Web-Based Mobile Development Tools:
Other tools such as Rhodes allow you to build native applications for any mobile platform including the Android, Symbian, Blackberry, iPhone and Windows Mobile. Similar to PhoneGap, developers have to compile every platform’s code separately. Rhodes also supports native features of most if not all Smartphones including camera image capture, contacts, and geolocation. Under the MIT License, Rhodes is free.
What About the Portable HTML 5 Web Applications?
Even though the iUI was designed to build apps with the feel and look of a native app built with iPhone SDK, all web applications created using iUI shall work on all Smartphones with a standard-compliant web browser. Because IUI is relatively new and lacks a User Interface, it requires skill and patience to use. JQTouch and iWebKit are other similar frameworks to iUI.
Will Web Apps Ultimately Become the Standard?
After many years of absence, the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) most recently returned to work or improve HTML 5 specifications. Obviously, its return has brought with it tensions with the WHATWG (Web Hypertext Application Working Group). WHATWG is consortium of browser makers that include Apple, Mozilla, and Opera Software.
Almost all major mobile platforms such as Palm’s WebOS, Google’s Android, and Apple’s iOS utilize similar WebKit-based browsers. Therefore, technologies such as CSS 3 and HTML 5 will continue to enjoy improvements. Actually, even Microsoft is joining the fray with support for the HTML 5 upcoming in MSIE 9.
Although it might not be the official standard for the decade, major browser vendors, sites, and services are increasingly supporting HTML 5. For sure, it is here to stay. For more information on mobile app developments, visit mobileaction.co.