Is HTML5 the End of Native Mobile Apps?

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Back in the day, there was a big dispute between Apple and Adobe about bundling Flash with iOS. Apple believed that Adobe’s Flash was nothing but faulty software. The company was ultimately able to convince developers that the emerging HTML5 technology supported by iOS was as capable as Flash, but that it didn’t have the flaws that Flash did, making it the obvious top choice.

Now, that very same technology that Apple condemned seems to be replacing its App Store. HTML5-based mobile web applications have been catching on with developers fast, as their advantages are clearly outweighing the benefits of the native app. The move toward development with emerging markup language has accelerated so fast that it has been predicted to overrun the native app within two years. Development on HTML5 is very popular, but it does have its challenges. Perhaps its biggest challenge is to deliver, and eventually exceed, the user experience of heavily animated or specialized native apps.

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