Optimism for HTML5 in 2013
2013 could be shaping up to be the year of renewed optimism for HTML5. We all heard the stories last year about false starts and unrealized expectations of certain companies. There were plenty of gloomy pronouncements for the platform going around following those stories, but it doesn’t appear that many developers have been listening.
According to recent developer surveys, HTML5 is positioned to be the #3 development platform in 2013, just behind iOS and Android. The promises HTML5 brings to the development community are very attractive. A cross-platform environment on which to build applications means faster development time with less overhead that reduces cost and ultimately time to market. Developers understand that and many are planning on dipping their toes into HTML5, if they haven’t already (90% in 2013 according to Kendo UI).
Adobe dropped Flash for Mobile in November 2011 and have hitched their horses to HTML5. Since then, they have been an aggressive contributor to the W3C. Microsoft did the same thing with Silverlight a few years ago and are also contributing to the W3C.
Enter the plug-in free browser.
Netflix, who uses HTML5 extensively for their UI across multiple platforms, announced for the first time, that they will stream video using HTML5 on Samsung’s Chromebook.
Tokbox launched a WebRTC version of a real-time chat platform called OpenTok. They say their OpenTok API service has more than 5,000 businesses using it for video communications.
Consider the positive impact of WebRTC for the platform. A standardized set of codecs for streaming audio and video without the need of downloading plugins, plus access to the camera and microphone that will enable multiple user scenarios including social networking, chatting, business to business applications for enterprise, and more.
With so many new developments in the progress of the platform, there is much to be enthusiastic about. If you haven’t considered HTML5 for your next killer app, perhaps it is time to take a look?