What do You Think?
My opinion is that HTML5 browser based applications are poised to steal the spotlight away from native apps (the app store type), perhaps leaving app stores as a mere shadow of their former self. After all, who wants to have to produce and maintain umpteen different applications each targeting a different phone operating system and version when a single well designed web site (application) will do the job just as well if not better?
A little background
The arrival of the iPhone of course shook life into the mainstream mobile web market, at least in the USA where it pretty much didn’t exist until then. My site worked very well on even the early iPhone.
The introduction and explosive reception given to “app store” native mini apps pretty much put the kabosh on any business potential of my site. Native apps offered access to geo location, snazzy graphics, shake sensor, etc while browser support lingered in the dark ages i.e, pre HTML5.
Is HTML5 a Game Changer for Native Apps?