The Role of HTML5 in Mobile Apps Development
The advent of smartphones and other forms of Net access devices such as tablets has led to an insatiable craze for mobile applications or apps by the users. While in the earlier days, mobile app development was enabled by creating an app on the respective mobile platform environment (also known as native mobile app development) a smart new technology is fast emerging as a choice of mobile app development tool that uses web technologies to create cost-effective and powerful mobile applications.
That is HTML5 for you.
The Value Proposed by HTML5 Mobile App Development
Mobile app developers worldwide are excited to enable HTML5 mobile app development. Barring one limitation of not matching up with the highly engaging animation of native apps, HTML5 mobile app development scores way ahead of native mobile apps on multiple pointers:
- Strong development activities that work in favor of HTML5: There has been on-going and continuous development and release of newer tools that help HTML5 mobile app development achieve cross-browser compatibility. iUI is one such example. The iPhone user interface framework has the same look and feel of apps built using iPhone SDK, but with the added benefit of being usable on any standards compliant browser (be it on phone or on PCs)
- Resources: Native apps are deployed as stand-alone application that uses resources of the machine firmware. However HTML5 mobile web app development creates apps that can be downloaded from the Web.
- Compatibility: Native app developers have to select one platform to build and deploy apps (either Android, iOS, Blackberry or Symbian). For e.g., an app developed using iOS SDK will be compatible on Apple devices. However an app developed using HTML5 will be compatible on devices using Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows. Businesses with shrinking margins find this a very formidable factor in choosing HTML5 mobile app development over native mobile app development.
- Monetization model: Deployment of the apps using HTML5 mobile app development makes much more business sense than on App Store. As compared to paying 30% as fees to Apple, HTML5 web apps can be distributed using the Internet.
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