February 28, 2012

Google and Apple Embrace HTML5 for Mobile Devices

HTML5, which defines the fifth major revision of the Hyper Text Markup Language, is the new web standard on the World Wide Web (WWW) for creating mobile browser content. HTML5 appears to be the ideal solution for mobile developers, if not now, for the future on mobile devices (and possibly on computers too).

HTML5 is a major step forward for mobile commerce. HTML5 is not only making the web platform more user-friendly to create web apps, but common enough to use for optimized mobile web applications and low-powered devices such as smartphones and tablets. With HTML5, there is no need for a separate operating system for mobile devices as most of the apps support the new platform. For this reason and many others, HTML5 is becoming really popular among developers. Google (News - Alert) and Apple as well as Adobe and Microsoft are fully committed to supporting and using HTML5’s quickly-emerging web specification; but the new free platform is putting pressure on the other developers who have yet to decide on making their move towards HTML5, as some developers do not see it as a complete functional unified, multi-platform content-enabler.

Supported on major mobile devices, HTML5 is compatible with HTML4 and XHTML1 documents. It uses the same standard syntax and displays the same standard behavior as previous versions, but HTML5 features “new open standards created in the mobile era” to provide enhanced functionality for mobile devices. It has advanced web application features that are available for most mobile browsers and devices.

HTML5-driven web apps are sure to attract other developers in the future. As of today, HTML5 enables web designers to build rich web applications, use a cross platform development tool for audio, animation, and other visual effects, all without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash) and open application programming interfaces (APIs).

Today, the smartphone market is dominated by Google's Android (News - Alert) and Apple’s iOS which both support web standards including HTML5. These two developers have relied on HTML5 as their preferred standard for creating mobile browser content.

In summary, HTML5 may be the right solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms as it has improved usability to support video, animation, and interactivity to web pages.



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