Mobile Apps: Why HTML5 Wins

29/04/2013

There has been considerable debate between using HTML5 for developing mobile apps or just going native.

However, for us here at Azonmobile, HTML5 is the clear winner. Why? Here are some reasons why HTML5 wins for us when it comes to mobile apps development:

1. Updates are breezier. When you use HTML5, you can come up with a features-rich mobile app that can do a lot of the things that a native app can do. But when you have an update, you can do it remotely when you have an HTML5 app. This is simply not possible with native apps and your users will have to download and install the updates each and every time you release one.

2. HTML5 allows you to ignore the device used. HTML5 is device agnostic, which means that a user can utilize your HTML5 app just by using a browser. It does not matter if he or she owns an iPhone, an Android device, or a tablet. Native mobile apps, meanwhile, need to be designed for a specific OS or platform. What all these translates to is more development costs for you and a lot of time and money spent on managing all of these versions.

3. No worrying about versions. With HTML5, you really do not have to worry about versions. Everybody accessing your HTML5 will have the same versions. Native mobile apps, however, need to be updated. iPhone users can have a different features set or look from Andorid users, even if they are using the same mobile app from you.

Mobile apps and mobile Web sites are great ways to have an optimized presence on the mobile Web. This is increasingly becoming more important as more and more people are using mobile devices to surf the Internet. HTML5 may not be perfect, but it makes perfect business sense. It allows you to deliver a great mobile experience while also making it easier for you to manager your mobile Web assets and helping you save on costs.