Do you remember way back in the summer of 2007 when the first iPhone emerged? There were at least two big critcisms that I remember from those long gone days. First, the unsubsidized price caused a lot of heated discussion. Second, the inability to run native apps drew a lot of criticism. The price issue exploded before summer came to an end when Apple dropped the iPhone’s price and later issued credit to early buyers. The app issue, however, remained. Steve Jobs and Co. tried to convince us that native apps weren’t needed because web apps could well serve iPhone users’ needs. This bubble burst early in 2008 when Apple turned on its heels and eventually released the iPhone 3G and, more importantly, apps in the iTunes App Store. The rest is history.
The revolution that is the App Store is having a lot of growing pains now though. And, a few developers appear to have decided the pain is too much and are either leaving iPhone app development by jumping to other platforms or, we believe Robert Scoble,…
Granted, HTML 5 was not a Safari supported feature back in 2007. But, is it really enough to develop solutions that can go head to head with native iPhone apps? I think HTML 5 can replaced Adobe Flash. But, native apps? I think not. At least, not yet.
Google appears to be trying similar tactic with their Chrome OS. However, note that Google’s Android platform is all abuot native apps.