Google, Mozilla Lead Web's Mobile Renaissance
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Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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8/8/2013 | 6:41:27 PM
re: Google, Mozilla Lead Web's Mobile Renaissance
I think packaged apps/Open Web Apps will help resolve the UI issues that arise when cursor movement outside a window changes the interaction context unexpectedly (a real pain when gaming, for example). Native app development will continue to have a first-mover advantage but the freedom that comes with Web development counts for a lot.
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8/8/2013 | 5:09:05 PM
re: Google, Mozilla Lead Web's Mobile Renaissance
In my experience, native apps have always been better than web apps in terms of usability. Web apps are generally more clumsy than native apps since they do not have the very good interface elements for mobile devices. One drawback that web apps will have to overcome is the inherent conflict of being to run in multiple environments which often results in a schizophrenic interface. It's difficult to make an app that runs well on every platform while good native apps are tailored to their environment. Often, web apps are merely scaled-down or dumbed-down apps that were originally designed for a desktop environment. The adage "Jack of all trades but master of none" might be an apt description of web apps in practice.

Perhaps Google and Mozilla will improve the APIs to the point where web apps can become mostly usable on mobile devices. That will certainly allow developers to more easily deploy to more platforms which might actually be most beneficial to Windows mobile. In the end, Javascript is just another programming language and app developers will use what they can to create apps. The challenge will be how well they can design and implements those apps.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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8/8/2013 | 2:24:11 PM
re: Google, Mozilla Lead Web's Mobile Renaissance
I just talked to someone who wanted to go Android but "my whole life is on Apple servers." At what point do people get tired enough of being locked in that they do the work of migrating? That seems to be the limiter for Google.

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