Thursday, August 16, 2012

Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5 - Week of August 12, 2012

In my 2012 Mid-Year Enterprise Mobility Survey last month, I asked the question, "How important is HTML5 or HTML5 hybrid apps to your company's enterprise mobility plans?"  Mobility consultants rated it 2.6 out of a 4 - with 1 being "Not Important" and 4 being "Critical." The 2.6 weighted average is between "Somewhat Important" and "Very Important" on the scale.

Now for the news...


HTML5 WebSockets have been identified as a potential security risk.  One key issue is that since WebSocket technology is still relatively new, most firewall and IPS network security devices are not aware of them; therefore, WebSocket traffic is not inspected or secured by the same mechanism as other web traffic.  Read Original Content

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions is developing a suite of tools “to give device manufacturers and HTML5-enabled application developers access to core network capacities”.  The toolkit release is targeted for late 2012.  Read Original Content

With the adoption of HTML5 rising at a steady pace worldwide, there are performance challenges with on mobile devices that must be overcome.  Read Original Content

Web-based task manager Todoist has announced a major update incorporating HTML5 features.  The company founder believes that HTML5’s offline support and web storage are key features; however, he also believes that “HTML5 introduces a lot of new technical challenges and is probably the main reason why few web applications use it”.  Read Original Content

Web developer Burke Holland created a Kendo UI Mobile Bootstrap to provide developers with a basic mobile layout with which to jumpstart HTML5 projects.  He provides instruction in this article “Improving Your HTML5 Mobile Development Experience”.  Read Original Content

Two good examples of what HTML5 brings to the table are its video capabilities and the ability to offload data onto mobile devices so that applications can operate locally.  ReadOriginal Content
This article from Safari Books Online provides details for development of an HTML5 canvas-based mobile web game, including tips and tricks for a full screen web app that “feels like a native game or app, right in the browser”.  Read Original Content

Vice president and general manager of mobile for Black Entertainment Television says the network is definitely interested in HTML5 for mobile, and is currently weighing options to improve its “touch-optimized experience for mobile Web”.  Read Original Content

Targeting mobile web developers interested in HTML5 and JavaScript, JSCamp Asia will be held in Singapore on November 29 and 30, 2012.  (http://jscamp.asia/) ReadOriginal Content

Freshdesk has released an HTML5-based mobile version of its online customer support service.  ReadOriginal Content

According to Forrester, from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012, HTML5 browser penetration jumped from 57 percent to 75 percent.  Forrester states it’s time for companies to embrace the latest Web standards and start building richer Web experiences that take advantage of the capabilities that are supported by modern Web browsers.  Read Original Content

An article in Dark Reading, “Top 3 HTML5 Vulnerability Risk Categories”, states that “developers need to think carefully about the vulnerabilities that their new code may introduce into their organizations' Web infrastructure”.  Read Original Content

Apple’s decision to drop YouTube from new versions of iOS may be a boost for HTML5 if millions of users suddenly realize how easy it is to load HTML5 apps in the Safari browser it could be “a major turning point for HTML5 – after all, it can do most of what iOS apps need to do”.   Read Original Content
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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.