraries either alongside that approach or instead of it.
Today we release a free version of DeviceAtlas Cloud for web developers who need an easy and reliable way to identify device type (mobile, tablet, desktop, TV etc), OS and browser in their web applications. It's available to your web application as a web service built on the DeviceAtlas Cloud infrastructure and it’s completely free to use.
With powerful and affordable smartphones hitting the shelves practically every day, mobile data usage figures continue to grow rapidly. According to a research company Chetan Sharma, mobile users in the US now download a whopping 2GB per month on average.
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.
Back in May, we added two new data points to DeviceAtlas which are useful for implementations where language and locale (country variant of a language) are of interest as a criteria for targeting content experiences and/or advertising, in addition to criteria already available on the device's physical and vitual capabilities.
We have had plenty of questions regarding new iPhone 6 detection, so we’ll provide the details here. With the new iOS update and new iPhone 6 family there is no change regarding server-side detection. There is still no unique token presented in the User-Agent headers which can be used for identification of the hardware version.
As the proportion of traffic from mobile devices continues to ramp, savvy marketers and web strategists are taking the time to understand exactly what the nature of that traffic is. We look at traffic coming from thousands of mobile websites across the world. This data gives a unique insight into the nature of a broad swath of device traffic using User Agent string analysis performed by the DeviceAtlas API.
We all know that web site traffic from mobile devices is increasing rapidly. But what does it actually consist of? What devices are more popular or how large is the fraction of "non-human" traffic? There have been many reports and analysis done on web traffic in general, but there are also a couple of good reasons to look at mobile web traffic data, that is, traffic to websites optimized for mobile device use.
New figures from industry analyst IDC show huge growth from Chinese handset manufacturers. According to IDC's report, better build quality and cheaper price points will hasten the decline of the feature phone market and usher in a global era of smartphone ownership. (Although it is still worth noting that feature phones accounted for about 45 percent of handsets sold last year.) For web developers, that means that the Android platform is likely to become even more important on the global stage, given that the open source OS is the platform of choice for Chinese handset manufacturers.
Maximiliano Firtman (@firt) published a very comprehensive piece touching on performance, RWD, RESS, mobile web and more on SmashingMag recently rather provocatively entitled "You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy". The whole responsive debate is something of an evergreen in web dev circles: where once the argument centred around UX and whether it was a good idea to serve the same content but reflow/hide some of it depending on screen size, now performance has become more of a leitmotif in commentary.
Targeting mobile devices has become increasingly important for user experience, regardless of the web server technology in use.