Google’s take on native apps vs. HTML5 before Motorola
An onstage tournament in which in-house advocates from either side make their case in front of a live audience and we all try to read between the lines
Notice how, every time he mentions something that you can only currently do using a native app, you either tell yourself that it’ll soon become possible to do that without one, or you find yourself working out how you would do it without one.
I’m not sure how owning a phone business will change anything that Google has to say about their own native vs. web app choices, but that may be a question they are asking themselves right now. They could, I imagine, consider adding exclusive new features to the phone in a way that could give Android native apps a ‘lead’ over both web apps and over native apps on other platforms. I wonder they would talk about that in a ‘comparison presentation’ in future.
Here’s another native apps vs. HTML5 comparison video, and this one covers a whole bunch of different issues (including Apple app development considerations) and offers some very different perspectives
Here’s a more ‘visual’ comparison, with plenty of screenshots, introducing the term ‘hybrid apps’ and giving up to date examples
And if you think that cross-platform app development sounds daunting because it requires you to put together a horrendous testing setup, how about doing all of your testing in the cloud, using simulated phones?