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Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 – Week of December 16, 2012

In Gartner's recently published list of Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013, Mobile Applications and HTML5 was listed at #2.  Four out of the top 10 strategic technology trends were related to mobility.  The author of this report, Gartner Fellow David Cearley, shares that he expects HTML5 to be increasingly important for a wide variety of needs.

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Google's YouTube HTML5 site now features a better version for all mobile devices.  Symbian’s Steve Litchfield provides screenshots and describes how the new version for Symbian is “now identical to that for Windows Phone and Android”.  Read Original Content

When deciding the most effective way to increase their mobile presence and whether to use a mobile website or a native mobile app, web merchants should first define their needs and the needs of their consumers.  A Google survey on smartphone Internet users revealed that 74 percent indicated they were more likely to return to a site if it was mobile-friendly.  Read Original Content

Businesses promoting document and video viewing using HTML5 technology should be aware that not all companies use HTML5 compatible browsers, and some of the features desired by users cannot be developed using HTML5.  Read Original Content

Google has unveiled a new browser-based interactive pop-up book built entirely in HTML5 and CSS3.  The Creative Sandbox Guidebook (http://www.creativesandbox.com/guidebook) shows off Google’s products and services including YouTube, Mobile, Maps and Search and requires no plugin libraries or third party toolkits.  Read Original Content

Mozilla’s Ron Piovesan addresses the fragmentation complaint about HTML5 by stating Responsive Design can help address the fragmentation issue across different phone sizes, and having the app run on a single web runtime will eliminate fragmentation challenges due to different browsers.  Read Original Content

Director of App Developer Services Ethan Evans says Amazon believes that despite the performance challenges of HTML5, the benefits of rapid updates without requiring app upgrade installation outweigh the problems.  Evans stated there are “two driving reasons to consider HMTL5: Write once, run anywhere, and the public promise of cross-platform compatibility”.  Read Original Content

Software engineer Eric Bae details his experience “Developing a HTML5 & JS mobile app using jQuery Mobile and MoSync”.   Read Original Content

Developer Albert Vang weighs in on the native app vs. web app debate with “Web or Native App: Which One Should You Choose as a Developer?” featured in Developer Tech.  The article covers pros and cons of each and compares the two on topics including development, programming languages, access to native features, updates and monetization of apps.  Read Original Conten t

Research and Markets has added a new report, “HTML5 Solutions and Applications”.  The report covers analysis of the future of HTML5 for applications and assesses the market opportunities for HTML5 and its future prospects from 2012 to 2017.  Read Original Content

HTML5 games development program and platform Odobo and European production firm Rabcat have formed a partnership to publish HTML5-based games.  Read Original Content

Microsoft’s “Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start” course provides an accelerated introduction to HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and helps prepare learners for Microsoft exam 70-480.  From now until March 31, 2013, students can register to take Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 for free.  Read Original Content

NewsGator has unveiled a new HTML5-based mobile version of Social Sites, enabling mobile workers to connect with each other from their smartphones.  The Social Sites Mobile Web site will be available in early 2013.  Read Original Content

Gaming platform Tylted is expanding its portfolio of HTML5 games, announcing new partnerships with 10 developers.  Platform director Christian Montoya discusses advantages, disadvantages and advancements in HTML5 in this article featured in pocketgamer.biz.  Read Original Content

The ZillyDilly 2.1 iPad browser is designed for children and features child-appropriate websites and HTML5 games.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.