Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5 - Week of August 5, 2012

It is interesting reviewing the news around HTML5 each week and analyzing everyone's opinions.  I can say that over the past few weeks the majority of articles, quotes and comments describe HTML5 as needing to be used in a hybrid approach.  HTML5 seems to have too many limitations for many complex enterprise mobility applications on its own, but with a good HTML5 container you can overcome these.

Now for the news...

Edith Yeung, head of marketing at Dolphin Browser, states there is no shortage of great apps out there based on HTML5; however, some hurdles do remain.  She provides five reasons HTML5 apps are hard to monetize in this article in Mashable Tech.  The comments following the article provide differing opinions.  Read OriginalContent

According to a recent report from Strategy Analytics, HTML5-based Web apps do not pose a threat to the massive ecosystems that revolve around native apps.  Analyst Josh Martin states “HTML5 is not the future of apps. While developers dream of ‘write once run everywhere’ the fragmented support for and limited APIs within HTML5 make this impossible.”  Read Original Content

One of the major benefits of HTML5 web apps is that HTML5 enables developers to build an application once and then run it on multiple platforms.  One of the limitations is that HTML5 web apps don't utilize the features that make smartphones and tablets so popular, such as multi-touch capabilities, cameras and push notifications.  Read Original Content

People magazine has developed a new mobile site, utilizing HTML5 “to ease design and delivery across devices”.  The new mobile site offers the complete desktop content.  Read Original Content

While not endorsing HTML5 mobile as being the best approach in every situation, SAP’s Gabriel Alvarez provides a demonstration of how easy it is to develop an alternative to native apps using jQuery Mobile and BSP in his article “HTML5 Mobile with SAP - A Lot Easier Than You Think, Part II” posted on SAP’s Community Network.  Read Original Content

The W3C has named four new editors for the HTML5 specification following the split with the WHATWG group.  The new editors will be in charge of maintaining the W3C’s formal HTML5 specification.  Read Original Content

Mavenlink has launched a new HTML5-based mobile application to enable users to access their workforce collaboration platform on any mobile device.  Read Original Content

Paul Krill discusses nine development tools for obtaining the best that HTML5 has to offer in this article in InfoWorld “9 programming tools for maximizing HTML5”.  Read Original Content

ABI Research recently released a report analyzing trends in mobile app downloads. In the short term, native app downloads are expected to increase; however, the report finds the long term trend is negative, indicating HTML5-based web apps are playing a role in the slow-down in demand for native apps.  Read Original Content

Many speakers at the recent Black Hat security conference held in Las Vegas expressed concerns that as developers are turning their attention to HTML5, not enough attention has been paid to the possible risks.  Shreeraj Shah of Indian security company Blueinfy stated “There's a lot of opportunity for hijacking the browsers with HTML5.  You can compare HTML5 with a small operating system running in your browser."  Read Original Content

MoSync and InMobi have formed a partnership to enable HTML5 and JavaScript developers to use in-app ads in cross-platform native mobile apps.  Read Original Content

appMobi has launched openBuild, a free cloud service that allows any developer to compile HTML5 code into a distributable "hybrid" app.  The new service supports all HTML5 and JavaScript frameworks, giving developers who use jQuery, jqMobi, Enyo, Meteor, Sencha Touch or any other mobile-ready framework a free tool for compiling and packaging their HTML5 code into store-ready hybrid apps.  Read Original Content

GIS developer Atlas Cartographic Technologies has developed a new product, Evernav, an HTML5 navigation tool that will allow advertisers to place their ads on the map, thus “monetizing the app traffic and meeting one of the most pressing needs of the developer community”.  Read Original Content

SAP and Sencha have teamed up to make it easier for developers to create HTML5 apps using Sencha Touch 2 and the new OData Connector for SAP.  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.