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Onswipe is leading mobile-friendly content with new offerings

In today’s market of mobile-friendly websites, mobi-sites and mobile device apps, it can often be difficult to choose the best medium to showcase a website’s content on a mobile device. Enter the concept of responsive design, where a website can be restyled and adjusted to suit varying screen sizes, from large cinema displays down to the smallest of mobile device screens.

While responsive design is not always desired by a website owner or by a client, what are the other options? Creating a dedicated mobile device app across myriad mobile devices, all developed on various platforms?

Enter Onswipe, a tool for showcasing your content in the ideal manner for the various mobile platforms on offer in an app-like fashion.

Having been around on iPad and other tablets for some time now, and integrated into the WordPress.com blogging network, Onswipe recently launched for iPhone as well, enabling its polished, app-like interfaces to be viewed when browsing your website via an iPhone.

How do I customise Onswipe?

In today’s world, where the concepts of “responsive design”, “apps” and “mobile communication devices” no longer fit into the same sentences as “hoverboards” and “121 jigowatts”, it is important to remember that not every website owner today is a technical wizard or code geek. By the same token, not every website owner is Picasso. Should this restrict them from implementing an app-like mobile viewing experience onto their websites, or being able to tweak and adjust the layout to their liking, without having to pay an experienced designer to move the content “a few pixels to the left”?

This is where Onswipe’s new templating system, “Draft” comes in. As Onswipe is a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, requiring only a single line of JavaScript code be added to your website, there is no need for extra, bloated code on your website itself in order to create a layout for your Onswipe screens. Simply place the code, given when signing up for Onswipe, into your website per the clear instructions and you’re good to go. Onswipe and “Draft” handles the rest.

What if I’m a developer?

“Draft” makes use of the power of CSS3 including transitions, transforms and keyframes. In addition, the changes are pushed, using websockets, direct to the developer’s iPad after each save and debug in a Webkit browser (Webkit browsers include Safari and Google Chrome), which makes for quick and easy debugging and previewing of changes and updates.

On the whole, Onswipe’s aims are clear — create a better web through the showcasing and beautification of the its content. If you’d like to showcase your content in a mobile-friendly and app-like fashion, Onswipe is the way to go.

Author | Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen
Matthew Cohen is a web developer, WordPress enthusiast, avid musician, music lover and blogger. He enjoys coding WordPress plugins and themes, custom web-based applications and playing guitar to a good beat. More
  • My problem with creating WordPress sites is that we enable the Mobile theme, but we don’t actually know how many mobile devices visit the website, slam into a mountain of javascript and fail to load anything at all: like my Samsung GT-S5230 touch screen phone that just times out after about 40 secs.
    Surely responsive themes are not the answer without removing all that javascript.?
    How would Onswipe affect that?
    And is Onswipe available to WordPress.com users?

  • John Grijalva

    Lg g2 does have a micro SD slot

  • Chris

    Only the overseas edition

  • Ed

    Because Galaxy Nexus wasn’t based on similar Samsung phones at the time of it’s introduction.

  • Matt

    I also don’t like the buttons on the back of the phone but we don’t need to read about your opinion in an article. So what if there aren’t any concrete advantages. Move on with the pointless article.

  • killerbees

    There is a huge difference between the the cameras on the two phones. You forgot to mention optical stablization and the shutter time (the G2 takes pictures faster and is more responsive).

    The camera is the main reason I would choose the G2 over the Nexus 5 which is still practically the same phone is a Nexus 4.

  • nickdrake

    After upgrading from the nexus 4 to the nexus 5, you could not be more wrong. Software-wise, sure they run the same vanilla android but the camera is a huge improvement from the nexus 4 and the battery life as well. You can tell a difference in overall speed and touch response. The screen is a step above that of the G2 I mean I could just go on.

  • Bojan Tomic

    It was ahead of it’s time! Love it.

  • There is no MicroSD card slot in the Indian version which was sent to us by Qualcomm.

  • I did mention optical stabilisation “Both of them are equipped with single LED flash lights at the back and lenses with optical image stabilisation. ” Under low light conditions, Nexus 5 is actually faster in taking images. G2 somehow takes longer time to focus under low light conditions. I hope that you’ve used Nexus 5 after the 4.4.1 camera update.

  • Weirdly, Galaxy Nexus wasn’t based on any Samsung device. The closest that we could get in matching Galaxy Nexus to a Samsung devices is Galaxy S2 HD LTE http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s_ii_hd_lte-4198.php

    It had a slower processor and a smaller battery.

  • There’s an actual advantage with the LG G2, it has much longer battery life and that can’t be unnoticed. But that doesn’t mean that Nexus 5 hasn’t improved in terms of battery life when compared to its predecessor. It did, but there’s not a big difference when you compare it to Nexus 4.

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