Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 – Week of June 2, 2013 – SYS

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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Oxygen8’s Mark Ackroyd feels HTML5 is a “brilliant way to get your message out on a mobile platform quickly and easily.”  He explains why in “Appy Decisions: Why HTML5 Could be the Option You’re Looking For,” featured in Fourth Source.  Read Original Content

MySiteApp has developed a new product,, an add-on for mobile websites to bring features that rival native apps. Developers can also create additional extensions for the platform to add further desktop web/app-like functionality and monetization options. is currently in open beta.  Read Original Content

Internet media platform provider Blinkx introduced a dedicated app and open source HTML5-based Blinkx video player for Tizen-based mobile devices.  “Developers will be able to access the open source HTML5 code and manufacturers utilizing Tizen will be able to more easily include video in mobile devices.”  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform “lock-in.” This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Google recently launched Polymer, a new library to build Web applications using Web Components, the new HTML5 standard to build reusable components for the Web.  Read Original Content

PHP company Zend’s annual developer survey reveals that when asked how they intend to deliver content and services to their mobile audience, 79 percent of developers identified their intent to leverage Web apps and open standards such as HTML5.  Read Original Content

Digital journalist Andrew Moran feels the HTML5 vs. native apps debate could carry on for a long time until a solution can be formed.  He states that both HTML5 and native apps face fragmentation challenges, but cases have been made that HTML5 has shown more potential in terms of dealing with these issues as compared to native apps.  Read Original Content

Recent research from Gartner indicates an increased adoption of hybrid apps, which could replace 50 percent of native apps by 2016.  To better leverage mobile device capability, developers can add layers of re-usable HTML5 to run on top of native code in order to take advantage of each platform’s best features.  Read Original Content

Instead of downloading native apps, PC Pro lists and describes 35 of the “best web apps you can use for free directly in your browser”.  Read Original Content

The advantages native apps had over HTML5-based apps have been dramatically diminished if not completely eliminated in most cases.  With the sophisticated HTML5 frameworks available today, performance and rich user experiences are now easily achievable, making it virtually impossible for the end user to tell the difference between a native and an HTML5-based app.  Read Original Content

Netcraft’s Ofer Holtzman provides a look into how choosing a development platform (web, native, hybrid) influences user experience and business in his slide presentation, “Are Web Apps the Future of Mobile”, available on Slideshare.  Read Original Content

FT Labs front-end developer Wilson Page details some of the technology behind the Financial Times’ shift from native apps to HTML5 on mobile platforms in “Building the New Financial Times Web App (A Case Study)” featured in Smashing Magazine. Read Original Content

Developer Austin Hallock provides tips on transitioning from Flash to HTML5, comparing common Flash game development tools against their HTML5 counterparts in this article featured in Gamasutra.  Read Original Content

Online trading platform tradeMONSTER took its Web-based real-time trading app and modified it for mobile using a hybrid HTML5-native approach.  “An HTML5 approach reduces your development cost, reduces the need to rebuild your app for any new store or platform that comes in.”  Read Original Content

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first successful Everest summit, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team and the developers at Pixel Lab partnered with climber David Breashears and his nonprofit GlacierWorks to create “Everest: Rivers of Ice”, an interactive HTML5 site.  Read Original Content

The GENIVI Alliance has joined the W3C to bring its automotive expertise into W3C’s Automotive and Web Platform Business Group.  The Alliance will focus on accelerating the process of defining APIs for HTML5 web apps to interface to the hardware of the car, vehicle bus interfaces, etc.  Read Original Content

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