This is a old unpublished article from 2013 that I am publishing in 2018. I think the topic is still relevant and I would like to share it with you all just to get your comments on the same. Continue reading
Ever wondered how Amazon and Flipkart are able to churn on new App homescreen layouts so fast? The traditional app building approach would have meant having to push a update to users. But that means ensuring all users from your install base are updated to the new version. And also the headache of ensuring that the build is compatible with most of the devices in the mobile device ecosystem. Its a nightmare!
Lets look at a few problem statements. You might have pondered on it at one point.
You want to build an app in which you want the ability to add or remove screens, modify screen layout and/or change UI flow on need basis for the server side and reflecting on the existing app itself.
You have a responsive website and want to engage even more with your users on mobile devices by developing an app. But you don’t have the budget (at least for now) or expertise to develop and full blow mobile app.
For the Android ecosystem, there exists, whats called, Android Webview. Its a system component powered by Chrome that allows Android apps to display web content. It comes pre-installed with the operating system. Webview allows 3rd party apps to show content in an in-app browser or in an app screen that pulls from the web. [sic].
For iOS ecosystem, there is UIWebview & WKWebview. Similarly, for other platforms there are different system components that allow for this hybrid form of integration.
Architecture of a webview
The below diagram compares and explains (quite well, actually) the difference between Native, Hybrid and Web Apps.
courtesy of myShadesOfGray
Capability of webview
Modern webviews are quite powerful, both on Android and iOS platforms. What it means is that it can emulate an App like behavior without being glitchy. This includes behavior like –
Access to device camera, photographs etc
- 60fps scroll support
- And More …
What all this means is that you can replicate an native app like behavior to UI created with HTML inside of your app. Your end user wouldn’t even know that the screen they are interacting with is actually a HTML page.
Webviews have come a long way from developing clunky UI to creating very smooth, performance driven and powerful applications.
Google has been sitting on a very good product for ages. Now that they are making it standalone, its to be seen how this will impact Google Plus. One positive I see is that, users can now share their auto awesome and pic stories to other platforms too.
Better late than never. 🙂
Google Plus as a social network may be dead, but its widely acclaimed photo sharing service may soon have a second coming.
Google will unveil a new photo service at its developer’s conference next month, Bloomberg reports. Photo storage, editing and sharing has long been a standout feature of Google Plus, prompting the company to break out a standalone team last year to focus on releasing photo products to a wider audience. Google Plus’ photo features were essentially borrowed from Picasa, a Google-owned photo suite the company has largely neglected since Google Plus first launched.
A company spokesperson declined to confirm Bloomberg’s report.
It would be interesting to see the stats about the kind of content segments these 30 billion pins aggregate.
Everyone is creative in their own capacity and skill. We all think about problems and their possible solutions. But ideas done come easy, especially when you are seeking an idea that can translate into a product or a service or (for the enterprising kind) a star-up.
This article on HBR gives some simple, yet constructive and priming activities that will charge you grey matter to think laterally and out-of-the-box when seeking solutions and directions that are not yet defined in the conventional patterns of actionable.
Three exercises have been listed. There are more in the published book (linked in the article).
Have a go at it.
This is elance for MBA’s. Innovative startup that allows the top B-school students to bid for consulting assignments for small businesses.
Found this interesting sketched diagram explaining failure as a tool. Its an intuitive mind map, of sort, addressing learning, growth, innovation, strategy and success. To fail is to learn. To learn you need to attempt at taking risk. To take risk you need to do try to do something that others still have not attempted to try and make it work. Its all interconnected.
Fear of failure is the biggest outcome that we as professionals dread. Its this fear that stagnantes us from attempting what other do. This risk appetite is what separates the leader from the follower, the genius from the masses and the progressive from the conformist.