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If a user of your product is buying a smartwatch tomorrow and your app is not compatible with it or your notifications can’t be triggered from there, you might frustrate them. If you have a website or an app today, it’s time to start planning support for wearable devices. In this article, we’ll review the platforms available today, what we can do on each of them, how to plan the architecture, and how to develop apps or companion services for these new devices.
Do you remember the shoe phone from Get Smart? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are probably too young (or I’m too old). (You can Google it now. Just go; I’ll wait here in this tab.) The shoe phone we saw on TV was followed by many other wearable devices on TV, such as the ones on Knight Rider, The Flintstones, James Bond and Dick Tracy. Many years later, we can say that wearable devices are here and ready to use. We, as designers and developers, need to be ready to develop successful experiences for them.
You resize the browser and a smile creeps over your face. You’re happy: You think you are now mobile-friendly, that you have achieved your goals for the website. Let me be a bit forward before getting into the discussion: You are losing users and probably money if responsive web design is your entire goal and your only solution for mobile. The good news is that you can do it right.
In this article, we’ll cover the relationship between the mobile web and responsive design, starting with how to apply responsive design intelligently, why performance is so important in mobile, why responsive design should not be your website’s goal, and ending with the performance issues of the technique to help us understand the problem.
There is no longer any debate about whether we need to address the design needs of mobile website users. While mobile browsers and platforms are creating new challenges for us, jQuery Mobile, an open-source multiplatform UI framework, can help us succeed with our mobile apps.
jQuery Mobile was released to help designers and developers create mobile Web experiences that are easy to build, multiplatform, customizable and unobtrusive in code. In this article, we’ll discuss what we need in order to use jQuery Mobile, as well as its basic architecture, and how to deal with a typical app’s features, such as theme, fixed toolbar, page navigation, buttons, lists and forms. You’ll get a practical idea of how to create a jQuery Mobile app and how to extend it with advanced features.