Business, webdev

How To Build Your Next Mobile App? (Cleverly)

Why the current app stores are broken? Well, Apple was the first to recognize that the real our of their wonderful hardware (=iPhone) and great software (=iOS and all its components) is outside the company. It’s in the developers (how is counting them now?) that build amazing eco system on top of their app store. It’s not only ‘Angrey Bird’ but huge amount of apps (Netflix, Evernote, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook etc’) that give you a device that can do so much more then ‘just’ mobile phone.

Quite late, lots of other big forces join the party:

  • Chrome OSMozilla App Store with their HTML5 concept. You can see more and more HTML5 apps that give you the look & feel of a native app. The ability to have: local storage, drag&drop, audio, video etc’ in your hands is great.
    280 North was the first company that put it as a mission to bring the web app to a level of desktop (=native) apps. Their cappuccino framework is showing the power of javascript with modern browsers and real strong web developers behind it.
    Well, their projects show that the gap is closing fast. Moreover, you can see today, web apps like Gmail that give you more and more. Even on the mobile web-kit.
  • Android (Yes – the ‘java’ the Oracle is now taking them to court on) – it’s very similar to Objective C of Apple.
    The concept is that you get great tools to build apps.
    The main problem is that you need to be locked (just like in the iPhone world) to Android with your code.
  • Palm (Now HP) with phoneGap and the ability to ‘write once’ deploy anywhere. PhoneGap is an open source development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps. Build apps in HTML and JavaScript and still take advantage of core features in iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, Google Android, Palm, Symbian and Blackberry SDKs. Their goal is to give web developers (that know JS, CSS and HTML) the tools to ‘transform’ their apps to be native on different platforms. I haven’t play with it (yet) – but I’ll do it soon.

Here is a good explanation from Mozilla lab (=Pascal Finette) on why the current app stores are broken:

Enjoy and keep building mobile apps. One main point to keep in mind is the size that today seems to be all belong to Apple. I guess that in the near future, when will see Google iPads with Chrome OS, things will be different. Any way, it should be a world where like: Pandora apps, your apps are working every where: laptop, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, TV etc’


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