Blogs

This site contains two blogs. On this page you get a quick overview of them and their latest entries.

QuirksBlog

The QuirksBlog is my professional blog in which I write about web development and related topics, and occasionally about my personal life. I'm not really interested in keeping a personal blog, though, so the majority of the entries are about solidly techy stuff.

WebView stats!

Permalink | in Chromia on Android

After my recent post about updating Chromium WebViews I was contacted by Scientia Mobile, the company behind the WURFL database, and was offered actual real-life stats!

The situation is less dire than I assumed. About 90% of the users do in fact use the latest Chromium WebView. This number is based on several hundred million hits in December 2015, primarily from North America and Europe.

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The problem with the Chromium WebViews

Permalink | in Chromia on Android

This week I received my first gift phone in ages, and since the sender wants me to test it I had to go through all my dozen Android phones and update them as well, so that I can run tests against the latest installed Chromia.

During this process I began to have serious doubts about the update process of the Chromium WebView especially, though the same problems also crop up with regular Google Chrome.

TL;DR: Although, as promised, the Chromium WebView can be updated as a stand-alone app from Android 5 on, I doubt if consumers actually do so because Android’s update process is badly broken. Thus a wide variety of WebViews may be in use right now.

Fair warning: if you are unable to contemplate the simultaneous existence of several Chromium versions running on the same device without suffering from existential angst the reading of this article is discouraged until you’ve consulted your psychiatrist.

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Firefox OS is dead

Permalink | in Firefox Mobile

Last week, after reading this article, I tweeted that Firefox OS is dead. There was some pushback, since despite some important updates the OS will continue to be developed. However, an OS can be functionally dead without development being ceased, and that’s what I meant in my tweet.

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Elsewhere on the 'Net

The Elsewhere on the 'Net blog contains many links to other interesting web development sites, articles, and resources.

16 March 2010

Opera Browser Standards support chart

19 February 2010

App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)

Touch web browser mega shootout: Surf's up

18 February 2010

Dispatches from the front line - War reporter checks in from smartphone battle zone

2 February 2010

How Internet Explorer 8 document mode affects JavaScript

31 January 2010

The Mobile App Store Landscape 5 years Ai (After the iPhone)

18 January 2010

Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android - Marketplace Comparison

RIM patent app will have you barely browsing the web at incredible speeds

NetFront Browser v4.0

8 January 2010

A Bloodbath for 2010: the Smartphone market preview

6 January 2010

Google's biggest announcement was not a phone, but a URL

5 January 2010

What’s Ahead for the Mobile Web in 2010?

Is there hope for Palm in the 2010 smartphone wars?

8 December 2009

The mobile data apocalypse, and what it means to you

Microsoft, EU Are Said to Modify Deal in Browser Case

See the Elsewhere homepage for older entries.