by Bach B
HTML 5 is the fifth revision of the HTML standard (created in 1990 and standardized as HTML4 as of 1997) and as of January 2012 is still under development, and it has lot of potentials. Thus, to encourage developers to use HTML 5, AT&T releases a new API(application programming interface) platform. David Christopher, chief marketing officer at AT&T says “It’s essentially a rich set of APIs and tools aimed at furthering the HTML 5 appeal as an app development choice.” Furthermore, it also has the potential to address fragmentation. HTML 5 simplifies things for developers by letting them build apps that are able to run in a browser accessible by any smartphone rather than different native apps for different smartphones. With this new API, Christopher hopes that 85 percent of smartphones will have browsers capable of running HTML 5 by 2016. Currently, the new APIs are hosted on cloud services including Heroku and Microsoft’s Azure. Developers must pay a US$99 registration fee to start using the APIs.
In response to this, i really like the idea that HTML 5 will be able to unite all browsers on different kinds of smartphones. It helps developers save a lot of time and also resources, since they will only have to build one app for all smartphones, instead of one for iPhone, one Android, one for BlackBerry, etc. For customers, HTML 5 is also helpful in the way that they would be able to use or share their favorite apps regardless what kind of smartphone they are using.
Gohring, Nancy (Jan 9, 2012), IDG News, AT&T Promotes HTML 5 Apps, from http://www.pcworld.com/article/247570/atandt_promotes_html_5_apps.html