Tuesday, October 11, 2011

HTML5 - What's New This Week?

This week let's take a look at new developments around HTML5, and what companies are doing with it.
Facebook Launches HTML5 Platform Plus Apple iPad App

Facebook announced this week that it had  launched an HTML5–based platform, also known as “Project Spartan.”   Users of the will be able to use HTML5-based apps after the impressive overhaul of the iOS version.  Facebook’s Luke Shepard states “We are at the beginning of bringing Facebook Platform apps to mobile.  The features we are launching today are still under development.  They will evolve as we learn more about building richer social experiences on mobile devices.  In addition, we will extend our native support for more mobile platforms such as Android in the near future.  We are excited to see what you will build with these features today and look forward to working with you as we improve these features."

According to Inside Facebook, “iOS developers will get to take advantage of bookmarks, requests and the news feed in the same way that Facebook canvas developers do.”  The changes also allow users to purchase Facebook Credits via mobile.

Facebook also announced its dedicated app for Apple’s iPad. 

Motorola Launches HTML5 Framework for Mobile Apps

Also this week, Motorola launched “RhoElements”, an HTML5 software framework that is designed for developing cross-platform mobile apps.  According to Motorola, the new framework allows developers to create mobile apps “with a consumer-style look and feel” and a consistent interface across multiple mobile platforms.  The new web-based application framework was made possible through Motorola’s acquisition of Rhomobile on July 29, 2011.  Motorola also says that it plans to announce additional cross-platform tools in the coming months.

HTML5 Video Summit

StreamingMedia.com announced on Tuesday that a two-day HTML5 Video Summit will be held in conjunction with the Streaming Media West Exhibition and Conference in Los Angeles, California, November 8 and 9, 2011.  The summit will include how-to sessions, demos, case studies, roundtable panels, and more.  Conference organizers tout HTML5 as “The next generation of online video”. 

Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.