Mobile apps have become ubiquitous. We have scores of them on our smartphones including some that we do not even put to any use on a frequent basis. The app stores are also overcrowded by apps that are published in bulk thanks to the mushrooming of mobile app development companies. As per the stats, there are close to 1.7 million apps on Play Store and a little less at 1.5 million on Apple's app store. No wonder the app stores have made it hard to get the approval for publishing the app. Moreover, building native apps are more time consuming and requires fair amount of resources.
Why go for HTML5 mobile apps?
• HTML5 apps implement technologies that are quite common and it is easier to find highly skilled developers.
• The turnaround time for HTML5 app development is lesser than native apps.
• The cost of development is reduced in case of HTML5 apps as a single app is required to be build that runs on all platforms.
• HTML5 apps can be wrapped inside native container to make them exhibit native properties like device's software and hardware access like camera, GPS, gyroscope, contacts, gallery etc.
• There are several frameworks that aids in HTML5 app development such as Titanium, Sencha Touch, PhoneGap and others.
How do they score over native apps?
Native apps are developed keeping in mind the specific operating system and hence, might appear to be more in sync with it. However, they need to be installed in order to be used. Not every user has smartphones with loads of memory that they can dedicate to the apps. People wit smartphones that has limited memory require apps that they can access over browsers.
Moreover, there is an option in every smartphone to create a shortcut to the web application so that the users need not visit the URL everytime he or she wishes to access the particular app. HTML5 apps also cater to users who are concerned about their privacy and do not install apps that require too much access to the information on the device.
The HTML5 apps are still very relevant and with advancing technologies and emerging HTML5 based frameworks, they are surely going to be in the news. If you have been planning to register a mobile presence for your business and wish to reach out to the maximum numbers of mobile users, you now know what not to miss.