Mobile development companies are sprouting up like wildfire, and one of the most common questions I receive surrounds referrals for companies that can make mobile apps. We all know, use, and seemingly want to build apps today. But I wanted to foster discussion around trends and mobile web.
Do you think the future is in more apps, or mobile web using HTML5 and responsive (adaptive) design?
HTML5 has incredibly powerful capabilities, and many features of HTML5 are supported by modern browsers even though the standard has not yet been officially adopted. Combine that with responsive design principles, whereby a web page adapts itself based upon the size of the browser (see 5o examples here) and you get a pretty compelling argument for mobile web vs. apps.
- Apps are an island. They don’t integrate with anything (except maybe a map and dialing the phone).
- Apps have to download upgrades all the time, while mobile web is always using the latest version.
- A single code base would seemingly be more desirable than multiple code bases for all sorts of mobile platforms.
What is the future of your mobile design efforts?
- Shifting to Hybrid App Development with HTML 5 (irish.typepad.com)
- 23 Useful Online HTML5 Tools (codingbird.com)