Analysis: HTML5 on Mobile
Last week Peggy Albright on FierceDeveloper.com wrote an interesting analysis of mobile developer adoption of HTML5.
Peggy's audience is mobile developers at large, so she spends a bit of time introducing/evangelizing HTML5 to that superset. But if you're here in our HTML5 Zone, you probably already have some HTML5 chops, or maybe even some HTML5 mobile chops -- so this more focused group can zoom in on some of the more interesting details.
First, the numbers:
But 75% also said they will continue to support native apps.
In fact, it's generally pretty hard for a developer to understand fully the complex network linking telecom giants, hardware manufacturers, OS vendors, standards bodies, and straight-up web developers, at both enterprise and hacked-together-a-cool-app levels. mobilehtml5.org will get you the quick-and-dirty facts on HTML5-on-mobile compatibility, but won't too much help you forecast the trends that you'll need to know to avoid tying your apps to a (who knows?) sinking technological ship.
Peggy's full article is definitely worth reading, even if only as a solidification of trends you already suspected. But what do you think? how invested are you in the idea of the browser as a platform for mobile? and even if so, do you have any ideas for new APIs that might even more successfully bridge the gap between HTML5 and native?