HTML5 development is better than developing native iOS or Android apps in many cases. In this article, we’ll figure out why is that exactly and what technologies are HTML5 developers using to make user interaction better.
Before that, it needs to be made clear that this article presents a total of 7 advantages. However, in reality, there can be more (or less) based on your context. Only when you start developing a HTML5 mobile web app will you know the actual benefits.
- Lesser time
HTML5 development means writing a markup language, not doing programming. HTML – HyperTextMarkup Language. HTML5 uses markup tags to create a document object model (DOM) that can be read and executed with minimal software requirements (browsers can be very light).
To code HTML5 and apply CSS3 styles on top of it – it takes a lot less time than a full-fledged process of native app development.
- Platform independence
HTML5 mobile apps mean apps built using internet’s technologies. These technologies are the same throughout all operating systems and screen sizes given the browser supports all HTML5 features (see compatibility charts for this – however, most modern browsers do).
- Better control for different devices
Different devices and screen sizes can be flexibly targeted using media tags available in HTML5. What this means is that you can keep your content the same and choose which way to flow or lay the content out, which parts to hide and show, which extra features to strap up, etc. on which particular devices.
- Live testing
An HTML5 mobile app is always live, unless you take it down for maintenance. You can easily make changes and test it live. Users might feel a glitch for a quick second while the new files are uploaded to your web server, but overall this is lightning fast.
- One core
With HTML5 mobile app development you just got one core source code to manage. The style files can be more than one, if you desire. But in totality, there’s just one source code you have to monitor and edit (if need be).
- Updates are super-easy and flexible
Updates are not really updates here. Suppose you need to tweak some measurements or add a new ad to your app – you just update the code on your end and starting the next request a client device makes – it’ll be automatically displayed.
The same file is being accessed – it just got edited meanwhile.
Updating your HTML5 mobile app is, thus, extremely easy and flexible. No necessity for the user to download or install any software.
- Light, fast, bugs-free
HTML5 web apps are very light to load and don’t take up much processing resources of the device. With this swiftness they also are bugs-free. OS or device-specific bugs have no effect on the web apps.
Once you design your web app, it will look, feel, and interact exactly the way you see it.
And some disadvantages
- HTML5 development is prone to privacy and cyber-attacks as it is internet based. It was one of the reasons why Firefox OS (an operating system made using HTML5) wasn’t hugely appreciated despite being fast, good-looking, and open-source.
- HTML5 web apps can’t support complex features like 3D touch. Such features and their interactions are hardcoded in the operating system, and the OS doesn’t provide that data to web apps.
- HTML5 web app development doesn’t come with as much documentation as official native development does.
- A device’s graphics prowess or animation capabilities are largely untapped in web apps.
Written by Jason Roger, a reputed mobile application developer. He preaches against using tools that make huge promises. Instead, he believes, coding is better. He has a long portfolio in developing for Androids, iPhones, BlackBerries, and Windows platforms. Stephen Brennan’s work often gets featured and showcased in the technical circles. He is trusted by big time developers to outsource their work to. To know more about his work, visit: