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drag2share: HTML5 vs. Apps: Where The Debate Stands Now, And Why It Matters

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/Yezl4tzEqus/html5-has-become-the-third-platform-2013-9

BII_HTML5_Mobile_NeedsAn HTML5 app is housed on the Web and runs inside a mobile browser. Unlike apps built specifically for Apple or Android devices, it does not need to be built from scratch for each operating system. The promise is that it can be “write once, run anywhere.”

It’s true: In many cases, HTML5 can work just as well as a native approach. HTML5 has established itself as the de-facto alternative “platform,” after Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

But it is not the silver bullet it is often made out to be, for several reasons. HTML5 faces a fragmentation issue of its own, since there are gaps in the range of HTML5 app features supported by the different mobile browsers. Backers of HTML5 are working furiously to fill those gaps.

So where are we in the HTML5 vs. native apps debate? The status of HTML5 is vital to decisions about where to invest mobile budgets. In an August 2013 reportBI Intelligence analyzes this very question.

In the report, we do a head-to-head comparison of the two, explain the specific reasons why HTML5 has some clear advantages over native apps for mobile development, look at adoption data, analyze the barriers to HTML5 as a development tool and explain how HTML5 is starting to overcome them, look at the current state of the performance advantage held by native apps, and explain why in a hyper-fragmented mobile landscape, HTML5 has emerged as the long sought-after “third platform,” allowing for mobile Web apps that cut across fragmentation.

Access The Report And Our Ongoing HTML5 Coverage By Signing Up For A Free Trial Today >>

Here are examples of where HTML5 is trying to close the performance and feature gap:

    • Graphics: Web apps are far along in allowing for scalable (users can enlarge them by zooming in) graphics that allow for “the creation of very advanced and slick user interfaces,” according to the W3C, the nonprofit that creates the HTML5 standard.

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  • Multimedia capabilities are improving. Video and audio playback has become a widely-supported and widely-used HTML5 mobile app feature. Other multimedia features are still in a more nascent stage.
  • Responsiveness: HTML5 apps can be written so that the device type is detected, and an appropriate app version is delivered. That’s important because of the variety of screen sizes out there. The layout, behavior and resolution are optimized for the screen.
  • User Data: Web apps are far along in their ability to store app data so that users can return to an app and pick up where they left off. Smooth offline usage is an area that needs more improvement.
  • Geolocation on Web apps is now basically a solved issue across mobile browsers, while integration with user calendars and address book data is still a work-in-progress.

 


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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Despite The Dominance Of Apps, Top Properties Are Still Dependent On Mobile Websites

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/BjcNQsgMm0I/mobile-web-usage-is-still-important-2013-9

We know that social media usage is migrating to mobile, but how much of that usage is channeled through apps, and how much is through browsers?

Facebook reaches about 76% of the U.S. smartphone population through its popular app, according to recent data from comScore.

But an additional 10% of smartphone owners access Facebook only through the mobile Web (using a mobile browser such as Safari or Chrome).

In other words, Facebook sees a 13% gain in audience thanks to its mobile website.

Twitter is even more dependent on the mobile Web. Twenty-one percent of the U.S. audience accesses Twitter’s app, but an additional 8% access it over the mobile Web. That’s a 38% audience “lift,” taking the app-only audience as the base, for Twitter.

Pandora is 100% dependent on its app usage.

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Looking at the top smartphone properties, one interesting case is Amazon, which reaches an impressive 66.8% of U.S. smartphone users. ! However, it fails to crack comScore’s top 15 apps list, meaning its app fails to reach the thresh hold of reaching 20% of smartphone users. Amazon is clearly still dependent on the mobile Web browsers for a big chunk of its audience.

It may be true U.S. mobile users are quickly moving away from the mobile Web in favor of apps, but developers and app publishers need to keep an eye on their mobile sites too.

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013 news No Comments

The Winner Of The Apps vs. Browsers War Is… (AAPL, MSFT, GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bii-report-the-winner-of-the-apps-vs-browsers-war-is-2012-9

apps vs browserThe mobile web is unique because it has two distinct access points: browsers and apps.

In a special report on Mobile Usage just out from BI Intelligence, we analyze patterns around all types of mobile behavior, including the recent trends in mobile browser and app usage.

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So, apps vs. browsers. Who is winning?

The report has lots of charts and data that can be easily accessed, downloaded, and put to use. 

In full, the report also looks at:

To access BI Intelligence’s full report on Mobile Usage, sign up for a free trial subscription here.

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook Is Running Out Of Time To Figure Out Its Mobile Advertising Strategy (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/nearly-one-fifth-of-facebook-users-only-access-the-site-from-mobile-devices-2012-8

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Facebook users are increasingly abandoning the desktop version of the social network in favor of the mobile version, the company revealed in its latest 10-Q filing.

About 102 million users accessed Facebook solely through mobile devices in June, a whopping 23% increase from the number who did so in March, according to a telling stat in the 10-Q filing first spotted by TechCrunch.

To put that in perspective, this means nearly a fifth of Facebook’s 543 million monthly active users now access the social network exclusively through mobile apps or a mobile browser.

This proves yet again that mobile is Facebook’s future, and it only increases the urgency for the company to figure out its mobile advertising strategy. Facebook’s mobile ads do have a click-through rate that is reportedly as much as 15 times greater than on the desktop, but as TechCrunch points out, Facebook can only place a small fraction of the ads on the mobile page that it does on the desktop page.

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 news No Comments

Android web browser claims biggest user share

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/05/statcounter-android-web-browser-claims-biggest-user-share/

Android’s native web browser can now lay claim to being the most popular mobile browser, according to StatCounter‘s latest survey. Mapping use over the past year, Google’s mobile internet browser has grabbed around 23 percent of all users, up from just over 14 percent back in February 2011. The phone and tablet-based browser may have soaked up BlackBerry and Nokia users on its way to the top, with the two companies dropping browser share to six and 11 percent, respectively. Opera continues to hold its own, with a stable market share of around 21 percent throughout 2011, while the iPhone’s Safari isn’t far behind, notching up 20 percent by the end of last month. Conspicuous by its absence, Windows Phone’s Internet Explorer hasn’t made the table just yet and Google is surely hoping to see its mobile version of Chrome enter the table soon — presumably once it’s available on more than one device.

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