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Adobe Edge for Cross-Device Friendly HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript code based Interactivity

Adobe has just launched a new animation program, Adobe Edge, that takes promising steps towards the world of mobile media animations and interactivity. Adobe Edge functions in many ways like a Flash program with the key difference that the created animations are not exported as a swf movie but they are actually converted into a mathematical HTML5 code along with CSS and javascript that can be further developed in HTML mode. Animations and interactivity designed by Adobe Edge are compatible with mobile devices that do not support the Flash player. Interaria is following and testing the developments of Adobe Edge program closely, and providing the most current motion and interactivity solutions to our clients.

Official product page:
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/edge/

Watch a video by Adobe about Adobe Edge:

Google’s Goal: Not Just a Search Engine but an Operating System of Your Life

Google For LifeJohn Battelle, a seasoned Google expert, talked on October 13, 2011 in Bloomberg Television interview about the current status quo of Google, and where the company is heading. Battelle makes two key arguments: 1) Google is a strong player in the mobile market and continues to grow its search business for mobile users, especially the Android market, and 2) Google+ is not only a social network but a systematic effort by Google to increase user loyalty and fluidity between all Google’s products and services.

In summary, the key points made about Google by Battelle are:

  • Google has managed to gather mobile ecosystem to their benefit
  • Google search business continues to grow; Google is now focused on developing AdSense for mobile
  • With Google+ , Google is moving beyond search to social media and media in general
  • Google is a relevant contestant against Apple in the mobile market
  • Google wants to be “the operating system of your life”
  • Google+ is the mortar between all Google’s services: Chrome, Android, Google apps etc

© 2011. Meri Kuusi-Shields / Interaria. All rights reserved.

Native Mobile Apps << and/or >> Optimizing Media Content For Cross-Device Use

This image by Twitter summarizes the various mobile device platforms and draws vividly that the smartphone and tablet environment is something each company should take seriously when considering how they want to best serve the growing number of mobile device users. Twitter has developed native apps for each relevant smartphone and tablet in the US market taking a strong argument for native app development. Another or an additional route is to optimize web media to display optimally in mobile devices without requirements (or encouragement) to download iOS or Google Android apps. For instance, Facebook considers its website to display optimally on an iPad and has not (so far) developed a native app. Many newspapers and online magazines on the other hand are fully engaging in iPad app based online magazine production but still figuring out how to handle raising advertising money and subscriptions on this new platform.

How to position in the growing mobile market of smartphones and tablets? There are currently many options for a company to choose from, and here is just the surface:

  1. Develop website only, optimized for mobile devices but not displayed in any mobile specific ways.
  2. Develop website + iPhone version prompted upon visiting a site via iPhone (not app).
  3. Develop website + iPhone app.
  4. Develop website + iPhone version prompted upon visiting a site via iPhone (not app) + iPhone app.
  5. Develop website + iPhone app + iPad app.
  6. Develop website + iPhone version prompted upon visiting a site via iPhone (not app) + iPhone app + iPad app.
  7. Develop website + iPhone app + Android mobile app.
  8. Develop website + iPhone app + iPad app + Android mobile app.

This list would continue with any other alternative scenario by combining variables above. Dallas iOS app developer Interaria will be reviewing specific examples of mobile media within this framework during this week.

Native iOS iPad App or Cross-Device Use? – Case of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

In the coming weeks Interaria – a Dallas iOS iPad app developer – will be focusing on discussing how media and content should, could and can be developed and optimized in the effort of aiming for an “optimal” user experience and interaction on iPhones and iPads. There are many frameworks and positions in this discussion. Ultimately the conversation is about developing iOS apps for iPhones and iPads (“native” apps) vs. creating web media and content that displays and functions well on cross-device use. Continue reading Native iOS iPad App or Cross-Device Use? – Case of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Android Mobile App Development Efforts Boosted by PayPal


The deadline is May 14, 2011 to submit an e-commerce driven Android mobile app to PayPal X Developer Challenge. Dallas Mobile App Development company Interaria sees this is as a very clever way for PayPal to get access to tons of new app software and pick the best codes for developing their secure payment systems for Android phones. In the future PayPal will for sure feature a growing number of PayPal driven Android compatible shopping experiences (mobile apps) on their website thanks to the input from this challenge.

