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A Survey of JavaScript Timers on Mobile

A Survey of JavaScript Timers on Mobile

July 16, 2012 | Michael Mullany

Desktop browsers have had high resolution, high consistency JavaScript timers for the last few years. As a result, many web developers have become used to creating production-quality animations using zero-second callbacks via setTimeOut() and setInterval(). However, on mobile devices, this style of animation programming can have subpar performance and consistency – we wondered if it was due to poorer timer implementations. We researched the issue and found that while older Androids and iPods have noticeably poorer timer implementations than desktop browsers, the most recent Android and iOS tablets and phones seem to have mostly caught up.

HTML5 Scorecard: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

HTML5 Scorecard: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

April 26, 2012 | Michael Mullany

Last month, RIM released OS 2.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook. We were already very impressed with the PlayBook 1.0 browser, and we were anticipating more, new and better. We put it through our HTML5 test wringer, and were pleased to find that the PlayBook 2.0 browser is an excellent upgrade, adding new features and upgraded performance in several areas. Notably, it features the first HTML5 color picker input type that we’ve seen on mobile, advanced SVG filters as well as a perfect Acid 3 score.

HTML5 Scorecard: The New iPad and iOS 5.1 — A Mixed Bag

HTML5 Scorecard: The New iPad and iOS 5.1 — A Mixed Bag

March 30, 2012 | Aditya Bansod

Our HTML5 scorecard typically focuses on what HTML5 developers need to consider when developing for a platform or mobile operating system. Both iPad 3 and iOS 5.1 are significant updates in the Apple ecosystem, and they impact HTML5 developers. In today’s HTML5 scorecard we’ll look at them independently, explore a few of the issues we found and give developers some guidance on how to work both the new iPad and with iOS 5.1.

HTML5 Scorecard: Amazon Kindle Fire

HTML5 Scorecard: Amazon Kindle Fire

November 17, 2011 | Michael Mullany

As part of our continuing series on the HTML5 capabilities of new mobile platforms, we’re taking the measure of the new Amazon Kindle Fire. Join us as we take a look at how the device stacks up as an HTML5 app platform.

Apple iOS 5: HTML5 Developer Scorecard

Apple iOS 5: HTML5 Developer Scorecard

November 04, 2011 | Aditya Bansod

Whenever a new device or mobile operating system comes out, we do a HTML5 Developer Scorecard, to help folks who are building mobile web apps understand how to take advantage of these new devices. Today, we look at HTML5 on Apple’s iOS 5.