Have you ever tried to teach a toddler proper toothbrush procedures? It’s not easy. But it might be a little easier now, with the ToothIQ JR. App, designed and developed by Softway Solutions. The ToothIQ JR. project started about one year ago. iTooth Apps came to us with an idea for an app that was both informative as well as fun for their young patients. After nearly a year of creative design, app development, and even creating custom sound effects, the ToothIQ JR. app just went live for purchase in the App Store.
Ah, yes! Nothing like enjoying the end of a busy week, where two projects go live.
Someone bring in Shipley’s for breakfast. We’re going to sushi for lunch. And we’ll wash it all down with a ‘happy hour’ at E.O.D. Job well done!… til Monday comes. Then it’s on to bigger problems and better solutions.
But for now, we celebrate!
Adobe, the much heralded pioneers for dynamic content development on our web and mobile devices via their proprietary Flash platform, has officially closed the door on future mobile flash support, instead refocusing their sights on the widely supported HTML5 standard.
It is no secret that Adobe has had its share of battles with Apple, the smartphone giant that has refused to support the mobile Flash plugin for the iPhone, citing less than stellar performance on their ubiquitous device. With the kind of market share that the iPhone has over the smartphone market, and with the near unanimous support of Adobe Flash for web and mobile devices, it was the kind of stalemate that had developers and consumers wondering which titan would topple first. It seems Apple would be the last man standing, and with Adobe finally taking their hat out of the mobile animation ring, HTML 5 has the unique opportunity to become the next contender for worldwide animation support on mobile devices.
The full story:
Adobe has said it will stop developing its Flash plugin for mobile devices. The company intends to focus on HTML 5 for mobile devices and work with Flash “where it can have the most impact for the industry”, Adobe said in a blog post.
Danny Winokur, Adobe’s vice president and general manager of interactive development, wrote: “Over the past two years, we’ve delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices. However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively.”
Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform that is available as a plug-in for mobile devices to allow them to run videos and play games. Adobe says it will continue to issue bug fixes and security updates but will no longer development the mobile platform.
Apple’s iOS devices – the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – have never supported Flash. That has been portrayed as a weakness in the system by supporters of Google’s Android OS but it appears that Apple’s will has eventually prevailed.
Mobile Flash was the subject of a row between Apple and Adobe 18 months ago. Adobe claimed that Apple did not allow Flash because the iPhone manufacturer wanted to protect its App Store.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s late CEO, denied that claim in a post on his company’s website. He said Adobe Flash was not an open technology, was unstable and had a negative effect on battery life. He also pointed out that there were alternative technologies for things such as web video. Jobs wrote: “In addition, Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it.”
So what does this mean for the future of mobile development?
In short, it could mean a lot of things. HTML 5 is widely supported in web and mobile devices, and Adobe has definitely not neglected the language in its own suite of tools (Adobe Edge is their answer to HTML 5 development, allowing animation capabilities very similar to Flash). With the largest mobile platform for proprietary animation soon to be stepping out of the ring, we may be seeing much more HTML 5 based development in favor of mobile development for Flash. Of course, with the wide support of Flash on the web, Flash still has a happy home with the non-mobile web as its stronghold. It seems though that the mobile world will have to start looking elsewhere for a universally accepted mobile animation platform.
The Bottom Line
As a developer, we know compatibility plays a critical role in the development choices made by us and our clients. When the giants like Adobe and Apple make massive decisions, it affects the way we as developers think, create, and approach the creation of apps, animations, and websites – which ultimately affects the way that clients and the rest of the world will perceive the internet. More than anything, the ever changing development world requires us to be nimble and ready to adapt as the world changes to adopt these newer technologies. The goal though remains the same – to create an immersive world that is accessible, relevant, and meaningful for the end-user. The platforms may change, but the demand for dynamic content is only increasing. As HTML 5 steps up as the next contender for a widely supported mobile animation solution, we will have to wait and see if there is real staying power in its animation capabilities, or if it will end up as just another flash in the pan.
Mohammad Anwar from Softway Solutions, Inc was interviewed by CW 39 to discuss iPad App development services serving the local Houston Market. You can watch the interview below
Softway Solutions has been developing apps for the iPad even prior to the launch of the iPad. Softway Solutions predicts that there will be a demand for business based applications that would be developed on the iPad. Businesses can build applications over the iPad that may help in their day to day processes with their business. For example a business may want to develop a GPS based application that helps their employees track their positions with respect delivery points or be able to access a centrally located database repository to update information.
You can learn more about their iPad app development services on their website at www.softwaysolutions.com
Apple released their new tablet today – iPad. The iPad has a 9.7-inch touch screen, is a half-inch thick, weighs 1.5 pounds and comes with 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of flash memory storage. It comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity built in. Jobs said the device has a battery that lasts 10 hours and can sit for a month on standby without needing a charge.
Softway Solutions will be offering the development and programming services for the iPad. We are looking to offer iPad development services for various industries ranging from the Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Retail and more. Softway Solutions would be offering the iPad development services for corporate applications or entertainment applications such as Games as well.
Softway Solutions already offers iPhone development services and are excited to offer the iPad development services in addition as well. We will also be porting some of our iPhone applications for the iPad.
We shall keep you informed of our progress and any developments we may have soon for the iPad.
Contact us today if you have ideas or applications that you would want to develop for the iPad today at 281-914-4381 or contact us via our website at – www.softwaysolutions.com
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