Developers flock to HTML5 as handset sales surge

HTML5 has rapidly gained traction in the mobile application ecosystem. Most new smartphone browsers support it, most mobile developers are already using the language to build web-based applications and operators such as AT&T Mobility have begun promoting it as a means of streamlining app development and expanding market reach for mobile software products. The evolution to HTML5-based apps is still in an early stage, however, and today's HTML5 implementations do not yet represent the technology's ideal. But HTML5 is here to stay, and analysts have positive expectations for it. "HTML is not a pipe dream," said Adam Leach, principal analyst and practice leader for the devices and platforms practice at Ovum. "It does deliver benefits from both technology and business perspectives." Special Report