Open Web Apps for iOS Are Fully Supported by Apple, Folks

Mike Masnick, on OpenAppMkt:

Overall, this fascinates me for two reasons. First, it’s good to get more people realizing that HTML is already pretty damn good at creating app-style experiences, without having to create special compiled code and, second, it’s a really clever way to totally route around Apple as a gatekeeper (without requiring a jailbreak), and is a reminder that even on “closed” systems, openness will often find a way.

OpenAppMkt is indeed clever, and it is a good way to get more people to see the potential in HTML5 as a mobile development platform. But it’s not “routing around” anything. iOS’s support for mobile web apps — totally open, no gatekeeping — is by design. This isn’t a loophole around the App Store. It’s a fully supported software platform.

Friday, 30 July 2010