iOS and HTML 5

by Vincent S
For this week, I read an article in PC World on implementation of HTML 5.  It’s no secret that mobile phones have revolutionized the world of telecommunications.  Besides the obvious applications of fun and electronic entertainment, mobile phones have brought on countless business level applications such as the use of a smart phone to remotely access a company intranet.  Two major factors in the success of a particular kind of smart phone are its operating system and app quality/availability.  As predicted by many tech experts, HTML 5 is quickly becoming the standard for web-based apps.  Due to this fact, the true test of a smart phone’s capabilities is its operating system’s ability to deliver and implement HTML 5 directly.  This will determine how smoothly the phone runs as well as the quality of its apps.  PC World did a cross comparison between the Apple iOS used for their line of iPhones/iPads and Android which is found in different products such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  What was discovered was that Apple iOS outperformed Android in their ability to deliver HTML 5 properly.  The article concluded by stating that this might be the key to higher user satisfaction with Apple products; meaning that the true key to success in the smart phone industry is use of HTML 5.
I wrote about this article because we have been discussing more lately the importance of HTML 5 and how it’s becoming the industry standard.  In the cross comparison test mentioned in the article, the iPhone 4S handled approximately 200 moving objects at once while maintaining a frame rate of 30 FPS without slowing down.  On the other hand, it was determined that almost all Android smart phones could only handle one moving object without slowing down to a frame rate below 30 FPS.  Older versions of the iPhone such as the iPhone 3GS are capable of at least 50 moving objects while retaining 30 FPS.  From this it is no wonder that there has been so much talk of the importance of HTML 5.  Extensive knowledge of HTML 5 combined with some programming abilities can lead to a highly lucrative career.

Bradley, Tony. (March 5, 2012) iOS Leaves Android in the Dust for HTML 5 Performance. Retrieved from on April 14, 2012

3 thoughts on “iOS and HTML 5”

  1. The article you read really outlines the impact that smart phones have today. HTML 5 once implemented into all the operating systems will definitely have another huge impact given with the way the market for smart phones and mobile devices has grown. Microsoft has already implemented this technology into there Windows8 operating system consumer preview beta. I haven’t read too much into it but its interesting to see how this new technology will change the playing field of not only mobile OS but desktop’s and tablet’s OS as well.

  2. This article was very informative. I myself wrote about HTML 5 myself but focused more on making it the standard to stop using plug ins. But this brings in a new perspective with handheld devices. I remember researching that only a handful of phones support Adobe Flash, so Android user as well and iPhone users are limited to websites. Using HTML 5 will open new doors to handheld user to reach new websites and enjoy new capabilities using HTML 5.

  3. I have to agree with Anthony in the fact that this shows how much pull the mobile devices are going to have when it comes to new web browsing technology. I also have to point out that apple has been a huge supporter of html5 from the beginning and this is probably why their products out perform any other mobile products in their ability to render html5. Good article.

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