There is very little doubt that the programming language, HTML5 has many great uses. In a world where one consumer can own a Windows-based computer, a smartphone that uses the Android (News - Alert) operating system and an iPad running on iOS, it comes in handy to have a programming language that works on all three. While HTML5 is able to do this and come in quite handy because of that, the language is certainly not perfect. Facebook (News - Alert) is learning of the shortfalls of HTML5 the hard way. The social networking giant recently announced that it is going to revamp its iOS application, stripping away the HTML5 components.
Facebook says that while the HTML5 programming language allowed their mobile applications to be fundamentally the same depending on the platform, that same language is actually bogging the iOS application down. Facebook had seemingly hit the pinnacle of the mobile device world when it not only had an application for the iPhone (News - Alert) but also for Android and then finally for the iPad. The problems arose because the company realized that while HTML5 is great for putting out applications on numerous platforms, iOS is actually a better programming language when dealing with the iPad or iPhone.
With an application that is designed specifically for an iOS device, the application runs quite a bit faster and smoother. That ability to boost that functionality should make iPad and iPhone users quite happy. There had been numerous complaints about the app. The newer updates over the last month made it so that you could do virtually everything on the iOS application that you could from the desktop. The problem has always been just how slow the application runs on the iOS, sometimes simply taking way too long to display a picture or update a feed.
It appears that making the application specific to iOS will indeed solve the problem. People who have managed to get their hands on the newly designed application said that it is “blazing fast.” They do caution that while the new app will be out later this summer, people shouldn’t get too excited about a new look. The company is focusing on speeding it up rather than cosmetic changes.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey