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Google Announces Plans To Bake Android-Like Web Intents Into Chrome

There’s a lot of innovation going on in the browser wars these days, with huge strides in features and performance from all the top vendors. And there’s a new feature on the horizon that’s going to make web apps even more powerful and flexible: Web Intents, which will allow web apps to communicate with each other.

Today, Google has announced that it’s planning to integrate Web Intents into Chrome. The news comes on the heels of Mozilla’s announcement last month that it is also working on the project (Google’s post seems to indicate that the two projects used to be distinct, but that they’re now being unified under a single API).

So what exactly are Web Intents? The name and the purpose are both similar to the Intents system that’s present in Google’s Android platform. In short, Intents allow two separate applications to communicate with each other, without either of them having to actually know what the other one is. Instead, they offer and listen for generic hooks.

On Android this means that if you install a new image editing application, the default Gallery app doesn’t have to integrate any special APIs in order to send a photo to that editing app. Likewise in the case of a web app, this means that a new photo hosting site could easily integrate editing functionality from something like Aviary or Picnik, without either of those services needing to implement a special API unique to that photo hosting site.

Yes, it’s slightly confusing, but it’s a good thing, and it means web apps will be able to operate more like native applications.

Via: TC

 

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Android Tablet, Google, Software, Technology

 

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Poptuit Looks To Reinvent The Android Dialer By Making It Sleeker And Smarter

It’s a cliche by now, but there’s no question that the launch of the iPhone in 2007 changed the future of mobile devices forever. Even the actual phone portion of the device saw huge improvements: visual voicemail, relatively easy contact management, and quick access to your recent calls. And, err, the dialer has looked just about the same ever since. As has Android’s dialer, which is basically identical to the iPhone’s.

They’re drab, they don’t do a good job consolidating different channels of communication, and they aren’t nearly as smart as they could be.

Enter Poptuit, a new startup that’s looking to reinvent your smartphone’s dialer by turning it into a central hub for all of your social content — and it’s much nicer  looking to boot. At this point the Android-only application is in private beta, but the first 100 readers to go here and enter the code ‘Crunch’ will get access.

In a word, Poptuit looks slick. The dialer has gotten a nice facelift, and, more important, it’s actually smarter than the one you’re used to. As you call your friends, coworkers, and family, Poptuit will intelligently display their faces in a grid, so your most-called contacts are easily accessible.

Via: TC

 

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Android Tablet, Google

 

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Twitter Rolls Out An Improved, HTML5 Version Of Twitter.com For iPad

Because the stream of realtime palaver that is Twitter needed even more ways to be consumed on even more devices, the company has just announced that it’s started to roll out an HTML5-based Twitter.com for iPad, and that all iPad users should have it accessible within the week.

The app is full HTML5 and an improvement over the current one-paned experience of the Twitter mobile site on the tablet. Not surprisingly it is reminiscent of a hybrid of Twitter.com and the mobile apps and was based on Twitter’s HTML5 client for iPhone and Android, Twitter mobile engineer Manuel Deschamps tells me. The HTML5 web app will be rolled out to all users within the week, eh hem, beating Facebook which has yet to launch its own HTML5 initiative Project Spartan.

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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in iOS, Twitter

 

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