My daily readings 05/26/2009
Hacker News | Education Killed The Creativity [In Me]
Hacker News | Don’t go native UI on your mobile web app
Somewhat unrelated to this post, but I’m finding the debate over web vs. native mobile apps to be very interesting.
I’m a huge proponent of web apps for desktop apps. Most software is simple enough to work well in a browser and you can’t beat being able to use the same app on any computer without ever installing or upgrading. This advantage seems to disappear on mobile phones though. I carry my phone everywhere I go, so portability isn’t really an issue. Most phone platforms provide an easy way to install and keep your apps up-to-date, so that concern fades away too. Most importantly though, I see native mobile apps having a much better user experience than web apps (regardless of whether or not the webapp was written for a mobile platform). On the desktop, I can keep a web app loaded and running all day. That seems a lot harder to do on a phone.
Palm is unveiling their webapp based phone soon. Google says it wants to make more apps using HTML 5. It will be interesting to see how these strategies pan out.
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