Sunday, January 30, 2011

Google Releases Android 3.0 Honeycomb Preview SDK

Google release the non final preview of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK, This will allow developers to not only test their applications with the upcoming tablet OS. It introduces a new “holographic” UI theme and an interaction model that builds on the things people love about Android — multitasking, notifications, widgets, and others — and adds many new features as well.

Highlights of Honeycomb:

  • UI framework for creating great apps for larger screen devices: Developers can use a new UI components, new themes, richer widgets and notifications, drag and drop, and other new features to create rich and engaging apps for users on larger screen devices.
  • High-performance 2D and 3D graphics: A new property-based animation framework lets developers add great visual effects to their apps. A built-in GL renderer lets developers request hardware-acceleration of common 2D rendering operations in their apps, across the entire app or only in specific activities or views. For adding rich 3D scenes, developers take advantage of a new 3D graphics engine called Renderscript.
  • Support for multicore processor architectures: Android 3.0 is optimized to run on either single- or dual-core processors, so that applications run with the best possible performance.
  • Rich multimedia: New multimedia features such as HTTP Live streaming support, a pluggable DRM framework, and easy media file transfer through MTP/PTP, give developers new ways to bring rich content to users.
  • New types of connectivity: New APIs for Bluetooth A2DP and HSP let applications offer audio streaming and headset control. Support for Bluetooth insecure socket connection lets applications connect to simple devices that may not have a user interface.
  • Enhancements for enterprise: New administrative policies, such as for encrypted storage and password expiration, help enterprise administrators manage devices more effectively.
For an complete overview of the new user and developer features, see the Android 3.0 Platform Highlights.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tools for testing mobile website

W3C is a web-based automated validation tool that determines how much your website is mobile friendly. The tests are checked against the W3C mobileOK Basic Tests1.0 specification.

Opera Mini Simulator

Lot of smart phone come with Opera mini pre installed.It is available for most of the OS. Hence we need to make sure that our website works well with Opera mini browser. Opera is offering free web bases emulator for testing. For emulator we need Java browser plugin to function.
The mobiReady testing tool evaluates mobile-readiness using industry best practices & standards.The free report provides both a score (from 1 to 5) and in-depth analysis of pages to determine how well your site performs on a mobile device.

iPhoney is not an iPhone simulator but instead is designed for web developers who want to create 320 by 480 (or 480 by 320) websites for use with iPhone. It gives you a canvas on which to test the visual quality of your designs.

iPhoney requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later. Here's some of what you can do with iPhoney:

  • Test your iPhone-enabled Web 2.0 applications and compatible web sites.
  • Open any website that works with Safari (use Safari 3 beta for the most accurate experience).
  • Rotate to see websites in either portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Show or hide the location bar for a full-screen iPhone experience.
  • Simulate the iPhone user agent, to test browser redirection scripts.
  • Zoom out to see how your current pages might look while zoomed out on iPhone.
  • Turn off plug-ins (including Flash, but note that they all turn off (including QuickTime).
  • Automatic updates with Sparkle, so you'll always know if there's a new version.
  • And of course, open source code so you can contribute to iPhoney's rapid development

It is nice tool to view our website in ipad.It is good to use on Safari or Google Chrome to have a accurate simulation.