I speak to enterprise mobility vendors, developers and consultants daily, and many of them advocate native apps over HTML5, but I am not convinced. I spent time working in an IT department of a large electronics company early in my career, and I know many apps simply need to provide mission critical data, updates, alerts and data collection at the point of need. These apps don't have to rock your world. It is the data that is necessary. This category of apps could easily and cost effectively be HTML5 apps and run on many different device types efficiently. What do you think?
Zipline CEO Todd Hooper feels that HTML5 is great for corporate apps, but not yet ready for more than simple games. Read original content
Nokia’s chief technology officer states, "Once HTML5 browsers and fully capable Web runtimes are in place on the common Kindle through iPhone, the Web app will begin replacing native apps". Read original content
John Mueller of Google has changed his tune about HTML5, and now states that there’s no “bonus” for using HTML5, but that it has no downside. Read original content
How to build an HTML5 video player – from a presentation at the recent HTML5 Video Summit in Los Angeles. Read original content
BlackBerry sales are falling in Canada, and RIM sees HTML5 app development as a possible solution.
As of March 25, 2012, the Tizen 1 and BlackBerry 10 browsers are at the top of the development/beta list of the HTML5 browser compatibility test. Opera Mobile 12 and Firefox Mobile 10 are at the top of the “current” list. Read original content
Adobe’s CSS Regions proposal seeks to remedy the weaknesses of HTML5 in written content presentation. The proposal “defines a system for creating magazine-style text layouts in Web content”.
Do-it-Yourself website builder Wix has announced its new HTML5-builder, which requires “zero knowledge of HTML coding or any other technical understanding”. Read original content
Telenav has announced its new free Scout for Apps service which allows developers to access an HTML5-based mapping system and incorporate the functionality into existing websites. Read original content
DevCon5, an HTML5 Mobile App and Developers Conference, will be held April 25-26, 2012 in Santa Clara, California. Read original content
Mozilla has announced a new multi-player online game that shows off the capabilities of HTML5. BrowserQuest is a “free open-source HTML5 mini-MMO” that runs in a single web page.
Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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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.