Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 – Week of April 14, 2013

Welcome to Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5.  HTML5 is predicted to be the dominant development environment for enterprise mobility over the next several years.  The questions are when and where should HTML5 be used today.  In this weekly update on HTML5 we report on this ongoing debate and other relevant news.

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Mozilla’s new release of Firefox, Version 20, offers additional HTML5 features including improved audio and video by enabling the HTML5 playback rate attribute and the support of Canvas Blend Modes which allows developers to define how they want Canvas to draw over an existing image to create different visual effects.  Read Original Content

As the debate over apps rages on and the number of smartphones and tablets continues to rise, content publishers wonder whether they should rely solely on HTML5 or focus on new opportunities for native apps.  One of the discussions scheduled for the paidContent Live event on April 17 in New York is titled “Are Apps or the Web the Future of Mobile Content?”  Read Original Content

ESPN Mobile’s Michael Bayle says they’ve embraced HTML5 with BlackBerry 10, but believes native apps will still likely win out over the slower HTML5 apps.  Read Original Content

Antenna Software provides a complete cloud-based enterprise mobility suite that enables both IT pros and business executives alike to create and manage mobile apps, websites and content across the entire business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Antenna Software.

According to Waste Creative’s “Flash vs. HTML5” website, the site’s developers love both Flash and HTML5, but visitors voting on the site prefer HTML5 more than two to one over Flash.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry has unveiled a new HTML5 web app, BlackBerry Glimpse, which provides demonstrations of key features of the BlackBerry 10.  Read Original Content
The new Chrome 27 beta for desktop and mobile boasts a five percent faster content load time and features a new user interface for HTML5 date and time input forms.  Read Original Content

Nathan Segal provides “10 Tips to Create Effective HTML5 Layouts” in this article featured in HTML Goodies.  Read Original Content

There are tradeoffs for opting to choose HTML5 over native apps. Enterprise CIO’s, however, are finding hybrid HTML5 apps as a viable solution, as 10gen’s Matt Asay found out when he recently met with a number of CIO’s and CTO’s.  He reports that every single executive stated the bulk of their apps were hybrid HTML5 apps.  Read Original Content

The Financial Times has updated its HTML5-based app, taking advantage of the improvements in HTML5 capabilities and incorporating many technological features to support new devices.  The company states it is “continuing to push the bounds of HTML5, benefiting from the better tools and coding patterns that are emerging”.  Read Original Content

Results of a survey by mobile experience management firm Artisan found retail executives consider investing in a native app experience as one of their top priorities for 2013, and two-thirds believe investment in native apps is a better bet than investment in improving the mobile web experience.  Read Original Content

Although it already has a smartphone app, vitamin and health food online retailer Vitacost built its new iPad app in HTML5 to make the best use of the tablet and its functionality.  Read Original Content

VMware’s next major release of the Zimbra Collaboration Server will include an HTML5 Web client interface for both online and offline access to the product.  The new version will focus on HTML5 capabilities to give users access to the software from any desktop, tablet and mobile device.  Read Original Content

The Onswipe team strongly believes “HTML5 embodies the future for developers”, with benefits including financial accessibility, universality and openness.  Read Original Content

ABI senior research analyst Aapo Markkanen states it looks like 2013 will be the “Year of the Hybrid”, and it’s not likely full-blown web apps will pose a real threat to native apps.  Read Original Content

Sencha and Rackspace Hosting have formed a partnership to enable developers to build and deploy powerful mobile apps utilizing Sencha’s HTML5 mobile development expertise and Rackspace’s experience in open cloud solutions.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.