Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Title text: But still, my scheme for creating and saving user config files and data locally to preserve them across reinstalls might be useful for--wait, that's cookies.
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has a clever idea to skip the downloading and installing of applications on mobile phones with links to applications that would download the appropriate data and then run.
In the title text Cueballs idea for local application storage is also already contained in the HTTP protocol by cookies and HTML5 local storage.
Native phone applications and web applications are not completely interchangeable. The web browser that is needed to run web applications on a mobile phone doesn't allow access to several of the phones resources, like notifications and sensors.
Projects like Apache Cordova try to make these resources available to web applications, but they do this by creating a native application wrapper for the web application.
Cueball: Installing things has gotten so fast and painless.
Why not skip it entirely, and make a phone that has every app "Installed" already and just downloads and runs them on the fly?
I felt pretty clever until I realized I'd invented webpages.
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explainxkcd has it pretty easy with this one since the comic explains a lot of itself. Maybe explain what a smartphone is and how apps work? 18.104.22.168 05:28, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
For some reason, this reminded me of the old Snaptu app. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snaptu) 22.214.171.124 07:02, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
Maybe it should be mentioned that sometimes you DON'T want to auto-install every application and give it access to all your phone resources. Because, you know, malware. -- Hkmaly (talk) 09:47, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
I wonder why he chose
localStorage... seems like
localStorage does a better job of storing configs. greptalk12:06, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
document.cookies was invented before
localStorage. --126.96.36.199 22:19, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
Firefox OS can technically do this, and technically does this. greptalk12:07, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
Web pages and native apps still has a few essential differences that prevent us to interchange them practically, at least for now. The latter can be compiled and optimized into binaries that executes performantly on the specific device/platform. Current web standards don't make pages/sites/apps this way, the web browser needs to load the text codes then interpret and run them on the fly, which is much slower. 188.8.131.52 08:33, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
The phrase "[...] a phone that has every app "installed" [...]" from Cueball's dialogue seems to conflict with the explanation. I understood it as the phone would have all the apps installed, but with only the "header" data. In the Android context, I suppose that would be the AndroidManifest.xml. In the Windows context, I suppose that would be the registry entries. 184.108.40.206 00:30, 11 November 2015 (UTC)