Click here to read more about the PayPal X Developer Challenge.

Contact Dallas Mobile App Development company Interaria for more information about Android App development.

in Dallas: iOS Mobile App Development For iPhones & iPads

A growing number of consumers are accessing the Internet and visiting websites via iPhones and iPads. Cooper Murphy Copywriters conducted a poll in the UK and found out that iPad was the preferred device for surfing the Web for 38% of iPad owners (http://cmcopywriters.co.uk/ipad-consumer-usage-study). This poll was published in August 2010 and since the launch of iPhone 4 and iPad 2 one can witness the increasing use of mobile devices for surfing the Internet. Needless to say, today effective Web media needs to be optimized for many mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad platforms. Continue reading in Dallas: iOS Mobile App Development For iPhones & iPads

Our Top Five Favorite iPhone Apps

As many of you may know, Dallas Web Design Company Interaria is a REGISTERED iOS Apple developer. Our love for the iPhone manifests on and off work. Below are our favorite iPhone apps that we find useful, entertaining and occasionally even practical.

1) Polytune iPhone App

PolyTune is an innovate tool to use for tuning your guitar. Unlike other guitar tuners, PolyTune let’s you strum all strings at once to tune rather than needing to go string by string. Our top reasons why we like Polytune iPhone App:

  • $4.99 (OK, we can pay this)
  • Innovative tool because when strumming once all strings at the same time and getting feedback on all strings at once, you can then tune faster by tuning more than one string per interval.
  • Gives an immediate visual indication as to how in tune the guitar is as a whole, rather than the string by string approach.
  • Often times you know from playing that one string alone might be slightly out, and this tool is a great way to quickly identify which string is out verses going string by string.
2) Verizon FiOS DVR Manager iPhone App

If Verizon FiOS is your tv service provider, and you use their DVR service too, you can use this app to schedule recordings and manage available recording space on your DVR. Our top reasons why we like Verizon FiOS DVR Manager iPhone App:

  • Free (only works with Verizon FiOS DVR)
  • Managing DVR is easier and faster from app than from the tv interface (which is a horrible experience by comparison)
  • If you’re out and about and forgot to record a show, app makes it easy to update from anywhere
3) Find My iPhone App

If you have two iPhones on the same .me account, Find My iPhone is a handy way to track one with the other. Our top reasons why we like Find My iPhone App:

  • Free (unlike the AT&T and many other GPS tracking service)
  • If you lose an iPhone or lose a person with an iPhone (such as at a large mall), this app comes in very handy.
  • Doesn’t require the iPhone being tracked to grant permission to be tracked, unlike other GPS tracking services

4) Ebay iPhone App

The eBay application for the iPhone is specially designed to run natively on the Apple iPhone and the iPod Touch. Using a streamlined interface that’s as elegant as it is practical, eBay members can search, bid, and check their activity on the go. Our top reasons why we like Ebay iPhone App:

  • Easy to use and so convenient
  • Great tool to place bids when on the go
  • If you are a seller, this app provides the basic tools to keep track of your listings and their status.
  • Ebay also offers a special app for sellers. It is still little tricky to use. Listing items via iPhone is possible but the visual control is not quite there yet. We would still recommend traditional methods for listing items.

5) Trivial Pursuit iPhone App

PLAY FOR THE PURSUIT OF FUN! Show off what you know in this contemporary version of the classic board game. Our top reasons why we like Trivial Pursuit iPhone App:

  • If you get annoyed with by slow family members who take forever to roll the dice, count the steps, take out the question card (from the wrong side), then place it wrongly back to the deck…then this app is for you.
  • Makes playing easy to start, and in a way is a more quiet way to play. We’ve noticed that it is easy to play a round at a coffee break
  • The app let’s you choose questions from multiple type of packs (easy, medium, senior, encyclopedia etc.)
  • The downside is that the questions start repeating after awhile… or maybe we’ve just played too many rounds
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