If you’ve noticed lately, there’s been quite a bit of swirl on Droidweb.com. The site was largely unusable about a month ago (thanks to some DNS mismanagement on my part), the layout has been in flux over the past week or so, and worst of all, there hasn’t been any new content in a while! Have no fear, these things are being fixed in an ongoing series of improvement to everyone’s favorite Android resource, Droidweb.com.
A New Look
Over the years, Droidweb has gone through quite a few redesigns (at the rate of about one or two a year). On each iteration, we’ve tried to improve the site usability in various ways. This update focusses on a few areas:
- Responsive: Droidweb.com is now fully responsive. Whether you’re on your phone, tablet, desktop, or laptop, it shouldn’t matter. And now at Droidweb, it doesn’t. All content should be accessible from any screen. There are a still a few rough edges being ironed out (mostly in the area of third party included on the site), but we’re making progress every day.
- Coming soon – Content Accessibility: There’s a lot of stuff that’s been shared on Droidweb.com over the years. App reviews, website and tool recommendations, tutorials, op-eds, and much more. In the coming weeks, all of this content will be combed through and organized under a few categories so as to make the content a lot more accessible.
Holo is Beautiful: It’s no secret: the Holo theme and design guidelines for Android applications is pretty awesome. It really makes app designs beautiful, usable, and more accessible for the less strictly design-minded among us. The new Droidweb redesign attempts to bring some of that awesome to this blog. As you can see, the page takes advantage of elements of the Holo design including color scheme and some page elements.
A New Mission
Generally Droidweb has focused on Android developments. It has transitioned from being more of a general Android news source to trying to be more of a developer’s resource. Many times there has been content that should be shared, but has been glossed over because it didn’t strictly apply to Android. However, the landscape of the increasingly mobile web has changed since Droidweb was first started. Android has grown considerably since the days of m5-rc14 and has established itself as a force to be reckoned with. Responsive web design has grown from being a industry underground buzzword to being a design imperative. And HTML5 is gaining adoption by the day (including being supported on IE).
While Android will remain a core topic of discussion here at Droidweb, the scope of topics will be broadened a little to include the web at large. In today’s state of technology, web development (whether it be a web app, a responsive page, or something else) is just as important as native development and the two are being inextricably intertwined. As such Droidweb is going to include more information about web tech at a higher level, including how it affects us inside the Android ecosystem.
As always I’d like to take a second and thank you, the reader. Whether a Droidweb regular, or a new visitor, you’re a vital portion of the site; without you there would be no Droidweb. Keep on being awesome, and don’t be afraid to engage with the content on Droidweb. Feel free to tweet, share, and comment what you see here. And if you’d like to see a particular topic covered, feel free to let us know that. Droidweb is interested in what you’re interested in!