Facebook looking to circumvent Apple's App Store with HTML5 platform

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  • palegolaspalegolas Posts: 1,139member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by guch20 View Post


    To your first point, that's exactly what I was saying. Without something to set platforms apart, Apple would be hurting because they wouldn't have the App Store to lean on to encourage sales.



    Your second point in an excellent one. The lack of gesture support (thus far) and accelerometer/gyroscope support was something I had not even thought of. That would prevent a large number of developers ditching native apps -- at least until those things are integrated into HTML5 (if that's even possible).



    Good post.



    Most people don't have a clue of what can be done with html5 on an iPad. It's very powerful. With the right programming most apps would be hard to tell whether HTML5 or native. Check this very simple multi touch demo which was one of the first hits I got when I searched for multitouch html5 iOS demo.

    http://paal.org/2010/html/02_MultiTouchMe3D.html
  • thepixeldocthepixeldoc Posts: 2,257member
    @guch20 & @Jacksons



    You both are seriously clueless to what makes Apple tick, and what makes them money.



    It's the hardware. Apple has the best on the planet, including desktop, laptop, tablets, music players and phones. That's not going to change, and neither is Apple's margins. Some people see paying for it, some don't. So is the marketplace. But regardless, their devices are consistently the one's that are held up as the one's to beat.



    FB going HTML5 is GREAT news for Apple and it's statement re: Flash, because FB is picking up the (beach) ball that Flash is, and kicking it into the toilet, where it so rightly belongs. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple lends a helping hand even. If they don't, MS probably will, because they're an even bigger and actively pushing fan of HTML5 than Apple is. They even made the mistake of stating that Win8 was going to be built around HTML5, which sent the devs into a tizzy



    As far as I'm concerned, ALL web platforms and sites should be making the transition to HTML5, or have plans to do so in the near future. Or else just give up. Publishers especially. The idea of repackaging a website as a magazine or newspaper app is just so dumb. FT is doing it right.



    NOTE: I happen to be helping a number of other small pubs and sites do the very same thing with the help of Sencha
  • nairbnairb Posts: 253member
    Don't see what the fuss is about. This type of thing will become more and more popular in the future. IMO it is good for everyone - apple, android, linux - everyone except microsoft that is (and adobe)
  • ranreloadedranreloaded Posts: 397member
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  • dunksdunks Posts: 1,168member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by guch20 View Post


    Apparently it does, since they're allowed to peddle their wares despite the effects, just as a website with questionable privacy policies is allowed to gather people's credit card info.



    And no matter what sub-label you want to put on Zynga, they are a game developer. Even if it's on the same level as slot machines, it's still a game; people are still willing to pay for it; and they're still making money hand-over-fist.



    I agree with your points I just find it overwhelmingly depressing that "$" is the benchmark of "success".
  • iansilviansilv Posts: 283member
    OK- here is the association train of thought:



    Facebook is a bunch of Farmville updates.



    They want me to buy apps from a store they create?



    No.



    The end...
  • thepixeldocthepixeldoc Posts: 2,257member
    BTW: it has been reported just this week (Google it) that FB use is starting to slide. Can't say that I'm surprised.



    I was, and still am, surprised that so many people still use it... and actually don't know how to really use it, when it comes to security and your personal info... and your FRIENDS info as well.



    My thought has always been: while I don't have anything to hide, what happens when I'm on someone's friend list that does something bad. Am I guilty by association? When these decisions are being made by software algorithms, I very well could be, and it does raise a red-flag. Well... to me any way.



    Same reason I'm not so hot on Google services or docs. It just doesn't seem logical to me to give a company that much direct access to my personal info and everything about me, including my correspondence, contacts, etc. What happens when a contact does something nefarious, say like insider trading? Will I be searched and seized too, without me actually knowing about it? Or just seriously scrutinized and added to a watch list of some kind?



    Either or, I'd rather play on the safe side, and not even get involved by actually aiding the "bots" by getting caught up in a trend.



    Last but not least, so every one can think that I have my "Tin Hat" squarely positioned:

    FaceBook, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft were all represented at the recent Bilderberg Group meetings this past weekend. MS and Google have participated many times, while this was a first time for Facebook and Amazon.



    I'm not into the conspiracy nut ramblings of what that meeting represents or what goes on there, however... I would like to point out that, at no time has Apple or a representative ever attended. Rather odd for the largest tech company on the planet, wouldn't you think? Neither has RIM for that matter.



    I'm amazed that not much is reported about the Bilderberg Group, because it is THE group that makes the world go round. Even more so than G8 or any other conference of it's kind. Just sayin'.



    EDIT: Don't bother with Google when finding out more about the Bilderberg Group, the top listings are all conspiracy freak sites. Go to the Wikipedia page for an unbiased history.
  • gromitgromit Posts: 37member
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    Originally Posted by Jacksons View Post


    Agree.



    Steve may decide to not support HTML 5.



    You haven't been paying attention, have you?
  • mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 6,900member
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    Originally Posted by foller View Post


    FT.com got there first. released yesterday!



