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September 15, 2013 - 1 comment.

A case for XXHDPI and UHDPI Android resources

I'm hoping to reverse a couple of choices made by the Android Dev Team concerning image resources. The first is the suggestion that XHDPI is good enough for most use cases so XXHDPI resources aren't necessary. Second, the newly-introduced resource name for 4k / Ultra HD screens: XXXHDPI.

I'll start with the easy one: XXXHDPI resolution should be called UHDPI.

Within a few years, there's a good chance MDPI and HDPI will be deprecated, just as LDPI is today. This will leave us with XHDPI, XXHDPI, and XXXHDPI as the standard identities for Android resources. X, XX, and XXX. That's silly.

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June 13, 2008 - No Comments!

iPhone / Flash cover-up

Found this article suggesting that Steve Jobs demoed a Flash enabled iPhone at WWDC 2008. Reading further, that's not the case, but it was... revealing.

The demo was a side by side comparison of nationalgeographic.com being downloaded by old iPhone vs. iPhone 3G. Both worked and got the NG homepage... but not really.

You see, the Nation Geographic homepage uses Flash. And if you don't have Flash, you'll see this placeholder & link:

See, this presentation requires Flash. Good graphic, well done.

But the iPhone demo, the one that puts the entire internet in your pocket, got this instead:

As you can see, someone (*cough, Apple*) edited out the text that states Flash is missing. Yet this is a "live side-by-side demo" of the iPhone browsers.

So, not a real live demo, and not really the NG website.

To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, "I yell rat!"