Apple has placed its bets on HTML 5 with devices like the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It runs more efficiently than Flash and can seemingly do almost as much if not just as much.
It wasn’t always clear what would happen when we first heard that the iPad wouldn’t be compatible with Flash. Many thought it was a ridiculous way to go. Others agreed, but most of what we heard was “Man, it sucks. It doesn’t do Flash.”
Looks like it’s done pretty well, and now we are seeing lots of sites and services that make use of HTML 5. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent switches to HTML 5 we’ve seen.
Twitter.com for iPad
Twitter.com was updated earlier this month with an HTML 5-based site. It’s a very improved version of what the iPad used to get (which was literally just the mobile site on a larger screen). Now Twitter for iPad looks much like the site that runs on your desktop or laptop browser.
Adobe HTML 5 Tools
Tools such as Adobe Edge have made it easier to create web content in HTML 5. We’ve also seen software that converts Flash into HTML 5. This is all in an attempt to help Flash developers make use of HTML 5 without having to go too deep into learning new coding languages, etc. It also shows that Adobe has given up on Flash being available on the iPad.
Pandora Drops Flash and Goes HTML 5
Pandora has also gone HTML 5. This was in mid-July. Pandora had previously been Flash-based, but dropped it likely due to the popularity of devices such as the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. Based on what we’ve seen, the HTML 5 site is faster than the Flash one. Of course, it also runs on an iOS device, which is a plus if you’re on an iPad.
Kindle Cloud Reader
Kindle Cloud Reader may be a bit dual-purpose. One one hand, it’s Kindle on the cloud. Amazon, and everyone else, is all about the cloud these days. You can access your reading from anywhere as long as you are connected to the internet through wifi or 3G. It helps show the increased importance of HTML 5, as that’s what it’s based on, and it helps Amazon work around Apple’s 30 percent rule. Clever.
HTML 5 Taking Over?
We will definitely say that HTML 5 is growing in popularity. It’s obvious just looking around at all the web applications and sites that have adopted the format. Adobe has even jumped on board with their tools. They definitely shouldn’t oppose it. As long as there are Flash developers and tools to convert Flash to HTML 5 they can cash in on those users who create that Flash content.