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Native or HTML5 Applications Development for Mobile

Native or HTML5 Applications DevelopmentThis question seems to be inevitable for all the application developer for the mobile industry, whether to develop or publish HTML5 app or native app. According to , there will be more than 1 billion HTML5-capable browsers in use throughout the world. Applications for those HTML5 browsers will be created by 2 million HTML Web developers by 2013. As a developer, business and enterprise, do I develop Web apps, native apps or some combination thereof? It seems like a fairly straightforward question all developers must have their own answers.

Native App or HTML5 App?

HTML5 includes extra characteristics which aid developers in designing attractive web-pages. With HTML5 video and audio, there is no need of flash in web-sites, a plug-in or a third-party application to embed and play audio and video files on a web-page.

HTML5 creates a industry standard for cross platform app development. The native application calls for the development of separate mobile applications for various platforms, it is kind of mess in the mobile native app development. However HTML5 standardized the development model for each platform, it eliminated the necessity of developing different versions of mobile applications for different platforms. We all know that separate development for each platform is really time consuming, while time is the most valuable, labor is very expensive, any business and enterprise entities can’t take them for granted. Luckily we have the HTML5 now, the HTML5 development requires significantly less time and has low expense.

There are many differences between two application development both in the concepts and reality. Mobile HTML5 app development or native app development for mobile, both have their own strengths/weaknesses.

Mobile native applications give better user experience, performance and access to device APIs (camera, contacts, phone state etc.). Native apps are superior in performance for their specified platform due to the reason that they are specifically designed using the base libraries of the platform and its compatible functions etc. The problem with native development is that it is difficult is fragmented between the four major mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry) because each uses a different code base. As we have mentioned above, to develop different native apps for mobile for each platform would cost considerably higher budget. It does not get any better with future application updates and upgrade.

The development process could be greatly shortened with HTML5 apps for mobile. HTML5 app works on the principle of “to build once, but deploy anywhere”.

Another significant different between HTML5 App is on the application distribution which developers, publishers should be aware of. While native apps are distributed from the app store of different platforms like Apple App store, Android store or other for different platforms, Mobile HTML5 apps are freely available from websites or through e-mails. The different distribution and sales channels may make the software companies to change their marketing efforts, ads budget, etc.

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