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This is the monthly archive for March 2011.

Linkbait 13

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This week’s.

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Linkbait 12

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This week’s.

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Gomez Webinar slides

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By popular request, here are the slides of today’s webinar. Power Point format, 4.5Meg.

Reminder: Mobile Web Workshop, 23 March

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As I announced before I’ll hold a Mobile Web Workshop in Amsterdam on 23rd of March (i.e. next Wednesday). There are still a few tickets left.

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Linkbait 11

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This week’s. And last week’s, when I was lazy.

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The fundamental mobile OS question

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Samsung now has two major operating systems for the smartphone market: Android and its own bada. (We can ignore Windows for now.) Very cleverly, it is stealing the spotlights with its Android devices, while steadily building bada in the background, creating a developer ecosystem and upgrading the OS until it can somewhat compete with iOS and Android.

The reason for this dual strategy is that Samsung does not want to be beholden to Google for its OS. A strong bada will allow Samsung to discontinue Android in the future, and stake everything on its own OS where it owns the entire stack, from hardware to app store. It’s not certain that Samsung will in fact do this, but it wants to keep its options open.

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The new input types

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On Monday and Tuesday I did some heavy-duty research into the new HTML5 input types and attributes, and I published a desktop and a mobile compatibility table.

Let’s start with some good news. The readonly attribute, which makes a form field read-only, is supported by all browsers, both mobile and desktop. Even IE9. Cool, huh?

The rest of the input story is worse. Much worse. Let’s put it like this: Obigo WebKit, a browser nobody but me has ever heard of, outperforms iPhone and Android.

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Mobile browser stats for February

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Here are the global mobile browser stats for February 2011, taken from StatCounter. Little is happening; it seems the browser market is taking a few months off after the huge changes of the second half of 2010.

Nokia and Android are one point up; Safari and BlackBerry one point down. Android and BlackBerry continue their trends, Nokia and Safari don’t. That’s it.

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Linkbait 10

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This week’s.

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My US mini-tour

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In the first two weeks of April I’ll be in the US for the first time in two years. Events in Dallas, Austin, and NYC are in various stages of preparation, and if you like (and pay) some more events will be added to my schedule.

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Mobile Web Workshop, 23rd of March, Amsterdam

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On Wednesday 23rd of March I will hold a Mobile Web Workshop in Amsterdam. The workshop will take place in Felix Meritis (Keizersgracht 324), and it will run from 10:00 to about 17:00. Tickets are €300 ex. VAT, and they include lunch. The maximum number of participants is 15.

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