by Robert Herron
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
I've been having this discussion a lot lately with fellow wireless dorks. About HTML5. How it's going to transform the mobile computing experience. On smartphones and tablets.
In the current scheme of things, most of us use apps on our smartphones and tablets. In fact, one of the most important things that most people consider before selecting a mobile operating system is the app selection available. Most shoppers only consider iOS and Android because of their app selections.
How many more of us would consider a BlackBerry (RIM) OS, or Windows Phone, or Ubuntu if you could run all your favorite apps? Or maybe WebOS wouldn't have died so prematurely?
And that's exactly what HTML5 can do. It allows for app developers to build in HTML5, and then it can run in any smartphone. Design it in one platform, and just port it over in all OS'es. And eventually, even though it seems somewhat degressive, we will all be going into our favorite apps via the web browser in coming years. There will be no need for the apps to be installed on your phone again.
This will be a very good thing for consumers and smaller operating systems. To allow them to better compete in the app based world we now live in. But as these advantages for their competitors become more pronounced, expect Apple and Google begin to push back. Apps are big business to them. Not just in sales, but in differentiation from competitors.
The mobile app is going the way of the CD-ROM: To the dustbin of history
Jolie O'Dell, VentureBeat.com
“Forget being in love with the open web and all that touchy-feely stuff.”
Jay Sullivan is Mozilla’s vice president of products, and for a spokesperson of one of the open web’s dearest darlings, he’s on a tear.
“If you want to have a variety of mobile apps, it gets expensive… that’s a lot of apps to build,” he told VentureBeat in a recent interview.
Sullivan is making a strong case against building native apps and for the mobile web as the new platform to (literally) end all platforms.
Now, a number of developments make his words especially timely. Yahoo has just announced Yahoo Cocktails, a set of tools for developers to use that make web apps look and behave more like native apps. Mozilla is working on tools to help developers sell web-based apps to mobile device users, enabling them to make profits just as developers in the iTunes App Store or Android Market can now do.
Even Adobe is scrapping Flash for mobile phones andpinning its hopes on HTML 5 for the mobile web. “HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively,” wrote Danny Winokur, Adobe VP and General Manager of Interactive Development.
Article Continued at: http://venturebeat.com/2011/11/09/mobile-web/