Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5 - Week of May 27, 2012

In this edition of "What's New in HTML5" I seem to be collecting people's arguments in support of HTML5.  I guess it serves it's purpose of helping people make good mobile strategy decisions.  Enjoy!

Companies including the Financial Times of London, Technology Review, NSFW and The Toronto Star are moving away from native apps and putting their support and efforts behind the “build once” HTML5 platform as their mobile publishing platform of choice.   Read Original Content

By using features such as geolocation, offline caching, web storage, canvas and others, mobile web apps can hold their own against native apps, thanks to HTML5 and open web standards.  Video and transcript of the educational session, “How to build, distribute and monetize HTML5 mobile web apps” by Emanuele Bolognesi are available.  Read Original Content

HTML5 is the best platform for rapid game development available right now, according to an article by University of Texas student Austin Hallock.  Read Original Content

One of the benefits of an HTML5 mobile site is that users will always receive the most updated version of the website, without having to update an app each time there are revisions.  Another is that developers only need to create one version of an HTML5 mobile website, rather than creating four separate versions of code for a native app for all of the major smartphone operating systems (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows).  Read Original Content

According to’s PerfMarks II Report, the best iOS and Android smartphones ran HTML5 eight times slower than on a laptop computer, on average.  Additional benchmarks show that Android HTML5 performance is falling behind iOS, with iOS approximately seven times better than Android.  Read Original Content

There is room for all forms of mobile apps - native apps, HTML5 web apps, and hybrid apps, as the look, feel and functionality are rapidly evolving to be equal across the board for each type.  Depending on the scope, depth and complexity of a given mobile app and its intended deployment, any of the approaches could work, or an app could conceivably go through iterations that cross all three approaches.  Read Original Content

Mobile gaming company Tylted has launched a new HTML5-based game called CuBugs, the first in a series of HTML5 games in development.  Read Original Content

Diesel eBooks has launched a suite of new mobile products, including the eFreedom app, an optimized eBook Store for mobile devices built using HTML5 technology.  Read Original Content

When it comes to mobile, it’s no longer an “app-only world” for digital publishers.  HTML5 has become the default form of coding for many news sites, and according to the CEO of news aggregator Zite, “the decision isn’t a technology one — native code versus HTML5 – instead, it’s a distribution decision”.  Read Original Content

Noteflight LLC has developed an HTML5-based mobile music viewer for musicians wishing to view sheet music on a mobile device rather than on the printed page.  Read Original Content

Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy 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.