While developing a mobile app in HTML5 makes it easier to integrate with core systems and eliminates the effort to develop different versions of the app for different platforms, native applications offer advantages in terms of layout and performance. Telerik says it has bridged the gap between HTML5 convenience and native platform performance with its Kendo UI Mobile interface for mobile app developers.

The Native Experience, Front- and Back-End

According to Telerik, HTML5 apps developed in Kendo UI offer the look and feel of native apps developed for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. and can also offer users natural touchscreen scrolling. The native experience also continues on the back end, as widgets for developers are designed to duplicate controls for iOS, Android and Blackberry development, including buttons, navigation and lists.

Although Kendo UI is a JavaScript framework that works with any server-side technology, Telerik plans to release server-side wrappers, and started last month with the rollout of Kendo UI for ASP.NET MVC. Telerik says other planned releases include server-side wrappers for server frameworks including Java, PHP, NodeJS and Rail.

Verivo Also Goes Native

Kendo UI is not the only mobile app development interface attempting to bridge the gap between HTML5 and native apps. Last week, Verivo Software included integrated support for HTML5 via its enterprise mobility platform’s new Browser Control.

 With the new Browser Control, developers can incorporate HTML5 content and JavaScript into native and hybrid apps built on Verivo’s platform. And because HTML5 content and output are treated exactly the same as native components, web developers can begin contributing to enterprise mobile app development. Existing HTML5 dynamic content can be leveraged and included in mobile apps alongside native components.

Mobile, Wave of the Future

Why should companies be so concerned about developing mobile apps in a way that provides the best end user experience without having to redevelop them for individual platforms? Because mobile is the wave of the future. A 2010 Gartner study predicted mobile phones will replace PCs as the most common device for Web access by 2013. No doubt helping to drive this shift is the continuing boom in business adopting “BYOD,” or “bring your own device,” policies where employees conduct part or all of their professional activities on their own mobile devices.

Gartner data indicated that 20% of businesses would have no IT assets by 2012, and while that prediction appears to have been overly aggressive, BYOD is actively changing the business technology landscape. Flexible mobile app development interfaces like KendoUI will help developers keep up with demand in an affordable and timely way.