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The Best of the Week (Nov. 22): Mobile Zone

12.01.2013
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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Mobile Zone (Nov. 22 to Nov. 28). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. How to Use a VirtualBox Android Emulator

The slowness of the Android emulator has been the butt of many a joke since it was first unveiled. One solution is to use a VirtualBox VM with Android on it instead of the Android emulator, and the difference is amazing. In this article, you'll learn how to do set it up.

2. Google's Eric Schmidt on How to Convert from iOS to Android

In this gently aggressive post, Google's Eric Schmidt explains how to convert from iOS to Android. It is a step-by-step tutorial, in-depth enough that a novice could follow carefully and do everything he suggests, but also enough that experienced users will almost certainly find useful tips to ease the process.

3. StrongLoop Announces LoopBack Android SDK

StrongLoop recently announced the release of the Android SDK for LoopBack, an open-source, Node-built backend that allows Android apps to connect with enterprise and cloud data. Android developers looking for another way to access data might want to take a look.

4. A Flat UI Kit for Android

Flat UI is pretty popular these days. Now, not long after Bootstrap for Android became an option, there is another tool kit to help you keep your apps looking as up-to-date as they can: The Flat UI Kit from CengaLabs.

5. It's All About Perception: How to Make Mobile Sites Feel Faster

This article from Mobify takes an interesting look at the importance of mobile site performance - not in terms of actual, measurable speed, but in terms of its perception by users - and offers a number of tips on how to increase perceived performance.