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What's New in HTML5 - Week of February 13, 2012

by Kevin Benedict

February 16, 2012

Each week I conduct market research on HTML5 and its impact on enterprise mobility and post the best of the articles I find here with a brief synopsis.  I hope you find it useful and interesting.
Google has launched two new HTML5-powered apps for offline reading of documents, one for the Chrome browser and one for Android.  Read original content

The upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS will include HTML5 support.  Read original content

Developer productivity tool provider ComponentOne, has released a 2012 version of Wijmo, a “kit of UI widgets for HTML5 and jQuery development.” Read original content

One advantage of HTML5 is that it helps search engines recognize media content.  Native apps cannot be searched, so using an HTML5 app is a better option if it is important that your content be seen by as many people as possible. Read original content

Facebook is testing a bookmark for the HTML5 platform at the top of the app’s news feed, to help garner attention and build interest in the developer community.  “This effort is of obvious importance to anyone developing mobile apps and considering whether to build HTML5 versions of those apps. If it catches on, mobile technology will be substantially freed of the shackles of vendor control.” Read original content

Apple’s iOS has the edge over other mobile devices when it comes to HTML5 support, according to Sencha’s senior director of product development.  Google, however, is making strides in the right direction with Android 4. Read original content

Videos of sessions from Microsoft’s HTML5 web camp are now available.  The sessions available to view consist of topics including an introduction to HTML5, an overview of HTML5 graphics, adding video and sound with HTML5, and using HTML5 today. Read original content

The new Chrome for Android browser replaces Flash with HTML5.  Google’s long-term plan is to replace the Android stock browser with Chrome.  “The biggest advantage for mobile HTML5 though will be the ability to bring Chrome tools to the Android platform.” Read original content

HTML5 developers can find helpful resources from SAP’s Developer Center for UI Development for HTML5.  The site provides guides, a download trial for the HTML5 toolkit, and access to an integrated SAP developer network. Read original content

HTML5 video is evolving, but there are still limitations such as the inability for full-screen playback in most browsers/devices and currently no full featured accessibility in any browser/device.  LongTail Video has compiled a report that is now available titled,The State of HTML5 VideoRead original content

When deciding whether to focus on native apps or mobile web, businesses should take into account their target market.  Users are split between the two for accessing content on their mobile devices, according to data from comScore, which showed 47.6 percent using native apps, and 47.5 percent using the mobile web.  If the target market uses multiple devices, it may be more efficient to use the mobile web, rather than developing a native app for each device. Read original content


Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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