    Who gives a rat's ass? The Financial Rags have been garbage for decades.
  • mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 6,900member
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    Originally Posted by guch20 View Post


    Who? Really? You don't realize how popular it is with just about everyone with a computer and internet access? I'll give you a hint: it's freaking HUGE.



    I only use it to say hi to a few people. The rest of the time the account is idle.
  • jnjnjnjnjnjnjnjn Posts: 62member
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    Originally Posted by MacRulez View Post


    ... Sure, HTML can't replace everything done in lower-level languages, but who wants to write device drivers in JavaScript anyway? For what it's used for, Apple's multi-million-dollar investment in boosting performance of the JavaScript engine and other key components of WebKit is plenty for making a wide range of satisfying mobile software.



    C and Objective C can be used to write device drivers, but that's not what app developers use it for.

    The reason they use it is that the native iOS API's interface is Objective C.

    So its direct access to the API's that counts, not replicating programming language features.



    But as I said, performance is everything for embedded devices, even with 1GHz or more processors because of power consumption.

    So Apples effort to enhance JavaScript interpretation speed is because of this and indicates that this is a big issue.



    And its not JavaScript alone that's the problem, HTML parsing is also on the fly (in real time) and costly.

    Also, running an app within an app (Safari) isn't ideal, and should be done by the OS itself.

    So its essential to be able to run the HTML app outside the browser (think for example of the confusing double user interface).



    And HTML itself isn't ideal for lots of applications, its paradigm is mainly focused on page makeup and page formatting.



    The point is that the quality of apps is directly tied to the quality and richness of the platform API's and services and is seriously hampered when APIs are lacking and/or partly bolted upon other API's to sort of get the same effect.

    Its even a bigger problem if the code is glued together with slow interpreted languages and HTML parsing.



    But that doesn't make it impossible to write ok apps in HTML - I didn't say that by the way - when the type of app is suited for HTML and doesn't need to use the rich platform specific API's.

    Apple thought so too when they released the iOS platform.



    J.
  • mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 6,900member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacRulez View Post


    Apple says:



    "Safari supports real-time push notifications"

    http://www.apple.com/safari/features.html





    Gruber says:



    "Apple has web apps at MobileMe ? which I believe will soon become web apps for iCloud."

    http://daringfireball.net/2011/06/its_all_software





    See previous post.



    Sure, HTML can't replace everything done in lower-level languages, but who wants to write device drivers in JavaScript anyway? For what it's used for, Apple's multi-million-dollar investment in boosting performance of the JavaScript engine and other key components of WebKit is plenty for making a wide range of satisfying mobile software.



    The Browser is written in C/C++/ObjC/ObjC++. Who the hell wants to write in Javascript when you have the entire Cocoa stack to leverage?
  • jnjnjnjnjnjn Posts: 588member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post


    The Browser is written in C/C++/ObjC/ObjC++. Who the hell wants to write in Javascript when you have the entire Cocoa stack to leverage?



    That's another way to say it.
  • splash-reversesplash-reverse Posts: 648member
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    Originally Posted by Jacksons View Post


    Pretty much everybody but you it seems.



    You can count me in with him/her too. Social integration? Meh...



    Apple has always been a proponent of HTML5 especially if it include killing Flash too. Most welcome. Hardware is the shit. Not middleware.
  • splash-reversesplash-reverse Posts: 648member
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    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post


    I only use it to say hi to a few people. The rest of the time the account is idle.



    I say hi to people in person, if I'm keen. Or the telephone, usually my iPhone



    My account does not exist. I don't stay idle for too long
  • 2 cents2 cents Posts: 307member
    Facebook has had so many privacy issues, it's hard to believe they aren't attacking users' privacy on purpose. Facebook has a barely workable iPhone app and STILL NO IPAD APP! Their site (mobile and regular are very spotty on the iPad. Facebook growth has slowed and IMHO, it is about to become yesterday's news. This is not the sort of company that I'd bet to succeed with suvh a project.
  • jonnyboyjonnyboy Posts: 525member
    ping will fail until it's integrated with facebook...
  • hill60hill60 Posts: 6,965member
    You can already make purchases within Zynga Apps without using iTunes and what is actually better than Apple is that transactions are at current exchange rates, not the inflationary time warp of Apple's iTunes where I pay $A1.19 for a $0.99 App which is $1.27 in US currency.
  • onhkaonhka Posts: 1,025member
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    Originally Posted by ranReloaded View Post


    Your expletive



    You do realize that it could get you banned.
  • anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,558member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post


    The Browser is written in C/C++/ObjC/ObjC++. Who the hell wants to write in Javascript when you have the entire Cocoa stack to leverage?



    Which is why native apps predominate, and why they will always, in general, provide a richer, better user experience than web apps.



    But, FB is really just high school on a web site and doesn't offer, or need to offer, much of a user experience, native or web based. I think this probably is entirely about revenue, which is why they don't have an iPad app, and want to not have a iPhone (or Android, or WP7) app. It's really not a big deal, and, in fact, Apple has been encouraging developers whose apps are nothing but a wrapper for web content to simply write web apps, so FB is just following Apple's advice to developers.
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