Mobile apps are leaving us this year. That’s my prediction. With the rise of the philosophy/technology of responsive web design, HTML5/CSS3 being supported pretty much across the board on mobile devices, and with the rollout of 4G networks, there’s not a whole lot of point in building apps for specific mobile devices anymore. Why not just build one that works on everything? Those iPhone developers had a good run for a few years, but by the end of this year, they’re all going to have to come back into the web developer fold or lose their jobs. There will of course be some niche apps that take advantage of hardware for specific devices that will stick around, but those will be very few and far between.
(this is all, by the way, exactly what Steve Jobs initially had planned for apps, but everyone whined and complained so much that Apple gave in to third-party apps, remember that?)
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I just finished reading this short, but info-packed (and free) eBook by Google on marketing called Winning the Zero Moment of Truth. I especially like the section on the value of user comments on products (even bad comments) since it proved all my instincts and hard-headed past insistences to the contrary were completely wrong (it happens to the best of us). Anyway, download it and read it if you have a free hour, it’s definitely worth it no matter what type of business you’re in. I can see computer programmers benefiting from it as much as musicians or anyone else.
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