In his Making the Mobile Web Fast, Feature-rich, and Beautiful presentation at Google I/O 2014 Paul Irish shared Google's latest efforts to make the mobile Web faster, more polished, and feature-rich. Here are my notes from his talk:
- The Web is discoverable: URLs allow us to share, rediscover, and save information.
- The Web is everywhere: it's a shared open platform on every device.
- While many people think the mobile Web is dying, the truth is the Web is not only alive but growing.
- In 8 months the number of mobile optimized sites has gone from 47% to 60%. But why aren't more sites mobile optimized?
- Speed, integration, and polish were the top concerns of developers about the mobile Web.
- Service worker is a successor to appcache that allows you to build offline first experiences. Service worker provides push notifications, background sync, and geo-fencing.
- requestAutocomplete is a standard that allows you ti dramatically improve the process of filling in forms like checkout.
- Web tabs in Android are integrated alongside native apps. This gives Web pages an equal footing with apps.
- Polymer provides a rich component set that allows you to create great looking Web pages easily.
- Chrome Developer tools have been rebuilt to provide robust information on what is making Web pages slow. There's also new mobile views to make development easier.
- Web Starter Kit is a way to kick-off to start building for the multi-device Web. It provides smart defaults and workflow suggestions to get you up and running.
- For many users, their first experience with you is through your Web site. Make a great first impression: build responsively, improve performance, and share what you learn.