Apps and HTML5 Wrestle For Mobile Supremacy

by ChihWei H
HTML5 continues to receive support from big companies. Old technology powerhouse such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft are embracing the trend. Internet new comers, such are Twitter, Facebook, and Pandora are launching their product and services on smartphone and tablets from website based on HTML5. Many of these companies are already providing apps for smartphone and tablets, however, using HTML5 gives customer the same function and convenience of an app without the hassle of installing one.  Amaozn, for example, launched Kindle Cloud Reader with functions very similar to its app counterparts. HTML5 give companies the ability to bypass Apple’s 30% cut for app and content purchases. That being said, app and web application doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.

I’m sure everyone knows the era of Web 2.0 is here. HTML5 would be an essential tool for developers to bring the functions people need and want to their browsers. One thing I see as a limitation to HTML5 is internet speed. In my opinion, web site has innovative so fast that traditional internet service provider has a hard time to catch up. I’m currently paying $25 each month for AT&T DSL, and I can only watch high definition programs on Netflix half of the time. There are a lot potential for HTML5 to flourish, however, we need faster internet speed to reach HTML5’s full potential as well.

I think the best of HTML5 is it can be almost platform independent. I said almost because developers will still have to optimized its site for smartphones, tablets, and PCs. As the growth of smartphone outpacing PCs, we students and developers might want to jump on the opportunities. HTML5 could be a great way to start because why would you want pay 30% of your revenue to Google or Apple if you could get around it. There are still few drawbacks to HTML5 compare to Apps, but having an alternative is always great.


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3 thoughts on “Apps and HTML5 Wrestle For Mobile Supremacy”

  1. It would be great NOT to give away your hard-earned money right off the bat( 30% commission), but HTML 5 probably won’t be available for a long time yet, but having options are great. And I read on Wiki that HTML 5 was designed with mobile devices in mind. Hopefully HTML 5 on mobile devices will help extend battery usage. It would be nice not to have to carry the phone charger around with me.

  2. This article is pretty interesting. Yes, I agreed with you. HTML5 can perform different tasks much more independently. But I did some research that HTML5 is still under development due to syntax errors. It’s nice to see HTML5 is released in the future. We will have less trouble to watch online video because of missing plug-in or Adobe Flash.

  3. I want to agree with you on the platform independency that is a tremendous advantage to HTML 5. I know as a developer, and many other developers face this as well, I tend to develop software in “my” environment and when I is working and functional it is discouraging and frustrating to find out that it does not work and function across platforms. Because essential I have to “redo” or tweak further what I have worked hard on to accomplish once. Some case require a complete re-write (that is an extreme case though). I can’t wait to get ahold of it and start learning how to use it.

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