How HTML5 Can Erode Apple's Mobile Dev Dominance
By Martin Schaeferle | February 07, 2013
There's good news for job-seekers... In our last installment, we looked at how the future of Web program will be defined by the struggle between native apps and HTML5. The consensus is a future where HTML5 is dominant, and where programmers should strongly consider signing up for an HTML5 tutorial to get up to speed. Specifically, we cited a new report spelling out four key areas where this struggle will unfold. We looked at the first two - distribution and monetization - and today we'd like to look at the second two, starting with what's defined as "platform power and network effects." As of now, Apple has a huge hold on the mobile development space.
But HTML5 is changing that, because now, developers can create functionality for Apple devices by bypassing Apple entirely. Advantage: HTML5. The one main drawback with HTML5 at the moment is its comparative lack of functionality versus native apps. This will improve, but not at the pace some hope - at least according to the aforementioned report.