Adobe Flash has long been the gold standard for smartphone web browsing. However, in a recent press statement, Adobe announced that it was ditching its Flash mobile version. This strategic move is intended to focus more on HTML5, and will reportedly include working closely with companies such as RIM, Apple, Microsoft and Google.
Smartphone Web Browsing
If you own an Apple iPhone 4S, an Android device or a handful of select non-smartphone handsets, you already use HTML5 instead of Adobe Flash. The change has been creeping in for years now, and the fact that so many popular phones now support (in many cases exclusively) HTML5 has driven the leap from a dual-platform world to one in which HTML5 is the exclusive smartphone web browsing option.
HTML5 Support Increasing
In the next few years, even very low-market devices are expected to support HTML5. This might very well mean that shortly, those cheap phones you can pick up at Asda may have full HTML5 capabilities. Certainly, you can expect practically every new phone from here on out to exclusively support HTML5 for smartphone web browsing.
HTML5 – The Negatives
The relative newness of HTML5 for smartphone web browsing is the technology’s main drawback. Industry experts remain optimistic but skeptical, estimating that it will take years for the lofty dreams of some techies to become reality.
Currently, application programming interfaces and features are rather limited, especially when compared to exclusive apps such as those available on Apple’s iOS or the Android Marketplace.
HTML5 – The Positives
Everybody has to start somewhere, and that’s exactly why this move from smartphone web browsing on Adobe Flash mobile to HTML5 should be viewed in an optimistic light. Of course there will be bugs and glitches at first – what technological advancement has been glitch-free? Once all the glitches have been worked out, however, smartphone web browsing using HTML5 looks to be a truly amazing experience.
HTML5 & The Cloud
The ‘cloud‘ experience is a huge selling point for smartphone web browsing via HTML5. Ah, the mighty cloud – we’ve heard so much about it, yet some of us are relatively unclear as to what, exactly, this ethereal-sounding entity actually does.
In the most basic terms, the cloud is a way to sync all your information. Yes, we said all your information. Let’s say, for example, that you’re in your car and want to listen to a song stored on your home computer. Out of luck, right? Not with the cloud. This technology syncs all your devices together, so that song on your home computer can be accessed from literally anywhere you happen to be, provided you have internet access.
The enormous cloud being envisioned by proponents of smartphone web browsing via HTML5 has incredible implications. Automobile manufacturers are getting in on the party, as well as device manufacturers, software developers and programmers, and mobile companies themselves.
In this bright, cloud-enhanced future, your information will be accessible from virtually anywhere. Cars, smartphones, tablets, PC’s and other devices will be synced and sharing on a constant, automatic basis (provided that you choose this option). Smartphone web browsing will, essentially, become a much broader experience after the full integration and optimization of HTML5.
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