The kaleidoscope of HTML5 app development
HTML5 is a technology that stands to rival the duopoly of the app economy. In terms of Mobile Developer Mindshare, 52% of developers are using HTML5 in some form, closely behind Android (57%) and iOS (72%) developers, according to our Q3 study of 6,000+ mobile app developers.
“We thought of developing our own HTML5 framework because we didn’t want to be limited by the Sencha Touch or jQuery mobile capabilities, for example when they will support new platforms such as Firefox OS. But we postponed as it requires a major investment.”
Ciprian Borodescu, CEO, Webcrumbz
The next table analyses the many approaches to HTML5 mobile development, including routes to market and examples of tools used.
|Table title: Approaches to mobile development using HTML5|
|HTML5 usage||Description||Distribution||Built using (examples)|
|Mobile websites||Websites that are designed to be rendered on small screens, incl. responsive websites||Web||WordPress|
|Mobile web apps||Websites with offline storage and deeper browser integration||Web||BackBone.js, JQuery Mobile|
|Hybrid apps (using native wrapper)||HTML code wrapped in a chrome-less browser, within a native shell.||Native app-store||PhoneGap, Marmalade, AppMobi, Icenium, Trigger.io|
In a future Q3 2013 report we ‘ll be looking in detail at the HTML5 approaches to market, and what are the revenues, tools, and challenges for each.
“We use HTML5 a little but it doesn’t give the high end graphical experience we want. We use only use HTML5 for apps with low interactivity.”
Jeff Bacon, Mobile Director, Fuel Industries