At the Open Forum conference yesterday, there was a lot of debate on how/if HTML5 would be a mobile and tablet game changer. HTML5 could provide a way for developers to create platform agnostic tools and content through a return to web (apps), thereby leveling the playing field (versus what we see today where developers must pick which platforms to develop for, such as the ipad).
Below I’ve cited a helpful post from Gervis Menzies Jr., an up and coming social media strategist, for understanding how HTML5 may change in the landscape of mobile development in the coming year(s).
Twitter’s quiet move to revamp its mobile web app using HTML5, may be the most prescient decision the company has ever made, and eventually be seen as both a turning point for the adoption of the markup language, and the beginning of the death of the native mobile app. The purpose of the new HTML5 standard, is to have the markup language handle and manage multimedia and graphical content on the web without proprietary plugins and APIs..
If you are still scratching you head, here is an article from webmonkey comparing web versus native apps.
Also, this video is a straightforward presentation reminding us that Android and Blackberry are significant smart phone platform players, and that HTML5 is a solution for reaching all the platforms.
I personally think the current ecosystem led by Apple native apps is a crutch on the way to something more sustainable that can work across platforms. Perhaps HTML5 is the solution, or more likely its the first step towards our platform agnostic future standard. Of course, if Apple had their way, there would only be Apple native apps.