Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What's New in HTML5 Week of January 16th?

AT&T to Launch HTML5 App Store, Offers SDK for Mobile Web Developers

AT&T’s new AppCenter is an Android app store which will sell “unwrapped” HTML5 apps, promoting HTML5 as an alternative to native mobile apps.  The AppCenter was launched January 9, 2012, and is available in beta form on Android devices, with plans for additional platforms in 2012.  According to a January 11, 2011 article in Ars Technica, “AT&T Offers HTML5 SDK for Third-party Mobile Web App Developers”, the company has also “released a set of JavaScript APIs and a software development kit (SDK) that provide Web developers with access to certain mobile network features”.
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Microsoft Offers HTML5 Version of Popular Cut-the-Rope Game

A new HTML5 version of Microsoft’s Cut-the-Rope game was announced on January 9, 2011 at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  The popular game is now available to all web browsers using HTML5.
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Amazon Announces HTML5 Kindle Store for iPad

On January 10, 2012, Amazon launched a Kindle store that is web-based and specifically designed for the iPad.  To see the store, go to from your iPad’s Safari browser.
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Upcoming Webinar on HTML5 for Geospatial Applications

The Timmons Group is sponsoring a webinar on Tuesday, January 31, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.  The webinar focus will be on web-based mobile applications, HTML5, and new browser standards for local storage and geo-location.  To register for the webinar, go to
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Google Presents New HTML5 Video Tool as Open Source

The Video Player Sample web app is built with open web technology.  According to Google, "When a user opens the Video Player Sample web app, they can choose to watch a single video or create a playlist of videos/episodes from a list that they have uploaded and populated to the app."
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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and 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.