Last year T-Mobile tried to merge with AT&T but the deal was blocked by the FCC. Now T-Mobile and MetroPCS have agreed to merge in a $1.5 billion deal.There doesn’t seem to be much concern that the FCC will disagree with this deal, perhaps because the two companies combined will have a user base of 42.5 million, which will still be smaller than the #3 player Sprint‘s 56.4 million. Because the two companies have similar spectrum holdings T-Mobile claims the merger will allow them to offer better coverage. They also say they will continue to offera range of both on and off-contract plans.
Developers building apps for Firefox OS should be able to test them without having to deploy them to actual devices. Myk Melez looked into the state of the art recently and found that the existing desktop test environments, like B2G Desktop, the B2G Emulators, and Firefox’s Responsive Design View, are either difficult to configure or significantly different from Firefox OS on a phone.
Firefox add-ons provide one of the simplest software installation and update experiences. And B2G Desktop is a lot like a phone. So, Myk Melez decided to experiment with distributing B2G Desktop via an add-on. And the result is r2d2b2g, an experimental prototype test environment for Firefox OS.
How It Works
r2d2b2g bundles B2G Desktop with Firefox menu items for accessing that test environment and installing an app into it. With r2d2b2g, starting B2G Desktop is as simple as selecting Tools > B2G Desktop:
To install an app into B2G Desktop, navigate to it in Firefox, then select Tools > Install Page as App:
r2d2b2g will install the app and start B2G Desktop so you can see the app the way it’ll appear to Firefox OS users:
Try It Out!
Note that r2d2b2g is an experiment, not a product! It is neither stable nor complete, and its features may change or be removed over time. Or Mozilla might end the project after learning what they can from it. But if you’re the adventurous sort, and you’d like to provide feedback on this investigation into a potential future product direction, then they’d love to hear from you!
Install r2d2b2g via these platform-specific XPIs: Mac, Linux (32-bit), orWindows (caveat: the Windows version of B2G Desktop currently crashes on startup due to bug 794662 795484), or fork it on GitHub, and let us know what you think!
Google seems determined to press forward with Google Glass technology, filinga patent for a Google Glass wristwatch. As pointed out by CNET, the timepiece includes a camera and a touch screen that, once flipped up, acts as a secondary display. In the patent, Google refers to the device as a ‘smart-watch. Whether or not a Google Glass wristwatch ever appears on the marketplace — just because a tech titan patents a particular invention doesn’t mean it’s bound for store shelves anytime soon — the appearance of augmented-reality accessories brings up a handful of interesting issues for everyone from app developers to those tasked with handling massive amounts of corporate data.For app developers, augmented-reality devices raise the prospect of broader ecosystems and spiraling complexity. It’s one thing to build an app for smartphones and tablets — but what if that app also needs to handle streams of data ported from a pair of tricked-out sunglasses or a wristwatch, or send information in a concise and timely way to a tiny screen an inch in front of someone’s left eye?
- Minifying and concatenating
- → which reduces the code’s size and parsing/download time
- Batch loading
- → which reduces the number of requests made
- Data URIs embedding
- → which further reduces the number of requests, response time and bandwidth
- Optionally images referenced in stylesheets can be embedded as data URIs. Together with the gzippping of the server response, those embedded images, together, function as a “super sprite”.
Patrick Reilly, Senior Software Developer, Mobile
- Copyright notes: “Phone charging” by Eml5526.sp11.team1.adam, in the public domain, from Wikimedia Commons.
Thanks to everyone for participating in our first round of mobile gateway testing.
This time around we’d like you to have our new mobile gateway for your default experience.
Visually the gateway should look pretty much the same minus a beta logo. All the other changes are under the hood. If you can’t tell the difference between this and the old gateway then we’ve done our job.
For those coming back; here are some of the issues that you guys reported that we fixed
- Missing templates – We’re now using live content so this shouldn’t be an issue.
- Mismatched Japanese & English templates – see above
- Missing devices – We’ve added a lot more devices through WURFL. If yours is still having issues let us know.
- Don’t redirect tablets – Fixed!
- Remove the donate banners – Fixed!
- … and numerous others
You can learn more about our mobile projects and future work by visitingour Mobile Projects page. If you are a developer and would like to get involved, check out the page detailing our work. And if you just want to say hello or give us some super quick feedback then join us on irc through freenode #wikimedia-mobile
Thanks for making Wikipedia Mobile better for everyone.