HTML5 mobile application development examples
The major strength of HTML5 is the ability it gives app developers to work from a single code base and deploy seamlessly across multiple platforms including iOS, OSX, Windows, Blackberry, Google Android and all the major web browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. It’s main drawback to date has been it’s performance when compared to native apps. Native app development can offer richer features and a superior user experience but requires more time and effort to create code for each individual platform. Yesterday we discovered the benefits and features of native mobile app development.
The Benefits Of HTML5
So why opt for HTML5? HTML5 is designed specifically to work across all major web browsers and mobile operating systems. It enables mobile users to install web apps as icons on the home screen of any device. This means that if you’re browsing the web on your mobile and find something you want to save, you can create an app icon that directs to the web page via the homescreen of your device. You can see from the Gartner table below that HTML5 is designed to work across all of the key mobile operating systems.
Why Developers Love HTML5
Many developers adopt HTML5 to create apps because of it’s familiarity. The apps that are subsequently developed do not have to be associated with Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Google Android. This can mean saving time on project development work and decreasing the overall cost of deploying the app. There are major advantages associated with the perceived ability to avoid developing from scratch for each mobile operating system.
Who Created HTML5?
HTML5 was created by the W3C. The W3C are a global, non-profit consortium and they have the responsibility of deciding which features HTML5 will support. HTML5 has always been viewed as a work in progress but onlookers suggest the technology is now maturing. Mark Zuckerberg, facebook CEO has been vocal in his scepticism of the technology suggesting it was too immature for Facebook users who require a more robust experience via mobile. However there are many complex, enterprise level mobile apps being developed using HTML5. The BBC Sport mobile app and CNN news are both good examples of apps that utilise HTML5 to create a slick and intuitive user experience.
What Are HTML5 Apps?
HTML5 apps are web based, mobile apps that behave and appear to be the same as native apps. The major difference is that HTML5 apps live on the web. This in turn provides it’s own unique series of challenges for HTML5 in it’s quest to become a ubiquitous mobile app development tool. The major challenge HTML5 faces is the fragmentation of different mobile web browsers.
Mobile Web Browser Market Share
As it stands, the Safari mobile web browser used by iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad holds a 62% share of the market, with Android possessing a 22% share. The major problem here for HTML5 is that each mobile web browser (Opera mini etc) has a different approach in the way it attempts to support HTML5. In addition, HTML5 apps are not able to work offline. This is a major potential drawback and a real weakness for HTML5 when compared to native mobile app development and the overall experience it provides each user.
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