There is no shortage of articles, blogs, and ‘How To’ content for HTML5 written and distributed on the internet, but the big question remains; Is there a future for HTML 5? Will it become relevant? Should you be up-skilling now? Will it change the way mobile applications are developed in the future?
Bear in mind that less that 15% of our current portfolio are built in HTML5 with vast majority deployed as bespoke native apps. This blog will put forward 5 views that might help you shape your thinking on HTML5.
HTML5 may not account for the majority of mobile application downloads yet, but keep in mind that the final recommendation is no expected until the end of 2014. With that said, many big players including eBay and Google are already developing and implementing HTML5 technology into their business. More are joining every day.
According to trend data published on BuiltWith.com, of the top 1 million websites worldwide, there has been a 100% increase in sites using HTML5 from just one year ago. Another study commissioned by Kendo UI (ref:http://www.kendoui.com/docs/default-source/surveys-docs/html5_adoption_survey.pdf?sfvrsn=2) reports HTML5 is the development platform of choice for mobile developers. In that same study, 78 percent of developers now say HTML5 is appropriate for building mobile apps, and 68 percent say it’s appropriate for all developers building any kind of app.’1
Considering that we are still in the ‘early adopter’ phase of HTML 5s development cycle don’t underestimate its potential and the future growth.
2. HTML5 is good for mobile
Facebook’s decision on HTML5 may have sent ripples of opinion through the developer community, but just because HTML5 wasn’t right for Facebook doesn’t mean it’s not right for the future generation of mobile and Enterprise applications. Once the HTML5 standard is certified it will have the credibility to match its inherent simplicity and flexibility. These attributes in combination with the efficiency of building one HTML5 app that runs on multiple devices will make it an attractive option for future development projects, especially for mobile.
3. Flash is less relevant
4. New and Improved
Everybody likes the latest and greatest. We can’t help ourselves, we are trained by years of marketing and built into our most basic DNA is the need to be curious and desire choice. We all love ‘New and Improved’. HTML5 offers a new choice, and great new features. End users are used to updates, upgrades, and they have come to expect improvements in user experience and UI design year on year. HTML5 might just lead the way in encouraging technology upgrades.
5. Open is the new Cool
HTML5, backed by The Open Web group, embodies the power of free and open code. The Open Web group’s philosophy is simple: 1) free and non-commercial information 2) performed by volunteers who share their knowledge and skills and 3) they champion and uphold web standards and ideals.
6. Do it and do it just once
From a cost and time to market perspective HTML5 has a clear advantage over other technologies. One deployment can typically be used across multiple platforms allowing a product or service to attack all markets concurrently. Ask any developer (or development company) the time it has taken to take the same native app to market across iOS, Android, Windows Phone & BlackBerry – I guarantee the answer will be the same – “A long time!”
So there you have it: In my opinion there will definitely be a future for HTML5. Get involved. Join the conversation. Tell us what you think about it or ask us questions on how we can help you take advantage of the new features and benefits of developing in these new web technologies.