Originally Posted by fecklesstechguy
This whole idea of developers streaming away from the iOS native app platform and only doing html 5 is rather obtuse and demonstrates a very poor understanding of developing apps and building a strong revenue model for your efforts. The revenue generated from going to html 5 only has to be as good or better - both in quantity and reliability - than doing native apps in order for a developer to abandon an existing revenue stream. This is why developers try to establish a base of operations in one platform first before branching out or moving to another. Your "life" depends on the revenue from that app or apps, once money starts coming in, then you look around and see if you can justify the time and effort to develop for other platforms.
I think a lot opportunities are starting to emerge all over the world, and it's not going to be clear just yet how things are going to pan out.
It's not like during the time when it was the web vs. "multimedia" cd-roms (remember those?). The web took over relatively quickly.
Over the next 10 years we will see iOS jostle with web apps and Android apps.
For developers, it depends on their revenue stream. I see three paths in this economy: development for direct sale/revenue, development for clients, and just like any other multimedia ecosystem before it, training
a new generation of "web savvy folk".
The challenge for web apps is the lack of one-click "instant on" gratification. Yes, we have become so lazy, on a mobile or tablet, navigating to a website, click-click-click can be a bit tiresome. But it also reflects that a desktop website is obviously not designed for mobile and tablet.
I see dedicated iOS and Android apps as the mainstay of something you do frequently, while web apps
will start to take over web sites
when accessing the web from mobile and tablet.
I think what Facebook is trying to do is to make their website a portal for apps. In other words, Facebook becomes a new app store in and of itself. Their goal is you go to the Facebook website, it's (ever more) optimised for mobile and tablet, and you have all the apps, games and what not to ensnare you further in their network.
Have no doubt, Facebook has the power to become the next Google. This is just another play in their insidious plans.