I recently returned from a one day developer conference which mainly focused on native app development Vs HTML5. For those of you that follow the Creation Application blog we recently published an article on what we saw the future of HTML 5 to be and for the best part the general app development community agreed with the points I raised.
It increasingly seems to a bone of contention between app developers as to which technology they feel it is best to take apps to market with. What is curious to me is that from listening to the debate, less attention is given to the individual nature of the project and more around which technology would be faster and more efficient to write in.
The question of HTML5 vs Bespoke often comes up when speaking to potential (and current) clients. My advice is simple – The recommendation in what technology an application is written in will differ from app to app. Web technologies such as HTML 5 often will cost effective as can go multi-platform very quickly. Others that may need specefic offline capability will need to bespoke natively written. Detailed analysis will be required on the project requirements (both current & future) and only once these are understood can a technology be recommended. If you throw multi-platform technologies like Titanium & Phone Gap into the mix a skilled app development agency really does have several tool kits to work with.
From all projects we delivered in 2013 only 15% were delivered in HTML5 but this looks like it will increase in 2014. As browser compatibility & capability increase so will the number of non-native apps. To help frame the discussion we’ve pulled together a quick info-graphic below highlighting some key trends for HTML5.
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